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By the time Timber Marlow is fifteen years old, she has already killed three men. Despite the bloody and violent nature of their deaths, Timber is hardly a murderer, at least not in the traditional sense. She has lived her entire life as a cannibal within a cult tucked away in the San Bernardino Mountains called the Divinity of Feminine Reproach. The Divinity keeps itself...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Cannibal Press
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Chanel
This book had me on the verge of tears, laughter, and terror, sometimes at the same time. Martin Lastrapes writes with such vivid imagery, that there were times where I had to put the book down to avoid being overly spooked. His imagery is lush and visceral. His characters are multi-layered, from the most seemingly minor character, to the novel's heroine, Timber; I found myself caring for each character and caring what happened to them. Though many scenes are very dark, which I love, there is al...more
Angela
Absolutely fascinating read about a cannibal cult. I loved all the characters, they all had little quirks that I could recognise in people I know (with the exception of eating flesh and cutting people up with a cleaver, obviously) and all had quite a sad background; Luscious was by far my favourite character in this novel because he seemed so, well, human and real . At times when the book was written from his point-of-view I just wanted to reach in and give him a hug.

Despite Timber, the protago...more
Jason Ward
First of all, I enjoyed this book. The premise was intriguing and the tone conveyed the air of creepiness out of normalcy that I imagine the author intended.

Having said that, I was frustrated by a lot of this book. Though I'm sure it was intended, the spoiler-laden chapter titles were a real turn-off. I did not enjoy going into all the best scenes knowing how they would turn out. It took the best part of the suspense out of the actual action scenes that took a long time to build up to. Which is...more
Cassandra
★★★★★ 5 STARS AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE Inside the Outside by Martin Lastrapes. I strongly recommend everybody read this book. What first drew me in was the cover: A shaved person with missing limbs, holding a cleaver...looked alien. Then, I read the blurb mentioning CANNIBALS and I was SOLD! After reading the first few pages, I already knew I'd be HOOKED.

Timber has my heart. Even though she's a cannibal, you feel her and you love her. She was born into the Divinity (cult) and so it's not a bi...more
Stacy
-My first 'First-Read' novel- I received this book for free courtesy of Goodreads 'First-reads' giveaway program.

They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but when the amazing cover art actually reflects the story within, it is definently worth breaking the rules. As a lover of all things art, this cover (not to mention the synopsis of the novel) definently had me sold before I even knew I was a First-Reads winner.

I was drawn into Martin Lastrapes praiseworthy debut novel, Inside the O...more
Bethica
The premise of a cult of people completely raised away from any type of today's society was bound to be a hit. Add rampant canibalism with no off-putting ideas of wrong doing and great descriptive tones throughout and this one was an awesome adventure.

What happens when you throw such a person back into modern day society? And what happens when that person has no history and no documented background? All around captivating read.

Warning: Very graphic and gore ridden
Emma
One of the best books I've read all year. Creepy, original, with a tight story and enviable prose. Classified as horror, but in a genre all its own: "creepy Hitchcockian lit", or "lit that fills you with an ever-increasing sense of dread, but you love every moment of it". I plan to read it again, which in today's media clutter, is the biggest compliment I can bestow upon it. It's just that good.
Jennifer
Fantastic book. I was completely captivated; I'm still thinking about it days later.
BiblioBabes.ca
So, as I was saying, wow, what a book. Timber, bloody hell, the crazy shit that this girl goes through. Just when you think you have her and the story pegged a curveball comes at you outta nowhere and knocks you on your ass. I read a few parts of this book with my mouth open, hands in the air, looking around going, “What. The. Fuck” to my empty book room. I thought the shock would end after Part 1, not knowing how the story could possibly develop any further, but Part 2 didn’t let me breathe for...more
Andy
I have a secret: this book literally changed my life. For some years I had harboured the suspicion that eating animals was morally suspect and a practice I should curb, but goddamn it those critters were just too delicious and the prospect of vegetarianism too inconvenient to compel me to action. Upon finishing 'Inside The Outside', a remarkable tale of a young woman raised within a cannibalistic cult, I instantly stopped eating meat. And fish. That was 7 months ago.

In that time countless friend...more
J.F. Penn
I rarely give a 5 star review but this book is original and compelling. I read it in 2 sittings as I found it hard to get out of my head. Timber Marlow is born and raised within a cult of cannibals in the wilds of America. It is normal to butcher and eat the human flesh and the descriptions of the Sustenance rituals are gruesome, but you just can't tear your eyes away. Timber escapes to the Outside and the story continues there as she is hunted down. Lastrapes keeps you reading by giving hints o...more
Judy
One of my friends took a class with this teacher and posted a picture of this author and said that in person he does not look so scary. Well, after reading his book, I am inclined to think that yes, he must be quite a creepy person. The book sure was creepy. It reads like a clinical, reporter's view about a cannibal, a young female who experiences life as part of a sect in the LA mountains. The young girl eventually encounters every day society. The descriptions are powerful, images stayed with...more
Charlene
This is a book very unlike anything else I've ever read.

The protagonist, Timber Marlowe, was born and raised in a cult called "The Divinity of Feminine Reproach". She knows no other life.
The rules of the cult are many and breaking the rules is not allowed. The punishment for breaking them? You will be sent to the Sustenance House where your body will be prepared as food for the rest of the cult. This story follows Timber as she tries to escape.

The first section of the book is mostly involved in...more
Gianna Perada
Hold on a minute... you hear that? That is me taking a nice, deep, refreshing breath. Why, you ask? Because I just finished reading something truly new and exciting! I'm a huge horror fan, both to read and to watch, and seldom lately do I find myself as anxious to review something. INSIDE THE OUTSIDE had me hooked from the first page. The author, Martin Lastrapes, has successfully written a debut novel with an exquisite voice that expertly paints an effective picture of his characters and their...more
Rachel Fisher
Ok, I really struggled in terms of 'stars' on this one and finally decided to leave it without stars because I didn't feel qualified to pick. The reason I felt under-qualified is because this story is WAY outside my usual comfort zone (or genre, take your pick). I have read a little horror, mostly classics like King and Koontz, but I have mostly avoided this genre because I have a tendency toward developing truly mind-melting nightmares. This was particularly true when I was a child. They were s...more
Tamika
The online book reviews are what intrigued me most about this book. Words like "shocking" or "disturbing" never cease to pique my interest. I must say, I was not disappointed. This book was an emotional rollercoaster for me, which I didn't expect. Timber isn't your typical heroine. I actually thought she was a frightening little child-monster in the beginning, but I realized that she was nothing more than the product of a madman's fantasy. Daddy Marlow was, by far, one of the scariest characters...more
Marsha
This book affected me more than any horror movie ever has. That may be because my imagination is 1,000 times more vivid than any movie director's best creation, but it's definitely due to the fact that this story is incredible. It's so sad and moving and detestable all at the same time. Martin Lastrapes has an amazing ability to draw his readers in to this grotesque and bizarre world that they would normally stay far away from. I would recommend this book to everyone who is a lover of horror sto...more
Tobyann Aparisi
Mar 13, 2012 Tobyann Aparisi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who can stomach the subject
Recommended to Tobyann by: first reads; ebooks
I wasn't too sure I was going to like this book. The main topic just seemed well....different for me. But once I got into it, I could not put it down. This is such a heart wrenching, touching, thought provoking, want to choke some of the characters, kind of story! I found myself really immersed in this story, I could see the compound in my mind and the soroundings. I could empathize and laugh and cry with the story as it was told through the eyes of the main character. What a life! What a way of...more
Lani
3.5

This is a hard one to review since it felt like 3 separate stories.

The first is all introduces a cult type commune in the mountains. It was the best of the three parts of the stories. I guess it makes me a little morbid to think that since the story was all about how the village inhabitants live as cannibals as their way of life. The group is known as The Divinity and human flesh has been their sustenance for decades. Divinity children don’t know their biological parents and are raised by the...more
Ashke
A brutal, uncomfortable, original, and entertaining book. The author does a fantastic job of presenting a protagonist, Timber, spurned by a chain of circumstances. There's also a well-developed slow revelation hook, where just enough information is given without context before it actually happens. And when those plot points do happen, it typically builds upon the horror and viciousness of what was previously read, elevating the story to truly disturbing heights. Such, it's hard to describe this...more
Nicole
Feb 24, 2012 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is open-minded!
Recommended to Nicole by: Myself!
A wonderfully odd mix of being slightly perturbed while actually feeling disturbed was what overwhelmed me for much of the time. There have been only a few instances where I’ve ever felt genuinely uneasy about something and this book somehow taps into that pitting emotion in my stomach. Soaking in the first couple of chapters, the dread set in; slowly creeping into every fiber of my being just as it had when viewing the movie Martha Marcy May Marlene. And while that film addresses similar elemen...more
Kayleigh
The debut of author Martin Lastrapes, Inside the Outside tells the tale of Timber Marlow through three parts spanning five years. We meet Timber as a 14 year old "youngling" living in a cult. Hidden away in the Californian mountains, the Divinity as the cult is known, lives in relative peace almost completely removed from the outside world. Shaved of all bodily hair because of its relation to evil, the cult members, at least the younglings, seem to live a rather idyllic life. They live alongside...more
Chantel
I am very happy that Martin Lastrapes came to my creative writing class with a box of his books and some pretty amazing advice. I am proud to say that now that I have a little more free time, due to graduating from school, I was finally able to read this book!

Ok so I will say I really fell in love with Lucious and his loving nature towards his family. He is probably my favorite character because of the sanctuary he provided for Timber, our heroin. My heart squeezed for these characters-- the str...more
Alexa
I'm having a hard time sorting how I feel about Inside the Outside. I'm the type of reader that is generally comfortable with putting a book aside for a while (which is why I'm so slow to finish anything), but this one kept me coming back. The writing has great flow to it, and the story and characters pull you in.

However, the prose also keeps you at arms length. The style is simple, clinical even childish, which makes sense when you find out who the narrator is. It works for the first half of th...more
Natasha
Thanks to Martin Lastrapes for the honor to review this book for him. Also for writing it. I must say this is well deserving of 5 stars. Totally over and beyond what I usually read. LOVED LOVED LOVED it! AMAZING!
When you think about cannibalism, might gross you out but don't let that keep you from reading INSIDE THE OUTSIDE! Very well written. I never got bored or uninterested. I wanted it to keep going. I was sad when I was done reading it, not because the way it ended because I didn't want it...more
Kris
This was a Free Read on Kindle. I almost didn't download this since it was described as horror, but some of the other reviews led me that there could be more to the story. Turns out there is. The first half is a compelling story on its own, with elements of cannibalism, socialism, cult religion, sexual abuse, and murder. The second half adds California wildfires, organized crime, porn, homosexuality, police corruption, a serial murderer/cannibal, and more. I love the cover artwork-it shows Timbe...more
Amy
Received as a Firstreads book.

The book is interesting and fresh - discussed how easily people believe what they are told to believe. A Coming of Age story that addresses the issue of sex both from a young and innocent standpoint and from a crude and knowledgeable stance.

Also discusses Homosexual relations and how rape can affect one's mind.

Most importantly there is CANNIBALISM (which is always fun). This book is like a car crash - it's horridly fascinating. There are parts you want to look away...more
Brittany
This has been poking around in my Kindle inventory for some time, and I finally got around to reading it.

Wow. I have really low expectations for free or very low-cost titles, but this blew me out of the water. It's a great, disturbing read, but the character's motivations are all very relatable, and there's a great twist at the end that I didn't see coming.

The subject matter of cannibalism is, by itself, generally disturbing, but every description seems matter-of-fact and not sensationalized, wh...more
Nikki
Mark my words, this book will become a cult classic. Think Dexter meets Warren Jeffs. Self-published author Martin Lastrapes recounts the life of a young girl in a cannibalistic cult and her sudden immersion to the rest of society. It really is a story of family. Though Lastrapes does not dwell on the horrific scenes, there is no lack of detail in the rituals of the cult. Know that female exploitation is a huge part of this book. It's a fast read, you won't want to put it down.
Natasha
I totally loved this book. It was hard to read at times imaging what was laid out about cannibalism. Made me cry and laugh. I am not quite sure how to review this book with out giving spoilers. I want more, more of the same twisted story but also more of Martin Lastrapes amazing imagination and his talented writing. The way he can lay a story out I am in awe of. I recommend this read to any adult reader that doesn't have a weak stomach and enjoys a good warped, distorted story.
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MARTIN LASTRAPES won the 2012 Grand Prize at the Paris Book Festival for his debut novel Inside the Outside.

He grew up in the Inland Empire, studied at Cal State San Bernardino, has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition, loves good pizza, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, doesn't think there is such a t...more
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