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The Laws of the Skies | Grιgoire Courtois
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Twelve six-year-olds and their three adult chaperones head into the woods on a camping trip. None of them make it out alive. The Laws of the Skies follows the terrified children as they scatter into the night to escape danger, dressed only in their pajamas. They face their darkest childhood fears and new imaginary threats, like trolls masquerading as boulders and child-eating tree trunks. A harrowing story of those days in the woods, of illness, poisoning, and accidents; of a love triangle among tots; a pint-sized hero; and a child on a murderous rampage that comes to a grisly end. Part fairy tale, part horror story, this macabre fable takes us through the minds of all the members of this doomed part, murderers and murdered alike.
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The Laws of the Skies | Grιgoire Courtois
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I‘m honestly not sure what to say about this one. It‘s definitely fucked up, but that was pretty obvious from the blurb so that‘s not a problem. I don‘t know. It wasn‘t bad. There was some good writing. I think I just expected more from it. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

#catsoflitsy #Ember

QuietlyLaura Ember is so precious! πŸ˜»πŸ’• 2w
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This little book is brutal and horrible and savage. It‘s like Lord of the Flies + Friday the 13th (with literal 6-year-olds instead of teenagers). I‘m not giving away anything that isn‘t in the description: of the 12 children and 3 adults on this camping trip, none of them survive.

As a wise man ( @Reggie ) said in his review, I can‘t recommend this book to anyone.

It‘s well-written, beyond disturbing, and I could not stop reading it.


batsy I'm still trying to figure out what kind of sorcery takes place when the writing is so beautiful about something so bleak and horrific πŸ˜… 4w
sprainedbrain @batsy it‘s just astounding! I sat here with my hand over my mouth, absolutely appalled, and the writing was so damn good! 4w
Reggie Lolol, are you ok? I haven‘t had a book put me in a slump like this one did. I honestly just felt like I was in a straight jacket staring at walls for a couple of days after what happened in here. That whole section about the πŸ—.......Jesus!!!! Nice review! 4w
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read so many intriguing reviews about this book, especially @Reggie @DGRachel @batsy reviews. Now yours, about hands over mouth....I want to read but am scared 😧! 4w
JaclynW I looked like that reading Lord of the Flies!! Itcwas one of the most disturbing books I've ever read. I loved it. I obviously need to read this one too. Thanks! 4w
sprainedbrain @Reggie I thought that part with the boar would never end... I was squirming through it and it just went on and on, but it was so perfectly described. I‘m going to have to go straight into another very different book to avoid a slump. 4w
DGRachel I love how a book that is so small, so short, can have such a huge impact. The writing is truly stunning. 4w
vivastory I'm not sure what it says about me that I'm really excited to read this πŸ€”πŸ˜‚ 4w
sprainedbrain @vivastory Nothing worse than what it says about me for enjoying it. 😳 4w
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"All of these stories, all of these tales, repeat ad nauseam that a child has no business alone in the middle of the woods, that no good can come of heading off-road. And yet here we are."

Harrowing & grotesque, although there's a certain poetry to it. Abandon all hope if you choose to read this book. The situations are so extreme & hopeless that it's almost cathartic to read them & come out whole. I suppose that's horror in general, right?

readordierachel It was probably a mistake to read this before I go camping with small children this weekend... 2mo
DGRachel Oh yeah! I‘m never walking into the woods again and I certainly wouldn‘t go camping with small children. Good luck! 😱😱🀣 2mo
readordierachel @DGRachel Haha! Thanks, I'll need it. πŸ˜±πŸ™ƒ 2mo
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batsy Oh, you're a brave one! πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚ Great review, though. Perhaps there is something cathartic about reading stuff like this. 2mo
readordierachel @batsy Brave or dumb πŸ˜† I kept trying to figure out what kept me reading. Like, it was so completely awful but I was enthralled and thought parts were kind of humorous. I settled on catharsis πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ 2mo
Tanisha_A Love the review, and the way it contrasts the background of the picture - blue, hopeful, some clouds! 2mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Yes, it doesn't quite fit with the tone of the book does it? πŸ˜† 2mo
rohit-sawant Really intrigued by all the reviews for this 😱 2mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant It's not for the faint of heart for sure! But worth reading if you can stomach it. 2mo
DivineDiana I‘ll pass! πŸ€” 2mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana i don't blame you. It's definitely not for everyone. Very dark. 2mo
Reggie The part about the boar just made me feel like I was being spit roasted over flame. 3w
readordierachel @Reggie It definitely made an impression. I was reading that whole part through spread fingers. #thingsyoucantunread 3w
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I'd describe this amazing story as 'Lord Of The Flies' gone rogue. The themes in this dark and brutal story are so well done.
Courtois ..such deep mastery, a precise and clean style to a terrifying story. The slow measured pace, even knowing the eventual outcome, makes this even more chilling and unsettling.

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This was a complete and over the top annihilation of innocence. 3 adults and 12 6 year olds go into the woods and never come out. This is their horrific story. I can‘t really recommend this one to anyone, but it is a pick.

erzascarletbookgasm I am most curious and intrigued by this book now, but I don‘t know if I am ready to read it 😱 after seeing all the reviews! 2mo
TrishB And that makes me really curious! 2mo
Reggie @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB I don‘t know if it‘s for you ladies.... 2mo
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TrishB I‘m not rushing! 2mo
Karkar Sounds good to me! Stacking πŸ“š 2mo
KimM that's a nope
batsy That face sums it up, doesn't it! 2mo
sprainedbrain Another tempting review. πŸ€” 2mo
Smrloomis @Karkar πŸ˜±πŸ˜† I‘m with @KimM Nope, nope, nope. 2mo
DGRachel Kudos to you for making it through! @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB It‘s short, but brutal. Very, very brutal. 2mo
Centique I just watched Pitch Black on Netflix last night @Reggie so I‘m about ready to arm myself with a machete and a flame thrower before I next leave the house. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I think that‘s my threshold for fear already reached. #notstacking #butyouwritethebestreviews 2mo
RaimeyGallant I'm terrified just reading the synopsis. 2mo
Reggie Lol @KimM @Smrloomis I don‘t blame you for the nopes. 2mo
Reggie @batsy @DGRachel @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled the parts that got to me were when the kids were always internally asking for their mothers and the part where the author points out that the kids didn‘t know they were at death‘s door. That they thought what and where they were was just temporary. There was a lot of psychology going on. 2mo
Reggie @sprainedbrain I think you could handle this. 2mo
Reggie @Centique Lolololol yeah this is a definite no for you. Although it did remind me of Rain, because it‘s short and there is that section in the end that tells you about CPR. Well I‘m here the structure was the same but instead of 6 pages of CPR there is 6 pages of how a boar eats a little boy from his legs to his arms to his face. I started laughing because I had mentally checked out because of what the author was doing. Everyone else‘s death I 2mo
Reggie @Centique took hard. 2mo
Reggie @RaimeyGallant it is not for 99.9% of Litsy. It‘s rough. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yes - agreed. I appreciated the psychology of it that the kids didn‘t understand their own mortality. 2mo
readordierachel I'm reading this now 😱 2mo
Reggie @readordierachel whatcha think so far? 2mo
readordierachel I'm "enjoying" it. It's so f'ed up, but I'm hooked. 2mo
TrishB Hope you‘re ok Reggie - not seen a post for a few days! 2mo
Centique Yes! What @TrishB said. Your tribe is getting restless wondering where your wonderful reviews and comments are. πŸ˜‰ Hope all is well and you‘re just off being busy. πŸ€žπŸ€žπŸ’• 2mo
Suet624 Psst... thinking of you. I miss you!!! 1mo
sprainedbrain Hey, Reggie! Missing your posts around here. Hope you‘re well! πŸ˜ƒ 1mo
merelybookish Popping in to see what's up! You are missed! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Missing you too! Hope all is well. 1mo
LibrarianJen I‘m missing you too! I hope all is well. 1mo
CarolynM I'm another one dropping in to say I'm missing you and I hope all is well. 1mo
Reggie @TrishB @Centique @Suet624 @sprainedbrain @merelybookish @ValerieAndBooks @LibrarianJen @CarolynM @batsy @Cinfhen thanks for all the kind comments. Right before the 4th I was getting burned out at work, getting burned out a little with Litsy, and then I turned 40, and went into a midlife, what the hell have I done with my life, phase. #1stworldproblems But now I‘m just finishing my 2 week vacay from work, refreshed and ready to be back. Hope all 1mo
Reggie Is well with you all as well. Missed you all. 1mo
TrishB Awww Reggie, sometimes a good break from everything is just what‘s needed. Look after yourself πŸ’• 1mo
CarolynM Yeah, 40 is a killer. If it's any consolation, 50 is nowhere near as badπŸ˜‚ Glad you enjoyed your break. 1mo
TrishB @CarolynM so true! 1mo
batsy Lovely to see you back Reggie and it's true, sometimes time away is just what is needed. I'm feeling much of the same (40 next year) so I'm glad to hear that, @CarolynM πŸ˜… 1mo
CarolynM @TrishB @batsy I wish someone had told me in advanceπŸ˜πŸ˜€ 1mo
Centique @Reggie omg Reggie, I was having conniptions that something had happened to you. Your last post was gruesome after all! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I‘m MORE than glad to see your smiling face. πŸ’• And as for being 40 - you‘re wiser and more perceptive than at any other time in your life, less likely to put up with bullshit, more likely to prioritise what‘s important over what other people think - you‘re more golden than ever before and you‘ve got many years ahead! 1mo
Centique @Reggie I say this having taken a good few years to realise that myself! Now go write some of your famously unique reviews my friend to appease the ravenous hordes of your followers πŸ˜πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒπŸ˜‰ 1mo
Reggie @Centique @batsy @TrishB it‘s funny, I was a little sad when I turned twenty cause I knew I‘d never be a teenager again. 30 didn‘t phase me at all. 40 blindsided me. Lol, thank you @CarolynM for the 50‘s preview. 1mo
Suet624 Reggie, I was worried something had happened to you too! Honestly, what would the world and Litsy be without Reggie? (Not being melodramatic here.) I value hearing your thoughts and missed you. @Centique @batsy @CarolynM I have to tell you, much to my surprise, hitting 60 was a piece of cake. Just hitting my stride. 1mo
CarolynM @Suet624 Good to know - it's not that far away! 1mo
Centique @Suet624 @Reggie I‘m so pleased to hear that! I think there are myths western society consumes about ageing - like we‘re becoming lesser as we age - and a kind of invisibility of older people and their stories that goes with it. Almost have to pull the curtain aside and find there‘s a vibrant world full of 40, 50, 60 and 70 plus out there πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ€Ÿ 1mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so glad you‘re back! Sorry about 40... it happens to the best of us. πŸ˜‚ 1mo
merelybookish Welcome back! Glad you're feeling better! 1mo
Suet624 @Centique I love your comment about pulling the curtain aside. It‘s very true that I‘m a lot less visible to people - they often look right through me - but that allows me to get away with a lot more than I used to! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 1mo
LibrarianJen I‘m glad that you were able to take a step back and bounce back from it. I think my crisis was when I hit 30. I didn‘t want to β€œgrow up”. Hopefully 40 won‘t phase me. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Glad you‘re back, Reggie! And that you got some time off. Yes, numbers ending with a zero does tend to have that kind of effect! But think of it as that you‘ve made it this far with many more to go 😘 😊. 1mo
Centique @Suet624 brilliant! That‘s a strategy I can get behind! πŸ˜‚ 1mo
sprainedbrain Ok I just finished this. Holy hell! 4w
overtheedge I loved this book! 2w
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Honestly, I was put into a reading slump for a couple of days by this book because I am a book monogamist and I‘m not gonna start another book until I finish this one. But this one is rough. You find out by the 2nd page of the prologue none of these 6 year olds survive. So why am I reading this? I love horror but kids.....the self betrayal is deep.

Cathythoughts I agree , anything with children I find very difficult.. can‘t read it πŸ’” 2mo
Reggie @Cathythoughts it‘s all @batsy β€˜s fault.😜 2mo
Megabooks Yikes!! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Books are books ... we often read about the unspeakable... ( I‘ll have to have a word with @batsy πŸ˜†) 2mo
batsy @Reggie @Cathythoughts I'm sorry πŸ˜† @DGRachel @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled and I were trying to warn everyone with our reviews 😭 #TheyAllDie 2mo
Suet624 Ouch. I‘m sorry. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @DGRachel @batsy @Cathythoughts @reggie Batsy got us going and I guess we‘re just monsters. I‘m cool with it πŸ˜† 2mo
DGRachel Oh @Reggie I‘m so sorry. I guess @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled is right and along with @batsy the three of us are monsters. It is a brutal, depraved book. I don‘t read much horror, so I‘m always over enthusiastic when I read one I enjoy (and enjoy sounds wrong with the violence against kids, but it‘s the best word I can come up with). 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy @DGRachel @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just stacked it πŸ™„... I want to read it now 2mo
DGRachel @Cathythoughts πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ All I can say is #YouHaveBeenWarned πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ 2mo
Reggie @Suet624 No, no, it‘s my own fault. I say I love horror and then find out there is a line. 2mo
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Holy crap. WTF did I just read? 12 kids & 3 adults enter the forest. No one comes out alive. This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time and that ending? Oh. My. God. I‘m never going into a forest again. Winnie the Pooh meets The Blair Witch Project meets Lord of the Flies. Brutal. Depraved. Terrifying. And so damn good. I‘m not going to be able to sleep. #librarything #earlyreviewers

JoScho I am super excited to read this one! 2mo
DGRachel @JoScho It‘s so good. @batsy did a much more coherent review than I did, but yeah...so disturbing. I totally expect nightmares tonight. 2mo
JoScho Sounds right up my alley. Do you know the release date? 2mo
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DGRachel @JoScho According to Goodreads, it was released May 14th so it‘s out now! 2mo
JoScho Yes!!! Going to look for it now! Thanks so much πŸ–€ 2mo
batsy Oh wow, I'm glad another person liked it so I'm not alone πŸ˜‚ Every once in awhile I think about this book and Enzo in particular and creep myself out again 2mo
DGRachel @batsy Oh, Enzo. He was a terrifying character, but I could not cheer his death. It was so awful. I just kept thinking β€œthat poor child”. It‘s definitely a book I feel weird saying I loved, but it really was so well written. 2mo
batsy @DGRachel Yes! I felt the same. He was terrifying when he was in power but when he was dying I only felt sadness. Also about the kind of father he had. This book made me feel so many uncomfortable things. 2mo
DGRachel @batsy Yes. The ending left me so sad. I finished it three hours ago and still can‘t bring myself to try to sleep. 2mo
Reggie If I had not stacked this from @batsy I would have stacked it now. Lol, great review!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Stacked. I can‘t ignore it any longer. Stellar review! 2mo
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Super excited to receive this from LibraryThing today. Described as β€œWinnie the Pooh meets The Blair Witch Project”. What the what?!?! Can‘t wait to sink my teeth into this one! #bookmail #librarything #earlyreviewers

readordierachel It sounds bananas in the best way! 2mo
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3 adults and 12 6-year-olds go on a camping trip.
Everyone dies (not a spoiler). In horrible, descriptive ways.

This book is MESSED UP. I liked it. 😏
If you like horror and gore and hopeless situations, give it a try. Thank you, @batsy for introducing me to this!

IamIamIam Whoo hoo!! Great review! 3mo
batsy Ahhh! I'm glad you liked it, however weird that sounds for a book like this πŸ˜†β€οΈ 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @IamIamIam πŸ˜‚ Thanks! Two kinds of people: those who run TO a book like this and those who run FROM it πŸ˜† (edited) 3mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @batsy It certainly kept me glued to the pages 😨 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yikes! πŸ™€ @batsy does gore and horror? 😧 3mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm It's the most beautifully-described gore, though πŸ˜…πŸ˜³πŸ™ˆ The writing is maybe like Suskind's Perfume 3mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Bahaha I just saw that @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled enjoyed Perfume, too! πŸ˜† 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @batsy Perfume! Such good writing! If there are any other gorey psycho books you care to recommend, Im all ears! 3mo
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A savage, vicious fairy tale of horror. The dark woods, lost parents, murderous kids, dead bodies, toxic fruits, & WILD BOARS. It's not a spoiler, but definitely a needed TW, that children die & that they also inflict pain. It got under my skin & gave me weird hallucinatory nightmares. A surrealist exploration of what happens when meaning breaks down in society & only survival matters. Maybe a metaphor for our current level of civilisation? ⬇️

batsy I guess another surreal element that was also kind of poignant is that the author doesn't try to depict children authentically (can adults ever do that?), but instead "psychologises" (is that a word? ?) them in the manner of how adults think about children. They are children as how adults imagine children to be. I'm not sure if that's what made the story less of a shock-value tale, & more nuanced & scary. I don't know. It messed with my head. 3mo
batsy Another warning: there's like a 7-year-old Patrick Bateman in here. To borrow from a review on Goodreads, would recommend this only to fellow weirdos. 4 ⭐ #netgalley 3mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review... sounds very intense & good ... and scary ! Well done ! A hard one to review I‘d say ... 3mo
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Centique Whoa. I‘m kinda scared right now 😳 Maybe not for me! Great review though πŸ™Œ 3mo
Cinfhen Fabulous review!!!!!! 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Centique Thanks 😘😘 Not a book I can easily recommend to anyone and definitely depends a lot on personal comfort level with the content. Also not a book I can easily forget! 3mo
batsy @Cinfhen Thanks ❀️ this is the book I was referring to in the comment to your post... I'm staying out of the woods, lol 😭 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - now I want to read this immediately!! 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just looked it up to read more about it and one description said β€œwinnie-the-pooh meets The Blair Witch Project” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ÿ Oh yes, I‘m ordering this today!! 3mo
DivineDiana @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled And I was thinking the opposite! πŸ˜‚ But great review @batsy ! 3mo
Cinfhen Too many Patrick Bateman‘s out there 😱😱😨😳 3mo
ShyBookOwl Great review. Stacked! 3mo
Ms_T Brilliant review and stacked! 3mo
batsy @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @DivineDiana Haha! Thank you both, and Ericka it's weird to say I hope you "enjoy" it ? But I do hope you find it a worthwhile read! And I apologise in advance if you hate it ? 3mo
batsy @Cinfhen I know, right. And when they start young 😩😩😩 3mo
batsy @ShyBookOwl @Ms_T Thank you 😘 3mo
Leftcoastzen β€œFellow weirdos β€œπŸ˜‚ 3mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen πŸ˜† 3mo
LeahBergen Crikey! 😬 3mo
Reggie You had me at the first sentence. Lol 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen Stay out of the woods!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜© 3mo
batsy @Reggie Haha! I mean it as the highest compliment when I think this book might be your jam 😁 3mo
batsy @Reggie Also reminds me that this might be a @rohit-sawant kind of book! 3mo
rohit-sawant This fellow weirdo is definitely intrigued πŸ˜„ Gosh, this sounds intense! I'm freaked out by the woods anyway so this is extra scary 😬 Can't not stack this after such a stellar review πŸ™ŒπŸΌ 3mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! It's an interesting book in how it takes childhood and primal horrors to its extreme, but is not excessively violent, although it is grotesque towards the end. I find I have a hard time using words to explain it πŸ˜† Would love to know what you think if you get around to it! 3mo
readordierachel Fabulous review. This sounds terrifying. Of course I want to read it πŸ˜† 3mo
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! ☺️ Yes I think there are some of us who can't resist a book like this πŸ˜† 3mo
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