Tag Archives: Occult

“Night Film” by Marisha Pessl

Marisha Pessl’s follow-up to her 2006 debut novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics is more fun. Whereas Topics deals with the social pressures of an elite high school, only kicking into high gear in the final section, Night Film dives into full thriller mode from the beginning. The story revolves around a mysterious filmmaker with a malignant legacy; the filmmaker’s gifted daughter (recently deceased); and a middle-aged journalist desperate to regain his professional reputation. It’s not great literature, but it is an addictive read. And Pessl has added an innovative dimension to her book—if you download the Night Film Decoder app on your smartphone or tablet, you can access additional material. Night Film is like a spooky B-movie: good enough to scare yourself silly.

Read if you enjoyed: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Carrie by Stephen King

Look for Night Film at Multnomah County Library.

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“The Club Dumas” by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

The Club Dumas is a rich, intriguing trip down the literary rabbit hole. Lucas Corso, a rare book dealer in Spain, finds himself drawn into two mysteries: one involving a lost chapter from Alexandre Dumas’s Three Musketeers, and one centering on an old book that is rumored to have been written by the devil. The reader is thrown into a whirlpool of literary history, romance, sinister characters, and the occult—be careful not to drown.

Read if you enjoyed: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Look for The Club Dumas at Multnomah County Library.