Howdy, all! I am slowly emerging from this covid enwrapped cocoon to begin to feel like an almost normal person. However, I’m still going to do a few quickie reviews more because I wasn’t impressed with the books and not because I’m lacking for things to say. (Yes, isn’t it amazing how I can find lots to say about books I’m not impressed with? But I’m not going to do that to you all today.) Because I read several mediocre books, I did begin to think it was me (or, well, me with covid) but I finished Megan Miranda’s latest book in one day and that wiped that theory out. I will write up a review for that book, maybe tomorrow. Megan Miranda rules! (Spoken like a true fan girl.)
A Haunted Road Atlas
May 31, 2022
Andrew McMeel Publishing
Blurb: Pack up your Ouija board, wine bra, and squirt guns full of holy water … we’re going on a road trip! From the hit podcast And That’s Why We Drink, this is your interactive travel guide to the hosts’ favorite spooky and sinister sights. The world is a scary place … and that’s why we drink!
Jam-packed with illustrations, fun facts, travel tips, and beverage recs, this guide includes some of the country’s most notorious crime scenes, hauntings, and supernatural sightings. You’ll also find Christine and Em’s personal recommendations to the best local bars and ice cream parlors, oddity museums, curiosity shoppes, and more. Explore some of the most bizarre cases you’ve heard on the show, as well as exclusive new content from bayous, basements, and bars!
Evidently the authors of A Haunted Road Atlas, Christine Schiefer and Em Schulz, are podcasters whose show And That’s Why We Drink is famous. This I didn’t know when I asked to review, but, of course, I do now. It’s for their fans that this book exists. Their fans will overlook the errors I found like the 1800s is the 19th Century not the 1900s. That amateur snake charmer is not an oxymoron. And, I’m pretty sure they meant consonants when they said vowels in relation to the name Megan. Their fans will probably also overlook the lack of sensitivity that allows work place mass shootings to be listed under fun facts. In (not fun) fact, I’m pretty sure that very little thought went into the section title “Fun Facts.”
They have pages and pages of references, which is not in and of itself odd, except that probably 99% of those references were websites. I mean, why bother using books to research? What is this the 20th Century? 19th? 18th?
On the flipside, the places they list can be of interest to those who want cursory information regarding regional haunted sites or true crime. Information is presented in a pretty perfunctory manner (the sounds the ghosts make almost become painful to read because they have not been finessed one iota and end up sounding the same after a while) with what are intended to be humorous asides tossed in. Other, not haunted, places are listed because the authors have visited them and recommend them.
Sorry to say that A Haunted Road Atlas failed to scare me or make me laugh. The fact that the authors sounded freaked out by some of what they wrote makes me think that scary is not what they’re going for. This one is completely for their fans or wannabe fans.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
(This doesn’t count as quickie, does it?) 😉