Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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"What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black that points at me
Turn around quick, and start to run
Find out I'm the Chosen One, Oh nooooooo . . ."
--Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
The leaves are starting to turn, there's a cool crispness in the air, and the days are getting shorter. It can only mean one thing: My favourite holiday, Halloween, is right around the corner. I was curious how the name Halloween came about and why Sam spelled it (Hallowe'en) in this months' Book Buzz. Good ol' trusty Wikipedia had the answer:
"The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Up through the early 20th century, the spelling "Hallowe'en" was frequently used, eliding the "v" and shortening the word."
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Obviously bookstores are starting to erect their Halloween displays and I have a selected some spiffy titles from our October Book Buzz that you can feature:

Mark Marimen's Haunted Travels of Indiana (9781933272245) 14.95
The author of the 'Haunted Indiana' series is your tour guide.

Kat Tedsen and Bev Rydel's Haunted Travels of Michigan v1 (9781933272184) 14.95
Kat Tedsen and Bev Rydel's Haunted Travels of Michigan v2 (9781933272238) 14.95
Both of these books feature an interactive web site.

Ryan Jacobson's Minnesota Hauntings (9781591933014) 8.95
This is a collection of great ghost stories from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Richard Dorson's Bloodstoppers & Bearwalkers (9780299227142) 24.95
This title features folklore and stories from the Upper Peninsula.

Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations (9780976209911) 14.95
A great book for the beginning paranormal investigator.

Ghost Hunter's Guide to Haunted Ohio (9780962847264) 16.95
The ghost hunter's ghost hunter, Chris Woodyard, shares her best stories.

Odds & Sods

Aubrey, my fiancee finally waded through Ken Follet's Fall of Giants (9780525951650) 36.00. She really enjoyed it, but she decided to read something a little more lighthearted this time around. She settled on Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose (9780765326263) 22.99. Looking anything but purposeful, this is a picture of her on the couch with Lucy and Casey, our two mixed-beagles.

Happy Hallowe'en!

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