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FantasticLand
FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where Fun is Guaranteed! But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts? Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost? FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fictionnovels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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ReadingOver50
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1. Mutant animal attacks, books set at carnivals
2. Cabin In the Woods, Thirteen Ghosts
3. FantasticLand
4. All that I can. Evil, Prodigal Son, AHS, Scream Queens, Castle Rock
5. Gore - yes please

@teebe #creepychristmas

Twainy FantasticLand has been on my list for awhile. It‘s not available on Hoopla or OverDrive/Libby. So I bought it on Audible along with the kindle version for $9.48. Thank you 😁 6h
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Eggbeater
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This was the perfect book to polish off on a stormy Halloween night. Told in interview format, it was riveting, shocking, and suspenseful. Very entertaining if you like sick thrillers!

Trashcanman 😘 2w
Reagan-reads 🙋‍♀️ 2w
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Victoriahoperose
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I really enjoyed this book about horror at an amusement park. It really jolt the suspense and was an excellent book to read an audio because there were a lot of varying perspectives and mixed media. It really held my interests and I liked the way it was written!

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veritysalter
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Lord of the Flies for a new generation. A hurricane has hit the coast of Florida; a group of some two-hundred employees remain at the amusement park FantasticLand to ensure it‘s safety from looters; but the danger is within. They didn‘t realise there‘d be no internet, no social media - no electricity... they didn‘t know it would be two months before they were rescued. Quickly they form tribes; friend together, it‘s kill or be killed.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Yikes!!! That sounds good!! 3w
veritysalter @JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s a documentary style book, I‘ve loved every minute of reading it. The podcast ‘Under the Horror Dome‘ rates the audiobook even more as you get to hear the different character voices. It‘s not my usual kind of read, but was so gripping. 3w
JamieArc I‘ve heard how great the audiobook is, so I‘ve been patiently waiting for my library to get it! 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooh, good to know!! Thank you! 3w
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veritysalter
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A lazy morning here; the joy of having teenagers on school half-term is that you don‘t see them before midday. One zombie has staggered past me on their way to the bathroom and then returned to their pit. The only sounds in the house are ticking clocks and snoring dogs. #LitsyPets #PetsofLitsy

LeahBergen 😂😂 3w
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Mynameisacolour
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Erica!! @Shakespearience Thank you so much for the lovely #screamathonswap package that you sent me!! I love everything!! Can't wait to try these teas & I'm going to have some hot cocoa & use my adorable new mug this morning! I love the scarf and squishy ghost! He's coming to work with me where he will get plenty of use and I think we sent each other the same stickers too!🤣 Such a fun swap! Thank you for hosting @4thhouseontheleft

TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh that pumpkin mug is the CUTEST 2mo
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annkuch13
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August Wrap Up

🎧 Dooku: Jedi Lost - Cavan Scott
🎧 Children of Ruin - Adrian Tchaikovsky
🎧 FantasticLand - Mikr Bockoven
🎧 Lock In - John Scalzi
🎧 Head On - John Scalzi
📚 Seven Blades in Black - Sam Sykes

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annkuch13
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I got some excellent book mail today! I'm excited to read the bottom two. I listened to the audiobook for FantasticLand, and I loved it so much that I had to buy a physical copy.

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annkuch13
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This was fantastic! The slow build of the horror is so good. I really enjoy the fake journalism style of narrative (similarto World War Z). There are moments that left me speechless in shock. I came to care about some characters so much and be terrified by others. I definitely cried a few times by the end. The audiobook was amazingly narrated by Luke Daniels and Angela Dawe and was incredibly hard to put down.

TW: graphic violence, torture, gore

ReadingOver50 This looks amazing! 3mo
annkuch13 @ReadingOver50 It was so good!! 3mo
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Carla
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New podcast episode: There Might Be Cupcakes: Episode 52: Everything That Has Been Hidden Has Surfaced: In which I interviewed horror author Mike Bockoven, author of FantasticLand and Pack. #podcast #horror #werewolves #theremightbecupcakes Please have a listen! https://theremightbecupcakes.podbean.com/e/everything-that-was-hidden-now-surfac...

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Kaila-ann
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Your #lmpbc got here today @Mynameisacolour and so did your surprise Amazon package! Thank you so much for sending me a wishlist book. I promise to let you know what I think when I get to read it. #groupb

Mynameisacolour Yay!! You're welcome and awesome, I'm looking forward to hearing what you think! 3mo
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Gennic
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I really liked how this was written with all the interviews, it‘s a style I usually don‘t care for. This was written in such a way that you wanted to know what the next interview had to say, see the story unfurl.

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Noisegirly
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Sick and sitting in my hanging chair. 🤧 Maybe I can finally finish #fantasticland since I started it ages ago. 🙄 But to be fair, I got sidetracked with school work so there was a reason I didn‘t finish earlier. I‘m horrible at personal time management.

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LiterarySloth
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I used to work at a theme park, so I tend to like books about them. This one is no different. It seems ridiculous at first, the way things escalate so quickly. But once you start paying attention and learning more about all of their personalities, it makes sense. I brought it to work with about 70 pages left. I‘m sad that I have 5 hours left of my shift with nothing to read.
5/5

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LiterarySloth
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Okay so maybe I was up until almost 3am when I had to be up for work this morning at 6... but I think it‘s safe to say that I am enjoying this book much more than the last. It‘s interesting. I even had a weird dream about it, like I was stuck in FantasticLand.

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LiterarySloth
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Power outage! Only one thing to do when you have no electricity or WiFi. (Although I choose to do this even when the power is on.) 😁🕯📚

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LiterarySloth
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Trying this one out. It‘s being called a modern day Lord of the Flies/Battle Royals. I was getting a LOTF vibe from the description.
Book 24/52

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AmandaEve
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1. FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven and The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
2. Pineapple Beach House by Amy Vansant
3. Bluebonnets 💙
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 🌱🌿 6mo
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Red.Reads
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FantasticLand, fantastic book!
Loved the style, really great narrative, somewhat unsettling in parts as its not that hard to imagine people being that monstrous to each other over nothing at all (it happens often enough IRL). 5/5

#FantasticLand #HumanBehaviour #HumanHorror

JamieArc My library doesn‘t have this yet on Audio and I can‘t wait to get my hands on it! 7mo
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shaeleinfaye
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I‘m loving this book and how it‘s written in a series of interviews but it really makes you think of how would you act in such a situation. Would you kill to live another day?

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msgriffith
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Wow! I very interesting look at what can happen when a bunch of people become isolated with no end in sight. It was thrilling, troubling and gorey but great!

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Shannonnowoj
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Delightfully chilling. The way it‘s written in a sequence of interviews makes you want to read more! Great #thriller #horror weekend read.

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Noisegirly
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I need to finish this book quickly because so far I have had 2 nightmares 2 nights in a row based around an amusement park, and I haven‘t even read anything that scary yet! 👀

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Noisegirly
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Starting on this one tonight. 🙂👍🏻

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AmandaEve
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Huge thank you to @Eyelit for this lovely gift! 😍💕 I am always down for anything that‘s going to give Lord of the Flies vibes #kindlitsy

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Sweettartlaura
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5⭐️
Recommended as an audiobook.
What happens when adults are left in an amusement park for 4 weeks after a hurricane? Listen and find out.
The story is told in a sequence of interviews. It‘s suspenseful, inventive, and horrific. Everything you want for a #spookyreadathon 🖤

Cinfhen Sounds like a fun atmospheric read 13mo
Bloomingjen Sounds awesome 13mo
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Guildedearlobe
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Book: Fantasticland This book blew me away in Audio. I would have missed it if it wasn‘t for @LitHousewife recommending it.
Author: Christopher Farnsworth
Movie: Forest Gump (One of my all time favorites)
TV: Friday Night Lights/Firefly
Food: Fruit (Yeah, I know but it‘s like most of my diet now)

#manicmonday

LitHousewife It is so darn good!!! I‘m glad you loved it as much as I did! 1y
Lauram I‘ve only watched the last 5-6 episodes of Friday Night Lights when they were originally broadcast. I look forward to watching the entire series soon. 1y
Guildedearlobe @Lauram it‘s worth it. The series isn‘t perfect mostly due to a chopped season due to the writers strike but I loved it. 1y
JoScho Thanks for playing 💕 1y
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Reita325
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Shades of ‘Lord of the Flies‘ and ‘Battle Royale‘ and tremendously enjoyable.

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LauraJ
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Lord Of The Flies at an amusement park after a category 5 hurricane. Interesting idea, but the story is told through a series of interviews, so there‘s repetition and not enough time spent with any of the 20+ interviewees to make the reader care what happened. At 100 pages I started skimming and at 200 I bailed.
#catsoflitsy

Texreader Darling kitty 😻 1y
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Dogearedcopy
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🎧 This is a horror story about what happens when a level-5 hurricane hits an amusement park near Daytona Beach, FL.

Audiobook narrators Luke Daniels and Angela Dawe do an extraordinary job of portraying the 20+ characters who are interviewed in this novel that combines ‘Lord of the Flies‘ and Hurricane Katrina.

But ultimately a “So-So” rating because I just didn‘t buy into any of the characters‘ motivations as propounded by the author.

JoScho There is an abandoned Six Flags in Louisiana I saw off the interstate when driving from New Orleans. I became completely fascinated with it and looked at every picture I could find. The images are so haunting. 1y
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bannedlibrarian
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I always knew teenagers were terrifying. Yet I can‘t look away.

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Guildedearlobe
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Because I trust my audiobook partner in crime just started this one.

LitHousewife I hope you love it as much as I did! 2y
BookBoggart This looks soooo good! 2y
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Rienab
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Rienab
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Today I met these three authors. My to be read stack is never going to get any shorter if I keep putting new ones on top! Alex Kava-Reckless Creed, Liz Kay- Monsters A Love Story, and Fantasticland-Mike Bockoven.

Rienab Finally started (and finished) Monsters this week. Nice work @LizKay I really fucking loved it. 😊 3y
LizKay Oh thank you! I'm thrilled! 3y
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