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Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World Paperback – September 30, 2010
I finished this book over 5 days ago, yet her dead animal story, "Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole," is still with me. Now that's a good storyteller! --Nicole Henke, Bless Their Hearts Mom
From the Inside Flap
Casey's brother had died while clutching a Magic Kingdom ticket.
Casey kept the ticket under a refrigerator magnet so he'd see it every night before he went to his job as a monorail pilot; Saturday, though, he notices it's missing.
At work, he locks up the monorail fleet for the evening and starts hurrying to his car, only to stop when he hears the whoosh of a train on a nearby beam.
"I know I secured them," he says on a call to his supervisor. "Should I go back and investigate? Someone could be joyriding."
"No one told you?" his boss replied. "We have special hours for guests who held non-expiring tickets at death."
Top Customer Reviews
So, I am double delighted that my copy of this book arrived on 10/15 so that I can enjoy it into Halloween. I have had the pleasure of seeing and sampling some of these stories in their infancy over the past year and cannot wait to see how they ended up in print.
You know how Stephen King has that uncanny ability to tap into the familiar? Imagine that, but for a Disney fan...
Stephen King meets Walt Disney - what more could you want!?
Kristi Petersen Schoonover is a talented writer with a flowing, easy-to-read style. Her troubled characters and spooky storytelling captivated me and I read this book in a day and a half, always eager for when I could return to it. I found the references to Disney Parks in each story vivid and fun. Anyone who enjoys ghost stories will want to get a copy of this book, and this is must-reading for adult Disney Park fans.
I enjoyed all of the stories, but if I had to choose, my favorites were All This Furniture and Nowhere to Sit, and Charlotte's Family Tree. In the former, a wife goes nuts bidding on expensive Disney memorabilia such as a Small World boat, a monorail cabin, and cars from the Peoplemover. As the house turns more and more into a deserted amusement park, eerie things begin to happen. In Charlotte's Family Tree, a mother must confront the ghosts of her past in the Swiss Family Treehouse. Behind the haunting tales is the profound message that a person can escape from the world for a few days, but can never really escape himself. I can't wait for more books in this delightful series.
While there is a lot going on, I absolutely loved it. It all ties in together at the end because, hello, that's what a good mystery book does. So I absolutely encourage all mystery fans to pick up this book and read it.
The book is a quick read and a few of the stories are pretty good, but I don't think there is quite enough "haunted" nor quite enough "Disney" to really attract the readers of each or both of these interests. Worse, it seems like the stories could stand alone on one or the other - haunted or Disney and it seems almost like pandering to go for both.
The writing flowed easily, but I was irritated at several instances where I had a hard time believing a character would do what they were doing when the actions seemed so unlikely. A sense of realism was often conveniently overlooked in order to steer the reader toward a given plot point.
Overall, I'm glad I read the book, but I probably won't be reading it again or buying it for anybody else.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't usually write reviews but felt this book deserved one.
You have to possess a really creative mind to think of using Disney World as the focal point of a book... Read more
I was excited to get my copy of "Skeletons in the Swimmin'Hole" for Christmas, but after I read it, I was thoroughly disappointed. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by A. Ross
Maybe I should be a tad embarrassed about this, and it's true I almost never read the horror and thriller genre ... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by Zinta Aistars