"Marvin Burke is one of the great monsters of literature, a figure of immense, credible terror and savagery."--Cory Doctorow, author of Little Children and coeditor of Boing Boing
Imagine your father is a monster. Wo ...more
This book fell into my mitts courtesy of another round of library roulette. About a quarter of the way in, things reached such a level of WTF that I broke one of my (made up) roulette rules, and just had to look it up to get a bead on this Scowler business.
Given the bit that I had just finished, I was surprised (at the very least) to find that it's actually classified as "young adult" and/or juvenile fiction. I'm relatively new to this "horror" business, but, still, re ...more
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
Very well done. This one puts Krause on my read-everything-from-this-author list.
Let's talk about my s ...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
The tale begins when we meet Ry Burke, his little sister Ella and ...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.
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
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
This fall I haven't had this big list of horror books to-read for the Halloween season. The RIP challenge finally started up for this year and I really didn't have much read to go.Thank you to my library and the Overdrive app on my iPhone to supply me with a steady stream of audio books. I decided to pull up the Horror genre and see what was available. Right away this cover caught my eye. Reading over the summary I started to think this was really interesting an ...more
This book suffered from pacing issues. The midd ...more
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
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
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