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Universal Harvester
Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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shortsarahrose
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Thank you so much @CloakNQuill for my #CreepyChristmas goodies! It‘s the perfect mix of creepy and cozy for winter. The candle smells so good and I‘m looking forward to trying out the markers. I‘m looking forward to the tagged, which sounds creepy and weird and takes place in a small Iowa town only 1.5 hours from where I live. The Hacienda looks perfectly spooky and gothic. And always ❤️ chocolate 😋

Thanks @teebe for hosting this fun swap!

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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book124
Full disclosure: It took awhile for me to figure out what exactly was going on in this book. I‘m not sure if it‘s because I listened to it instead of reading it, but I was mildly confused for much of the beginning. Once I caught up with the plot, though, I really got into it. I‘m not sure, however, that the “bad guy” had a believable enough motivator for their actions.

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Decalino
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Pickpick

This truly unsettling book takes place in a small Iowa town in the 1990s, where a young video store clerk named Jeremy gets reports of something strange on a couple of rentals and becomes almost unwillingly involved in the search for answers. Creeping dread and profound loss are threaded through this strangely haunting story; anyone looking for a linear plot and simple answers will be disappointed, but the ambiguity makes it even harder to forget.

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BoldCityBooks
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Pickpick

This was my second time reading this book and I love it even more now. Don‘t expect to understand everything, just expect to be creeped out. Darnielle takes a less is more approach here and I love it!

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Zoes_Human
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Mehso-so

I don't really know what happened here, but I enjoyed the trip.

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Zoes_Human
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Reading horror on the porch at twilight with the wind blowing through the leaves of the trees is delightfully creepy.

Bklover Sounds perfect! 9mo
Ruthiella You‘re a braver reader than I! 😱 9mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Pickpick

This was good - really well written, like his first novel. It was strange though, and I never reached a point where I fully understood it. Not for a lack of trying!

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BeeMagical
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Mehso-so

Book 20🎧 (10% of my goal!)
This was quite a strange listen. And I won‘t lie, I definitely got confused as to whats going on and when. Time jumps, character jumps, story jumps😵‍💫I don‘t think I ever got a clear story😂

I was really drawn in by part 1 - and I still want to know what the hell is going on with those tapes!😤

* I started watching Archive81 on Netflix and love it! Giving me “lock every door(Sager)” vibes!! Anyone else watching it!

Oryx Agree, very odd book. I want to watch Archive 81 - it's on the list to watch next. 12mo
BeeMagical @Oryx oooo I hope you like it!! It gets pretty wild, I can‘t wait for a season 2!🤞🏻 12mo
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Leftcoastzen
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A slow burn of a book about something creepy going on in Iowa .Jeremy works at the Video Hut & things begin to get weird as customers return videos complaining of odd scenes being added on the tapes.Are these crimes or something else ? Also made my goodreads goal! 1st book finished in
#20in4 #NewYearSpecial readathon

vivastory Congrats on making your GR goal🎉🤘📚 I loved Darnielle's previous 2 books. I'm contemplating of driving to see him on tour for his new one 13mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I will have to check his other books out.His descriptions of the Midwest were great. I‘m sure I‘d be surprised by both what has changed and what hasn‘t where my grandparents used to live.which one of the authors other books did you like the best? (edited) 13mo
vivastory The only other book aside from Universal Harvester that I've read is Wolf in White Van. I completely agree about the descriptions of the midwest. He really nailed the descriptions of Iowa in UH 13mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 13mo
Avanders Just added to my Libby tbr list 😁 13mo
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vivastory
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This is, sadly, not the copy that I read. I vividly recall when ARCs of this were being released & jealous of the copies in the clamshells! I read, & loved, Darnielle's debut novel Wolf in White Van 4 years ago, but when UH was released I heard many mixed things from all over the place. Jeremy works at Video Hut in Nevada IA in the early 2000s when customers start to complain about unusual scenes split into movies. Darnielle's novel is about👇

vivastory family & memory & the specific psychic space in which the narrative occurs. I would be shocked to learn that Darnielle had not spent time in Iowa. He really nails the particularities of the region. I greatly admired this elusive novel & am eagerly anticipating his forthcoming novel. 1y
Leftcoastzen I‘ve almost picked this up many times….my mom born in Iowa , raised mostly in MO. (edited) 1y
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I never lived in Iowa, but I used to have family there that I visited & I would always pass through when I lived in MN. I think you'd really like it. He's a really interesting person. 1y
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Leftcoastzen Sounds good, adding to #TBRmountain 1y
Megabooks Great review. I‘m glad you go to this one. 👍🏻 1y
vivastory @Megabooks Work became a bit overwhelming and I had to set it aside for a few days. I'm glad I returned to it though. 1y
BarbaraBB It sounds really good I think. 1y
BarbaraBB … and I see that I had stacked it already! 1y
vivastory @BarbaraBB I think you would like it. It reminded me of Iain Reid's books in parts 1y
BarbaraBB That‘s a recommendation. And one @Megabooks made too, I now remember. Must read it. 1y
Suet624 Jumping in here to ask if you‘ve seen Dune at the theatre yet. 😃 1y
vivastory @Suet624 This upcoming weekend! I wanted to give it a week to let the crowds not be as intense. I can't wait! Did you see it? I was talking to a friend last night & was telling him that I was surprised that with all of the talk surrounding Dune that I haven't heard mention of the documentary Jodorwsky's Dune. It's by far one of the most interesting documentaries I've seen about a movie that was never made. (edited) 1y
Suet624 Oh gosh, Scott. I don't know if you remember but when the first trailer came out I freaked out and posted about it. (The Pink Floyd music was a brilliant addition.) Then I had to wait a year. Saw it last night. You should come to Vermont - there were 6 of us in the theatre - granted it was a Tuesday, but still... It was the quickest 2.5 hours I've ever spent. It was so good. I'd love to see it in an Imax theatre, but that's not (cont...) 1y
Suet624 happening in Vermont. I'd have to go to Boston or Montreal. They do a great job of telling the story for those who haven't read the book. Not too much gore which was great. Beautiful imagery, sandworms were fantastic. I have heard several bloggers talk about the documentary and I want to find it. I sure don't want to oversell it, but I'll be going again (even though my theatre smelled a bit too much like a bunch of kids had peed in their seats. 1y
vivastory @Suet624 It feels like years ago that the first trailer was released. I've been really looking forward to it as I love Denis Villeneuve's movies. My plan is to go on Saturday afternoon, so I don't think there will be too many people in the theater. I def missed the movie going experience during the pandemic but as I have attended more movies I have had to readjust to some of the minor annoyances of being out in public. As much as I enjoy the book 1y
vivastory @Suet624 I have the suspicion that this could be a case where I like the movie even more. Fingers crossed! 1y
Suet624 @vivastory Images still linger in my mind from the movie. I can't wait for you to see it. Let me know what you think. 1y
vivastory @Suet624 I definitely will 👍 1y
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vivastory
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Guys, someone just knocked on my door *right* as I read the last sentence on this page & I may have yelped. I'm deceased. 💀

LeahBergen 🤣🤣 1y
Ruthiella 😱What timing! 😂 1y
sprainedbrain That book creeped me the hell out. 😳 1y
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Suet624 I'm reading and watching a baseball game at the same time with the volume off. Maybe that would help you with your creep factor. (edited) 1y
Leftcoastzen @Suet624 go Red Sox! 1y
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen 😻 😻 😻 1y
Megabooks I hope you‘re enjoying this. Such a great book! So creepy. (edited) 1y
sarahbarnes Woah…just this page is creeping me out! 1y
Reggie Lolol awesome! 1y
Nute No late night knocking on our doors when we‘re reading scary books!😱 1y
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Megabooks
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This is definitely more an atmospherically creepy book rather than horror.

It‘s the 1990s, and Jeremy works in a local video store in Iowa. He and other employees find home video snippets inserted into movies. At first, they are just of landscapes, but then they begin to see hooded figures… They search for answers on a local farm, but it isn‘t what meets the eye. The book takes place in 90s, 70s, and today to answer who made the videos and why.

vivastory This sounds great! Will def be checking it out. I do think that horror is such a wide umbrella now that atmospheric creepy books can fall into the genre. 2y
Megabooks @vivastory it‘s a really interesting story with an interesting structure as well. I appreciate the way he brought it all together in part 3. I think you‘ll enjoy it. 2y
Cathythoughts Thankyou for the tag 👍🏻 I‘ll check it out 2y
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dylanisreading Sounds good! I really like Darnielle's song writing. 2y
BarbaraBB Sounds good! 2y
Megabooks @Bianca I don‘t listen to much music, but he does have a way with lyrics, and that‘s apparent in his fiction, too! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it is good! A very interesting book. 2y
BarbaraBB Would I like it? 2y
Centique Well that settles it then. I must read it! 2y
Megabooks @Centique if you liked WIWV, then you‘ll probably like this too! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you would like it, but I‘m not 100% confident. It has some similarities to I‘m Thinking of Ending Things, which I remember you enjoying, as far as the creepiness and slow build. So maybe factor in how much you‘d like a similar book. 2y
BarbaraBB I loved that one and you remembering that is amazing! I‘ll stack! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB oh fantastic!! Flexing my memory skills there! 💪🏻🧠 2y
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Megabooks
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I forgot how f**king creepy this book is…maybe not the best choice for after midnight!! 😬 It‘s a #reread but first time with the #audiobook.

Cathythoughts 😬 I must look it up , I like a bit of creepy 2y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts I didn‘t remember it well, at least not as well as his debut, which was one of my favorites of that year. (Tagged) But I‘m enjoying this. It has The Ring vibes to it, in the it has to do with videocassettes and creepy images, but the plots are different. (edited) 2y
Centique I loved WIWV 😍 but I have yet to read this one. Will I be scared silly? 2y
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Cathythoughts Stacking the Wolf one & I‘ll see how I go 👍🏻😁 2y
Megabooks @Centique this one is definitely more creepy than scary. I‘m about halfway done. I‘ll tag you in my review. 💜 2y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts fantastic!! 👍🏻💕 2y
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sprainedbrain
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This book is not horror (which is a bummer because I‘m doing my own 50-states-50-scares challenge and I had this for Iowa), and it‘s creepy weird and ambiguous, but the writing is really, really good. I loved the unreliable narrator and the sneaky way Darnielle kept me listening. Very impressed with the way he captured the atmosphere and tempo of rural Iowa, and the ending was pretty amazing.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Also my #HereHear book for #Booked2021.

vivastory Is your list for the challenge up on your blog? I've been contemplating doing the challenge too... 2y
sprainedbrain @vivastory no, I haven‘t put it anywhere but on my reading log spreadsheet. I keep meaning to blog about it but I‘m so behind all the time. This was only my 4th one, so probably won‘t get it done this year. And now I need a new Iowa book if I want to keep it honest. 😳 2y
vivastory Are you doing it as books set in Iowa but author can live elsewhere? 2y
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sprainedbrain @vivastory just set in Iowa. I used the list from NYT that you shared last year, and also this list: https://www.bustle.com/p/whats-the-scariest-book-set-in-your-state-here-are-all-... and then for the states I‘ve already read both books, I just started googling. 😄 I might try this one for Iowa 2y
vivastory Also, I know you read it before but if you want to reread it I remember that a portion of Cronin's The Twelve takes place in Iowa. I've heard great things about Lamb Will Slaughter etc 2y
sprainedbrain @vivastory Yes! I forgot about that in The Twelve. Gosh I love that series. 2y
vivastory I think I'm going to reread it next year. Definitely one of my favorites 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @vivastory @sprainedbrain I am intrigued by this challenge idea also!! Although I‘m really ready to be done with challenge prompts right now, this one makes me reconsider … 👻 2y
vivastory @BarbaraTheBibliophage I still haven't completely committed to it. I love horror fic, so it wouldn't be too much of a problem to get through it. It'd prob take me over 2 years though... 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @vivastory That‘s just about how I feel. No reason to rush it! I might just start a spreadsheet and see how I do. (edited) 2y
sprainedbrain @BarbaraTheBibliophage @vivastory I have no timeline for it, I‘m just planning to read one for each state. I might see what I can find for DC and Puerto Rico, too. 😃 2y
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Susan
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Up next. Trying to get after it this year.

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HeathHof
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This is not a book I would reccomend to others because it is creepy, weird, confusing and vague. However the writing was so atmospheric that I couldn't help but be compelled to keep reading despite the fact that I mostly didn't know what exactly was happening or where the hell it was going. Continued below

HeathHof The ending left me unsettled and with questions unanswered but the writing was good and I'm still glad I read it although the story itself was like a strange disjointed dream that left me scratching my head in the morning. 🤔🤔🤔 3y
Megabooks Have you read his other one? I enjoyed both 3y
HeathHof @Megabooks I got it from the library today! 3y
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HeathHof
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Today I went to the library for the first time in a couple of years looking to find some books for the little readers and something random and unplanned for myself. The cover to this one caught my eye, it matches my NIN tee shirt and nail polish. 🤣

HeathHof There's not a summary for it on Litsy so here it is: Jeremy is a 22 year old kid in small town Iowa working at The Video Hut during the late 90's. A couple of customers report problems with 2 videos. In the middle of these videos there are scenes that seem to have been spliced in..poorly lit home video with odd, dark, sometimes violent and deeply disquieting. There are no identifiable faces or dialogue but there are some recognizable landmarks 3y
HeathHof these are just outside of town. So begins John Darnielles haunting and masterfully unsettling Universal Harvester. The once placid Iowa fields and farmhouses now sinister and imbued with loss and instability and profound foreboding. 3y
HeathHof The novel will take Jeremy and those around him deeper into this landscape than they ever expected to go. They will become part of a story that unfolds years into the past and years into the future, part of an impossible search for something someone once lost that they would do anything to regain. 3y
TheAromaofBooks This sounds quite good! 3y
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diovival
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It's been awhile since this has happened, but......I don't get it. I am confusion. 🤔

rachelm I started this one and bailed. I was also the confused 3y
Hooked_on_books It‘s a weird book. It‘s not you. 3y
diovival @rachelm @Hooked_on_books Nice to know it wasn't just me. I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet but manohman. Tempted. 3y
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moonsinjune
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Mehso-so

Had no idea what was going on but couldn't put it down. Fully reading until 4 am by the tiny cabin nightlight. Felt like Darnielle put on a trucker hat and some Boggs and started chewing a piece of hay all "Folk from round here, we don't much take kindly to city folk" but was trying hard? The writing was pretty awesome though. Was hoping it'd be a little creepier. Heartwarming in places, how it's a gift to have a functional family.

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

Creepy images are showing up on VHS tapes from a local rental place, women are disappearing and no one knows why, but even with such intriguing story ideas this book just never came together for me. It was disjointed and once I finished I was confused.

On another note though, the writing was well done and I would love to read something else by this author. I just think this book wasn't really for me. It's listed as Horror, but it shouldn't be.

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IamIamIam
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🦁 I'm all Leo!
🧝‍♀️ I am a few steps away from finishing a huge crochet project!
📤 Tagged & Maid
🥁 Going to see Face to Face in Brooklyn! 🎸
❤💙💛
#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

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Jenken1998
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Weird but i loved it. Amazing writing. Familiar setting (right where i grew up in rural midwest). Familiar feelings of complete boredom and stuckness. Not a horror book, but a book about healing from loss (or not) in your own weird way. It can be confusing and you have to really reach to connect it all. I'll be the outlier and say i loved it.

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wen4blu
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Last one for #24in48. Hoping I can finish this one tonight AND I figure out what the heck the story is really about.

@24in48

Megabooks It‘s definitely weird! 4y
parttimedomestic I love this weird book! ❤️ I can‘t promise you‘ll figure out the story though. 😂 4y
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Carrdahl
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Panpan

I enjoyed the writing and will have a few images that will stick with me, however the storyline does not. I found it to be distracting and hard to tie together.

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Skyrimir
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So far this break I‘ve finished You and #fashionvictim. Both were wild rides. Next up! Universal Harvester. Starts in a video store. Just a few weeks ago I was explaining to some kids I babysit that Netflix didn‘t always exist and we would go to this place called Blockbuster if we wanted a movie (though my favorite was a mom and pop shop until it closed).

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Read66
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Mehso-so

I liked the writing style but the story arc was puzzling to say the least.

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BeckyRoy
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#libraryhaul Settling in for an evening of #hallmarkmovies and cozy reads 📚 📖

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IamIamIam
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Bailedbailed

I'm bailing on this... I just don't care about any of these characters. They're so empty and they really should be more fleshed out. I guess you'd have to understand small town mid-Western life to really like this? I don't know... absolutely nothing has happened and with 1.28 left, I can't give them anymore of my time. 👎👎👎

Megabooks It is an odd duck. 4y
IamIamIam @Megabooks Yeah, not for me. If it was a movie, I'd have walked out and asked for my money back. LOL, onward and upward! 4y
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IamIamIam
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The race is on!!! 11 days for both of them so it should be a piece of cake...

Universal Harvester is read by the author so we'll see how I feel about it. I'm unimpressed so far by I did just begin.

RadicalReader @IamIamIam David Spade reads his book as an audiobook absolutely amazing you should give it a try he‘s a riot!! 4y
IamIamIam @RadicalReader Awesome! It's stacked! I love a good memoir read by a celebrity. I'm not ashamed to admit that one of the first books I listened to was one of Betty White's books! LOL 4y
RadicalReader @IamIamIam she‘s really genuine and hilarious too books seem to reach a level of ultimately awesomeness when they‘re read by the author adds such a personal touch especially if they‘re comedians makes it all the more enjoyable. 4y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Listen, this is one of those books that is not for everybody (and its marketing as a horror/thriller has done it no favors) but it was very much for me.

A beautifully-written examination of lives lived in small Iowa towns. There are some creepy goings-on with VHS tapes and cults that unite these stories spanning decades, but in the end the tapes don‘t matter all that much. The anticlimax fits well with the quiet nature of the book.

I loved it.

vivastory This has received so many mixed reviews. I loved his other one, so I will definitely be checking it out. 4y
vivastory I think you would like 4y
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Our narrator is wondering what we, the readers, envision when she describes something. I love love love a good breaking of the 4th wall like this.

This book is like Deadpool if Deadpool were a lyrically written meditation on grief and small-town melancholy.

xicanti SOLD. 4y
merelybookish I really enjoyed this book. More than I expected to! 4y
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wtimblin
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Mehso-so

Not too sure about this one. Think I was expecting something (horror, thriller) and it turned out nothing like how the blurb sells it. Basically weird cut shots being found on VHS tapes rented from small town video store in the 90s, and the slow-burn investigation by some folks into what the hell is going on. It doesn't go where you may think. Def one for thought afterwards. Fantastic writing though

Dogearedcopy I was intrigued by your review to see what others were saying and interestingly, other comments are very similar: Great writing but a plot arc that seems to leave everyone bemused. 4y
wtimblin @Dogearedcopy absolutely. I read a few reviews after I finished the book today and was so glad it wasn't just me! It's good but I can't really say why. It's def one you have to take a punt on 4y
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madamereadsalot1
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Mehso-so

This book started out great. The writing was incredibly well done, it had an almost Twilight Zone vibe to it. I loved the creepy undertone, the mystery of it. It was going so well. And then suddenly.... It veered so far off track it became nearly a whole other story. This had so much potential to be an excellent horror/suspense novel. I don't even know what happened to it. I was so disappointed, I almost couldn't finish it. But it wasn't bad.

vivastory I love Wolf in White Van, but have put off reading this one due to the mixed reviews 4y
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory I want to read more of his work. His writing is exceptional! 4y
vivastory I think you'd love Wolf etc. Are you a fan of his band The Mountain Goats? I really dig them. 4y
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory I DO like the Mountain Goats and I had no idea he was from that band!!! That's awesome! 4y
vivastory A man of many talents! 4y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Mehso-so

My review: 🤷‍♀️
I don‘t even know what to say.
It seemed like a framework of a novel. Like a first draft or an outline that needed to be fleshed out.
I really liked Wolf in White Van, but this just left me perplexed and wanting more.

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madamereadsalot1
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Even though I haven't officially started Slave to Sensation and don't know if I will tbh.... @howjessreads #31bookpics #currentlyreading

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WeeziesBooks
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Panpan

This was a huge disappointment. It was promoted as a horror novel but it‘s actually about... grief. And the writing was all over the place. Nope.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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I‘ve read this once before and didn‘t really enjoy it. But, I‘m doing a reread of it and finding I like it a lot now. Not sure what made the difference other than time.

Joy0201 I felt this book was marketed all wrong and that sort of tainted the way I read it. 4y
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HiddenGemBooks
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While working at the Video Hut in his tiny Iowa town, Jeremy connects reports of damaged VHS cassettes. Video Hut owner Sarah Jane and customer Stephanie push him to investigate the strange "second movie" that's popping up on the tapes: a disturbing film that appears to have been shot somewhere close by.

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Kryckett
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Mehso-so

Kept reading for the writing ... tolerated the plot. Which is unfortunate, because I recall feeling similarly about Wolf in White Van.

KateFulfordAuthor If you need a recommendation to bridge the gap, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 5y
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Bertha_Mason
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"At sixty-five miles an hour, the cornfields flicker against the window like stock footage; shadows in between the rows pulse steadily in shades of yellow and green and early brown."

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Kryckett
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It has been a ‘beer on a work night‘ kind of day ...

CouronneDhiver I concur! 5y
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Bertha_Mason
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"Another nagging little question lodged like a bit of grapeshot in his chest. It was nothing major, but the place where he stored them all was running out of room."

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Loralie
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Holy crap this book. I am only on page 40 & just read a line that made my stomach drop. The writing is awesome.

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danibel
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“Not everyone wants to get out and see the world. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you just want to figure out how to fit yourself into the world you already know.”

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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

Huh. I‘m not sure how to describe this book. Jeremy works in a video store & a customer returns a video complaining several minutes of another movie had been spliced in- & the story goes from there. The author says the book is “largely about mothers” but I might argue it is a book about staying & leaving & the price people pay for both of those actions. Did I like it? I loved the writing. A page turner it is not, however. Read it for the writing.

Cinfhen Nice review! 5y
SamanthaMarie I've definitely read books just for the beautiful or interesting writing. The premise does sound promising, bummer it didn't pull through! 5y
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