J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they ar ...more
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The success of the Netflix Original, BIRD BOX, based on his horror novel of the same title, is staggering. I'm not at all surprised. Great books make great movies. Everything that is excellent about the film, is due to the fact that Malerman's story is a sweet set up for a film adaptation. I *felt* that book in a very tangible way so it was so cool to see that translated to the screen by people in the industry that respected Malerman's work and honor ...more
I think I'll be keeping this one brief, as I don't want to spoil anything and I am a middle of the road reviewer for this book. As others before me have stated, this one is a super slow burn, which isn't bad, but I think keeps the books from feeling as sinister as it could. I completely agree with Dennis's recommendation that fans of suspense that are a bit squeamish of straight up horror may really take to this story. The ending was epic, and 100 points to Malerman's Hogwarts House for all the ...more
What happens when good old D.A.D and M.O.M keep their "children" in the dark? That really is the question! J is one of the 26 Alphabet boys. They are being raised by D.A.D. and his "staff". The boys are smart, they are being raised to be prodigies. They only know each other, their school, their D.A.D. and the people who work at the school. They fear disease almost as much as they fear becoming spoiled rotten and being sent to the Corner. *shivers* J has always b ...more
While Bird Box rests comfortably on my favorite shelf, this one just fell a bit shy of reaching that status for me.
An ingenious premise that promised an explosive mind-blowing read. But I just couldn’t quite let go and be taken there. While I really liked it...I just can't say I loved it as much as Bird Box.
I have this love/hate/whatever relationship with Mr. Malerman. I love his story ideas. I love them so much that even when I know I shouldn't read his stuff, I still do. Except for Unbury Carol. Nope, the title makes me gasp for breath!
Inspection was weird for me. I really hated the first 70% of this book. That's not to say that I hated the story or the character's. I personally loved the kids in this book. The story was slow, and just wh ...more
From the author of Bird Box, this novel completely threw me for a loop. A mesmerizing cover and a promising premise had me diving in with high expectations.
From the first chapters I was aware of something dark and secretive going on with this group of boys duped "the alphabet boys". They are living in a tower at a remote location as part of an "experiment". These boys are being raised to become the worlds best in science, engineering and math.
While I enjoye ...more
Like so many, I love, love, loved BIRD BOX, (both novel and movie) enjoyed THE HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE and UNBURY CAROL, and now after reading INSPECTION, one thing I know for sure is....with Josh Malerman, you never know what you're going to get!
"They deserve the truth."
Malerman sets the stage by introducing the reader to a bizzare school of trusting young teens (with letters for names) living in a secluded world of strict laws and fear of disease. O...more
Well, that was different. In truth, I couldn’t tear my eyes away!
What can I say without giving too much away? “Inspection” is weird and wild and had a really interesting concept. The first part was a little slower for me and took a while to get into and then BAM!!, the second part took off and I was all in. The characterizations hooked me. K and B, got me and and they got me good. Reality is not what you think it is and truth well, what is the truth? Be honest and you ar ...more
A husband and wife duo decide to live out a "thought experiment" where 26 boys and 26 girls are kept in separate towers in the Michigan wilderness. It is their hypothesis that if each sex is raised independently of each other and without knowledge that the other exists, the "genius" that will come as a byproduct of this upbringing will far outweigh the controversial nature in which this experiment was conducted.
Where to begin? I'm going to be quite blunt. This book was awful. I mean ...more
In my opinion, Josh Malerman has a very abstract way of storytelling, and with all abstract art forms, it is open to interpretation. Although Inspection is more of a straightforward story once you have all the information, there are still some interesting concepts that lay underneath.
Because the mystery component is dependent on the reader having zero information about the plot line, I must refrain from incorporating any sort of synopsis into this review. But the themes I took away from my r ...more
Experiments do not always come to fruition in the way that is expected. This is a whole new twist on the concept of Parenthood. The dreaded daily Inspections, checking for disease and rot. If there is any sign of spoilage, the Corner awaits. The Corner hums and croons and sometimes it rumbles. What goes on behind that door?
I applaud this author's fresh ideas, how he eschews the formulaic recipes and has yet to use a cookie-cutter. I l ...more
What would happen if boys were raised without any knowledge of the opposite sex? That's the basic premise behind this book, (there's more to it, but I won't get spoiler-y.) Just think about that for a minute, think about what would be involved. How to explain where the boys came from, for instance? How to explain puberty and changes to the body? The answer to those questions and more is easy. You LIE. And what happens when those lies ...more
Let's address that first. People and expectations. Here's the thing about Josh Malerman, the sensational new voice in horror fiction who penned the fantastic ...more
I have heard amazing things about Bird Box... and I'm pretty sure I'm about the only person in the world that hasn't read Bird Box yet haha ;).
What happens when parents keep their children away from everything? The alphabet boys are being raised by D.A.D. and his staff members. The boys are very smart and only know what is being "taught" to them at school. The boys fear diseases like no ones business! One of the boys ...more
I had a few problems with this book: the first thing being that it’s way too fucking long. This idea would have probably worked better for a sho ...more
This is a difficult review to write since I have really mixed feelings on Inspection. I enjoyed some parts of it, and was quite annoyed by others.
Even if I don't always love the outcome, Josh Malerman always has creative concepts for his books. I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, and a fair amount of the story was ...more
Inspection really feels more dystopian than horror which to me shouldn’t be a bad thing as I love a good dys ...more
So, deep in a remote forest, a group of 26 boys -- the Alphabet Boys -- have been raised from birth through age 12 in an all-male environment, never even knowing that females exist. It's all part of a grand experiment by the man they call D.A.D., attempting to prove that without ...more
When I started this book, I went i ...more
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Note: There was a time not so long ago that I would never DNF a book. I would slog on to the end and not enjoy it at all. Fuck that. Those days are gone. I don't have time for that anymore. This is my second Malerman DNF in a row and I just don't think this dude is for me.
While Inspection is only my second Josh Malerman, I’ve read enough and heard enough to know it is a crapshoot every time you pick up one of his books. With this author, you just never know what you’re going to get—an inevitable consequence of his creativity and unpredictable writing style. And unfortunately, this time I took a risk, but it didn’t pan out.
In a word, Inspection is strange. At the heart of this tale is a ma ...more
I’ve had this book on loan from the library for 2 weeks now, and at page 110 I’m throwing in the towel.
I don’t know how this can be the same author that wrote Bird Box, a huge 5 star read for me. The writing style is completely different-almost sophomoric with its oversharing and hints at the obvious, most of it told through characters inner thoughts. This could and should have been edited down to a novella.
I was so looking forward this read, which makes the DNF even more painful.