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text 2018-09-17 18:49
Reading progress update: I've read 46%.
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman

Pulling a Dory today with this one and repeating over and over:



This book is SO SLOW. It's finally getting better, now that Carol is getting herself together, but the whole "Hell's Heaven!" thing is grating hardcore on my nerves.


Still, I am determined to finish this darn thing. I've had it forever and, boring or not, I WILL check this off Halloween bingo.



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review 2018-09-03 19:21
Unbury Carol
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman

The premise of this book sounded horrifying and I knew I just had to read it. A woman with a rare condition falls into a deathlike coma, her husband attempts to have her buried alive, but the only other person who knows about her condition is the outlaw, James Moxie. Moxie has to race against time to get to Carol before she is buried alive while staying one step ahead of the man hired to kill him.


I did have some questions regarding this woman's choice to only tell one or two people of her condition. What if something happened to the only person who knows? I would be absolutely terrified of waking up in a coffin and make certain enough people knew. I would take every precaution I could! Inside the coma Carol is completely aware of all that is going on around her. She can hear every word her creep of a husband says. She knows if she doesn't wake up soon, she will wake inside a pitch black coffin with no way out.


This book was very unsettling for a variety of reasons. Moxie is haunted by a faceless man determined to keep him from going back to Carol, continually playing on his guilt and shame for leaving her all those years ago. Smoke, the legless man for hire tracking Moxie is seeking revenge and wreaking havoc along the way. He is a nasty little man with unconventional methods and an obsession with watching things burn.


This is definitely not your usual western, or horror, or fantasy. I'm not even sure how to describe a book like this. I was intrigued and had to keep reading, I needed to know how this one would end. I did enjoy the end, but I can't say all my questions were answered to satisfaction. For example, you get the general idea of how Moxie pulled off the "magic trick" that made him a legend (shooting a man without ever pulling the trigger), but you don't really get the full details and you are left attempting to fill in the blanks. Not a big deal, I just prefer to have the details.


If you're looking for something outside the box, this is it. This book is definitely in a class all its own.





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review 2018-05-31 16:34
DNF: Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman

I gave it my best try and read a third before throwing in the towel. This book was just so incredibly not for me. I like weird and dark little stories but this tale about a woman afflicted by a condition where she falls into a death-like state and the dastardly bastard of a man she trusted, who naturally is doing her all kinds of wrong, isn't working for me in any way. The characters are not engaging me and the plot is not interesting to me so I'm calling it quits and starting something else. 


I sure hope future Noctural Reader's Box picks are better than this or I'll have to call it quits on them too.

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text 2018-05-01 18:45
April 2018-That's A Wrap!
Stirring the Sheets - Chad Lutzke
Zombie Bigfoot (Creature Quest Series Book 1) - Nick Sullivan
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman
Hammurabi Road: A Tale of Northern Ontario Vengeance - Steve Vernon
It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World - Curtis M. Lawson
Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story - John Bladek,Davonna Juroe,Matt Godfrey
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
Sick House - Jeff Strand
SHOCK Anthology - Joe Pruitt
Figures Unseen: Selected Stories - Steve Rasnic Tem,Matt Godfrey

I've read 13 books this month!


Graphic Novels

SAGA, Volume 6 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples 4*

SHOCK Anthology edited by Joe Pruett 4*


Total: 2




Stirring the Sheets by Chad Lutzke 5*

All Systems Red by Martha Wells 3.5*

RAGE by Richard Bachman 3*

Manchester Vice by Jack Strange 4*


Total: 4



Zombie Bigfoot written and narrated by Nick Sullivan 4*

Hammurabi Road by Steve Vernon 4*

Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story by John Bladek and Davonna Juroe, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4.5*

Figures Unseen: Selected Stories by Steve Rasnic Tem, narrated by Matt Godfrey 5*


Total: 4



ARCS/Reads for Review

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman 3.5*

It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson 4*


Total: 2


Random Reads

Sick House by Jeff Strand 3.5*





Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

Status: 4/40

 2018 Running Total: 61


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review 2018-04-18 19:28
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman

Oh Dwight, Dwight, Dwight, you money grubbing A$$hole! I could not wait to see what happens to you!!

This was a story told from the days when they used to put a bell in the coffins just in case they were still alive and woke up later.

Carol Evers is normally a regular woman until she lapses into a coma that is indistinguishable from death during high stress. This phenomenon has happened to her several times in the past. Only two people, besides herself, know of this condition, her A$$hole husband, Dwight, who married her for her money and her ex-husband, James Moxie, who is currently living at the other end of the trail and is summoned to help save Carol.

I thought this was a very original concept and very cleverly written. The author did a great job setting up the scene in this book. A land of olden days with dirt streets, wooden sidewalks (maybe) and old time wood buildings. The scene was set on land consisting of several cities along a "trail". The length of which takes two days on horseback to make. There are coaches with horses, local saloons and the ever present whorehouses which make up the rest of this backdrop. One which really gave me a feel for the old time westerns I've seen in the past.

The feelings and thoughts of these characters were a hoot. Especially Dwight. What a simple mind he was with an ego the size of Texas. Smoke was another character that was definitely out there.

I found this to be sort of, okay, crazy hokey, but it worked. I thought it was very entertaining and sped right through it.

Thanks to Random House Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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