Wonderland

WonderlandIf Shirley Jackson Wrote The Shining, It Might Look Like This Deliciously Unsettling Horror Novel From The Acclaimed Author Of Baby TeethA Mother Must Protect Her Family From The Unnatural Forces Threatening Their New And Improved Life In A Rural FarmhouseThe Bennett Family Artist Parents And Two Precocious Children Are Leaving Their Familiar Urban Surroundings For A New Home In Far Upstate New York They Re An Hour From The Nearest City, A Mile From The Nearest House, And Everyone Has Their Own Room For The Very First Time Shaw, The Father, Even Gets His Own Painting Studio, Now That He And His Wife Orla, A Retired Dancer, Have Agreed That It S His Turn To Pursue His PassionBut None Of The Bennetts Expect What Lies Waiting In The Lovely Woods, Where Secrets Run Dark And Deep Orla Must Finally Find A Way To Communicate With Not Just Resist This Unknown Entity That Is Coming To Her Family, Calling To Them From The Land, In The Earth, Beneath The Trees And In Their Minds There s a sentence about halfway through Wonderland where the mother thinks if they could only get away safely she d let her son Tycho sing The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round, a song they d always discouraged him from singing because of its annoying repetition This was my favorite sentence in the book because it s so ironic it made me laugh out loud I had high hopes for this horror novel because people I trust love Baby Teeth, but I think I would have preferred reading 350 pages of There s a sentence about halfway through Wonderland where the mother thinks if they could only get away safely she d let her son Tycho sing The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round, a song they d always discouraged him from singing because of its annoying repetition This was my favorite sentence in the book because it s so ironic it made me laugh out loud I had high hopes for this horror novel because people I trust love Baby Teeth, but I think I would have preferred reading 350 pages of The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round because it could be less annoying than Wonderland.The publisher has compared this to Shirley Jackson mixed with The Shining So think of The Haunting of Hill House Then subtract from it all of the suspense, the multidimensional characters, the erotic undertones and every bit of scary stuff Now think of The Shining Erase Jack and REDRUM and the twins and the blood on the walls and the ghosts in the bar and the hedge maze and anything else that was horrifying, terrifying and entertaining Just take the frights and the fun out of both and you re almost at Wonderland Why publishers make these inappropriate comparisons I don t know They re setting up the reader and the author too Try it Here s one I recommend reading one of my favorite books, Nabokov s Pale Fire, because it s so remarkably like Charlie Brown comics compilations and Thus Spoke Zarathustra.I don t doubt Baby Teeth is a really great book This isn t even a good book, it s a horridly boring and frequently ridiculous book It s about a family that moves from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks, to an isolated home The wife was a ballet dancer, which if you read this you will be told a hundred times at least The husband, who is from kind of around there, wants to paint They want their kids to grow up with fresh air and nature Note I grew up in NYC and, you know, there s summer camp and summer homes and rentals and day trips Just saying they could have practiced The kids have weird names a little boy named Tycho and his older sister Eleanor Queen who takes the crown for most annoying character name I ve yet to encounter Their names will be repeated a thousand times although Eleanor Queen s feels like ten thousand at least Eleanor Queen was annoying the first time and I kept hoping her mother the ballet dancer would call her EQ or any nickname, Girl would have been fine but nope, it s the full Eleanor Queen for the full book in which not much happens so you really, really notice the repetition of Eleanor Queen and Tycho over and over because you re reading what they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner and what they wear and how they sleep and every move they make and every thought their parents, especially the mother who was a ballet dancer and is a total bore, have about Eleanor Queen and Tycho Eleanor Queen and Tycho, Eleanor Queen, Tycho, Tycho, Eleanor Queen, if you re not exasperated yet please teach me patience Because they live in a book I wanted to throw Eleanor Queen and Tycho across the room But it s not their fault the author named them that and an editor didn t have the sense to say, um, how about Jack and Jill or something easier since you re going to have these names in every other sentence.There s the family, the house, the giant tree and the snow and nothing much happens I didn t like the parents and I was so incredibly sick of reading Eleanor Queen and Tycho The tree is supposed to be menacing, the snow is supposed to be menacing except they re not because everything moves so slowly and the narrative is so boring there s no suspense and most of it makes no sense I wish I had t bothered to finish because there s no payoff and as I write there s a genuinely unnerving pandemic going on and this collection of sentences about oooh, big scary tree that has very nothing much happening and stars Tycho and Eleanor Queen, that never once frightened me, was a EMIT YM FO ETSAW The time is now I am beyond excited to dive into this story Earlier ARC received I am so, so, so happy This is one of my most anticipated books of the year Thank you so much, Mulholland Books I truly appreciate it Original STOP the FREAKING presses, people New Zoje Stage for 2020 The countdown begins The time is now I am beyond excited to dive into this story Earlier ARC received I am so, so, so happy This is one of my most anticipated books of the year Thank you so much, Mulholland Books I truly appreciate it Original STOP the FREAKING presses, people New Zoje Stage for 2020 The countdown begins Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestZoje Stage seems to be taking things that most people like and find wholesome and turning them into objects of horror Children Check Nature Check What s next bake sales Dogs Sunsets Whatever she picks, I m sure I ll find it totally validating, because this book reminded me why I hate camping and hiking so much Nature can be creepy I don t think I ve ever been so freaked out by trees since I read UPROOTED by Naomi Novik.This Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestZoje Stage seems to be taking things that most people like and find wholesome and turning them into objects of horror Children Check Nature Check What s next bake sales Dogs Sunsets Whatever she picks, I m sure I ll find it totally validating, because this book reminded me why I hate camping and hiking so much Nature can be creepy I don t think I ve ever been so freaked out by trees since I read UPROOTED by Naomi Novik.This book is about a family that ends up moving to the middle of nowhere so the husband, Shaw, can paint His wife, Orla, is a retired ballerina and now that her star has faded, she s going to be the one taking care of the kids in their reclusive cabin in the woods But what first seems like a rustic and charming idyll quickly starts to become uneasy and horrifying as the family starts to see things that can t be explained like lights, strange weather, and other phenomena that defy rational explanations, but somehow seem to be tied to the mysterious white pine on their property And then, things start to get really, really twistedLike a tree root LOL jk For the first 75% of the book, I was deliberating on giving this book 5 stars Stage captures in this book the ambient horror that made Ira Levin such a lasting read You don t need blood and body counts to make a horror novel good the atmosphere in this book is fantastic Regardless of what you end up deciding about WONDERLAND, it is, unquestionably, a better book than BABY TEETH The character development isrefined, it is less cheesy horror movie andKubrickian, and the writing is muchmature and even lyrical in some parts I liked this a lot , and found it way less frustrating than I did BABY TEETH, which felt like a bad 80s horror movie at times.The last 25% of this book got a little weird And I don t want to say anyabout it, because I don t want to spoil the ending, but to explain why this didn t end up getting asolid 4 stars from me, or even a five, I want to tell you about this movie called The Langoliers, which is one of Stephen King s lesser known projects It s a horror movie that is filled with pulse pounding, spine chilling build up, which is ruined in an instant during the grand reveal where you are treated to some truly heinous CGI I have a shelf on Goodreads called The Langoliers Effect where I shelve horror novels whose effects are slightly tarnished by their reveals, and I feel like that is slightly the case here It doesn t spoil the book but it does get kind of weird, and not necessarily in the good kind of way.If you enjoy Ira Levin or M Night Shyamalan s good movies, I think you will like this The atmosphere is nicely crafted and the writing is great and it is so freaking creepy Even if you didn t like her first book, BABY TEETH, I would still urge you to give this one a try, as it s quite a different book from her first, and she s improved so much between then and now that I m really excited for whatever she decides to put out there next, because I m sure it will be even better.P.S The children are named Eleanor Queen and Tycho and the parents are named Shaw and Orla Wot Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.5 to 4 stars I always plow into a story without knowing anything about it but because I have read this author s debut, I have a certain expectation and this story is different Definitely interesting about small space living versus big space living Orla s family used to live in NY in their cramped apartment where they are always in each other s face Now they are living in the country in a big farmhouse with the kids sleeping in separate rooms, she worries that her family will grow apart I like Orla s hear I always plow into a story without knowing anything about it but because I have read this author s debut, I have a certain expectation and this story is different Definitely interesting about small space living versus big space living Orla s family used to live in NY in their cramped apartment where they are always in each other s face Now they are living in the country in a big farmhouse with the kids sleeping in separate rooms, she worries that her family will grow apart I like Orla s heart to heart talks with her daughter The words flow by fast to me but the story seems to slow with the narrator feeling regret for her move and her thinking a far range of explanations for unexplained happenings This book is told in the third person point of view following Orla, retired ballet dancer, as she and her husband Shaw, 38, their daughter Eleanor Queen, 9 and son Tycho, 4 are driving to rural Adirondacks, relocating away from New York city The move was for Shaw s benefit because he wanted to be with nature for his interest in painting Despite Orla feeling anxiety about living out of nowhere, she kept it to herself and agreed to move to make her husband happy Upon arrival, both her daughter and Orla were spooked Soon the family started seeing things that weren t there like aurora borealis It might be hallucinations due to well water, the land being haunted, or something else Wonderland is a different read compared to the author s debut This book should be categorized asof a paranormal or magical realism story instead of thriller That ending, definitely not what I have expected, but I liked it The read is creepy at times I think if there was another view of the anonymous It then the story would go by faster or at least kept me hooked longer I was getting tired of Orla s view by chapter 28 Her reactions are realistic and in any given situations, anyone would react the same One view just makes me feel the narrative is lengthy I like the nature aspects of this book, though I m a city girl and would never choose to live in a secluded place ever.xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com fordetails Many thanks to Little Brown Books for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest Sometimes you step out and read something a little different than your normDid you read Baby Teeth, Zoje s Stage s last book I did not Too chicken Do you ever read thrillers with just a touch of horror I don t usually, thinking horror is not my thing Some are even calling Wonderland a dark fantasy, and I get it While not a typical horror or fantasy reader, I recently read The Ancestor and loved it, so I wanted to give Wonderland a try, and I was not disappointed.The Bennett family moves Sometimes you step out and read something a little different than your normDid you read Baby Teeth, Zoje s Stage s last book I did not Too chicken Do you ever read thrillers with just a touch of horror I don t usually, thinking horror is not my thing Some are even calling Wonderland a dark fantasy, and I get it While not a typical horror or fantasy reader, I recently read The Ancestor and loved it, so I wanted to give Wonderland a try, and I was not disappointed.The Bennett family moves from the city to upstate New York Very upstate The closest house is a mile away with tons of privacy in the middle of the woods Something is calling to the family This book is CREEPY I had to suspend disbelief as I often do with thrillers in order to get the most out of it.Once the family moves, there are weather changes It s hard to know if things are really happening, or if they are hallucinations Is it the house Is it what s outside Just let go and be prepared to get lost in this dark, dark world.I ll never look at a tree the same way again I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader I will murder someone for a copy of this arc I m kidding Or am I Got up to 100 pages and couldn t push through any Between the slow pacing and the ridiculous names of the characters being taken seriously, I m done Hopefully someone can tell me if it ends nicely For anyone who may have missed the updates Due to the pandemic WONDERLAND s release date has been pushed back to July 14, 2020 We apologize for making you wait, but the decision was made to allow us all to get better adjusted to living in a world with Covid 19 Stay well And happy reading Creepy AF The description of Shirley Jackson meets The Shining is completely accurate All the vibes of both are in this book and it evolves into something even scarier Many thanks to the author for this early copy for review What a stunning sopho book Stage masterfully takes the reader through this chilling tale, hitting you hard in the gut as the dread and tension rises ever higher I was nauseous, fearful, and loved every minute of it.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Wonderland
  • Zoje Stage
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 031645849X