From Page to Projector: ‘Pet Sematary’

Pet Sematary‘Tis the Halloween season, and few authors’ works are more fitting for the occasion in both book and movie form than Stephen King. I’ve reviewed King classics “The Shining” and “Carrie” previously in this space, and this year, I thought I’d take a look at a story I’ve been interested in for some time, “Pet Sematary.”

The book was published in 1983, with the film adaptation coming out in 1989. The story is about a doctor named Louis Creed, who moves to Maine with his wife, Rachel; two young children, Ellie and Gage; and Ellie’s cat, Church. Their new house is situated on a dangerous road on which trucks routinely whiz past. Around Thanksgiving, with his family out of town with Rachel’s parents, Louis gets a call from his neighbor, an old but strong man named Jud Crandall, who has found Church dead in his yard. Jud then leads Louis on a trek beyond the pet cemetery (named “Pet Sematary” by the children who first buried their pets there decades and decades ago) through the woods and swamp to an old Native American burial ground. After Louis buries his cat there, Church returns to the house, though a little clumsier and more vicious in his hunting than before his death and has a horrible stench about him.

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Birthright’

birthright01Have you ever thought about what the child characters of great adventure stories, such as “Peter Pan,” “E.T.” or “The Goonies,” had to deal with once the adventure is over?

You aren’t alone — author Joshua Williamson has thought about that, too. As a consequence, “Birthright” was born.

A young boy named Mickey was playing in the park with his father as his family put together his surprise birthday party. All was going well — until Mickey disappeared.

Time went by, maybe a year, and Mikey was never found. A lot changed in the lives of his family members. And then one day, a man who looks like “A Lord of the Rings reject” is picked up by police and he claims to be Mickey.

He tells a tale of another world, where an evil king is slaughtering a race of people, and Mickey is the chosen one to defeat this king.

However, evil has a hard time staying dead.

I was totally captured by this story. Williamson has a wild imagination, and I loved every minute of it. Yes, it might have hints of “Lord of the Ring” tendencies, but it definitely has some major differences. What will happen to this little boy who had to grow up way too fast?

The art and coloring by Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas are compelling. This duo forces you to feel every emotion the family goes through: sorrow, anger, defeat, depression and many more. The action in other parts of the story jumps off the page, with dynamic colors and movement.

I recommend this new title. The first issue was just released, so go grab this issue now!

Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Game Cloud: Halloween quiz

I have another gaming platform to play with. YAY! It’s Game Cloud and I’m super excited to see what I can do with it. For starters, I built this Halloween trivia quiz.

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Arthur Hufnagel Library of Glen Rock to host wine tasting event

The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock is hosting its sixth annual Taste of the Valley wine tasting event featuring Logan’s View, Allegro, and Jackson Square wineries.

The event will be 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library. Other highlights include live music by local band 3 Dollar Suit, a variety of appetizers by Seitz Catering, and an offering of homemade desserts made by our own Friends of the Library.

The evening also features a large display of original art to be raffled; as well as a silent auction highlighting a private concert by 3 Dollar Suit. The ticket price of $35, which includes a commemorative etched wine glass, directly benefits the Hufnagel Public Library.

For details or to purchase tickets, call the library at 717-235-1127. The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library is located at 32 Main Street, Glen Rock.

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Sign up for York County Heritage Trust’s “Lunch with the Librarians”

The York County Heritage Trust is offering Lunch with the Librarians at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York. The informal lunch program will be titled “Tracing Your Roots: Basic Genealogy Using YCHT Collections.” Lunch with the Librarians is free, but registration is required. The casual format will allow for lots of interaction and questions and answers.

Lunch with the Librarians is open to first-time researchers and individuals who are interested in improving their research skills, and the discussion will typically focus on the basics of family research, tips for using the numerous resources available, and genealogical research skills. The Library & Archives at the York County Heritage Trust offers a wealth of resources and assistance for researchers in any topic area.

Registration and lunch orders are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Deli lunches are available for $10 or you may bring your own lunch. Please email Amanda Eveler to register and order at

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Author Harold Holzer to sign books in Gettysburg on Nov. 15

Author Harold Holzer will be at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Nov. 15. He will be signing his new book, “Lincoln and the Power of the Press: the War for Public Opinion.” At 4 p.m., the author will speak about “Lincoln and the Power of the Press: at Gettysburg and Beyond.”

Both events are open to the general public and books will be available at the Museum and Visitor Center bookstore. The lecture is free of charge and seating is limited on a first-come, first-served ticketed basis. Free tickets for the lecture are now available by calling 877- 874-2478.

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From Page to Projector: ‘Gone Girl’

gone girlWhen “Gone Girl,” a thriller by Gillian Flynn, became a rapid best-seller almost immediately after its 2012 publication, people knew a movie would shortly follow. Sure enough, just two years later, a film adaptation directed by David Fincher (of “Fight Club” and “Seven” fame) and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

The film has so far done as well as was expected, topping the box office in its opening week and bringing in $37.5 million domestically. The story’s twisted plot and questions about how well people in relationships know each other have audiences in both mediums riveted.

It’s about a former magazine writer named Nick, whose wife, Amy, has gone missing, presumed kidnapped or dead. There are a number of factors involved that make her disappearance raise a few suspicions, from the state of their relationship after their move from New York City to his hometown in Missouri, to Nick’s (thought-to-be) undercover affair with one of his college students. Nick has support from his twin sister, Margo, in uncovering secrets from Amy’s past in an attempt to find her kidnapper, but the police are still wary of him, all of which leads to a mystifying and gripping final half of the story.

… And if you want to know nothing else about said plot before reading the book/seeing the movie, just know that the book and movie go together pretty well and that the movie captures the book’s tone in ways only a movie can. If you love thrillers, pick up the book or go see the movie. As to how exactly the two plots measure up …

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Pride of Baghdad’

PrideofbaghdadIt is hard to believe it has been more than a decade since the start of the wars in the Mideast. News of bombings, airstrikes and soldiers dying has become so commonplace in our media that we shrug it off as everyday stuff.

“Pride of Baghdad” brings back to mind the feelings of those times, when the attacks on the World Trade Center and elsewhere on U.S. soil were so fresh in our minds. But instead of boosting my patriotism once again, “Pride of Baghdad” gives me a different perspective some 10 years after the events.

In the comic, we meet a pride of lions: Zill, the head male; Safa, the old, experienced lioness; Noor, the bull-headed female; and Ali, the baby cub.

Noor wants to break out, to free herself, the pride and the rest of the zoo from their captivity. The three grown-ups have been beyond the walls, but Safa has had the most experience, and she knows they are living the cushy life, even if they don’t hunt or have freedom.

A few pages into the comic, Noor gets what she wanted: The bombings knock down the walls of the zoo. She isn’t too happy at first, though. “There’s an old saying, Zill. Freedom can’t be given, only earned.”

The rest of the comic follows these characters as they explore their surroundings and try to make it to the jungle. The ending is tragic and really portrays the destruction the war had created.

Brian K. Vaughan really knows how to tell a story and is one of the most creative comic book writers I have stumbled across while reading. He is well-known for so many titles, including “Y: The Last Man” and “Saga.” I don’t know of anything he has done that hasn’t been a smashing success. He really humanizes the characters and really draws out the heart, soul, pain and struggle that each faces. He doesn’t make it easy to read, but also pulls you in so you don’t want to put it down until it is over.

The art by Niko Henrichon is colorful and engaging. You feel the emotions of the lions, even just by the facial expressions. Everything is vivid, despite the orange haze of the desert air as bombs push debris everywhere.

I really recommend this graphic novel, which you can get at your local comic book shop or online.

Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Trinity Lutheran Church in Wrightsville to host historian and author Michael Maloney

Michael Maloney, author of “Murder at Accomac” will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 243 Hellam Street, Wrightsville. His talk will delve into the local lore of Wild Cat Falls, the operation of ferries on the Susquehanna, shad fishing and mayflies, according to a news release.

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Dillsburg Library to hold used book sale

The Dillsburg Area Public Library will hold a used book sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 during the Dillsburg Farmers Fair. The book sale will be at the back of the library, which can be accessed through the alley. Gently used hardcover and paperback books for all ages will be available at great prices!

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