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review 2017-07-07 00:44
Final Girls by Mira Grant
Final Girls - Mira Grant

A new immersive VR technology is being used to help people overcome their psychological hangups by giving them traumatic experiences (e.g. bring estranged sisters closer together by making them live through nightmarish scenarios) and a journalist is doing a write-up of Dr. Webb and her setup. The journalist decides to experience it for herself and something goes wrong, naturally. This novella focused far too much on schoolgirl experiences for my taste and the programming references didn't ring true for the supposed time period. So it was ok, but I probably would have dropped it if it weren't so short.

 

I read this because I'm on the boolikes-opoly Just Visiting Jail square and I needed to read at least 100 pages. The novella is 112 pages and I'm donating them to the Jail Library.

 

Next!

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review 2017-06-27 09:11
Final Girls by Mira Grant
Final Girls - Mira Grant

This is an enjoyable and somewhat creepy psychological novella with an interesting idea, and twisted ended.  I can't really say more than what the blurb provides without giving away the plot. 

 

From the blurb:  "Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they’ve been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily?

Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father’s life. She’s determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb’s budding company. Dr. Webb’s willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther’s not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other’s only hope of survival."

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review 2017-06-25 15:31
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
Rolling in the Deep - Mira Grant

This is a rather short, nicely written novel that explores the story of the ship Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands.  "Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets".  This is a mix between mythological/urban fantasy, horror and mystery.  I found the story to be an original take on an old myth.  There is apparently a sequel to this story out later this year.

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quote 2017-06-25 15:02
I feel the closest to crazy when I'm disagreeing with the voice in my head.

—Mira Grant

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quote 2017-06-08 19:52
Follow the rules whenever possible. That makes it a lot more surprising when you break them.

Mira Grant (aka  Seanan McGuire  )

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