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PostSubject: Julian's House by Judith Hawkes   Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:59 am

A few weeks back, I went through my mother's bookshelf looking for new goodies. I found so many that I've been busy ever since. One of the nicer books I found was "Julian's House" by Judith Hawkes. The plot is simple: A married couple, both working for a paranormal investigation company, temporarily move into a reportedly haunted house to find out if there is in fact paranormal activity. It turns out there is, and quite a bit of it, but it is unsure (and remains unsure) whether the house itself is haunted, or whether one of the couple is (perhaps unintentionally) producing the results.

I think the book is not only for readers who believe in the paranormal, but also for skeptics. Its emphasis lies strongly on the unknown factors contributed by the human brain and imagination. While it doesn't exactly rule out the possibility that there is an actual ghost in the house, it definitely promotes the idea that the human brain may have capacities that are unknown to us yet. In this way, it is similar to Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House", which leaves the reader uncertain if the house is haunted, or if Eleanor is insane.

I really like the novel, but I'd only give it three stars, since I'm not sure it's a book for everyone.

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PostSubject: Re: Julian's House by Judith Hawkes   Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:03 pm

You've made it sound interesting, but at this point I'm not sure I would go out and look for it. Thanks for the review, though!

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