24 June 2014

Book Review: "The Curse" ("Forbidden Doors", No. 7)

Author(s): Bill Myers (creator) / James Riordan (writer)
Published: May 9, 1997 by Tyndale
Becka and Scott, two Christian siblings, are sent to Louisiana by their mysterious online friend Z to help a girl named Sara, who has taken up voodoo.  The threat is more serious than they realized; Sara won't listen to reason, and has been using voodoo's power to harm others.  Will Becka and Scott get caught up in the occult practice, or will they save Sara before it's too late?
The seventh book in the Forbidden Doors series.

The Good
For one, this story vividly illustrates the power of voodoo, something I didn't really believe did anything until reading it.  It also shows how far one can go to enact revenge on others...yet, it doesn't make him/her feel any better.  As usual for this series, the power of prayer is shown to be the best weapon.

The Bad
The story wraps up a bit too quickly, and the segue into the next one gives away a little too much.  Also, though I don't want to give too much away, the ending feels a bit too Disneyfied.

I was first introduced to voodoo by the 1998 direct-to-video animated film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.  Instead of the usual masked menaces, the titular locale was full of the undead and even had a few cat creatures, which was a different take on the Mystery, Inc., gang than most viewers were used to seeing.  The villains used voodoo dolls to suspend Fred, Daphne, and Velma in the air, keeping them from stopping the dastardly plan; up until reading The Curse, I thought that voodoo was just a Hollywood thing.  Maybe you can't use it to defy gravity, but, according to this book, it still has its power...which makes me feel bad for watching that video again and again and again when I was a kid.  Guess that's proof of how the occult has worked its way into our culture.  Another good entry in the Forbidden Doors series.

Score: 4/5

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