Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her ...more
Unbury Carol is sort of a mash up between a spaghetti western, the Brother's Grimm's Sleeping Beauty and do I dare say it, a Quentin Tarantino movie? I could seriously see Tarantino doing a movie with this book. Some of the characters are almost cartoonish such as Smoke - and I do mean that in a good way. He is a nasty piece of work.
I am not a fan of western ...more
good thing i have a blog now.
i don’t mind that this book isn't a horror novel. i wouldn’t classify either Black Mad Wheel or A House at the Bottom of a Lake as horror, so i didn't have any hardwired genre expectations going into my fourth malerman.
as far as what it IS, well, it' ...more
I’m certain that the people sitting opposite me in the Tube during my commute were absolutely amused, watching my face while I was reading. Shock, anxiety. Heart racing, eyes staring in surprise and disbelief...Because this book by ...more
WARNING: THIS IS GOING TO BE A HOT MESS.
You ready???? Okay . . . . .
Carol is “dead” – her evil husband (who was TOTALLY Justin LaMonte in my brain). Sidenote (yes already a sidenote): Do y’all know who Justin Lamonte is? Probably not because you’re not ancient, but if you too are old you might remember him as a super douchebag from North and South . . . .
Josh Malerman is all the rage these days. What better way to give him a shot than a Netgalley ARC of his upcoming book!
Unbury Carol takes place i ...more
UNBURY CAROL is a bizarre story of good vs. evil with a strange mix of....magical realism....old time west...tricks and tricksters....and even a bit of paranormal when monster ROT enters the dreaded world Carol calls Howltown.
Carol's frightening (secretive) health condition makes her appear dead as a doornail when she literally falls into a coma and almost no one knows about it, so....after confidant and best buddy John Bowie dies; Who should she tell?....Wh...more
How dead can you be, and still be alive? Carol Evers can tell you all about it the next time she wakes up. She can listen with her mind's ear, no one else can hear.
The Trail, where legends are made, where you can expect tricky lighting, and space that is "off". Now, throw in Smoke and a mirror. A sour memory and a lost love. I'd advise steering clear of Smoke. He has a penchant for oil (only the good stuff will do!), and he talks in ...more
I thought it was pretty good! I was leaning towards 5 starts until the end when things started to get awfully convenient. In fact,(view spoiler)[the book is called Unbury Carol, and the whole actual unburying is just kinda “BOOM! Done” after a lot of buildup (hide spoile ...more
Hell's Heaven! I haven't been this torn about a book in a long while. UNBURY CAROL was brave in exploring new territory, (weird western, I'd call it), while at the same time it wallowed in repetition.
Carol has a rare condition which causes her to fall into a coma for days at the drop of a hat. To anyone unfamiliar with her disease, she appears to be dead. It's important for at least someone to know what's going on with her so that she doesn't get buried alive by mistake. However, Ca ...more
I hated everything about this one except for the "idea". Too bad, I was looking forward to it and it sounds good on paper...but not on the page.
After recently watching a video on beta readers by my friend Edward, I felt bad that I just gave this one a single star without any explanation other than I really didn't ...more
Of course, after reading Bird Box, I put Josh Malerman in the group of "authors that write books I want to read." Malerman's female protagonist in Bird Box exists in an apocalyptic state of events with a major physical handicap. In this book, Unbury Carol, our protagonist Carol is in a "wild, wild west" setting and also suffers from ...more
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I recently read and adored Bird Box, and even though the summary for Unbury Carol seemed about as different from Bird Box as anything could be, I had enough faith in Malerman's storytelling to confidently dive in. What I found wa ...more
I will often take a peek at spoiler-free reviews before I pick up a book, and I was a bit disappointed when I noticed that quite a few of the reviews on Goodreads were negative. People that I respect were calling this one a DNF, and others just flat out didn't like it. I was worried going in, especially since this book was selected as the second book for a review group I'm in called NightWorms, and I don't want ...more
UNBURY CAROL, by Josh Malerman is a difficult book for me to review. On one hand, his writing is very nice and fluid (in parts), but overall, the repetition of certain phrases had me practically rolling my eyes by the end.
The premise of this story is very original. Carol has a rare condition that causes her to go into a coma for days at a time, appearing dead. Now married to someone who only wants her money, he plans on making her next "death" the "real deal". Enter an "outlaw/boyfrien ...more
In Unbury Carol, Malerman uses a combination of western, horror, thriller/suspense, paranormal, a little bit of steampunk, and wild west humor ...more
For transparency --I did not listen to the whole book. It is a western, which is okay, but I just couldn't get into it.
I gave it the old college try because I absolutely loved Bird Box and I think the author, Josh Malerman, has an INCREDIBLE imagination.
This is the story of Carol, she falls into deep comas repeatedly throughout her life. When this happens, people think she is dead since her very light pulse is almost impossible to detect. She calls it going to "Helltown" because of th ...more
I read Unbury Carol as the second book for the Night Worms review team. This was a rollercoaster for me - I really enjoyed some parts, and struggled with others. I want to say up front that I am not particularly fond of books with a lot of traveling, so keep that in mind when reading my review.
I think I would classify this as a paranormal western. Don't go into this expecting a horror novel ...more
The first time Carol Evers died she was eight-year-old. Her heart rated slowed to three beats per minute, her breath was impossible to detect, and she was unresponsive to the world around her. Days later, she returned.
These brief coma-like states became a regular occurrence and the hidden secret of her life, with only four people ever aware of what she endured. One of these people left her life and two of them left this earth, leaving the third, her husband, as her only ...more
This was a really fun and well paced read.
Fantastic descriptions of the surroundings and the characters all developed nicely...especially Smoke and Dwight.
Enough action and adventure to keep me interested while throwing in some weird sh*t to keep me confused.
I had trouble putting this down.
There was one thing that drove me so bananas that I dropped a star off my rating.
If it were not for this ONE issue this would have been a solid 4 stars.
Who keeps marking this book as horror?
WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE??! Are we reading the same book???
Let's adjust some expectations here: this is, above all, a Western. Yes, a Western, and also kind of a take on Sleeping Beauty with some minimal magic elements. This is not a thriller, this is not fantasy, and this is DEFINITELY not horror. Also, this is not really about Carol.
OK, now that we got that out of the way, I'm going to try to take my expectations out of this and review this boo ...more
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Carol of the title has a condition, where she falls into comas that look a lot like death. She has little warning of their onset, and they can last a few days. She is also aware of sounds while in her comas. There are very few people who know of her condition: her late mother, her recently dead friend Joh ...more
A solid 3.5 star read. Had I been in the right mood, my feelings towards Unbury Carol might have been even more positive, but I had a hard time finding my footing when it came to this book, and I think its peculiar mix of genre elements might have been a contributing factor.
At the center of this story is a woman named Carol Evers, a woman with a very strange condition. Ever since she was a little girl, she has suffered f ...more
Like many others, I like the idea of this story. The actual writing and story not so much.
Not giving this a star rating. I didn't read enough to justify one. ...more