Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix Review

Hey! I feel like it’s been forever since I posted! There are so many reasons, mainly school. As soon as school starts, I kind of get into a nine-month reading slump because I’m too tired to read, and it’s really bad. Sorry about not posting a TBR, but I kind of want to do whatever this month, and I’m sure you’ve seen enough TBR posts on your reader anyway.

I got a finished copy of this book, which comes out September 23rd, so I thought I should probably read and review it before it comes out. I’m really glad I did, too! Be prepared for a super long review; I have so much I wanna say.

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The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is written in the form of a furniture catalog for a company called Orsk, basically a fictional Ikea knockoff. When I heard about this book, I was intrigued as to how the book was executed, so I assume you probably are too. It takes place inside the store, where there have been several cases of vandalism in the store, so the manager, Basil, asks employees Amy and Ruth Anne to stay behind with him overnight to try to catch the intruder. All of the ghost stuff happens throughout the night, and it’s super creepy and gory.

Sorry for the disorganization of this post, but my thoughts are out of order. Anyway, I really just want to focus on the design of the book. Here are pictures of the inside cover and end pages:

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It seriously looks authentic! Also, each chapter starts out with a picture of a piece of furniture and a description of it. The pieces actually loosely correspond to the occurrences in the chapter. It actually took me like half the book to realize it, but it totally does! The first chapter starts out when the workers notice a poo-like substance on one of the sofas in the display area. Here is the chapter title page:

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As the story intensifies, the furniture gets less harmless and more creepy. The ghosts actually use these items to torture the employees, but that’s too spoilers for me to really get into. Here is a sample of one of the chapter title pages closer to the middle:

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There is another map in the back that corresponds to the front map and explains where each obstacle in each chapter was in the store. Does that make sense? Probably not, but I think you’ll understand if you read the book. It took a while for me to fully understand how each of the end pages and everything actually connected, but when I did, I literally shouted and started pacing. It was kind of weird.

I had a bunch of ratings and everything, but they somehow got deleted, and I really don’t want to redo them, so I give this book an A/A- overall. It had a really nice and compelling style, and some of the dialogue was great. Although it was pretty predictable, its creative premise made it so worth it.

A Tale For the Time Being Buddy Read

Hey! So due to technical difficulties with scheduling, collaboration, and laziness, I have decided to make my read along somewhat unconventional. I haven’t seen Selina post anything about the book recently, so I am loosening the guidelines. I have read to the halfway point of the book, so I thought it was time for an update.

I have recorded my favorite quotes so far, and here they are.

“Are you a male or a female or somewhere in between?.”

“It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared what I thought, when really nobody gives a shit. And when I multiply that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting to their lonely little Pages that nobody has time to read because they’re all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.”

“Throughout history, Japanese have always appreciated suicide. For us it is a beautiful thing that gives meaning and shape and honor to our lives forever. It is a method to make out feeling of alive most real.”

“Basically,
where you go to high school affects where you’ll go to university,
which decides what company you’ll work for,
which decides how much money you’ll make,
which decides who you’ll marry,
which decides what kinds of kids you’ll have and how you raise them,
and where you’ll live and die,
and whether your kids have enough money to give you a classy funeral,
which decides whether you will become a hungry and vengeful ghost.”

I will have one or two more updates for this buddy read.

Happy reading,
Mariel