“One is never use to the weirdness in one’s life.”-Mark Slade, Lost Spell: An Evelina Giles Book
The book contains six different tales, some of them already appeared in various magazine media. It includes Chicken Foot Blues, Cookie Cookie, Chicken Scratch, Black Dog, Lost Spell, and Dust to Dust. Each tales tell a different story which showcase Evelina Giles'(main character) talent in solving her clients’ problems. Together with her reporter best friend, Jeanie, and her unusually tall assistant Mungo, they’re all out to investigate the unnatural world.
First of all, I’m not a fan of fantasy and horror genre of a story. No matter how much I adore reading mysteries, thrillers, and crimes, I dislike the paranormal ones. So if you’re a fantasy or horror reader, you might not want to read this review. I read this book cover to cover and I was really touched with the Author’s friend’s foreword. It made me think that this book is gripping and full of adventures as it seems to be. But to be honest, I didn’t feel much of that. If the author’s goal is to disgust and make the readers’ stomach churn, he was utterly successful with that.
I wonder why it’s titled as Lost Spell though. The title is included in the six tales but I still don’t understand the significance of it in the story. The author’s way of narrating the story is okay for me. ‘Okay’ is the only word I personally prefer to describe it. Although fantasy is not my cup of tea, I enjoyed reading a few fantasy/horror stories when I was younger. But to be honest, this one’s not for me. In my honest opinion, it’s just a story-telling because I don’t get the sense of each tales. On the good side, I salute the author’s bravery in writing such dark tales. Not everyone has the guts to write such stories. You wouldn’t want to read this book when you are alone at night. Better not read it when you’re eating too. Even now while I’m typing this, the gross scenes from the book still haunt me.
Quotes from the Book
“For a writer you really suck at telling stories.”
This quote’s actually for me. As a writer, I really suck at telling stories. But, I would admit that the author of this book tells the story very well.
“One is never use to the weirdness in one’s life.”
I guess, there’s always a new ‘weirdness’ we discover in our lives everyday so one will never get used to it.
More quotes from the book:
“You know as well as I do, Jeanie, that we never have a plan.” I told her. “And that’s why people get hurt,” Jeanie countered.
“Some of us need more help than others, I supposed.”
“The way she carried herself. She was the center of the universe, or someone’s universe, I should say.”
It was so-so. I did like some parts of the book but I also dislike some. For me, I just didn’t feel like it’s a book that engaged me. I like that it was an easy read. You can literally finish this in 2 hours if you indulge yourself in it. If you are someone who’s into witchcraft and gross stuffs, there’s no doubt this book is for you. Also, I just want to warn you that it contains disgusting scenes so you better prepare your stomach.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
With all honesty, I don’t hate the book but I didn’t like it either. As I’ve mentioned beforehand, it’s not the genre I prefer. So, I hope you’ll still give it a chance, we don’t know, you might actually enjoy it.
You can find the book here and you can find Mark on Twitter.