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Nephtis



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:45 am Reply with quote
Stop writing about books that sound interesting! I don't have enough time! It sounds interesting though. If you haven't already I suggest you check out films like Dark Water if you're after something that's not just out to make you jump. I re-watched it more recently and I still find the film's atmosphere very dank and awesome.

I'm really into horror either, but having researched it I am starting to come around, especially to titles that are able to get under your skin and creep you out rather than the 'torture porn' films.
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nottimkai



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:19 am Reply with quote
Oh my god!! John Bellairs! Oh Man, I had ALL of his books when I was younger! I had even tried to remember who he was in the past 6 months, but I couldn't remember titles, I couldn't remember his name, I could only remember that those books scared me to death in a good way!

About Summer, Fireworks and my Corpse (The story), what I got out of it was not that the brother believed his sister, but that he played along to keep her from getting upset. He struck me as a sociopath, and was very excited about Satsuki's death. It was a game to him, in my mind.

Of course, having someone that unhinged at that young of an age also strains credulity a bit ...
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Hardgear





PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:41 am Reply with quote
Nephtis wrote:
Stop writing about books that sound interesting! I don't have enough time! It sounds interesting though. If you haven't already I suggest you check out films like Dark Water if you're after something that's not just out to make you jump. I re-watched it more recently and I still find the film's atmosphere very dank and awesome.

I'm really into horror either, but having researched it I am starting to come around, especially to titles that are able to get under your skin and creep you out rather than the 'torture porn' films.


+1 to everything.

It is the busiest time of the year for me right now in terms of new games coming out I want to play, and now I got a book to read too?!?!? Oh well, I'll have plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead.

I also can't stand 'torture porn' films. I don't mind graphic torture/violence/gore/whatever as long as it serves some greater purpose in the story, but when the ENTIRE PURPOSE of the 'story' is to just gross you out, I find it difficult to force myself to keep watching knowing that this is all there is to it.
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malvarez1



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:10 pm Reply with quote
Wow, I just read that book about a month ago. I really liked the third story too.
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mdreura



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:22 am Reply with quote
Nephtis wrote:
I'm really into horror either, but having researched it I am starting to come around, especially to titles that are able to get under your skin and creep you out rather than the 'torture porn' films.


Although I haven't read or even heard of Summer, Fireworks and My Corpse until I read this column, I have read ZOO and while I'm seeing everyone here is heaping praise on Otsuichi for getting back to the horror genre's roots, I'd like to point out from my experience with ZOO that he's definitely no stranger to torture porn. In fact, for me personally ZOO is probably the most graphic and nauseating collection of short fiction I've ever encountered in a traditional paperback format.

Subject matter includes but not limited to:
spoiler[ZOO - Photos of dead girlfriend's decomposing corpse delivered mysteriously everyday to boyfriend's mailbox
In a Falling Airplane - Passengers on a hijacked flight with a single dose of lethal injection drugs negotiate who gets to use it
The White House in the Cold Forest - Is constructed from the body parts of the inhabitant's victims
Find the Blood! - Father with severe brain injury that prevents him from feeling pain slowly bleeds to death as his doctor, wife and kids stand idly by arguing about who lost the transfusion bag
Seven Rooms - Prisoners in connected cell blocks are murdered one at a time every evening at 6:00 as the others bear witness to their neighbor's screams and shredded body parts flushed down the prison toilet system]


Your mileage may vary, I guess. Personally, the most positive review a critic could write wouldn't convince me to run out and pick up another Otsuichi volume right away, for exactly the reasons all of you here are expressing interest in Summer... Confused
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chinabean



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:05 pm Reply with quote
I think ima pick this up, since Missing isn't being published anymore i guess...i loved those novels and i'll give this one a try
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