A Quiet Place; A Mini Film Review

I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place about a month ago, and I got so excited I made Matt and my brother watch and analyse the trailer with me.
The first thing to say about A Quiet Place is that, as with a good portion modern horrors, it is more of a thriller than a horror. Yes there are the jump scares, and monsters, and moments of horror but the whole storyline fits more closely within the thriller genre.
It doesn’t lose anything for this, but beyond the jump scares you shouldn’t come away too scared.
The film, at the hour and a half run time, could easily have been trimmed down to forty minutes or so.
That said, it’s worth a watch. It’s a fairly original premise, and well acted by the small cast. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, the same post dystopian future and band of survivors story line carries over into this film.
I probably wouldn’t rewatch this, but at the same time I wouldn’t discourage anyone from watching this for the first time.

The last book I couldn’t put down…

I have at least two full posts dedicated to my love of Stephen King. One of the most interesting things about challenging myself to read the authors back catalogue is when I discover a book I felt ambivalent towards the first read, and now ADORE.

That was Pet Sematary for me ( and No,that isn’t a typo). The book follows the story of Louis and his family, when they move to a new town for his job. The main themes are heritage, secrets and grief. I read this novel in two parts whilst traveling to and from Birmingham, it’s a fairly quick read at 424 pages and a real page turner. As I reached the hundred or so pages I was internally screaming at LouisIt’s well written, constructed and fairly unpredictable. This is a sad story, but a good story.

The interesting this is I really disliked this book when I read it as a young teen, and I remember being so irritated by the film. Which I am now keeping everything crossed ends up on Netflix soon.

If you try this book let me know what you think, keep track of my reading challenge here.

– Emily

Horns: Joe Hill, A Review

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I have a tendency to forget about a book if the first few chapters don’t grab me, this is a terrible habit as so often the books I give up turn out to be ones I get addicted to. Horns is a perfect example of this, I started this novel last February and abandoned it until a month or so ago.

I saw this trailer to this a couple years ago and was hooked, after a bit of research I found the film was based on a book by Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son! As soon a single could get to Waterstones I bought myself a copy of the novel. And it isn’t a film cover, one of my pet peeves when it comes to books is being stuck with a film cover. Often a cover tells such a story in itself.

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After a very public drunken fight with his girlfriend, Ig walks away from her to sleep his hangover off in his car. The next morning she turns up raped and murdered, and the town as a collective can only think of a be person who could have committed the crime. A year after Merrins murder Ig wakes up feeling guilty and hungover unable to remember the night before, with a splitting headache that turns out to be a pair of horns growing from his head. Horns which make people tell the truth, and can influence people’s actions.

This is a book I was so sad to finish. The story is original, but with nods to the detailed storymanship that made me fall in love with his father’s writing.

I have a tendency to second guess situations and endings, and a prolific horror and crime fan I’m pretty good at it. Not with this story, at multiple points I thought the story had ended (even with hundreds of pages left), and each time I was on tenterhooks.

The story is incredibly multilayered, it is not only concerned with Ig’s quest for the truth, but also human motivations and the stories behind thier choices. You see the underbelly of Ig’s relationships, and hear the thoughts that people would not share under any circumstance other than these Horns.

Horns is one of my favourite books of this year, and one I feel I’ll love for an age.This story has stayed with me, and I can’t bring myself to watch the film just yet incase I hate the interpretation. I am about to lend the book to a colleague though, abd hopefully I’ll have another person I can wax lyrical with.

Have you read Horns, what did you think? What would you recommend reading next?

– Emily

Ps: the film is currently on Netflix if your intrigued but unlikely to pick this up anytime soon. And make sure your tweet me if you read/have read this! @MayToOctober_

Reading Challenge: Stephen King

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Stephen King novels are what made me fall in love with reading as an adult. I’ve always been a fan of the horror and macabre, I can distinctly remember an early nightmare involving my ballet class and Dracula when I must have been seven. My dad is also a fan of horror, and never had the strongest respect for age ratings. If he’d watched something and deemed it appropriate, we were then permitted to watch it. Species and Poltergeist were in no way appropriate at the time for my ten year old sister or eight year old brother, but they weren’t permanently scarred.

The first Stephen King book I can remember getting my hands on was Carrie, and I scoured charity shops for that thing for months. Sadly it went over my head, at twelve the change of media in the narrative ruined the progression of the story, which is funny as I now have a new respect and love for the novel. I think the next King novel I found was The Shining which cemented my love of King.

If I find a King fan I honestly get so enthusiastic and over excited. Sadly though, I haven’t opted for King novels recently. I’ve leaned more towards romance, drama or fantasy novels. The last King Novel I read was Cujo which I devoured, I couldn’t put it down, it reminded me why I fell in love with Stephen King novels. There are few other novels that I become so completely obsessed with.

So I’m setting myself a reading challenge of a Stephen King Novel a month, for the next year. This will be alongside the Book Club monthly read, I’m pretty certain I can do two novels a month. All but one, these have all been grabbed from charity shops, I’m attempting to control my spending and this was an easy way. I will also be re donating any I don’t fall massively in love with.

    1. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    2. Doctor Sleep
    3. Misery 30/01/17
    4. The Green Mile 7/7/14
    5. Stephen King On Writing
    6. Stephen King Goes To The Movies
    7. The Dark Half
    8. The Stand
    9. Gerald’s Game (thank you Sam!19/04/2016
    10. Christine
    11. It 2/10/2016
    12. Needful Things 6/5/16

bonus Horns: Joe Hill 11/4/2016

I have already read 1 and 3 and started reading 8 around six years ago and kept getting distracted. I’ve left half of this list free (I had, now I only have one free space!) to enable me to find a King novel I really want to read. I’m tempted by Dolores Cailborne, Different Seasons (Where Shawshank Redemption is found as a short story) and am considering allowing myself a cheat book with Joe Hill (king’s son)’s Horns.

Either way expect more book reviews! Do you have a favourite author who’s back catalogue you would like to make your way through? Do you have any Stephen King Recommendations?

– Emily