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Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

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Ubo ★★★★★

Ubo - Steve Rasnic Tem

I’m not sure how to review this book without spoiling it, but what I *can* tell you is that I just could not stop reading. It kept me up all night, turning pages, because at first I just needed to know what happened next and then I needed to understand what exactly was going on, and then from about the halfway point I thought I *might* know and I was absolutely certain that I would find out on the next page, then maybe the next page, then surely the next page.  Pure mind-fuckery in the end. I loved it. Highly recommend.


Paperback version, picked up on the strength of Char’s review, which did not steer me wrong.  



I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Stranger Things: This is a twist on the past 80's Horror square, with elements of the television show - any horror that has supernatural elements, portal/parallel universes, government plots gone awry, or is set or was written in the 1980's. This book features what appear to be portals into parallel worlds and government plots gone awry.


It could also fit the squares for:

Doomsday (postapocalyptic)

Modern Masters of Horror (published in 2014)

Genre: Horror (no shortage of that here)

Creepy Crawlies (giant roaches!)

Sleepy Hollow

(end reveal takes place in Boston)

(show spoiler)

Dystopian Hellscape (kind of goes with the post-apocalyptic)

Psych (plenty of mind fuckery)

Serial/Spree Killer (the portals take people into the minds of both kinds of killers)



Prior Updates:

Sep23 320/320pg