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- File size : 4386 KB
- Publication date : January 4, 2018
- ASIN : B078J2NRTJ
- Print length : 99 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #230,561 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I did find it annoying the way the author describes all his characters by last name only, but during the dialogue they switch between first and last names frequently. Gets confusing quickly. Please just pick one and stick with it!
The writing is crisp and economical, the gore is nicely realized, and the atmosphere is frighteningly realized. There's a dictum in writing that demands "show, don't just tell," and, in regards to the primary threat of Snowblind, McBride nails that here. Neither the readers nor the protagonists know quite what they're up against until fairly late in the book, which makes it all the scarier. We're in this together with these four friends, lost in the woods after a hunting mishap and finding refuge in an old, abandoned cabin, forced to fill in the blanks of what, exactly, is out there. McBride gives us a few hints before the big unveiling, which is a neat little twist.
Throughout, we're kept in a constant state of suspense that fires the pages forward, one after the other. If it weren't for the demands of my bill-paying job, I would have easily read this in one sitting. The story is just so propulsive that it's impossible to break away from it (unless life gets in the way and absolutely demands it...).
Four friends take a quick trip into the Rocky's to just get away and relax for the weekend. They thought that they would have a nice and quiet weekend. They also thought they were alone. They couldn't have been more wrong.
The narration for Snowblind was done by Gary Tiedemann does a great job. His deep and brooding voice really adds to this story. And he was able to add a lot more to the ambiance and the overall scariness of the story.
A quick little story that packs a punch. Snowblind is definitely a horror book for those who love a good story. McBride has this way of writing things that are scary but realistic. They also completely unbelievable and believable at the same time. The antagonist in this was absolutely terrifying in the same way that the shark in Jaws was. You never really see the "animal" but you definitely know its there.
Overall, Snowblind was a really well done short story/novella that screams horror but also hits you with some great atmospheric writing.
McBride subtly but perfectly incorporates his "horror elements" (avoiding spoilers) and uses the landscape to increase the tension which I think is even more thrilling and terrifying then a story that uses a bunch of over-the-top unrealistic elements.
If you have any plans for a winter hunting trip or vacation in the mountains, you might not want to read this before you go. It definitely made me appreciate the intense heat & flat rolling grasslands a little more. : )
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As they settle in and prepare themselves for a cold, hard night, they begin to notice odd things about their surroundings. Indented marks on the woodwork that resemble claws. Holes in the roof and walls that look like something may have burst through. Something enormous. Then, above the wind, something rumbles its intent. They are not alone, and they soon discover this is not the first time the cabin has been visited by something monstrous.
With a fast-paced narrative from the very start, Snowblind is a gripping and satisfying read. The characters are easy to acquaint with and believable. There's a little bit of stereotyping, but as this is a novella, that can be forgiven. At the same time, for anyone more than a little familiar with some of the more famous and aggressive alleged Bigfoot encounters, the inclusion of names like Baumann make for pleasant Easter eggs to look out for.
The story was a little predictable and it never really kept me guessing, but that didn't make it unenjoyable. There were some interesting ideas about the mysterious animals, their behaviour, and even their appearance that made the story stand out than just a mere fireside tale.
I was a little disappointed with the ending, but I do see there is a second, longer book that may take up the narrative more wholly, and less stereotypically.
Overall, this was a fine, satisfying, horror novella that works especially well as a quick fix between more substantial offerings.
The writing is great (albeit a lot of, what I would call "big words"- words I didn't know and had to look up, which disrupted my reading flow. That might just be me though).
I felt very invested in the characters, to the point that (at the end of the book) I contemplated not reading on as I felt sorry for a main character and could see something happening that wasn't fair on him. I did read on though.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and having finished it, instantly bought the sequel.
As previous readers have mentioned, the characters are pretty generic and can be hard to care about as so little time is spent with them (it is a short story!) Perhaps this is why the author chose to give these characters such distinctive professions (lawyer, software engineer, surgeon, etc.)? Anyway, the writing isn't bad and there is some interesting vocabulary used. Thought the insertion of heartbeats ("thump-thump") was effective, although I feel the roaring should have been described rather than written down (it would be scarier this way). To be honest, you could read this story in a couple of hours; it's a nice, brief diversion on a wintry day!
I think the best moment for me (SPOILER ALERT) was Coburn discovering the names and dates of other victims of the cabin, as well as the realisaton at the end that (SPOILER ALERT) the reason no one seems to have stopped these atrocities is down to how similar the monster's bitemark comparison is to an actual human being's.
The use of landscape blended with unexpected and extreme weather conditions is a very powerful tool in the hands of an accomplished author. Who can ever forget Jack Torrance newly appointed caretaker at the isolated and snowbound Overlook Hotel and the sad events that followed.
4 friends Coburn, Baumann, Shore and Vigil are once again embarking on their yearly elk hunting expedition to the aptly named and snowbound Mt Isolation. They are forced to seek refuge when Vigil suffers severe trauma and injury in a fall and are now along surrounded by the harsh elements of nature and something evil and unknown....the scene is set! “Someone or something was still out there. Watching them. Waiting”...
A horror story (to appreciate the full effects!) is best enjoyed alone and possibly with the aid of an alcoholic beverage as the silence and tension can be unbearable. I sometimes read very early in the morning and approaching winter, here in the UK, the wind may be howling accompanied by a little rain....and then I read the following....
“Coburn crept closer, prepared to grab the branch, toss it away from the house, and sprint back toward the open window. He had already loosened his grip on the rifle when his brain caught up with his eyes. It wasn’t a branch. It was a hand. A human hand at the end of a severed forearm.Tied to a bent, rusted nail in the door by a tendon. Swinging gently back and forth at the behest of the wind. The curled fingers raking the wood.Scratch.....Scratch....Scratch...”
An important element I use to judge a good story is....Do I think about it the following day? Where is the author going? Are the characters real? Can I sympathize with them?....more importantly in a horror story....does it scare the hell out of me?? Let me tell you dear readers of my review that I cycle to and from work each day (ok you say what has that got to do with it....hold on I will tell you!) My 12 mile route home in the evenings is dark and lonely with only me my bike and my little light for company...the mind plays funny things and “Snowblind” became my mental companion this week as I struggled through the darkness....what was that I began to see to my left and right....????
“A lone silhouette separated from the shadows. Large and hunched. Low to the ground. Was it a bear? He couldn’t....couldn’t quite tell. He tried to zero in on it through the scope- Another silhouette materialized from the woods to the right of the first...another to its left...”
Michael McBride has written a novel that blends all the elements of good horror writing to produce a masterpiece of tension and fear and one I will remember for a very long time. Highly recommended!
A novella that almost immediately starts to ramp up the tension and never lets up, a freezing blizzard that makes conditions unbearable and a refuge that's horrifyingly been used before. There are some genuinely scary moments in an incredible build up and proof that's it's more chilling and suspenseful when you lay off the detail for as long as possible, makes the reveal that more hard hitting. The ending was torture you've gotta feel for the guy, survives a harrowing near death experience and ...... Read it, you'll steer clear of the Rockies for sure.