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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

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I Almost Forgot About You
Terry McMillan
Progress: 42 %
The Gates of the Alamo
Stephen Harrigan
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
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The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 35 %

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer ★☆☆☆☆

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red - Ellen Rimbauer, Joyce Reardon

About the only thing positive I can say about this book is that the premise is interesting. Of course, the idea of a house that is

itself an evil entity isn’t original, but the notion that the house’s owners are also its servants who feed it until they are themselves absorbed is pretty fun.

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The execution is lacking, though. I finished the book out of mild curiosity to see how the story played out and because I needed the Supernatural bingo square for the 2016 Halloween Bingo.


This book was written as a movie tie-in, intended to serve as a prequel and Blair Witch style marketing hype. It refers to supplemental materials on a now-defunct website for the fake university that the fake author supposedly taught at. I suppose this is one of the downsides to the multimedia book idea that I enjoyed with Night Film. The book is forever, but the online supplementals are transient and render the book itself forever incomplete.


On a side note: I see that I originally rated this book 4 stars when I read it eleven years ago. Funny how our tastes and judgement change over time.