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A Well Spun Tale

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert is about a man named Gabriel, with a secretive past, who is put up against two extraordinary women. His old fling, Frankie, sends her husband, William, to get him to find his son, Robert. Robert’s been the cohort of two women with natures as different as the sun and moon. Gabriel finds himself getting to know these women, but what do they have to do with Robbie’s disappearance?

The book was phenomenal. To me the pacing was fantastically done, keeping the mystery up with clues. However, the clues are not these obvious pieces of literacy, but a hint of a fragrance in the mall. One recognizable, but you’re not sure where from. That is how a mystery and magical book is supposed to feel like. Natasha’s writing style is grand. You get impressive insight into each character, my favorites being Isidore and the two feisty witches. Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk are these two larger-than-life women whose house is something from my dreams. I want to live in that house, with all the roses and spiders, etc. Morrighan is a risk-taking, daredevil and her sister is this sensual being that all women would love to be.

Natasha Mostert explores several ideas in the book that have their roots in history as well as academia. Everything from the US’ STARGATE program to the memory palaces of old are very well researched. She admits to expanding some connections to make the story smoother, but she does so with spider-like touches. Its like Goliath (the spider in the story that the Monk sisters own) is walking on every word of every page the concepts are mentioned. Season of the Witch makes me want to research it all myself.

I do have a couple of problems with the novel, because nothing is perfect. Gabriel was annoying to me. He did grow and becomes someone better, but the man was annoying me. I cared more about the diary entries and William than Gabriel. Gabriel’s problems didn’t mean a damn to me. As interesting characters go, Isidore should have been the one we saw anything through, but then we wouldn’t have actually had this story. Morrighan Monk was interesting and she does help the reader feel the exhilaration that comes with activities such as bungee jumping. Minnaloushe brings us the femininity that lies within all women. They’re like Yin and Yang. Gabriel did not feel like he was needed for anything more than to introduce these people to us.

Overall, though, it was an outstanding read. I just wish there were more books. There needs to be more about the sisters. Now, I do want to say that I think Natasha put herself in the book as a plucky blond with a kid who wants to write a book. See if you can find her.

I give the book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Note: Thank you to my wonderful husband for the title of the review.

Also, you can find out more about Natasha Mostert on her website. Her Facebook is here. Her reader’s group is here.

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Masters of Horror: Jennifer…. Uh, More Like Dinnifer

 

Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I reviewed each episodes for your enjoyment.

 

Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.

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Season One Part Four

Jennifer

Episode four. “Jennifer.” A simple title with very little meaning except for the fact that is the character this episode REALLY revolves around’s name. A cop with the same sort of charm Clint Eastwood must have had at a young age spots a man about to kill a teenager with a disfigured face. After finding out she’s been sent to a mental institution he decides to take her in, but learns it probably would have been better if she had stayed locked up. While she was not really being treated right nothing horrid would happen to him otherwise.

He takes her to his house where she seriously freaks out his cat. After having an intense dream he wakes up to find her standing in the corner only in some bed sheets. His wife walks in and starts screaming which causes Jennifer to scream. His anarchist son walks in and starts swearing when he sees Jennifer’s face. After a yelling match his wife declares that Jennifer has to go.

Mr. Knight-in-shining-armor takes her to everyone he knows and no one will take her. Then the first sex scene of the episode. In a car. A car. Really? Really? Anyways, he takes her back and he claims “just one more night” and his wife declares that either Jennifer goes or she goes. Totally understandable ultimatum. Of a witch. So after Jennifer eats his cat his wife leaves him.

Jennifer kills a kid and the cop tries to get someone at the circus to taking Jennifer, but he finds him in his fridge. He takes her to a hidden cabin and hides out there. He gets a job with a woman and her son. Jennifer sees and gets jealous. Unfortunatly it is entirely predictable from here. I’ve left out some more sex scenes. Its strange.

I would not really recommend “Jennifer” to you.

Episode four gets 2 out of 5 remotes.