The Cabin At The End Of The World by Paul Tremblay

Cover for The Cabin At The End Of The Worldgreen5 *4 1/2 stars

Author: Paul Tremblay

Publisher: William Morrow (June 26, 2018)

I have to admit something before I start: home invasion stories are not my thing. They’re too real, too much of a possibility – and a terrifying one at that. I like my horror filled with monsters and ghosts, vampires and werewolves. It’s the fantasy of horror I enjoy getting lost in, not the gruesome reality well within realms of real life possibility.

Now that that’s out of the way, what an incredible read The Cabin At The End Of The World is!

I truly believe that you should go into this one blind as I did. All I knew was what the flap jacket said. So! The basics of the story are: We follow Wen and her two dads, Eric and Andrew, who adopted her on a remote location for their vacation when their cabin is invaded by doomsday cultists (maybe) who have a terrible message for them. Let’s leave it at that and move on.

Reasons why I loved this book:
1. The characters breathed from the page. They were so real.
2. The pacing was fantastic. We start off a little slowly, but not much, because once Leonard enters the picture and starts talking to Wen the intensity starts and doesn’t really let up until the end.
3. Likewise, the atmosphere of this one is great and adds to the intensity of the story.
4. The story had me invest myself into it and the characters. I felt for each one, and I found myself heartbroken, if not completely traumatized, on more than one occasion while reading this.
5. I felt like this book was a great statement regarding our present media and the whole ‘fake news’ aspect of the news. Who do you believe? What is there to know?

What threw me off?
1. I felt like this book was supposed to keep you guessing as to what is actually happening, except that I wasn’t guessing. I honestly felt, and this could simply be my own perception of the story, that it was going only one way, not the other.
2. This leads to the end of the story, which, do not worry, I won’t spoil. As mentioned above, I felt that what was happening in this story had to be one situation or the other, and therefore would have to end that way. It didn’t.

I know that this is vague, but I’ll leave it at that. I don’t want to use certain words that might give away the ending, and this story is a journey story that you really have to experience for yourself without any outside influence.
Overall:
This book had me pause in reading it for about a week. It also had me riveted to my seat while reading it until I finished it. I still think about this book with vividness and it’s been two or three weeks since I’ve finished. Not everyone will enjoy this, but I certainly did. Recommended, and I’m certain that it will make into my top reads of 2018.

Buying Books and Making Videos

So, I did this video because vlogging your book hauls is popular on booktube. I’m a fan of this. I don’t know why, but I love watching people go through their book hauls. I just love it when people talk about books period. So I made my own on a small haul. I’ve already recorded a second book haul video, but I’m hanging on to it for now. I, in fact, have a few videos already recorded. There’s a few reasons for this. One, they’re easy to do. Two, I tend to get stuck at work. My shifts are twelve hours long, so I usually don’t have all that much energy at the end of the day to do much but hang with the family and watch cartoons with my son.

So a little back up is a good thing.

Anyhow, this is my first book haul, where I discuss Thomas Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco and Michael Griffin’s The Lure of Devouring Light.

Speaking of Michael Griffin, I recently read his novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone and plan to review it.  So stay tuned…

 

BookTube Video #1

This is my first BookTube video where I talk about the BookTube newbie tag. Please check it out! If you like it, please subscribe and like. Thank you!!

Here are the questions I answered:

1.Why did you start this channel?

2.What are some fun and unique things you can bring to Booktube?

3.What are you most excited for about this new channel?

4.Why do you love reading?

5.What book or series got you into reading?

6.What questions would you ask your favourite booktubers?

7.What challenges do you think starting a booktube channel will be the hardest to overcome? 8.When did you start reading?

9.Where do you read?

10.What kind of books do you like to read?

YouTube

Alright, so I’ve been thinking of starting a YouTube channel where I will review books, movies, maybe some music, all the while talking of my journey in writing while possibly passing on some things I’ve learned along the way.

The thinking part of it is done. I will do this. As to why I don’t blog but podcast and now want to video blog, I’ve no idea. I think there’s some deep rooted desire I hold for people to see and hear me. Whatever the reason, videos, when they come, will appear here. There will also be some blogs written up. I hope. As mentioned in this first blog, I suck at keeping it up. Which makes absolutely no sense to me. It’s easier to pound out a few words on any topic and hit “post”. Doing podcasts and videos, I know, take for-fucking-ever to accomplish. And yet I chose this path…

Stay tuned. We shall see what’s to come in the near future. I’ve been watching a lot of BookTube videos lately and am pretty sure this is something I can do, especially considering that I want to help promote more in weird and horrific fiction, which isn’t represented enough on YouTube in my opinion. And I have a lot of things to say.

What really motivated me to do this was an AMA I did for Urban Books about a week ago. I had a lot of fun making those short videos and answering questions. So I thought it would be fun to maybe extend that and create my own BookTube/AuthorTube channel. It should be fun. So stay tuned!