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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

by Grady Hendrix
Quick Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-59474-526-3
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Description: Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds. Clearly, someone or something is up to no good.

To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it

The Good Stuff
  • The man has obviously worked in retail. A store is the perfect setting for a horror story (trust me I would take the paranormal over a lululemon clad mommy in our kids department any day)
  • Great use of humour
  • Fabulous layout for the book and the Orsk Employee evaluations are priceless
  • Ruth Anne is awesome, to see why, check out the last quote in the quotes section of this review
  • Impressed with the character development of our protagonist Amy
  • Love the snarky bits regarding retail culture and big box stores. Trust me, you will enjoy this tale way more if you have worked retail. My co-workers and I at Chapters are constantly discussing the need for every child, before they graduate high school, must work 6 months in retail and 6 months in the food and beverage industry. Maybe then they will learn some manners and how to deal with people and just some plain common sense.  Some of the behavior I have seen during the many years I worked retail is just mind boggling.
  • Loved the ending!
  • Extremely creative presentation. I know I have mentioned this earlier, but this will be one I will be leaving out on my coffee table. (Ok maybe somewhere else, as cover may freak out my anxiety prone son)
  • Fast paced story, will keep you hooked right from the first paragraph, right to the very last ad (yes I said ad - even has coupons)
  • Could have been just a cutesy premise with fluff inside, but was very pleasantly surprised on how fabulous it was

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Could have been much moody and scarier. Felt the horror plot line could have been executed better.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of the novel, but felt some of the added bits, could have been more tongue in cheek (but it still works very well, this is just a personal preference)
  • Used to have a dream of being locked up in a bookstore overnight, now I am soo not into it, Damn you Mr Hendrix
  • Also used to think the set up of Ikea stores were innocent and helpful, now not so much. Won't be stepping into an Ikea in the near future.

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"There's nothing waiting inside but retail slavery, endless exploitation, and personal subjugation to the whims of our corporate overlords."

"People don't just come here just to shop. Some of them think this is their living room, only with maid service. And you're the maid. They act like pigs, and you have to pick up after them. Dirty diapers are just the start."

"No, you've talked plenty tonight. Now it's time for you to listen. The last time I checked you were twenty-four years old. Thirteen and angry is a long way back in your rear-view mirror. You need to buckle up because it is time to toe the line and act like a grown-up women. You don't want to go out on the floor? Tough titty, said the kitty. I don't want to go on the floor, either, but having a job is all about doing things you don't want to do. That's why they pay you money for it. Life doesn't care what you want. All that matters is what you do. And right now, what you're going to do is stand shoulder to shoulder with me and march out that door, find our friends, and help them deal with this situation. Tomorrow you can do whatever the heck you want, but I am going to keep my job. So get up, put some pepper in your pants, and let's get moving."

4 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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