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Today, The Spooky Bookshelf is proud to present to you an excerpt from Segun Starchild’s The White & Gold People.

About The Book

A dress causes a huge debate across the world as some see it as black and blue and others see it as white and gold. The white and gold people suddenly start to get even stranger visions and develop super human abilities making the black and blue people seem old and inadequate. The government try to quarantine and control their power but the white and gold people react setting the stage for a war between the rival groups.

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Excerpt from The White & Gold People

From Chapter 3 – Aftermath

When writing the book I always imagined it as a movie, and I wanted to write a news coverage that could take place after the dress first made headlines and all the musings that would come with it.

Was the dress a point of evolution?

            “Doctors and nurses have been working non-stop since the early hours of this morning to try and stop the agony of people experiencing hyper luminescence. They have been interviewing patients about what they did yesterday, in the hope of finding the reasons and cure for the mysterious illness. As the doctors and nurses spoke to more and more people, they began to see a common connection between the patients. All of them saw the infamous dress in white and gold.

Doctors around the country started to share results, hoping to find similarities to iron out the cause of the problem. The fact this happened a day after the #dressgate saga is no coincidence and

shows the events are definitely related. The questions now become endless, and the mystery of the dress will continue to linger on. Professor of Human Biology, Kyle Watts, offers his


            ‘It’s truly amazing what has happened over the last few days. There are lots of things we need to verify here, and our primary concern is finding a cure for the disease. In fact, doing so will

probably answer the other questions being – Is there a genetic trait in the white and gold people that is not present in the black and blue people, or can it be attributed environmental surroundings? At what point did this genetic shift or environmental trigger occur, and why don’t the black and blue people experience the hyper luminescence if it is environmental?’

 So you’re suggesting the possibility that humans are evolving?

            ‘Yes, that is a strong possibility, everything is possible at this stage.’ I’m no scientist or doctor but humans have stopped evolving for thousands and thousands of years, we’ve plateaued at this stage for quite a long time now. How or why should we suddenly start evolving now?

            ‘Well yes, we haven’t evolved for a long time, but long and short are relative terms. In fact, we’ve been Homo Sapiens for 150,000 years now which is very short in evolutionary terms. The how and why can be attributed to many factors, one of which is environment, as in the case of giraffes who evolved to have long necks, so they could eat the leaves from tall trees. But why and how this happened now, we are yet to investigate. For now, we suppose that there is a high chance of people who saw the dress as white and gold to have reached the next level in human evolution.’

            So many questions, so little answers. One thing for sure is that humans clearly have an ‘existential crisis’ on our hands. I’m Troy Douglas from ABC7 and we will update you on this breaking news story throughout the day.”

About the Author

Segun Starchild is a writer whose previous works include ‘Black Egyptians’, ‘The Capability Test’ & ‘Kamun vs. Leviathan’. He is a self confessed seeker of ‘The Truth’ and has a great hunger to know the mysteries of life. He has studied the esoteric mysteries of great sages to gain a reputable amount of wisdom and has the blessing of taking a journey through life with confidence and true knowledge of self and kind. He hails from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and is for the unification of the African continent. Segun currently lives in London, working in IT Development and Support and the director of Akasha Publishing Ltd.

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Book Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Ninth House Book Cover
Title: Ninth House Series: Alex Stern Genre: Fiction Publisher: Flatiron Books Format: Hardcover Pages: 480 Source: Personal Collection

The mesmerizing adult debut from Leigh Bardugo, a tale of power, privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

Ninth House was one of my most anticipated releases for October. I like Leigh Bardugo’s writing style. And I admit, I was curious to see if she can actually write adult fiction as well as she writes Young Adult fiction. The answer to that question is, she does.

I picked up Ninth House for the Barnes & Noble Book Club. It was November’s book of the month to read. It took me much longer to read the book because the episcleritis in my right eye made it painful to read – you never realize how much your eyes move until you try to read with an eye that hurts if it moves. In all honesty, I think that’s the only real reason it took so long to read this book.

As with most of Leigh Bardugo’s books, it does have a slightly slow, slightly confusing start. Where the prologue starts, you have no idea of what might be going on. Don’t worry, you’ll get there. You just have to be patient. Once you get into the story though, you’ll be sucked in. I read the last 200 pages or so in one sitting, my eye be damned. I didn’t want to put it down.

I liked Alex. She’s a tough kid but she’s also vulnerable. She comes from nothing, doesn’t feel like she belongs at Yale and from a standpoint of money, she really doesn’t. After all, she’s not rich. Her parents couldn’t pay her way in. She’s there because Lethe wants her. But she redeems herself well.

Dean Sandow is just plain a jerk. He’s one of those men who blames the victim. You’ll see what I mean, but honestly, he’s just a douche of a character that I really didn’t like at any point in the story. You might think he was doing Alex a favor by offering her a scholarship and a fresh start, but he’s only out for himself as you’ll see.

Darlington, an absent character that we get to know vicariously through what amounts to memories, is a mystery even after the fact. I think he’ll figure even more prominently in book 2, for reasons I won’t be disclosing.

Dawes – Pammie/Oculus – is an interesting character. She’s shy, she doesn’t know how to handle people. And she becomes very attached to the people that she cares for. She’s a fierce champion for her friends and those she loves and frankly, she is not to be trifled with.

Detective Turner is another one who is out for himself. He just wants to get ahead and make some money on the side by being Centurion for Lethe. He helps them investigate deaths or crimes that might be related to the Houses, but honestly, I didn’t care for him.

The book deals with some pretty deep situations such as frat parties that end in the rape of drugged girls, rape where the victim is believed to just be acting out instead of being a victim, and even victim blaming – although the victim blaming is in connection with a non-sexual attack. I, and the group of book club members who were mostly women, felt that Ms. Bardugo handled these things well, showing in a veiled way how society sees these types of things.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars because I felt it was awesome but could use some improvement. There were a couple of blatant editing errors. The ending of the book more than makes up for it, but not enough to give it a full five stars.

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Blogtober: Halloween Plans

So, for today’s Blogtober prompt, Anniek & The Library Looter are asking about Halloween Plans.

I’ll be honest… I don’t have any at the moment. Other than going back to the eye doctor for the scleritis that has majorly flared up in my right eye again. My eye seems to have put its Halloween costume on several days early and refuses to take it off. I have a photo, but I don’t want to gross people out.

It’s snowing again – it started Sunday evening, continued on to yesterday, and now it is snowing again. Although there isn’t any snow in the forecast for Wednesday or Thursday, it is likely that we won’t hand out candy as we haven’t bought any and it’s too cold to sit out on the porch with the candy bowl. We can’t let the kids ring the doorbell because we have a dog that goes ballistic whenever the doorbell rings.

I’ll probably curl up on my bed with a spooky book and read, or listen to an audiobook and crochet or knit. I’m so boring. Normally I’m not this boring for Halloween as it is my absolute favorite holiday. But this year, I just don’t have the oomph to do much with school, helping Sarah while she can’t walk on her right foot, and just not feeling all that great.

So what are your Halloween plans?