Within the Woods: A Horror Novel Kindle Edition
|Length: 334 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Publication date : October 16, 2018
- File size : 2348 KB
- Publisher : Packanack Publishing (October 16, 2018)
- ASIN : B07J57DJNC
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,987 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And that’s where Tony Urban’s “Within the Woods” really worked for me. It’s a period piece set in the 80’s, populated with middle school aged characters who, much like I did at their age, rent horror movies on VHS and regurgitate facts about them. It’s movie nerds like these that Urban thrusts into a scenario straight out of a 50’s sci-fi horror flick (or more precisely, an 80’s remake of a 50’s sci-fi horror flick), something they’re all too familiar with.
And while some might argue that the book’s overall plot itself is a tad familiar (think “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, John Carpenter’s “The Thing”, “Night of the Creeps”, etc.), the true strength of it lies more in how Urban handles his characters. The playful interaction and honest feelings of friendship they share make them very genuine and endearing. As someone, like Urban, who was that age in the 80’s, who also loved horror films, I found the characters so relatable as to be uncanny. Real kids in an unreal situation. I found myself caring what was to become of them, and that, after all, is what any reader wants: a story that compels you to turn pages.
One side note: I’ve read a few reviews on here lambasting Urban for his use of language that some are calling “homophobic”. Having been a 12 year old during the 1980’s, I can attest to the fact that this was exactly the type of verbalization boys used to goad one another back then. You can still find it in some movies and books from the period. Not saying this attitude back then was right, but rather that it’s accurate, which is all I see that Urban was striving for. Proclaiming the author as having issues with the gay community for trying to do so is a bit extreme to say the least.
I need a second book, Mr. Urban!