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elliotspencer [Celluloid 12.05.07] review book horror

Year: 2007
Publisher: Permuted Press
Author: Jason S. Hornsby
Amazon link: Link
Review by: elliot spencer
Rating: 8 out of 10

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"It's New Year's Eve of 1999, and while Millennium celebrations are planned and the clock ticks downward amid rising fears and misgivings, professional nobody Ross Orringer is coming to grips with the fact that, at some point, his life has become stagnant. He is twenty-six years old and attends the same meaningless college parties, peddles the same sleazy horror movies with his best friend Preston, lives in the shadow of his younger sister's constant achievements, and continues to date the same two-timing girlfriend while engaging in an affair of his own with one of her closest friends. And to make matters worse, Ross is being photographed and monitored everywhere he goes, and receives chilling glances from every stranger he encounters. The paranoia mounts when Ross's closest friends and family begin acting more and more suspiciously as the New Year-and Preston's New Year's party-approaches. In the last minutes before the clock strikes twelve, Ross realizes that the new millennium may be more ominous than anyone could have imagined, because the streets have been closed, the crews have set up their cameras and equipment, the gray makeup has been applied, and decisions have been made. In the next millennium, time will lose all meaning, reality television will take an all too terrifying turn, and the living dead will roam the streets in search of Ross and everyone that is important to him."

This book didn't grab me right away as far as the actual story was concerned, but what did keep me intrigued was the interesting way that it was written and published. Certain pages have black lines around the text that almost appear to be hand-drawn. It isn't long before you realize that the story is being told from different points in time. The parts of the book with actual lines around them are being told from an unknown point in the future. Think of it like a single story being told by the same person at two different points in time. Sooner or later the two point must meet, correct?

At about the fifth chapter this novel totally absorbed me (which is actually only 15 or 16 pages). I was unable to put it down (which so far has been the case with all Permuted Press books). At certain points I would get the feeling that I was being watched. The book seemed to pull me in. I kept expecting to see someone in a white radiation suit come around the corner from my kitchen with a video camera while moaning would begin from somewhere behind me.

Jason S. Hornsby has quite a unique way of writing, and is amazing at descriptions. It was not hard for me at all to visualize everything that was being explained to me. I had a whole world that had been formed within my mind. If you not only like zombie stories, but also like conspiracy stories this is definitely a book for you. Get it now. Read it. Enjoy it. If you just want to read a really great story about zombies, then get it now. Read it. Enjoy it.

I have been finished with this book for a few days now, and I have been unable to shake certain aspect of this story. It has just stayed with me. This is the type of book that, if turned into a film, would make you scared to sleep at night after seeing it. I know I had a hard time getting to sleep just after reading it.

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