Magic Eight Ball

by Marion Douglas | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0889740631 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPooker3wing of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 5/24/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPooker3wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, May 24, 2009
On sale at Chapters and looks promising too!

Journal Entry 2 by wingPooker3wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, June 13, 2009
Okay, I admit it. I am like all Winnipeggers - a sucker for a bargain. At $2 for this brand new book, I couldn't resist. But really I liked the idea of the magic eight ball providing necessary life advice. From the blurb on the back:

"At age eleven, Julia Raine and her best friend Lois use a 'magic eight ball' to channel the imaginary voice of Mrs. McCracken, a doll who gives advice on topics from romance to interior decoration. Magic Eight Ball follows Julia as she crosses into adulthood and life deals her one surprise after another. From childhood crushes to accidental motherhood to an unexpected love affair with a woman, Julia's story is told with charm, insight and abundant wit."

Every time I come across a magic eight ball I am compelled to give it a go on whatever perplexing question I have at that moment. I can't help it. As I child I wanted answers too. I asked for and received a Ouija board for my birthday one year when I was 11 or 12. But the darned thing never worked. No matter who else had their fingers on the little table with me, it never moved, it never spelled out the answers. It was a dud. If only I'd had a magic eight ball then.

While I wouldn't say this was the best book I ever read, it was a very enjoyable read. I liked Julia Raine. Even though she seemed unable to make a firm decision about anything, bobbing about her life like a cork on the ocean - a person to whom things happen, rather than a person who makes things happen - she was so very charming, clever and funny, that you couldn't help but hope that she'd take control of her life.

In fact all of Douglas's characters were interesting people. I would have liked to have met Aunt Katherine in person before she departed, leaving her luggage behind.

And I thought the McCracken family was a hoot. Poor Mrs. McCracken with all of her health problems, her kids quarantined in Mason jars, her husband in a coma. Yet she manages to dispense advice on command and even has her own radio show. Thank goodness it was radio though, what with being half nekkid and all.

Should you give Magic Eight Ball a go? Signs point to yes.

Look for it somewhere in the wilds of Winnipeg in the next couple of weeks. I'll release it for gypsysmom's Canada Day release challenge. In the meantime, this is my 22nd book by a female Canadian author read for The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?

Journal Entry 3 by wingPooker3wing at Vaughan Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, June 20, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (6/20/2009 UTC) at Vaughan Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I couldn't find a real magic eight ball so I released this book at the next best thing - a billiard hall!

You'll find it on the ticket dispenser at the parking lot next to Bourbon Street Billiards 241 Vaughan St. I've played pool in that pool hall many a time but always accompanied with someone else. I couldn't decide whether or not to go in by my lonesome, so I asked Mrs. McCracken and she said, "My reply is no." Okay so I chickened out!

This book was released for the Canada Day release challenge in celebration of Canadian books and authors. I hope the finder enjoys it as much as I did. Happy Canada Day on the 1st!

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