Not good also known as pretty bad CREEPY AFThis made my horror loving heart so happy Once I picked it up I could NOT stop readingI must say reading this on a very dark flight home from the Dominican Republic upped the creep factor a full 10 points I was jumping at the slightest noise and just wishing I could turn on a lightLife Advice Read this in the darkest room possible Candlelight this bitch if you have tooOne of the things that has really stuck with me about this book the format I just felt like it was such a clever way to tell this particular storyAs my first Tremblay I was hella impressed It s safe to say I will continue to pick up anything he writes I ll keep this short and sweet one of the best horror novels maybe the best I ve ver read paul tremblay interviews me or me here book is about a fourteen year old girl named marjorie her Desert Kings (Deathlands, eight year old sister merry and thevents leading up to marjorie s An Officer and a Spy exorcism your attention i have it yes this is both a horror novel and a psychological suspense novel but then it goes thextra step into self referential metafiction in a way that is natural and not gimmicky annoying probably because that part involves a delightful character named karen brissette on the one hand this rests firmly in the canon of possession lit and all the Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, expectations are met the voices the vomit the levitation the inappropriate sexual acts but there s a cheekiness to it at all times a little wink as it slightly adjusts theselements so that they are present but slightly off this isn t played for horror for unease and a sort of Ooko evaluation of the possession genre itself the book is mostly told through theyes of merry now twenty three years old meeting with a woman who is writing a book about marjorie and the family s Naked experiences it cuts between merry now and merry s immersive recollections of thevents that destroyed her family when marjorie began acting Shadow Scale (Seraphina, erratically her parents sent her to a psychiatrist and she was put on medication when her condition worsened andvents sinister and inexplicable occurred her unemployed father turned to the church in desperation under the direction of the inscrutable father wanderly an Claim The Crown exorcism was prescribed and somehow the whole thing became a mediavent and was filmed for television as a reality show since we are relying on the memory of an Nerds eight year old who was kept out of the planning stages the how of this is unclear but it doesn t come across as implausible or silly the way it does in what i just wrote the family was struggling financially and this helped them out of a tight spot desperate people do desperate things things they might later regret so their house is overrun by camera crews marjorie continues to creep through the hallways and merry tries not to get lost in all of it whatever it isessentially it boils down to what allxorcism scenarios are beneath their shrieking theatrics what is really happening is it madness is it actually demonic possession is it the cry for help of an abused child this is a novel concerned with perceptionperspective than with truth there are no In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, easy answers here and you can draw your own conclusions the supernaturalxplanation is just as plausible as the psychological but no matter which way you lean at the Bark end there are prickly stickers that will make you doubt your choice but tremblay adds another layer on top of this familiar storyline with the reality showlement and in life s delicious synchronicity my reading of the book coincided with my starting to watch
Black Mirror So All mirror so all themes of suffering as On Such a Full Sea entertainment and the complicity of the viewer in demanding and therefore perpetuating another person s humiliation is fresh in my mind two things right off the bat he doesn t fall into the ready trap ofither satire or preachiness this is not wry chuckling at reality teevee and the Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! ethical ramifications are put forth in very natural ways by characters who would indeed uestion these things so it doesn t feel like reader directed shame on you which makes it better than black mirror but i ve only seen twopisodes and now let s get to the best part of the book MEEEEEEthe karen brissette character writes a horror blog which is running a 15 year anniversary feature on the show it s not ME me but it s clearly written by someone who has read a review or two of mine while i would never use the word funky or Cannibal ever say anything in r lyehian there is a very familiarnthusiasm and a chatty distracted voice that both delighted me and made me suirm a little when i was reading it in my head in my voice i m a little alarmed that i am so asy to parodyspoof
IT ACTUALLY READS LIKE A MASHactually reads like a mash of me and pms where the thinky parts sound like her and the puppy nergy parts sound like me and i so cringed when karen dropped that das unheimliche thing because YES that is something i have done WHEN APPROPRIATE but i did feel a miniature shame for it to be pointed out and Man, Son of Man except for the ugly capital letters sprinkled throughout her blog posts there s something uncanny DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE also something the book reminds me that i do stalk much tremblay about the voice And we the viewers watch from thiserily liminal vantage point I mean we re there with them but not really there We watch from the spaces between their spaces and that s always where the monster dwells Dwells I saySCARRRRYYYY I mean damn so here we are in the opening minutes of the final Alter Ego episode and we discover that we actually know jack and shit about the house s layout and ARRGGGH OUR HEADSSSS ARE EXPLODINGGGGGso yeah it s pretty sweet karen s role is to place the reality show The lives of the Barretts a normal suburban New England family are torn apart when fourteen year old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophreniaTo her parents' despair the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help Father Wanderly suggests anxorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim ,
His story on our own and that we have the I of a potatoOh but he shows great promise though Never underestimate the power of fear that can be drilled into people s hearts when telling stories about mental illness The schizophrenia wasn t the frightening issue for me It was the paranoia It wasn t the idea of demon possession ither It was the possibility that paranoia can cause unspeakable vil to be committed in this world There are people who are not to be trusted and whether or not it s their fault is irrelevant Just the possibility that someone can smile while they commit horrific acts is Uncommon Wisdom enough to make my blood run cold I rarely give one star reviews I am sure Paul Tremblay is a nice guy but after two of his books I cannot stand him as a writerThe story in this book was silly and contrived The characters were blah and I didn t believe their motivation for anything they did If someone got mad it felt forced If something weird occurred it felt like it was just there so something could be weird The book is not thrilling It is not scary It is bad Exorcist fan fiction I am not sure if anyone wasver really possessed but at no point did I care I can t Unseen City even say it tries hard but falls flat I don t think itven tries at allSometimes I can say that a book is not for me but I can see how others like it I can t say that with this one If you like it that s okay but I don t know why Sorry Paul again I am sure you are a great guy but I am done with your booksSide note Ironically nough this book is the six hundred and sixty sixth book I have listed as read on Goodreads This book blew me away I might have to come back and alter my review because I m not ntirely sure how to process this bookAll I will say about the plot is it revolves around the Barrett family and we are trying to solve the puzzle of 14 year old Marjorie s illness Is she mentally ill Is she possessed by a demon Anything would spoil it all and I refuse to do such a thingThis is definitely a book that will stay with me While it s not overly gory or scary in the traditional sense it IS severely creepy and disturbing with a slow building sense of urgency I found myself flipping pa I was pretty surprised by how forgettable this one was It s one of the popular horror novels this year and the premise about a young girl named Merry witnessing her family dealing with the possible demonic possession of their daughter and their choice to not only perform an God Is in the Crowd exorcism but to film it for a reality show is a set up for some chillingntertainment But I was uninterested through most of this book Much of it has to do with the terribly inconsistent pacing and lack of narrative urgency When I looked at the bottom of my Kindle and realized that I was coming up on the 50% mark with not much having transpired and with no Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard excitement about continuing I knew I was in for trouble Some of the problems with the pacing comes from the book s structure and framing device where we glean the story by switching back and forth from an adult Merry dictating the story of what happened to her family to an author named Rachel doing research for a true crime novel which leads to the POV of an 8 year old Merry during the traumatizingvents But there s also the POV of an annoying blogger dissecting the infamous reality show that documented the The Matriarchs (The Family events The blogger sections specifically prove to be mostly unnecessary I mean yea I get it with these sections we get an idea of what the world knows about thevents through the show and the fact that they differ from what might have actually happened butyawnthe same thing could ve been done and #To An Extent Was Being Done In # an Notes for the Everlost extent was being done in MerryRachel seuences muchfficiently and with less pages of pop culture references less shout outs to horror and crime icons and less words in all caps And as much as I understand choosing to use the little girl POV for the bulk of the novel it ultimately became a chore and all the time spent on setting up the 8 year old girl world took away from the real reason that I picked the book up in the first place For When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) example what was up with Merry refusing to speak to anyone and using notes to talk Ultimately it didn t really amount to anything other than ruining the pacing in what should ve been a reallyngaging pivotal chapterThe dialogue also took away a bit and didn t feel genuine coming across as overly formal and stilted No Biggy! especially in the conversations between Merry and the writer Rachel The theory that most reviewers seem to have by thend view spoilerthat Merry has been the one that was possessed all along and continues to be hide spoiler 35 starsI njoyed this novel of possessionpsychological horrorreality television but I didn t out and out love it It s almost impossible to tell you why without spoilers but I ll try Here s what I liked the most the shout outs to other authors in the dark fiction genre I m sure I didn t pick up on them all but I love being made to feel like I m in on something the references to other characters in dark fiction classics one of which is glaringly obvious and since she was a most fascinating character to me in her first appearance she was fascinating to me in this one too the subtle and sometimes not so subtle references to
reality television and what it does not only to viewers but to those being filmed What I didtelevision and what it does not only to viewers but to those being filmed What I did like wasview spoiler the number of twists at the nd The first one I lurved and actually did the literary version of a double take when I read it The second one I did like but it felt over the top to me Though it really cemented the shout out to that fascinating character I mentioned above hide spoiler. N legendFifteen years later a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie's younger sister Merry As she recalls those long ago Attracting Birds to Your Backyard events that took place when she was justight years old long buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface and a mind bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed raising vexing uestions about memory and reality science and religion and the very nature of vil.
Summary ↠ PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free ¹ Paul TremblaySituation in a historical and pop cultural context and draw our attention to what the show and by xtension the book itself owes to its predecessors she brings up salem The Exorcist House of Leaves The Haunting of Hill House all of those literary and filmic touchpoints and she analyzes what it is we find so compelling about these kinds of narrativesbecause our fascination with this shit isn t new the salem witch trials were a precursor of reality teevee young girls playing for cameras that hadn t yet been invented spectators shivering with shock and can t look away revulsion as fornication with demons was described in little girl lisps and there s plenty to say and karen does about the misogyny inherent in The Works of Saint Augustine exorcism narratives as white men hover over virginal girls writhing on a bed spluttering obscenities and there is such glee in her deconstruction of the show it s a really fun sort of lit crit that i anxiously hope is something has some basis in thefforts of her namesakeit s not often that you get critical commentary of a book in a book as it is happening but it s a neat little trick there are so many opportunities to call out the references the sunroom with its yellow wallpaper inspires a discussion of gilman s The Yellow Wallpaper not in a look how clever i am being way but in an almost Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone exhausted way in the same manner marjorie recites the steps of thexorcism or the details of her possession we ve seen this we know how this goes we are steeped in references influenced by pop culture there s a precedent in My Teacher Is a Robot everything we do but the calling attention to it ironically renders it novel and strange the idea of audience is very important here not just the audience of the show or the fact that watching the show turns merry into an audience of her own life sxperiences but the fact that marjorie s symptoms intensify when merry is in the room the way people being filmed amplify their behaviors for the benefit of the imagined viewers the way the presence of cameras can stifle natural behavior and can modify a dynamic as a subtle power play there s also some commentary on how media manipulates our memories but also how we manipulate them all on our own in one of my favorite uiet scenes grown merry is sitting with rachel the writer going over some of the key moments in merry s past Sitting here in the coffee shop with her outlining her research findings I m getting the sense that she s hiding something from me I don t know how that would be possibleShe wasn t there when it happened And I wasbut memories are not always the truest truths merry was young shielded from parts of her family s life fuzzy on the details confused over what she saw and it s just a nice moment that highlights that distance we all have from our own past and how we interpret our memories in freuently incorrect ways there are lots of fantastic little details here how merry never got over her childish need for attentionaffection and the way she behaved around the crew as an ight year old pleasing the reporters playing for the camera is mirrored in her relationship with rachel as a grown woman she s fragile arrested vulnerable and with good cause it s a surprisingly meaty book much than a typical horror novel but one that will nonetheless satisfy the discerning horror fan plus a version of meeeeeee which is something stephen
KING HAS YET TO DO TO HIS DETRIMENT MOVIEhas yet to do to his detriment MOVIE would like to play myself in this movie pleasepaul tremblay is a clever man this book features a character named karen brissette who says writes things like I promise I ll get to the fun gory horror stuff ventually but you have to indulge me first BECAUSE KAREN SAYS SOi mean
karen s slavishness to the capital aside there s no way i can give this fewer than five stars is thereclever clever mancome to my blog 5 thrilling scary starsIt s official Robert Downey Jr and his beautiful wife Team Downey are bringing out the movie adaption Once upon a time in Hollywood s Margaret ualley Andie MacDowell s daughter got the leading part as Scott Cooper accepted to direct the movie Get ready to scare the hell of yourselves So we re gonna be able to watch this terrifying story and sht our pants What an amazing way to spend your weekend night already stocked my boozes and munchies This book should be categorized as a smartly written masterpiece I loved the pop culture references Since I was ten I have been reading horror books and watching thriller movies so I loved the references and comments that writer used I think I may have read all those books and watched all those movies he mentioned I loved his techniue to use all these selected thriller Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) elements and his vision to combine them and put all theselements at the right places just like finishing a masterpiece puzzle Can t wait to read books of this writer I didn t know whether to give this book 5 stars or 1 so I m meeting in the middleYes it scared me In fact it s Professional Capital exactly 241 am and I m awake because of this book And I have to pee but I m too scared to go to the bathroom by myself and if I wake up my fiance to turn on the bathroom light and wait for me he will think I m some sort of mixture between stupid and crazy And he would probably be rightThere are some problems with this book including the pacing the believability of the 8 year old s suspiciously adult likexplanations and descriptions and the unnecessary addition of Karen the blogger I love the real Karen from Goodreads that this character was modeled after but it doesn t change the fact that the author used the blogger to Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) explain things in the story because he must think we re incapable of following. F demonic possession He also contacts a production company that isager to document the Barretts' plight With John Marjorie's father out of work for than a year and the medical bills looming the family agrees to be filmed and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession a hit reality television show When Berlioz, Vol. 2 events in the Barrett householdxplode in tragedy the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urba. ,That Karen S Slavishness To The Capital