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Preview — The Troop by Nick Cutter
i know people have been a little coy with details in their reviews for this, but i'm not going to be, because i think that its strongest selling point is what people have been all shy about mentioning.
so - imma just say it: tapeworms. genetically-modified, kick-your-ass motherfucking tapeworms.
the setting is falstaff island, which is a tiny uninhabited island off the coast of ANOTHER tiny but inhabited island, prince edward island, in beautiful eastern canada. a scou ...more
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It's sickening, sad, & especially because it all occurs t ...more
See that picture up there? Do you know what that is? It's a tapeworm. Which is a nasty, (sometimes not so) little, parasite that can infest pretty much any living thing.
That said, this was a story about a Boy Scout troop that visits an island to do their yearly Boy Scout stuff. But this will be the last trip together, ever. Can you guess why?
I had a blast with this book. It was a quick read and I loved the format in which it was told. The only issue that I had with it is that some of the charac ...more
Well played, Mr. Cutter. Well played.
For real, I am nervous about being able to adequately express how much I enjoyed this one.
The Troop follows a group of boys who are taken by their Scoutmaster to a island off the coast of Eastern Canada for a weekend camping trip. When a very ...more
It's October and Scoutmaster (Dr.) Tim and his five Eagle Scouts from Troop 52 have been dropped off in the Canadian wilderness at terror (my word) island for three days of fun and hiking. The boys are a mixed bag of tall &...more
First of all, when Stephen King goes out of his way to blurb a book, I pay attention. About The Troop he says:
"This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it's a perfect gift for a winter night."I'm a sick puppy! Right away, I perk up like one of those Pointer dogs on the scent. Secondly, the book description refers to The Troop as Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins. Oh yeah! You just pressed two of my book buttons right there. I'm light ...more
Perhaps I was simply expecting too much, as The Troop doesn't bring anything even remot ...more
This book is the embodiment of that quote. It didn't terrify me. It didn't horrify me. But it did gross me out and disgust me.
*Sigh* I have heard so much greatness about this book, and about this author, but this book just didn't do it f ...more
Scoutmaster Tim has led a troop of boys out into the Canadian wilderness on an annual camping trip. They can go hiking, have a bonfire and there will be ample opportunity to bond and earn some merit badges. They are on a small, uninhabited, isolated island located just off Prince Edward Island.
On their first night, a stranger, very unexpectedly, arrives in their camp. He does not look well. He is very hungry.
Holy crap balls Batman! This one scared the shi ...more
Okay. So. You read horror? You enjoy it? This book is on the top shelf. When you're in the horror VIP lounge and you want to order premium, top shelf horror, you order a Nick Cutter and if you want the most ba ...more
I just wanted to pass along a heartfelt thank you for pushing this story to such an extreme that I felt the
Why you little!
The Troop is the story of Troop Fifty-Two’s weekend field trip to a tiny uninhabited island off the coast of Prince Edward Island. — Five boys and their Scoutmaster. Two days. ...more
- Nick Cutter, The Troop
Happy Horror Week 2017!
It’s that time of year again, when we take a break from a world that is already terrifying – like, really, really terrifying – and spend a little bit of ...more
things are burrowing into their bodies, and eating them alive from the inside. And yes, the gore is explicit, and as graphic as words can conjure up. It was well written, and you really feel for most of the kids. They feel real, and t ...more
Yes, lots. Of clowns.
All this to say that while I am not a horror aficionado, there is definitely a tendril of creep- factor worming its way up my spine - at least ...more
A scouting trip on Falstaff Island goes disastrously wrong following the arrival of an emaciated man, asking for food. This man isn't just hungry, he's sick. Pretty quickly, the young boys are fighting for survival, both against this sickness and each other.
Okay, so first of all - when Sadie and the guys at NRB kept pushing me to read this book, telling me I'd love all the horror and gore etc...they did NOT tell me that I'd als ...more
What makes this book so disturbing isn't only the subj ...more
I received a free copy through Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
The story opens with an Internet news sto ...more
A group of boy scouts and their troop master set off for a camping trip on an uninhabited island just off the mainland. They plan on a weekend adventure spent earning merit badges and learning a few lessons on how to live off the land. However, when an emaciated stranger shows up on the island carrying a potential biological weapon in his system in the form of a tapeworm, the trip becomes a test of survival of the fittest. ...more
Now when I say it was gory, I really truly mean it. It takes a lot to make my stomach turn and disgust me and this story constantly had me gritting my teeth and closing my eyes to erase what I had just read from my ...more
Author Nick Cutter (the pseudonym for novelist Craig Davidson) thanks Scott Smith and Stephen King in his acknowledgements, and you can see elements of both writers' work in the book, although it's wholly his own. The second half reminded me a lot of Smit ...more
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I've been asked to set this up by The Powers That Be, and I'm more than happy to, although I can't really say much about myself seeing as Nick Cutter doesn't exactly exist—he's a pen name. A cool, tough pen name! Your mileage will vary on whether you agree, but that was the thinking. Horror writers should have crisp, punchy names. Stephen King. Clive Barker. Nick Cutter. Not that I ...more