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On October 5th of last year, the escalators at West Edmonton Mall shut down simultaneously due to what was believed to be a series of mechanical failures, stranding thousands on the second floor. By the time a rescue operation could be organized and mounted, nearly everyone on the mall’s upper level had been killed, and to this day few people, if any, understand what reall ...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by Smashwords Edition (first published September 27th 2012)
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Kimberly Gould
Broken escalator is an eerie crossing of an otherworldly fantasy, like the Wizard of Oz, with the Lord of the Flies. This book can't be shelved anywhere but horror, and please put it with the most psychologically twisted in the category, thank you. The only reason I don't give this book five stars is that it has scarred me to landmark I must visit every week. That and the small hand-holding I needed to make it to chapter three. It was hard to swallow that first moment when people look at the bro ...more
D. Henbane
Not what it appears to be at all, but in a really good way.

I was hesitant to check this one out simply because of the obvious part of the story about a broken escalator. I did some research into it and was confused as to why someone would use something so incredibly simple as a major part of the plot.

I trusted my gut and went with it anyway. I was very glad I did. I have to admit it really made me chuckle plenty of times. I am not going to give out any spoilers here, but there is a legitimate re
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Gilberto
This is a terrifying and humorous tale about just how dependent humans are upon all our modern compliances with a dark, supernatural twist.
Barbara
I received a copy of “Broken Escalator” at no cost in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis gives us a popular shopping mall filled with people on two floors. When the escalators stop running, thousands on the second floor find themselves trapped with no means of escape. Then the negative aspects of the human element kicks in and things go bad.

The author calls it a “surrealist horror novel” and the premise alone is what made me immediately jump at the chance to be a reader. I finished it
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Colbytrax
THE SHORT EXPLANATION
The entire world is represented in the microcosm of a mall. Fear, compassion, anger, belief, doubt all coexist in a work which reminds me of the best of Samuel Beckett’s work without all the artsy flourishes and unintelligible characters.

LONG EXPLANATION
The action of this story takes place completely on the second floor of a mall. The concept sounds insane. Why don’t they just go downstairs, you know, to the first floor? The escalators are broken. All of them? All of them!

Th
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Lotta
At first, all I could think was why don't they just walk down? But it was all answered in time. I liked how Andrew's chapters really filled out the characterisations, even that of Chris. I also find it interesting that the author would chose to cast himself as the MC in a gory story like this :)

Final note: This is an author read podcast. The reading was good, though the sound went up and down at times.
Henry
When it comes to audiobooks, presentation matters. This may be Munsi's first audiobook, but the man's comfortable enough with a mic. Great read of a fun bloodbath of a yarn. Probably a little worrying that he chooses to cast himself in the middle of a horror story, but I digress.

Hammed Al-Tamimi
The story was very beautifully written and imagined, but I must admit, that what I loved the most and what really got my attention was how smart the author is, I love an author who goes deep and makes you think.

The beginning paragraphs are true hooks.
Good luck and wish you the best.
Shandy
When I started listening to Broken Escalator I concluded rather quickly that the main character Chris was an uber-nerd and wound up picturing one of my hubby's best friends. Especially after the Dr Who sonic screw driver, actual screw drive. Totally have to look that up and see if it's a thing.
At first this was just a guy shopping and then the escalators stopped working. At this point I began to wonder if this was actually humor and not horror. So as it progressed I began to also wonder if maybe
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Chris
Fight through the first feelings of weirdness and you'll enjoy a good read.
Dustin Hertel
To be fair, I never actually finished the book. As a fellow word-based artist (stand-up comedian, in my case) one of the first lessons I was taught by a seasoned pro was "never feign ignorance, it insults the intelligence of your audience." This is where I felt this book lost me.

As far as I can tell the author is attempting to make a statement about our reliance on technology by supposing that, given unmoving escalators, people would be completely paralyzed and under the impression that they hav
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Megan Butcher
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I ended up being disappointed. Shortly after this novel begins, the mall escalator stops working, stranding the protagonist and other shoppers on the 2nd floor. I had a hard time with this, as surely they could just walk down - or look for the stairs and elevators. It took a long time for the question to why they did not to be answered, and I was having difficulty suspending my disbel
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Christopher Munroe is an actor/author/comedian from Calgary, Canada, where he lives, works, writes and spends too much time on Twitter. While he’s a prolific and occasionally podcasted author of short and flash fiction, Broken Escalator is his first full-length novel and, having spent months of his life working on it, he now finds himself mildly nervous every time he’s inside a mall…
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