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Inside the Outside by [Lastrapes, Martin]
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"At once irreverent and prophetic, Inside the Outside is a real achievement.  The story is full of twists and turns, and the writing is sharp and vivid from beginning to end.  In this dark, bold, strange, but always intriguing novel, Martin Lastrapes proves that he is a talented young writer of considerable promise."
 —James Brown, author of The Los Angeles Diaries and This River


"In this debut novel, Lastrapes slips deftly from disturbingly dark to vibrantly tender and every hue and shadow in between, sending the reader on a journey through a place that is as beautiful and alluring as it is horrific.  Deliciously creepy..."
—S. Kay Murphy, author of Tainted Legacy: The Story of Alleged Serial Killer Bertha Gifford

About the Author

MARTIN LASTRAPES grew up in the Inland Empire. He studied at Cal State San Bernardino, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition. This is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cannibal Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CIGYCS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King once wrote that though he aimed at horror, he'd settle for a scare and wasn't even too proud to go for the gross out. Martin Lastrapes' debut novel is classified as horror (and indeed seems to be rising quickly up the charts), but really it achieves something even more powerful; I'd call it literary terror. This isn't slasher-flick horror. This isn't jump-scare frights. If you look up terror on Wikipedia, right now, it says "The goal of terror is to inspire dread and to paralyze the will to resist the objectives of the perpetrator."

Dread? Check. Paralysis of the will to resist the author's objective? Check.

Martin Lastrapes isn't out to scare you. He's out to terrify you with a cunningly simple tale that alternates between queasy dis-ease and powerful humanity, and his aim is true.
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If I wanted to read a book about sex, I would have bought 50 Shades of Gray. This book is, to put it simply, not worth reading.

Within the first couple pages, the author drags you along--quite disturbingly, might I add--with Timber (the main character) witnessing two grownups having sex. Not only does it not stop there, it gets worse. The man shows Timber, who I'm assuming is under 10 years old, at this point, how he's thrusting himself into the woman. At that point, I was totally disappointed. When you read the back cover, you're not thinking it's a book about sex, pornography, and disturbing scenes about a young girl getting raped twice.

The first half of the book, the reader gets pulled along several disturbing scenes. Such as: Timber getting ejaculated on, Timber showing her friend (a boy) her period, Timber getting raped by a stranger, and then her leader. It's just disappointing. When I read the back cover, I was intrigued, because I assumed this book would be about a young girl, who grew up on a combine, eating human flesh. I thought it would be about her great escape. But this book just proved worthless to read. It was exciting, or intriguing. It was rather boring, to say the least.

Save yourself the money, and don't buy this book. Look into the author Neil Gaiman. Now there's a man who can write AND tell a story.
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I don't quite know what to say about this book. I went in to it thinking it had a lot of potential. The premise is dark and mindset of the cult mentality has always intrigued me. If you like horror stories and you see a book filled with cults, cannibalism, organized crime and pornography you think you've found a classic. Instead, I found some of the sections of the book to be too graphic and seemed to be more about shock value than creating a feeling of horror or suspense. I also thought the book ended to abruptly. The final section just seemed to come together to conveniently.

So I gave the book 3 stars because, although I didn't dislike it, I also thought it needed some work to turn it in to a true horror story.
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This book had me on the verge of tears, laughter, and terror, sometimes at the same time. Martin Lastrapes writes with such vivid imagery, that there were times where I had to put the book down to avoid being overly spooked. His imagery is lush and visceral. His characters are multi-layered, from the most seemingly minor character, to the novel's heroine, Timber; I found myself caring for each character and caring what happened to them. Though many scenes are very dark, which I love, there is also a lightness and sort of hope that surrounds the book's darker corners. I do not want to give any of the story away, but with its many twists and turns, and Martin's fine understanding of the craft of writing, I am confident in saying you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
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This is a story about what goes on in an unimaginable cult. Like nothing I've read before. Then what happens when the cult is done for and normal life (somewhat) takes over. This story gave you a choice to get to know the main character, and those around her, allowing a fair judgement. What is normal for one society is held up to ridicule by others. If you can keep an open mind and enjoy a peek over the fence where the neighbors are weird, you might enjoy this. This isn't a gory monster rag. It's got chops (Pun intended).
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It is a very interesting book that looks at a cult that eats Hunan flesh. It does contain some minor errors, but they do not really take away from the story line. What is really kind of strange is that the story is supposed to be told from the point of view of a five year old girl. That fact is not revealed until you are more than half way through the book.
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Inside the Outside is a really smart and involved read. As I become more interested and invested in the story and characters I felt my thoughts change about two very macabre aspects of the book, cannibalism and murder. In my mind it's only a very well written book with a really good story line and characters that can challenge how you think and feel about such subject matters.

Martin Lastrapes has created something to rival other great books in the thriller/horror market. The characters are interesting and it wouldn't be difficult to think of yourself in such a situation if circumstances were different.

This is a great book and highly recommended.
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