The Ghosts of Belfast
June 4, 2013 -
Though certainly not too farfetched from Ireland's
dark past, The Ghosts of Belfast is the fictitious story of IRA soldier
Gerry Fegan and the twelve ghosts haunting him. Each a victim of murder
and terrorism by Gerry and his treacherous associates, the ghosts
disappear and stop tormenting him only after those responsible for the
crimes are eliminated. He's thought to be crazy by those who see him
talking to thin air—the spirits only he can see—but he appeases the
ghostly victims of war torn Belfast by going after the guilty.
by Stephen King
May 30, 2013 - I recently read "Under the Dome" on a whim. I wanted to get to it before the TV series begins (June, 2013), even though I had other books lined up to read before it. I wouldn't consider it one of King's better novels, but it was interesting all the same. The story has many characters, most of whom become pawns in the game of selectman Jim Rennie and his crazed son, Junior. As soon as the dome falls over this unfortunate town, the evil wheels in Rennie's head start wreaking havoc quickly. Everyone becomes targeted in his seedy attempt to exude power. It makes one wonder if any town's people would fall to the deviate levels of those of Chester's Mill, if put through the same scenario.
Stephen King has a knack for exploiting crazed religious fanatics. Rennie always notices the evil in others, as he quotes scripture and talks of God's wrath, while ignoring the fact that he's the most evil person in the town. The level headedness of some of the others, especially Dale Barbara (aka Barbie - short order cook, decorated army veteran) and Julia Shumway (editor and publisher of the local newspaper) reminds us that sanity still exists here.
The crazed antics of the town's people and their shared need to survive in a town covered in a mysterious dome kept my interest throughout. At first, everything (cars, trucks, planes, birds, and even people) crashes into the indiscernible dome. But unimaginable terror hits home when the air becomes stale, and breathing becomes more and more difficult; murder and death runs rampant. And people become mad and hysterical when faced with such conflict. Anything can and will happen when folks realize that they're secluded and shut off from the rest of the world. Let the show begin!
by Diane Setterfield
by Michael Weems
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