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Book Title: The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost|
The author of the book: Brad Strickland
Date of issue: March 19th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780141311036
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.34 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.6
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Another mysterious evil book? Brad Strickland, you know you can do better! This was a long-needed return to Johnny’s relationship with his dad. It’s a very poignant and driving problem in Johnny’s life, and has the potential for some great drama. Although Major Harrison Dixon is extremely present in this book, the real conflict isn’t truly about him. If Strickland had made Daddy Dixon’s relationship to his son the driving thrust of the book, it would have done two things – 1) given the characters a chance to grow and change a bit and 2) given the novel a thematic cohesion.
This one is all over the map. I like that, theoretically – the Bellairs books work well when they explore new territory. Setting every story in Duston Heights gets stale after a while. But first we’re in Florida, then we’re in Colorado, then we’re back in Duston Heights, and then we’re in the crazy Spirit World, and it lacks cohesion.
The mysterious evil book literally turns up without a reason at all. There’s just no excuse – there’s gotta be a way to tie that in more believably than having somebody just randomly find it in their tourist cabin. And the reasons Strickland creates for getting Major Dixon back to Duston Heights are embarrassingly illogical.
That said, there’s still some good things in this book. The action scene at the end works, the solution that they come up with feels real and earned and satisfying. Also, the Spirit World is straight out of somebody’s acid dream. The series has never been this far out and metaphysical. And the return of an old bird-shaped friend is fun, too, even if he doesn’t really do much until the very end. And of course, how many people remember a one-off character from the Trolley to Yesterday? The uniqueness of Trolley, it’s one-off nature with respect to the rest of the series, makes it a really out-of-the-blue callback, but that said, I still enjoyed it.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Bradley Strickland (b. 1947) is the author (or co-author) of over 60 novels and over 60 pieces of short fiction and poetry.
Born in New Hollard, Strickland earned his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Georgia. He has taught English courses at the University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University, Truett-McConnell College, and, since 1987, at Gainesville State College.
His first novel was 1986's To Stand Beneath the Sun, followed quickly by the books in the Jeremy Moon trilogy.
Strickland has shared co-author credit on many of his books: with his wife, Barbara, on stories in the Star Trek and Are You Afraid of the Dark? properties; and with the late author Thomas Fuller, books in the Wishbone series, involving the popular Jack Russell Terrier from the Public Television series of the same name. Strickland and Fuller also collaborated on numerous original works, including the Pirate Hunter series, the Mars: Year One series, and the comedic mystery for adults, The Ghost Finds a Body.
After the death of John Bellairs, Strickland was approached by John’s son, Frank, to complete the two books his father had already started; these unfinished manuscripts became The Ghost in the Mirror and The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder. Strickland also wrote two books based on brief plot outlines left by Bellairs: The Drum, the Doll and the Zombie and The Doom of the Haunted Opera. Beginning in 1996, Strickland has kept Bellairs' legacy alive by writing the further adventures of Johnny Dixon and Lewis Barnavelt. Books in the corpus include The Hand of the Necromancer (1996); The Tower at the End of the World (2001); The House Where Nobody Lived (2006); and his most recent title, The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer (2008).
In 2001, Strickland won received the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Children's/Young Adult Division, for When Mack Came Back, set in WWII-era Georgia. Strickland says the story "is based on the farm owned by [his] grandfather, where [I] often visited when [I] was a child." Kong: King of Skull Island was released in 2005, an illustrated tale by Strickland, author John Michlig, and fantasy artist Joe DeVito that serves as both a prequel and sequel to the epic story of the legendary ape.
Strickland is an active member of the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, where he writes and performs in numerous audio drama projects. He was awarded the ARTC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He is married to the former Barabara Justus and has two grown children.
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