Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book Cover Doppelgangers!

If you read then you if you haven't already are bound to come across look alike book covers. I have been having this problem a lot lately with this one picture of a hooded male which I will show soon. I understand there are just so many pictures that can be used but I just don't understand why people aren't more creative with the covers for books when there are so many things and people that are willing to do a photo shoot for a book cover.
Down below are some look alike book covers!

The so could have at least changed the color of the shirts or something!

OMG really!?

FOUR TIMES this picture was used!

Well at lest these people made an effort to make it look different.

Well both books are hot in a sense.

Remember the hood male I talked about earlier well this is the picture! I have seen this picture used at least 10 times!

So tell me have you come across any book cover doppelgangers lately?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ghost Series! Poltergeist PART 2 Real Case!

The Amherst Poltergeist , Nova Scotia, Canada between 1878-1879
The case was actually investigated by actor Walter Hubbell who was interested in psychic phenomena. Walter's diary of the events he witnessed which became the popular book "The Haunted House A True Ghost Story".
Esther Cox was at the center of the poltergeist activity. Cox lived with her married sister Olive Teed, her sister's husband Daniel, their two kids, there was also another brother of Cox and another sister. Daniel's brother John Teed also lived with them.
The events in question began at the end of august 1878. Esther who was then 18 was almost sexually assaulted by a male friend. After that Esther was of course in great distress, shortly after this things began to happen. It started off with strange knockings, bangings ,and rustling. Esther then began to have seizures which would make her body swell and she would become feverish. Then objects around the house began to fly as if tossed by some unseen force.
The family called the doctor. During the Doctor's visit bedclothes began to move and the words "Esther Cox, your mine to kill" was scratched into the wall above the bed. The next day the doctor gave Esther a sedative to help relax her and help her sleep. Even when Esther was asleep noises and flying objects still continued along with tapped responses to questions that were being asked.
The phenomena continues for some months and visitors to the home would also hear sounds and witness objects moving by themselves. In December Esther became ill with diphtheria, while she healed from this illness no activity happened even when she stayed with her married sister in Sackville,New Brunswick. When Esther returned to Amherst the activity began again, but this time random fires would start around the house. By this time Esther claimed that she could see the "ghost" who threatened to burn the house down.
January 1879 Esther moved in with another family, even the the activity continued and was witnessed by a lot of people. The "ghost" was also spoken to and would answer questions by banging. Esther was starting to be slapped,pricked,scratched,and she was even stabbed in the back with a pocket knife by the "ghost".
Esther went to Saint John,New Brunswick were she was seen by a gentleman with an interest in science. It became apparent that Esther was being "haunted" by more than just one spirit. Three distinct spirits made themselves known by answering questions. Out of the three there was " Bob Nickle" who was the original "ghost" " Peter Cox" who was a relative of Esther and "Maggie Fisher".
The activity stopped for a just a short time while Esther visited friends at their farm near Amherst. As soon as Esther returned home the activity began yet again. Shortly after was when Walter Hubbell found out about the activity, he then moved into Esther's new home as a lodger to witness and investigate the activity going on. While Walter stayed with Esther he became a witness to flying and moving objects,strange fires, even objects appearing out of nowhere. Walter Hubbell was a witness to everything that was claimed to be happening even Esther's fits of swelling and pain. Walter also made contact with three NEW "ghosts" who called themselves as follows "Mary Fisher","Jane Nickle", and "Eliza McNeal".
Eventually Esther got used to the activity and Walter talked her into letting people pay her to hear her story and witness activity but due to heckling Esther shut down the tour. Esther once again returned to Amherst where she got a job working for a man named Arthur Davison. Sadly the job didn't last very long due to Arthur's barn burning down which he blamed on Esther. Esther was convicted of arson and was sentenced to four months in prison. After serving only one month Esther was released and returned home. Lucky for Esther though the poltergeist activity began to fizzle out before coming to a complete stop shortly after. Esther eventually got over her past and was married twice having a kid from each marriage before dieing an old woman on November 8,1912.

So after hearing this case what do you think about poltergeists? Are they really ghosts or are they just a manifestation of our frustrations?


Poltergeist Website With More Information!

   part 1 of the Enfield Poltergeist Case.

    Famous ghost investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren show footage from a poltergeist case.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ghost series! PART 1 Poltergeist

Poltergeist comes from the German words polter "to make noise" and geist "spirit" the term literally means noisy spirit. A poltergeist is the apparent manifestation of an invisble but noisy, disruptive or destructive entity. Most accounts of poltergeist manifestations involve noises and destruction that have no apparent cause. Reports also include inanimate objects being picked up and thrown as if by an invisible person, also knocking sounds, human voices, and physical attacks on humans that might include pinching, biting, scratching, and hitting.
Traditionally poltergeist are described in folklore as troublesome spirits who, unlike ghost haunt a particular person instead of a specific location. Poltergeist manifestations have been reported in many countries including the United States. The oldest recorded cases date back to the 1st century.
Poltergeist activity has often been believed to be the work of malicious ghosts and are believed to be closley associated with the elements (Earth,Air,Fire,Water).
Nandor fodor (British and American parapsychologist,psychologist,and one of the leading authorities on poltergeist) proposed that poltergeist disturbances were caused by human agents suffering from some form of emotional stress or tension. William G.Roll (a noted parapsychologist/psychologist) studied 116 different poltergeist cases and found the agents were often children or teenagers, and supposed that recurrent neuronal discharges resulting in epileptic symptoms may cause recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis. This means that it is believed that a stressed person can affect their surrounding by using temporary telekinesis.
The psychical investigator Guy William Lambert proposed a geophysical explanation for poltergeist activity with the activity of underground water and other factors. The energy of the Earth, weather,house foundation,and geological factors can account for most poltergeist cases. Water is a very powerful element it is thought that and underground water course may flow under "haunted" locations and that after heavy rainfall the stream could cause structural movement of the property, which could cause the house to vibrate or move objects.
A retired physical chemist named David Turner suggested that ball lightning could cause objects to move on their own. Some subject with poltergeist activity have shown signs of hysteria which would make the subject see and hear things that aren't really there. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Easy by Tammara Webber BOOK REVIEW!

Title: Easy

Author: Tammara Webber

Published: Berkley Trade

This book is about the college life of a girl named  Jacqueline and I was thinking ok so it's just a book about a college girl falling in love.....boy was I wrong. The book kicks into high gear in the first chapter which isn't found most often in books ( I like books that get right to the point). Jacqueline was just broken up with by her boyfriend of 3 years and was depressed and she didn't really want to go to this frat party that she was at in the first chapter but her room mate Erin made her. Unlike most people that go to frat parties she wasn't drinking and was told she would be the sober driver for Erin later that night. Erin of course was all over her boyfriend Chaz and wasn't coming back to their dorm that night so Jacqueline decided to bail. As she was walking to her car she was remembering her break up from her boyfriend and wasn't really paying attention to her surroundings at the time. She opens the door to her truck and pulls out her keys to drive back to her dorm when all of a sudden she is grabbed from behind by a male who then proceeds to attack her. With no way out she starts to panic when all of a sudden a dark handsome guy grabs her attacker saving her.
You would think that BAM that is the end of the story but NO as the year goes on she gets closer and closer to her savior which quickly turns to love. Her attacker on the other hand continues to prowl the campus ready to attack again.
Lucas is a college student (among other things) who has a dark cloud from his past hanging over his head. Something happened to him when he was younger involving his mother that has left him with many scars outside as well as in, so when he saw Jacqueline being attacked he thought of nothing else but saving her. He never thought that simple act of kindness could turn into something much more life changing.


Thoughts: Let me just start off by saying that I went into this book knowing only that it was a love story but other than that I knew nothing of the plot. I kept hearing good things about the book from other readers and of course I love the way the cover looks (which is always a plus) so I looked into getting it. All in all this book was written pretty well and it read fast. My only problem with it is that I thought there could have much more story. Also this book is aimed for a mature audience due to its sex scenes so READERS BEWARE!


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck REVIEW!

Title:Tiger's Destiny

Author: Colleen Houck

Published: Splinter

This book picked up where the last one left off but I knew it wouldn't last because there was still another one of Durga's prizes to obtain. I was right in my thought that the intense moments in which the book started out didn't last long and that once it was over the quest for the next prize started.
In this quest Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan had to obtain Durga's rope of fire which of course was guarded by all kinds of creatures.
The items seem to usually have a theme and since this was a "rope of fire" it would only seem natural that you would have to go to the hottest place on Earth to get it (the center of the Earth).
I loved how this gate was described and that when they got through it trees of flame were all over and that there were mythical creatures who called the place home. A mythical creature that was met while in this realm was of course the beautiful Phoenix which can be seen on the cover ( his name is Sunset). The next mythical creature that was met (if they even are mythical) were zombies, then came a clan of dark demons known as Rakshas.
After they had just barely made it out alive, they met the key subjects in the realm the twin fire lords.


Thoughts: I have saved this book because I knew that eventually this series would (like everything else) come to an end. Well I finally finished it and even though this book pretty much closed the story line there is talk of another book in this series (There is, Tiger's Promise ). I love this author so much and though I have not read her newer books I fully intend to. I hope that like this series the newer books will quickly become some of my favorites as well. Lives were lost in this book but I shall let you rest assured that the story come to an end and even though I almost cried several times I was happy with the ending.

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