Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Nocturnal Reader's Subscription Box: Paranoia

My box finally arrived - albeit slightly later than most people's, therefore I had already been spoilered a few times on Instagram - sad face. Damn postal service!! But that didn't make me any less excited for this box. This month's theme was Paranoia, so let's delve in, shall we?

First of all, the most important part...the books! I have to admit, I already knew from Instagram that one of this month's books was American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, so I was REALLY excited as this is one of my favourite movies, but I've never read the book. So when I was unboxing...imagine my dismay when I didn't see American Psycho - I saw The Silence of the Lambs instead! Fair enough, that should be a decent read too, but I was all set up for American Psycho and felt a little deflated - maybe half of us were getting American Psycho and half getting The Silence of the Lambs? But NO! This was actually a hideaway box made to look like a book! And American Psycho was nestled away inside... cue my excitement again. The box itself is absolutely beautiful, and the inner lining is divine, as shown below.

So the synopsis for American Psycho itself is as follows:

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated, intelligent. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. His nights he spends in ways we cannot begin to fathom. He is twenty-six years old and living his own American Dream.

I'm pretty sure the majority of us have seen the movie but I am still pretty excited to read the book, as the book is nearly almost always better. As well as the book itself, we also got the coolest little Patrick Bateman pin with the infamous catchphrase "I have to return some videotapes" - I totally fangirled over this, the business cards scenes are some of my favourites in the movie. "But wait. You ain't seen nothin yet. Raised lettering, pale nimbus. White."

The other book in the box is by an author who has been referred to as "Britain's answer to Stephen King", colour me intrigued. The book is "Under a Watchful Eye" by Adam Nevill, and the synopsis is as follows:

Seb Logan is being watched. He just doesn't know by whom. When the sudden appearance of a dark figure shatters his idyllic coastal life, he soon realises that the murky past he thought he'd left behind has far from forgotten him. What's more unsettling is the strange atmosphere that engulfs him at every sighting, plunging his mind into a terrifying paranoia. To be a victim without knowing the tormenter. To be despised without knowing the offence caused. To be seen by what nobody else can see. These are the thoughts which plague his every waking moment. Imprisoned by despair, Seb fears his stalker is not working alone, but other is involved in a wider conspiracy that threatens everything he has worked for. For there are doors in this world that open into unknown places. Places used by the worst kind of people to achieve their own ends. And once his investigation leads him to stray across the line and into mortal danger he risks becoming another fatality in a long line of victims.

That sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Excited to get to that one! As for the rest of the box, there was also a sexy looking notebook, with the Philip K. Dick quote "Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then." - and you know me, I love a notebook. There's also some awesome sunglasses in a beautiful case, to avoid any potential stalkers... And lastly, there is a beautiful piece of artwork called "The Ones Who Watch at Night" by Renate Postma.

Another stellar box! Roll on next month when the theme is "Lost in the Woods..."


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