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The Summer I Died by Ryan C. Thomas
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Aug 22, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror, favorites
Read in August, 2011

Torture porn.
The mere mention of it induces cringes.
The makers of movies and books that fall under this category are looked upon with disdain, as well as those who willingly shell out their hard-earned money to subject themselves to the viewing and reading of such disgusting material.
Am I right? I mean, look at the first couple of Saw movies: horribly violent situations, the will of the victims to endure dreadful agony to somehow survive their captivity. Could you imagine anyone wanting to sit through something like this?

Yes. Guilty.

I have to admit, as cringe inducing as they were, those first few Saw movies were pretty damn captivating if you're any type of horror aficionado. Despite enduring the screams of agony, you still stick through it because you just have to know how the hell the victims are going to get out of this.

And, in the case of The Summer I Died, you also care about the characters.

I finished this novella about a week ago, there are still images I can't get out of my head. I wish I could, because one in particular is so nasty that I wish I hadn't read it. But I also can't get the ending out of my head. That's where Thomas really hit it out of the park for me.
I usually prefer the type of horror that is a slow burn, one that haunts or gets under your skin for days after. I have long since grown out of the slasher flicks (although I did watch the original Halloween a few months ago and it still creeped me out...they just don't make 'em like that anymore), so the flicks or books that gore you out for shock value only do nothing for me. The Summer I Died is that rare exception.
You care about these characters. It's almost impossible to stop reading because you can't bear to leave them in their predicament.
The writing is perfectly paced. This is a very well done story. Just a warning though: the violence may be unbearable for many, but I doubt that anyone picking up this book wouldn't go into this without the expectation of some cringe-worthy moments. So, for you
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Tressa Don't you have a Kindle? Would you like me to loan this to you? I've been meaning to try this procedure out.

message 12: by Bill (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bill No I don't, Tressa. I'm still committed to paper :)
But thanks for the generous offer!

Tressa Drat. OK. Maybe some time in the near future.

message 10: by Bill (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bill Holy Crap. Yeah, five stars. Thanks for the rec...I'll try to get a review off tomorrow.

Tressa Told you it was good!

message 8: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Edwards Still not sure I'd want to read it, Bill - but that's a great review! Btw - I also saw the first "Halloween" movie recently - again - and it's still great. Still my favorite in the "teen scream" category.

Bill Thanks Deborah.
Yeah, if you're unsure of reading it, it almost definitely isn't for you!

Stephen Great review, Bill. This is on my soon to be read list and I am trying to prepare myself. I keep saying "it can't be that bad" and then I see another review like yours and say "uh...maybe it can."

Tressa The characters make this book rise above any amateur torture porn book. For me the characters are the stars of the book along with how they are deeply affected by the violence done to them. For some authors of violent books the violence is the star and those books are usually terrible.

Bill Thanks Steve!
Tressa you're long as I care about the characters I can pretty much take on anything they go through.

message 3: by mark (new)

mark monday looks good. i'm too scared to read this, i think. Let's Go Play at the Adams has been sitting on my shelf for about a year now and Summer is no doubt even more intense.

Tressa Come on mark, didn't you read The Wasp Factory? Gather your courage and read Adams and Summer. They are unforgettable reads.

message 1: by mark (new)

mark monday well that's a good point. and i loved it.

maybe i will try Adams after i finish reading Books of Blood (which is awesome).

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