It puzzles me -- and sometimes frustrates me to no end -- how or why some books get categorized/released as Young Adult. These days it seems the label has become so loosey-goosey all that's required is that there be a teen protagonist. Content, language, themes -- all of the meatier, important elements of any book are blithely ignored in the rush to market and movie deals.
There are definitely books that walk the hinterland -- the very, very outer reaches of YA and upon reading them you realize...more
Ry's father Marvin was an abusive, horrific man. His father put his mother through hell, and it was Ry who helped save his mother back when he was way too young, too impressionable, and too vulnerable to have that sort of responsibility heft upon him. But Marvin was locked up years ago for it.
Things change now that the meteorite is predicted to hit. The first clue is the appearance of a stranger on the family farm, claiming an explosion at the high s...more
What I loved:
This book is true horror. Not horror in the sense that EEK! something might jump out at you, but horror in a deep, visceral, cer...more
Ry's father is currently in prison and Ry and his family are still trying to cope with the abuse he caused them all. They live in a secluded farmhouse, the land being the prize of their fathers heart. But after years of having to run the farm on her own, Ry's mother has finally decided it's time for them to move now that it's been desolated and dried out. One day when meteorites begin to fall from the sky, one lands on their land...more
The tale begins when we meet Ry Burke, his little sister Ella and...more
Very well done. This one puts Krause on my read-everything-from-this-author list.
You know that commercial during the Super Bowl about the farmers that everyone loved? I didn't. In fact, I couldn't watch the whole thing. I had to walk away but I kept thinking about it, despite my efforts to stop.
It reminded me of this book. This book, set on a rundown farm in middle of nowhere Iowa. This book, turning my stomach with some of the descriptions of absolute mutilation. This book, which takes the childhood dependency on make-believe friends and turns it into something so...more
It will be a long time before I forget this novel. Take my advice and don't read the last 80 pages right before bed. Review to come.
This is the second book that I've read by Daniel Kraus (I read and enjoyed Rotters last year), and I feel like he and I were raised on the same diet of horror movies. There's something about the way he writes that makes me think we would have a lot to talk about were we to ever meet.
So, Scowler. The book takes its title from one of the main characte...more
Someone here comments about the unrealistic way injury (and its lack of consequences) are depicted. I agree. By the climactic sequence, you expect a certain state of affairs based on what's been described, but suddenly it's not THAT...more
Daniel Kraus wrote the book Scowler with all intentions of scaring the reader. The book is supposed to shock and terrify people as they read about delusionary Ry and his murderous, vengeful father Marvin. The author uses demonic ideas of torture and abuse to give readers a chill or a thrill, depending on how they view the book. There is no educational value to this novel, for it is meant to be read for fun only. The story follows Ry and his family as they try to survive another encounter with th...more
This is one of those kind of stories where some fool told his dysfunctional family story to the author, and the author said, "Well, if you think THAT'S bad..." Then he proceeded to sit down with the aim...more
Sentenced to prison for abuse which caused the near death of his son, Marvin is obsessed by delusions of grandeur and all knowingness which manifests itself in inconceivably vicious beatings and blood lettings which though usually aimed a...more
I found some of the wording pretentious. I hate saying that because this writer knows words and has an ability to feed them to the reader in a way that truly horrifies, but when I pay more attention to the use of the language than to the feeling evoked, it's over the line for me. Especially so in a story where it has the effect of stopping the action. Your mileage may vary.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted, and t...more
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