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Summer's End Hardcover – October 4, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
This ambitious marriage of postmodernism and horror attempts to blur traditional boundaries between writer and story, as Morton (The Halloween Encyclopedia) places herself in the action. When Lisa helps Dr. Wilson Armitage and Dr. Conor ó Cuinn decipher an ancient Celtic manuscript discovered beside the corpse of a female Druid, she enters a maelstrom of mythic terror and self-revelation. Tormented by the sidh, malevolent faeries summoned by power-hungry scholar ó Cuinn, Lisa invites the Morrigan, a Celtic goddess, to possess her and help her survive an encounter with the death spirit, Bal-sab. Will she sacrifice an innocent child to recharge a chaotic world, or discover an inner power greater than death? This occasionally poetic novella is inferior to the fascinating scraps of lore and speculation surrounding the central plot. Sympathy falters when faced with Lisa&'s self-righteous reactions and convenient victories. While the self-congratulatory stylistic device eliminates suspense, terse encounters with malignant spirits evoke chills, as does the atmospheric presence of Samhain. (Oct.)
"... challenging, exhilarating, darkly-humored, heartbreaking...hands-down brilliant..." -- Gary A. Braunbeck Bram Stoker Award-winning author of TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS
"In Summer's End, Lisa Morton has created something so strikingly unique that it stands alone in the genre...gave me real goosebumps, real chills, and reminded me that horror fiction can and should frighten the hell out of the reader." -- Ray Garton Author of Live Girls and Meds.
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Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those who like something different, those interested in Celtic culture
Trigger Warnings: murder, ritual sacrifice, mass murder
Animals: Cat murder, goat murder, attempted cat murder
My Thoughts: Wow, what a powerful story. It will baffle all expectations, since it is written like a journal. Or did this truly happen? That is the question that is left floating in the reader's mind after reading this.
I've been fascinated by Celtic culture for decades, and so I found this particularly interesting. I wonder how much of this the author has confirmed, or if it is something she made up completely? There is no way to know. I wish I could have read this a couple weeks ago, it would have been perfect for Halloween. If you've been looking for something shiver-inducing, but not too long, check out this awesome novella.
Disclosure: I received an e-book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: When Lisa Morton, author of The Halloween Encyclopedia, is called in to consult on the recent discovery of a fifteen-hundred-year-old Celtic manuscript, she’s at first excited about the light this monumental find might shed on Samhain, the mysterious Celtic precursor to Halloween.
Conor ó Cuinn, the Irish archaeologist who excavated the manuscript, thinks it reveals ancient magic. Lisa is skeptical… until people around her begin dying. Dr. Wilson Armitage, the university professor who was translating the manuscript, is found torn apart by wild animals… or was he actually attacked by vicious sidh, malicious Celtic spirits that wreak havoc every Samhain?
As October 31st approaches, the border between our realm and one of murderous spirits begins to dissolve. Can Lisa survive Halloween night and use her knowledge to set the world right again?
What a great way to kick off the Halloween season. Can you think of anything better than a new novella from the writer who's become synonymous with the holiday?
Lisa Morton is the author of Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween which was awarded the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-fiction, and also won the Grand Prize at the 2012 Halloween Book Festival causing her to become affectionately known as the Queen of Halloween.
Summer's End is unique in that the writer is also the protagonist in the story which leads to this epic opening line. "My name is Lisa Morton. I'm one of the world's leading authorities on Halloween. And this year I discovered that everything I thought I knew, was wrong."
The title explanation was was pretty good, too. "...the Celts had celebrated 'summer's end' (the literal translation of 'Samhain') with a three-day long party of drinking, feasting and horse racing."
What follows is an entertaining blend of real-life Lisa and story Lisa as the author finds herself caught up in desperate attempt to set history back on it's proper track.
Plenty of scarey moments and a few that can best be described as cringe-worthy. Summer's End by Lisa Morton is officially available on October 4th, 2013 from Journalstone Publishing. If you'd like something fresh to kick-start your Halloween spirit, this is the one.
Never mind that, though, because sometimes it's necessary to dismiss practicalities in the pursuit of a good story, particularly one involving the supernatural. However, maybe it's because the story is rather short that I never fully engaged with it, but this book ultimately fell flat for me. When pumpkins began to appear in places that seemed strange even for Halloween, I was 100% along for the ride. And the events that followed, which I can't include without spoilers, were suspenseful, and at about 60% through the book began to feel like a page-turner. Disappointingly the plot quickly fizzled out, and the ending was -- even for a book on the supernatural -- difficult to believe and ultimately unsatisfactory. I'm unsure if the writer placing herself in the story as the protagonist was meant to have a particular effect, but by the time I'd finished the book, I'd forgotten Lisa and the author were the same.
I feel like maybe the target audience for this book is adolescent because, if it were, I can well imagine myself reading it as a 12-year-old and having a much different and enthusiastic review to give. Although I wouldn't recommend this book to my peers, I would recommend it to teens and maybe very young adults who are interested in the Celtics and/or Druids.
I received this book as a Library Thing Early Reviewer, but that did not influence my review.
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Summer's End is a quick, spooky read that will put you in the mood for Hallowe'en.Read more