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The Ritual (2011)

av Adam Nevill

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"When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn't come easy among these ancient trees . . "--… (mer)
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    Stallo av Stefan Spjut (Amsa1959)
    Amsa1959: Swedish folklore horror.
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When will GR give us half stars! This book was a 3.5 for me. I feel like there was a distinct turn in the story right at the middle, which made it like reading two entirely different novels.

I also felt that the characters would have made more sense if they were in their 50s. Just something about where they were in life spoke more to a 40-55 year old person rather than someone barely out of their 20s.

Otherwise, it wasn't bad? But I feel like it just wasn't... everything I hoped it would be. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
This book was 400 pages and it easily could have been 200 pages less. I was so uninterested in everything by the end. The endgame was dragged out way too long and by the time something actually happened I was so bored with the plot. I would have liked to have learned more about Moder and actually see her more but alas, wasted.

The film? 100x better. Way more coherent and interesting. ( )
  taleszofwonder | Mar 25, 2021 |
Survival Horror!

Just in time for October. Wanna dive into some very nicely creepy atmospherics and get reacquainted with your old buddies on a camping trip, just getting away from the old world, finding out what the big deal about Scandinavia is?

Welcome home.

Of course, these four men are a bunch of ponces. They eventually grow on me after some of the real festering shit comes out, but before then, there's very little positive I can say about it other than the fact that the atmospherics are pretty awesome. And that's fine. We're used to horrors that are filled with all manner of flawed characters and they either eventually step up to the plate or they're served on it.

Welcome home!

Of course, that's only half the novel. The second half was much better, in my opinion. It kept up the oppression and atmosphere but changed it into a glorious death metal tribute full of cliches and old school satanism tripes AND remained a survival horror with the same creepy vibe as before. We've just added new layers to the creepy. The payoff is pretty sweet, too, and all my struggling with the initial characterization was worth it.

It's so hard to see a character grow with something like genuine understanding, but when it happens, it is delightful. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
“Everyone is fucked up, Luke. Damaged. We’re all messed up, underneath. Doesn’t matter what kind of house you live in.”

I really did like the movie, so I was quite pleasantly surprised when I realised it was originally a book. Although, even though it started out quite great... I completely lost interest when more than 150 pages still remained. What could've been an interesting twist turned out to be nothing more than repetitive dialogue to the point where I didn't even really care what actually happened in the end, having to foce myself to finish it once and for all. It was a disappointment, and honestly, feels like one of those rare times when the movie is actually better than the book. ( )
1 rösta autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
I'm going to give this four stars because the first half of the book is one of the most creepiest and atmospheric things I've read in a long time.

Midway in it then goes in a direction that I found a bit jarring, and unfortunately it never really recovers from there. It's not that it's bad or anything, but it just didn't match the quality of Act 1.

Definitely a page turner and more than good enough for a Halloween read. Recommended, but don't read it whilst camping in the woods. Actually, just don't camp in the woods.

( )
  Layla.Natasha | Nov 10, 2019 |
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"When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn't come easy among these ancient trees . . "--

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