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Appalachia Mountain Folklore Paperback – December 28, 2012
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"... I highly recommend the book to all readers who enjoy history, folklore and ghost stories. Don't be surprised when you lay the book down at the end you are left with compassion for the departed, a curiosity to visit each haunting, and a fear to stay as far away from there as you can.
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I'm no stranger to the great fiction stories this author weaves, having read all his books, however this is my first time reading him as a non-fiction author. It's not easy when an author is use to writing one type of genre to switch to another without the writing being a little weak but I am happy to say this is not the case with Appalachia Mountain Folklore. You can read and feel the research that went into the stories. The pictures of the scenes, though not needed to visualize, aid in lending even more impact. The folklore is very real and not imagined and each story captivated me. Micheal Rivers brings it in setting the background with each tale beginning with a history of the county or region and what led up to create the disturbance in these souls spirits. Ghosts and the supernatural, the folklore and actual sightings originate from love to revenge. I highly recommend the book to all readers who enjoy history, folklore and ghost stories. Don't be surprised when you lay the book down at the end you are left with compassion for the departed, a curiosity to visit each haunting, and a fear to stay as far away from there as you can.
This is a ghost-hunter's book. If you are looking for dubious accounts of recent paranormal activity, this is the work for you. If, on the other hand, you want an account of the rich culture, folk stories, and legends of the Appalachian community, this is not your book. Badly documented ghost "sightings" from the mid 1980s do not qualify as Folklore. A few tales--most of them from the Indians--are genuine legends. These are the best parts of the book.
"Appalachia Mountain Folklore" is poorly written. Rivers' paragraphs are a casual jumble of loosely lumped thoughts. Adjectives like "very" and "really" occur with astonishing frequency. Paragraphs conclude with sentences that have nothing to do with paragraph in which they are placed. Descriptions are either overlong, or too weak to deserve reading. This book reads like a college paper on Mountain Paranormal Superstitions-- written and printed off an hour before it was due.
I adored Appalachia Mountain Folklore. Rivers’ non-fiction outing is the perfect companion for a cool Halloween on the porch or for reading in front of a roaring fire to fend off the goosebumps that will inevitably rise.