The Job of the Wasp

The Job of the Wasp

A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess. As the new boy learns to survive on the edges of this impolite society, he starts to A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home...

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Title:The Job of the Wasp
Author:Colin Winnette
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:The Job of the Wasp
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Job of the Wasp Reviews

  • Jim
    Jan 05, 2018
    Exceptionally well-written Gothic tale of loneliness and horror. Is there anything Colin Winnette can't do? ...
  • Steve
    Oct 08, 2017
    I read most of this novel in a single sitting, outdoors in eerie, uncomfortable weather on the edge of a hurricane to the south. Which I wouldn't usually mention in response to a book but in this case that climate so perfectly complemented the creepy, claustrophobic atmosphere of the s...
  • Blair
    Nov 03, 2017
    Right from the start, The Job of the Wasp is utterly disquieting. Everything about it just feels somehow off, though it's difficult to put your finger on exactly what the problem is. Perhaps it's the fact that the story is ostensibly narrated by a boy at boarding school, but nothing ab...
  • Andy Weston
    Jan 29, 2018
    Colin Winnette?s Haint?s Stay was one of the highlights of my 2016 reading, a hard hitting coming of age Western in the mould of McCarthy or Lansdale. This is totally different though, perhaps described as quite an English style gothic tale with an element of the supernatural, more...
  • Lori
    Nov 24, 2017
    This was my first date with Colin Winnette, and will most definitely not be my last. I inhaled this book in nearly one sitting. Equal parts Lord of the Flies, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and Turn of the Screw, we follow an increasingly unreliable and highly paranoid narrator as ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Jan 17, 2018
    Imagine Lord of Flies if it were a surreal, gothic ghost story written by Jesse Ball. That's the best way I can describe this bizarre little book. The Job of the Wasp begins with an unnamed narrator showing up at a mysterious facility for orphaned boys. We, the reader, are dropped d...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Mar 04, 2018
    An unnamed narrator shows up at a mysterious facility for orphaned boys. The world is strange, eerie and everything seems to be sinister, even the Headmaster. He hears whispers at night. His classmates are volatile and always angry and for some reason the Headmaster is sending him cryp...
  • Bill Hsu
    Mar 03, 2018
    Quite the enjoyable rabbit hole to duck into: the narrator's voice, surprising mortalities, and the narrator's entertaining leaps of illogic when confronted with such. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 15, 2018
    Review soon. ...
  • Emily May
    Jan 29, 2018
    Too strange, cold, and emotionally-detached for my tastes. I should have probably felt something when the corpses started to show up, but I didn't. ...
  • Ron S
    Dec 04, 2017
    A Gothic Lord of the Flies filled with comedic horror from a unique voice. ...
  • Megan
    May 23, 2018
    3.5 Stars I'm not really sure what I just read or what just happened. Some kind of supernatural Gothic Lord of the Flies? This was really bizarre but I enjoyed it, I think?! ...
  • Melki
    Aug 29, 2018
    I heard the laughter of several boys in a group. I've heard few things more chilling. This is one of the strangest stories I've read, and also one of the most unsettling. I hesitate to shelf it as horror, as the chills engendered by the author are not the type that keep you up all n...
  • Donna
    Feb 17, 2018
    A new boy at a boarding school-like facility lives in a state of paranoia and dislike for the boys around him. This book is strange, gothic-horror, murder mystery, paranoid psychosis, 'they all hate me because they know I'm better than they are' rolled into a short novel. The author...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 17, 2018
    I can't help but wonder "What did I miss?" as I look through the reviews on Goodreads and elsewhere. The book is about an orphanage for young boys and a mysterious set of deaths (accidents? murders? suicides?) and potentially supernatural perpetrators. It seems like it's Lord of the Fl...
  • Maureen Grigsby
    Feb 27, 2018
    Strange and sinister. This book is very hard to describe, but suffice to say that the setting is an orphanage filled with adolescent males. Bodies are piling up and who is telling the truth? This novel is sort of a cross between Lord of the Flies, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle...
  • Paul
    Feb 04, 2018
    When a satirist thanks both Henry James and Haley Joel Osment in his acknowledgments, you know he could use a bit of focus. About 60% of "The Job of the Wasp" skewers "Lord of the Flies" about as well as the title promises, as an orphanage full of unsupervised boys degenerates into a m...
  • Julianne (Outlandish Lit)
    Aug 02, 2018
    If you liked the style of the movie The Killing of a Sacred Deer, you MUST READ THIS!! ...
  • Sentimental Surrealist
    Apr 12, 2018
    I picked this one up because I enjoyed Winnette's previous novel. Haints Stay wasn't one of my favorite-favorite books of 2015, but its atmosphere made it a pretty damn good entry into the acid-western genre. I knew this would bring a lot of that same atmosphere, and the jacket summary...
  • Lynn
    Jun 22, 2018
    While the writing was good, I found this one just too confusing and thus, uninteresting. I didn't care for the ending, either, which is abrupt and without any explanation of what the story meant and how it all came together. I received this First Reads Goodreads book, in exchange for ...
  • Chris Roberts
    Dec 31, 2017
    The Home for Nonconvertible Boys, children, in drafty rooms, they room, the days, they breathe, now swing down, little brother, comes the night snatching behind you. Chris Roberts, God in Increments ...
  • Elisa
    Feb 25, 2018
    Boring and confusing. The "children" speak like literary geniuses (really, "woe" used in casual conversation?) and there is too much internal dialogue. The ending is hardly surprising. At least it's short. ...
  • David Bridges
    Jan 28, 2018
    A classical feeling goth novel with many other interesting elements. It is part murder mystery within a Lord Of The Flies-style setup. There are orphan boys trying to protect themselves from a perceived haunting and of course, the kid with psychopathic tendencies has risen to the top o...
  • Abby Pechin
    May 18, 2018
    Holy hell! A roller coaster ride through adolescence and the gothic genre. I immensely enjoyed this book filled with dreary and dark things! ...
  • Simon
    Jan 16, 2018
    At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer", a new film from acclaimed Greek Yorgos Lanthimos, has been all the rage. The slow, weird thriller about a soft-spoken and detached boy at the centre of a horrible incident, it captured people with the intenti...
  • Robert McKinnon
    Apr 12, 2018
    Since I read REVELATION, where his character shares icy beers with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I have been continually amazed at Colin Winnette's originality. Through HAINTS STAY, a new Western for our age, and now in THE JOB OF THE WASP, Winnette's fresh writing continues to ...
  • Michelle
    Nov 09, 2017
    I've got to say that I was confused through most of this book. There were glimpses of some good creepy scenes but my mind just couldn't fully grasp what was happening. Maybe it's me. Maybe I just didn't get it. This is well written and other reviewers seem to of enjoyed it so by al...
  • Zac Smith
    Feb 26, 2018
    Mysterious and gripping. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started but I liked it through and through. Macabre, detached, strange, mysterious in all good ways and I read it in like a day, guessing the entire time what was real, what was happening, what the truth was. I felt sy...
  • Doug
    May 12, 2018
    I was really enjoying this book for a while there, the unconventional narrator, the strange orphanage, kind of fun until it just becomes... goofy. The biggest problem is probably the narrator, who is amusing at first, but becomes pretty ridiculous after a while. He is entirely analytic...
  • Elijah
    Oct 23, 2017
    Yo holy fuck ...