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review 2018-09-02 06:34
Horrorstör (audiobook) by Grady Hendrix, narrated by Tai Sammons and Bronson Pinchot
Horrorstör: A Novel - Grady Hendrix

I reviewed a paper copy of this back in February, so I won't be writing a summary this time around and don't plan on writing a lengthy review.

I definitely preferred this in paper form. Although Bronson Pinchot did an excellent job reading the product description pages in a cheerful and comforting advertiser voice, it wasn't quite the same as getting to see the images. I know that the library checkout included an enhanced content PDF download that may have had all of those images, but I couldn't figure out how to download them on my phone (if that was even possible) and, even if I could have, it still wouldn't have been the same as reading the text and having it all right there.

Tai Sammons was okay as the narrator of the bulk of the text. She fit Amy reasonably well, and I thought she did an excellent job with Ruth Anne. Her Trinity voice grated, but that was probably the point. I really didn't like her take on Basil, though, and overall I felt like her narration leeched out a lot of the creepiness I remembered from my initial reading of the book. Then again, that might just have been due to me having read it before and knowing what would happen.

My favorite part of the book was still the bit where Amy was trapped in the Liripip. It was an excellent use of the location and Amy's Orsk employee skillset.

All in all, this was a decent audiobook, but I'm glad my first exposure to the story was via a paper copy of the book.

 

Rating Note:

 

Yes, that's a whole star and a half less than the rating I gave the paper version. Again, I'm not sure whether it's the format or my mood.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2018-09-02 05:59
Finished!
Horrorstör: A Novel - Grady Hendrix

I want to write up a quickie review of this audiobook before I finally head to bed, but first: Bingo squares.

 

Looking over my card, this would work for:

 

- Modern Masters of Horror: It was originally published in 2014.

 

- Supernatural: It takes place in a haunted Ikea knockoff and features fake doors that suddenly lead to real and creepy places.

 

- Ghost Stories: So many ghosts.

 

- Genre: Horror: Horror plus humor.

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review 2018-02-27 02:57
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix

I'll admit I first dismissed this book when I saw it popping up in other people's feeds, but it kept coming back and getting good reviews so I decided to see if my library had it. I was in luck, so I shortly got to pick up a book that wasn't quite what I was expecting.

 

I mean, I knew it was a book about some people who have a scary time overnight in a knock-off Ikea store but for starters, I was expecting it to be formatted like a normal book. It wasn't. Not only does it look like a product catalogue, it's formatted like a kind of design textbook or something. I can't quite put my finger on what to compare it to, but hopefully some pictures will help.

 

In the above, the page fold would fall on the blue square, just past the illustration.

 

 

From my copy. It's hard to tell, but all the text is in a blueprint blue.

 

I didn't initially notice this, but the back cover is a creepy version of the front.

 

 

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how well the gimmick worked and how Hendrix was able to make you empathize with the characters in such a short book. It was also off the wall nuts, but it was a fun nuttiness. It starts off fairly reasonably, with some Orsk employees being tasked to do an overnight shift to discover who has been mucking up the place and breaking things at night, but then it gets a bit...supernatural. The setting was also well evoked and the author used the Ikea references for all he was worth. But hey, it worked.

 

Previous updates:

108 of 243 pages

61 of 243 pages

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text 2018-02-26 04:39
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 243 pages.
Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix

"The bad news is that the cops are still coming," Amy said. "The good news is that they're lost."

 

This book is kind of nuts. And I have the feeling that the cops are going to end up getting there much, much too late.

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text 2018-02-26 01:27
Reading progress update: I've read 61 out of 243 pages.
Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix

Maybe it's the wine, but this had me chuckling:

"Stop saying A&E," Matt said. "We're aiming higher than that. Trinity wants us to be the first ghost hunters on Bravo."

 

Tbh, ghost hunters are kind of sad.

 

 

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