[EPUB] ✰ Broken Escalator Author Christopher Munroe – Marjoriejane.co.uk

Broken Escalator summary Broken Escalator, series Broken Escalator, book Broken Escalator, pdf Broken Escalator, Broken Escalator d0a081b74b On October Th Of Last Year, The Escalators At West Edmonton Mall Shut Down Simultaneously Due To What Was Believed To Be A Series Of Mechanical Failures, Stranding Thousands On The Second Floor By The Time A Rescue Operation Could Be Organized And Mounted, Nearly Everyone On The Mall S Upper Level Had Been Killed, And To This Day Few People, If Any, Understand What Really Happened During The Period When That Area Of The Mall Was Cut Off From The Rest Of The World My Name Is Christopher Munroe, And This Is The Story Of What Happened To Me This Isn T The Whole Story Of What Happened At West Edmonton Mall That Horrible Day, But It Is My Story This Is The Story Of The People I Met, The Things I Had To Endure, And The Lengths I Went To, To Survive A Broken EscalatorBroken Escalator Is A Surrealist Horror Novel By Christopher Munroe, Where Mechanical Failure Spirals Quickly Out Of Control And Human Nature Is Discovered To Be By Turns Nobler And Brutal Than Anyone Could Imagine Or At Least, Than Anyone Would Like To Admit


10 thoughts on “Broken Escalator

  1. says:

    Broken escalator is an eerie crossing of an otherworldly fantasy, like the Wizard of Oz, with the Lord of the Flies This book can t be shelved anywhere but horror, and please put it with the most psychologically twisted in the category, thank you The only reason I don t give this book five stars is that it has scarred me to landmark I must visit every week That and the small hand holding I needed to make it to chapter three It was hard to swallow that first moment when people look at the bro Broken escalator is an eerie crossing of an otherworldly fantasy, like the Wizard of Oz, with the Lord of the Flies This book can t be shelved anywhere but horror, and please put it with the most psychologically twisted in the category, thank you The only reason I don t give this book five stars is that it has scarred me to landmark I must visit every week That and the small hand holding I needed to make it to chapter three It was hard to swallow that first moment when people look at the broken escalator and don t just walk down as happens every other time the darn things stop working I had faith, recognized the signs that something odd was at work, and plowed on I m very glad I did For his first full length novel, Christopher has provided a wonderful offering, one that should not be sacrificed with a ceremonial dagger on the Chapters counter, but shared in a less destructive way I m not a horror reader by nature, but I enjoyed the chilling scenes, the psychotic characters, and the pure evil that existed in this book Rarely do authors get so clear a mission as to have good triumph over evil, but here it is


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    Not what it appears to be at all, but in a really good way.I was hesitant to check this one out simply because of the obvious part of the story about a broken escalator I did some research into it and was confused as to why someone would use something so incredibly simple as a major part of the plot.I trusted my gut and went with it anyway I was very glad I did I have to admit it really made me chuckle plenty of times I am not going to give out any spoilers here, but there is a legitimate re Not what it appears to be at all, but in a really good way.I was hesitant to check this one out simply because of the obvious part of the story about a broken escalator I did some research into it and was confused as to why someone would use something so incredibly simple as a major part of the plot.I trusted my gut and went with it anyway I was very glad I did I have to admit it really made me chuckle plenty of times I am not going to give out any spoilers here, but there is a legitimate reason why the escalators were broken in the first place There is also a reason why they didn t simply just walk down to the first floor I have recommend this book to many of my friends, and I am extending that recommendation to you future reader I also suggest his podiobook version as well It is well done and worth every second of your time.I wanted to give it a five star but very few stories are worthy of a five in my mind Let that not take away from what the author has done here Just a personal thing with me A five star to me is reserved for classics that will be spoken of for generations The author isn t quite in the company of the elite just yet, but if his writing style is any indication of future projects it isn t too far of a stretch to think it might happen someday.Personal note to Author should you read this.I enjoyed your work immensely Thank you for making my day a little brighter, and please keep up the good work


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    Initially, I was thinking this sounds like the joke about the blond that got stuck on the escalator when it broke down, but decided to give it a listen anyway audiobook version And I m glad I did really brilliantly thought out story, that kept me listening until the very end, even though I agreed with the one character, Andrew, that the main character was a bit of a douch by not seeming all that bothered learning anyone s names, except for Linda.


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    THE SHORT EXPLANATIONThe entire world is represented in the microcosm of a mall Fear, compassion, anger, belief, doubt all coexist in a work which reminds me of the best of Samuel Beckett s work without all the artsy flourishes and unintelligible characters.LONG EXPLANATIONThe action of this story takes place completely on the second floor of a mall The concept sounds insane Why don t they just go downstairs, you know, to the first floor The escalators are broken All of them All of them Th THE SHORT EXPLANATIONThe entire world is represented in the microcosm of a mall Fear, compassion, anger, belief, doubt all coexist in a work which reminds me of the best of Samuel Beckett s work without all the artsy flourishes and unintelligible characters.LONG EXPLANATIONThe action of this story takes place completely on the second floor of a mall The concept sounds insane Why don t they just go downstairs, you know, to the first floor The escalators are broken All of them All of them Then take the stairs, elevators, walk down the broken escalators One character even points out that a broken escalator is simply stairs, and yet it doesn t happen The characters are trapped on the second story, the food court is on the first floor, and no one is coming to save them.What starts out as a ludicrous premise even in anti regulation America the libertarians would scream bloody murder if there weren t at least a dozen ways out of every public space in the land becomes seductively plausible The reader is drawn into the confusion of the characters and their inability to escape from the most banal of spaces the western world has ever devised.There is a mystery about the mall There is a feeling something is off, and that something is truly wrong with the space of the novel Wrongness develops until even the act of walking down a broken escalator otherwise known as stairs becomes as stomach wrenching as a car crash.I laughed, I cringed, and I questioned the very nature of reality as the protagonists fought to survive the horror of the West Edmonton Mall s second level.Truly, this work reminded me very much of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett In Waiting for Godot, two gentlemen undergo a series of psychological tortures and tests as they wait for the titular character that never arrives While we never know anything about Godot, we do know that everything will be better when Godot arrives.That was the feeling I felt as I listened to Broken Escalator While the idea that the world could fail because of something as inherently lazy as an escalator is insane The way the characters of this work continue to dwell on the belief that everything will be better if only the escalators worked, is the same desperation those strange men on the side of the road felt toward Godot If only the world were different, everything would be fine.Where this work deviates from Beckett, is that whereas Beckett is quite happy leaving the audience confused about what is happening, to the point that no two individuals can quite put their finger on what exactly Beckett is attempting to say I think some people call that art Christopher Munroe does just the opposite.Just as there is a failure of the world based upon a failure of escalators, there is a solution, an ending, a wonderful tying up of events in such a way that the audience can feel glad they made it all the way to the end.While this work is roughly sixty seven thousand words long, ten thousand words shorter than Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone or about the same as the original Star Wars novelization, the author shows that small can be beautiful Not a word is wasted, not a scene is extraneous, everything is used Chekhov s guns lie all about the place.It is a bonsai tree of a book, a forest in miniature that makes you forget you d need anythingWell done Christopher, well done


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    I received a copy of Broken Escalator at no cost in exchange for an honest review The synopsis gives us a popular shopping mall filled with people on two floors When the escalators stop running, thousands on the second floor find themselves trapped with no means of escape Then the negative aspects of the human element kicks in and things go bad The author calls it a surrealist horror novel and the premise alone is what made me immediately jump at the chance to be a reader I finished it I received a copy of Broken Escalator at no cost in exchange for an honest review The synopsis gives us a popular shopping mall filled with people on two floors When the escalators stop running, thousands on the second floor find themselves trapped with no means of escape Then the negative aspects of the human element kicks in and things go bad The author calls it a surrealist horror novel and the premise alone is what made me immediately jump at the chance to be a reader I finished it just before 3 00 am this morning had to know the ending and am both glad to have had a chance to read it and happy to provide my thoughts.What I l enjoyed about the book I enjoyed this story and look forward to readingbooks from the author I like his ease of writing style and the creativity of plotting As the story unfolded, it was evenly paced and I didn t feel like I was being set up for a false turn or force fed emotion The book isn t scary like jump in your seat from surprise It is a psychological dread that creeps up on you and keeps you moving forward through the pages There is a bit of The X Files trust no one vibe that starts to set in as nothing is as it seems.I like the sly focus on consumerism as an underlying piece of the book Product mentions, what people are shopping for, etc Also, the protagonist s play by play first person account is very stream of consciousness, which works quite effectively for us in getting into his head, how he thinks and why he acts or doesn t act as the story continues.The characters are realistic in their actions and reactions to each other and each new stressor The psychological aspect of human behavior fascinates me and this story goes down that avenue.I am not a big shopper and hit malls only a few times a year to catch off season sales I must admit that the next time I m up on a second or third floor, I might think a little about what is going on behind the walls and side eye a few of my fellow shoppers What threw me a little Like other reviewers have mentioned, until chapter four, I kept wondering why someone in the second floor group didn t have the immediate thought of walking down the escalator, looking for stairs or an elevator The reasons for the seemingly lack of common sense come forward later in the story, but it was a point that kept pulling at me I read this on my Kindle and started typing note quips on how the lack of thought about emergency exits didn t make sense I just counted and see I have six notes As it became obvious that there were strange forces and stuff off going on about the situation, I finally accepted none of them considered it and kept reading However, being that pulled out of the story makes me rank the book at three stars versus four.The story becomes a little telling for a few pages towards the end as some mysteries are cleared up The struggle that leads us to the end also hit me as a little too perfect


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    At first, all I could think was why don t they just walk down But it was all answered in time I liked how Andrew s chapters really filled out the characterisations, even that of Chris I also find it interesting that the author would chose to cast himself as the MC in a gory story like this Final note This is an author read podcast The reading was good, though the sound went up and down at times.


  7. says:

    If you take the whole thing as a satire, it s pretty entertaining But don t plan to get attached to any of the characters they re all kind of stupid Not an ounce of common sense among all of them Even as a satire though, it s just okay Not bad, not good Meh.


  8. says:

    The story was very beautifully written and imagined, but I must admit, that what I loved the most and what really got my attention was how smart the author is, I love an author who goes deep and makes you think.The beginning paragraphs are true hooks.Good luck and wish you the best.


  9. says:

    This is a terrifying and humorous tale about just how dependent humans are upon all our modern compliances with a dark, supernatural twist.


  10. says:

    Fight through the first feelings of weirdness and you ll enjoy a good read.


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