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Friday, April 20, 2012

NEVERMORE by William Hjortsberg_Review

Reviewed for Great Minds Think Aloud NevermoreNevermore by William Hjortsberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Nevermore” is a delightfully detailed historical mystery with paranormal and supernatural overtones. If you love history-if you love Sherlock Holmes-if you love magic and stage magicians-you must read “Nevermore.” Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; a magnetically lovely psychic adolescent who went from New England farm family to upscale wealthy New York Society; Houdini’s determination to prove all mediums are faux vs. Conan Doyle’s fascinated believe in the Other Side; all this combines in a mystery that stirs the soul, raises some goose bumps, and throughout the novel, simply delights.

Is the Afterlife real? Do Spirits survive death, able to communicate across the void with the living, and bring guidance and warnings? Were the ancient Egyptian deities Isis, Osiris, Horus, and Set actually real beings? Or are all spiritualists-mediums-psychics either consciously fraudulent, or at minimum misguided fools? All these points of view are represented in this novel-I leave it up to you, the reader, to decide. Read “Nevermore” and revel in its beauty, historical details, excellent characterisations, and continued mystery. Enjoy!

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