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Once Upon a Hex by Dennis Boyer
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Once Upon a Hex

by Dennis Boyer

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It's an interesting book; however, a few things kind of bothered me. First, the book is essentially an extensive list is rural ghostly tales, some of which go as far back as the 1600s. Now, I love ghost tales, but when one reads tale after tale for nearly 300 pages they start to sound the same and lose their frightening effect. Secondly, one of the features I love most about Boyer's other books is that he gives personal accounts and analysis of his treks across the state and the odd people he meets. His storytelling adds a lot of color and wit to his books. However, in this book he just recorded stories from people and didn't add much personal commentary. Nor did he include amusing anecdotes of his travels, as he usually does. Because of the book’s title, I was hoping Boyer would delve into the practice of Pow-Pow, or "Braucherei" as it's alternately known, which is the early folk-magick of the Pennsylvanians Germans (and what the cover of the book alludes to). Unfortunately, he addresses this very little, just a few tales here and there among the myriad tales of ghosts. I found this strange since Boyer himself is a practicing Pow-wow doctor!

Over all it was still good, just not quite what I was expecting. ( )
  Dead_Dreamer | Jan 12, 2010 |
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