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FantasticLand: A Novel Paperback – November 20, 2018
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"Utterly horrifying and impossible to put downfor a dozen reasons, but most of all, for how plausible the whole thing feels. Do not read this book after eating." Rob Hart, author of the Anthony Award-nominated NEW YORKED
Fantasticland is one wild ride! Disaster and isolation ratchet up the tension, and a theme park descends into mayhem that is both engaging and thrilling. Put your hands up and plunge in!” Scott Seeke, author of Uncle Bush's Live Funeral, writer of the Sony film Get Low
"In the FantasticLand park itself, already a surreal mix of historical and pop-cultural structures, characters, and imagery, then mostly flooded and empty under rainy skies, what happens when less-than-fully-formed identities are forced to endure a month with no external contact?
This grim, but not hopeless, novel is the answer." William Grabowski, Hellnotes.com
"FantasticLand [is] totally up our alley. And with its setting of a theme park that’s been ravaged by a hurricane, it couldn’t be more timely." Dread Central
About the Author
- Publisher : Skyhorse; Reprint edition (November 20, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 151073788X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1510737884
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One thing I quite liked, even though it wasn't completely believable, was that the author managed to come up with a reasonable explanation for why the guys weren't committing rape all over the park. The female tribe members were as formidable as the males, and I particularly liked the ShopGirl archers. I also liked the fact that all the narrators were unreliable, so even though we get a pretty good idea of what actually happened, the different sides described events from their own perspectives.
Two things I didn't like: first, I wanted to know who the WartHogs were and was disappointed when their identities weren't revealed. Second--they were in a Disneyland-like theme park with numerous water-based rides (at least in the Pirates' area and the Fairy Prairie)--why didn't *somebody* get the idea to take a boat and try to reach help (or even get to the nearby hotels without wading through chest-deep water?)
Well that was a bloody (very bloody) good time! I know many people will read that above quote and know instantly how repulsive it is and will steer clear of this book. Me? I say bring it on, Bockoven, let's see what you got!
Chapter 18 was scary. Really scary and I rarely ever make that statement. I don't think I will ever forget it.
If you love horror and all things gory then this is one I would highly recommend!
The book moves along swiftly, as each chapter draws a clearer picture of the weeks upon weeks the survivors wait for rescue. While not at all gory, the author draws a vivid picture of the rapidly - deteriorating setting. An excellent read; highly recommended.
I loved this one! After reading the reviews, I was on alert for this to be too creepy or macabre to finish. It never got to that point. It said a lot about human nature, and a lot about war. I'm pretty sure any veteran of active war would get how kids thrust into that position would be able to kill...draft age used to be age 18. Anyone who has worked in a carnival would understand The Freaks decision. Nobody wants to understand a psychopath, including me. I do know they exist and when charming, charismatic? There you have it...the setting for this story.
Which was amazing, and telling the tale through interviews and reports gave an air of impartiality to the telling. It was nothing short of brilliant how the story progressed via reports.
The BEST part of this book was the narration. It was worth the money to get the audio version. The narrators were very good; so much in character that they added a whole new level to the story.
There was one part of the book that was a loose end for me. Did I miss something? The Hogwart masks. I'm wondering if anyone got something I didn't because I didn't ever see what was behind that.
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The characters are developed so well, even just experiencing their snippet. The story moves along really well and just captivated me.
The book is so well written.
It's still good but I found myself skipping dull dialogue to get to the action. Needed more investment in characters to get buy in and make the message of the book hit home.
Not terrible but not very original.