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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    NOT THE BEST BOOK, BUT VERY ENTERTAINING

    This book had an interesting story line and characters. It got boring at some points which was ok, because I wanted to see what was going to happen. The ending of the book is sort of weird, but it was good overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    Horror Stew

    What would you get if you took Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and gave them the fearless personalities and physical toughness of the hard-boiled detectives of 30's and 40's pulp novels and mixed them up in one 'Weird Tale' with H. P. Lovecraft's Old Ones, John Carpenter's 'The Thing,' 'Alien,' and 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'? Well, you might get something very much like James A. Moore's 'Possessions.' James Moore's previous novel, the more adult 'Fireworks,' was a wonderful take on the alien spacecraft-small town scenario that focused on the reactions of the citizens and the government forces more than the occupants of the spacecraft itself. This device allowed Mr. Moore to very effectively bring an entire town to life. In 'Possessions,' he focuses on a small group of adolescent characters and, as with 'Fireworks,' also gives them all distinctive personalities. The novel is mostly a wild ride that features an incredible horde of bizarre shape-changing monsters trying to bring 'the Other' into the world by means of magic necklaces, one possessed by the mother of two of the characters, a brother and sister. After dispatching their mother in a suspensefully written opener, the other-worldly creatures find that she is not wearing the necklace and the chase is on to find it. 'Possessions' is a fun, pulpy ride that wears its many influences on its sleeve. The characters are interesting and believable, if their actions and abilities to take repeated kicks, punches, blows to the head, and explosions are not. Much is left unanswered, such as the origin of the necklaces, the mysterious absense of any family other than the mother of the brother and sister, the whereabouts of their father and the source of their, and their friends', almost supernatural courage and physical attributes. Also, at the beginning of the novel, the brother and sister win a lottery that makes them rich. The consequences of this are unknown, as is the reason for the seemingly purposeful timing of the windfall. It appears to almost be a supernatural gift given in compensation for the loss of their mother. Who is this force watching out for them? Mr. Moore is writing a sequel to 'Possessions' and perhaps these, among other questions, will be answered. Could be a fun series for teens and those nostalgic and young at heart by this talented and very visual writer.

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