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Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge

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Master of the macabre David Lubar turns his attention to dark and twisted tales for teens with Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge

A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Tor Teen
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On the back cover of Extremities, there is a warning, if you will, with the headline, "THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR CHILDREN." Honestly, had Extremities not briefly mentioned drug use and other triggers you're likely not to find in a children's novel, and I hadn't read that warning, I could have been fooled into thinking otherwise. Although David Lubar stresses the point that he doesn't feel Extremities is for a younger audience enough to put a warning on the back of the book, I feel it is best read f ...more
Faye, la Patata
Disclaimer: An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.

I love reading horror. Ever since I was a wee kid, I've been watching Japanese horror films like The Grudge, The Ring, and One Miss Call. Asian films of this genre scare the shit crap out of me, and I relish the feeling! This love was strengthened even more when I read R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books, encountering monsters, paranormal creatures, and creepy circumstances that have never o
Paul  Hankins
I don't have to have to post an honest review. I like David Lubar. I consider him a friend of the business as much as a reader might consider the author of a book a "friend." Okay, we tweet to each other. We comment upon each other's status updates at Facebook. I guess we are "friends in the branches."

So, I don't have to post an honest review.

I can post an earnest review.

David Lubar has been a favorite at Hankins Ranch from the first day Noah brought home one of those "Weenie" books (you know th
Rachel's Book Reviews
Full review soon. I'm not really a short story person. Or a horror story person, but this was pretty good
I’m a person who avoids horror. Not because horror scares me, but because it bores me, and if it doesn’t bore me, it frustrates me to the point where I scream at the television or the book in my hands. As a child, however, many things frightened me—scary things. Back in the glorious 1990s, Nickelodeon aired Are You Afraid of the Dark? (which I most certainly was). Kids gathered around campfire, spooking each other with ghost tales, and I will never forget the story of the haunted pool. The Tale ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Owen rated it it was ok
Extremities is a short story collection “for adults only” about death, murder, and revenge. The author makes it seem like this is a fun side project he likes to work on; and also it is not for young readers because it is more mature than the books he wrote for kids about evil animated sausages?

Reviewing short story collections is weird because on one hand it is easier than reviewing novels and on the other it is more difficult. It is easier because there is a group of stories to discuss so you
Jan 12, 2015 Nara rated it liked it
So....Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder and Revenge .....mwahahahahahaha!!!
Now that we have that out the way, we can get into the actual review. It's actually kind of hard to write an actual review for this collection of short stories because the stories themselves are so short. Some were even as short as 4 or 5 pages. So, instead, I'll just leave a few brief comments for each of the stories as well as a line summary of the tales.

Running out of Air
From the blurb: A group of high school girls
I am not the target audience for these stories in so many ways: I'm an adult who's read extensively; I don't generally like short stories; I don't generally like horror; and I don't like reading about unlikable characters. That said, as a school librarian it's my job to read things other people might like; I *do* like David Lubar and love a few of his novels; and I was curious about these stories. Also, I was drawn by the cover illustration (good move on David Lubar's part to make it his faceboo ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
May 03, 2015 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it it was ok
Given the author's note, I was actually somewhat surprised upon reading it that the short stories weren't more disturbing. Granted, it's been a little while since I finished it, but none of the stories really stick out as gruesome or troubling. The stories that I can remember seemed to sit more like fairy tales in which characters who do bad things receive possibly deserved bad endings. Perhaps that's why the book seemed to be light on the darkness it promised. The other possibility that I can t ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
I would have to say this is actually a 3.5 rating. This collection of short stories were creepy and ghastly. I should know by now, that I am not the lover of short stories...I miss the character development of a novel, but I always want to give it a try! I had two favorites: "A Cart Full of Junk" and "Patterns of Fear." I can totally see myself reading these two with my students--they were gory and are both great stories for teaching theme! I loved the artwork and the stories were short enough t ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Celia rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I won this at a Nanowrimo group thing. The book itself was interesting and I liked a few of the stories but tbh overall they creeped me out, lol. Didn't even really want to put it on my bookshelf.
Iyana Ashraf

In the book Extremities by David Lubar there are multiple short stories all either about death, murder, and revenge. Each story had a problem that a person either caused or had to live with and in each story the problem had reached its point and caused someone to snap or caused a devastating disaster leading to death.

There was one character in the book that I actually had a connection with. In the short story "Split decision " there was a younger boy that name was not told in the story that was
Dec 16, 2014 Dave rated it it was amazing
Great cover. Novel contains 13 short horror stories; this book reminds me of another great book I once read “Everything’s eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King”. Each story has its own creep factor: from haunted mansions, shape shifters, convenience store robberies, messing with homeless people… Each story is very entertaining and super fun to read. David Lubar is definitely at his best here. Each chapter begins with a creepy chalk drawing or illustration (by Jim Kay). Within the first few lin ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Shradha rated it it was ok
After months of being underwater with various assignments and projects (that's what you get for taking all honors classes), I decided to come up for air and finally read a book that wasn't assigned to me by my teacher. That book ended up being "Extremities".

I was expecting a well-developed collection of horror stories. But what I got was a disappointingly kiddish book of tales. Almost all of the "horror" present was fairly predictable, and to be frank, a bit boring. I was expecting more out of
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
DNF after the third story/on page 46.

The stories just aren't impressing me. Too short and without character development. The writing is simplistic, which also isn't my style. Reluctant readers who enjoy horror and short form tales might be more into this, but I suspect it will be meh at best for me, so I'm calling it quits and moving on.
Oct 21, 2014 Brannigan rated it liked it
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I thought it might be fun to read a few horror books to get me in the mood for Halloween. David Lubar's Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge was a perfectly macabre collection of short stories. It is a collection of thirteen short stories that would be a lot of fun to read to your teens around a campfire or, better yet, in a cemetery. I say that because the parents will enjoy some of his references to long-lost technology and forgotten ideas s
Jun 30, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
This is a deceptively clever book.

Imagine you're in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. You hate reading, or you struggle with reading because books are too long, the language is too hard, there's too much detail, the books people choose for you are boring. Or maybe your attention span can't hold out, you have a learning disability, you are not interested in the kinds of emotionally mature relationship plots that happen in young adult books, or some other reason you aren't able to articulate because you're
Brandon Scott
Jun 10, 2013 Brandon Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-of-2013
Hi Guys,
I hope you are enjoying your Summer vacation, I know I am. So far I've finished 3 books over this summer vacation, which started Friday for me. On my last post I explained that I was on an amazing book streak. Well, that's not the case anymore, and you guys will see in my next review just which book I didn't enjoy so much. Although, the book I'll be reviewing today is one that I very much enjoyed. Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar is a collection of short-
Jul 23, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
David Lubar is known for his humorous books for young readers, which bear little resemblance to this collection of thirteen deliciously dark tales. Seven of them have been published previously, but six are all new.

I have to give major props to Jim Kay. One of his illustrations appears before each story and sets the mood. Some of them are on par with the nightmare fuel from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. The "Whoodoo" illustration is particularly hard to forget.

This is one of the b
Alisa Hedden
Apr 21, 2013 Alisa Hedden rated it really liked it
David Lubar has successfully moved onto the teen market. Carrying on with his signature style of horror and humor, the teens that enjoyed his work in the “Weenies” books will be able to move from those and still keep their favorite author.
Even if you haven’t read David’s books before, this collection deals with many of the subjects that teens are forced to face, both in school and in life, in creative and occasionally gory ways. Stories included in this collection are:
Running out of Air, a cr
Monica Williams
Jul 23, 2013 Monica Williams rated it liked it
To be completely honest I am not the target audience for this book. I am a not a reluctant reader, nor am I am a preteen/young teen boy. That said that does not mean I cannot appreciate how this work would appeal to the target audience of younger teens (most especially boys) who have outgrown Goosebumps and the Are You Afraid of the Dark series, but not be ready to try teen horror (Anna Dressed in Blood) or even graduate to Stephen King and Dean Koontz. The short story format also makes it a goo ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
This is a creepy collection of fast paced short stories that mostly center around revenge or murder. The tales reminded me of the quick and spooky stories that Alvin Schwartz made popular when I was a kid, with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.

There is not much character development or descriptive language to help paint a picture of the narrative. The text is mostly used to move the plot quickly along to some sort of twist ending. You can almost picture a pre-teen narrating these sto
Jul 29, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013

Sigh. I was very disappointed in this collection of short stories. I got this as a review from NetGalley, and was very eager to start reading it the second I downloaded it to my kindle. I mean who doesn't love short stories, especially when they are horror and revolve around revenge and death? That sounded like such a great and quick read. I was hoping to be at least a little scared, but sadly I was not. The goodreads summary made me believe this to be more than it ended up being.

I'll start wit
Reading Teen
Oct 08, 2013 Reading Teen rated it really liked it
I am a lover of short stories. I love how much suspense a skilled author can pack into so few pages. I myself have written several short stories, and I have a lot of fun doing it. So to me, there's something extremely attractive about a book of horror short stories. And sure enough, I had started this book the minute that I received it in the mail.
Here's the thing about these stories: About half of them are completely action-packed, while the other half is... well, not. But this is in no way a b
May 08, 2015 Bibliotropic rated it liked it
Stories of murder, death, and revenge. That’s the subtitle of Lubar’s Extremities, and this book is exactly what it says on the tin. At a reading level poised somewhere between mid-grade and YA, Extremities is filled with the macabre, the creepy, the violent and bloody parts of death, much resembling souped-up versions of campfire tales, the kind that people will tell on dark nights in the attempt to creep each other out.

In some cases, these stories work wonderfully for that. In other cases, it
This is a collection of horror short stories. I was a bit excited to read this, because I love a good short horror story that I can tell around a camp fire in the summer. But for some reason the stories didn’t really connect with me. It took way too many days for me to even get around to wanting to read more than a couple of the short stories. And they were good…just not the type that I would drink in every detail and then want to tell others about. I did like how there was a mix of different ty ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
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This book was okay. Not great, not terrible. It was a very quick read -- I finished it in maybe a couple of brief commutes around town and one lounging-on-couch-eating-pizza session. All of the stories are incredibly short, with some clocking in at just a few pages long, so it is easy to just devour the book in one sitting.

As an adult, I found the stories in here to be lacking. They were all sort of predictable and although they were gruesome at times, I d
Cassie (Happy Book Lovers)
Jun 21, 2013 Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) rated it really liked it
This will be a relatively short review because it was a collection of short stories. And I flew through it in about an hour. At work. Hiding in the back of the frame shop so I could steal a few stories in between customers. Holy crap. This book was terrifying.

And not in an "Are-You-Afraid-of-the-Dark-"ghost-terrifying. In a these-are-real-people-who-were-pushed-over-the-edge terrifying. Sure, there were a few paranormal stories, my favorite of which involving a girl who meets a guy and they go o
Aug 01, 2013 April rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Children's author David Lubar takes a swing at young adult fiction with this collection of stories, Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge.

For a breezy afternoon read, teen and adult alike will find that these stories are indeed as advertised. With just the right amount of creepy, Lubar creates starkly cast worlds with simple prose and straightforward storytelling. It's a breath of fresh air compared to what can be found on the YA shelves these days. The horror is often ironic, somet
Sep 01, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult, horror, e-book
Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge is a set of short stories that are darker than most stories that David Lubar writes. The preface of the book addresses that often times his stories can fit into a book for younger readers, but these are not them. I also suggest not reading this at night if you tend to have nightmares, which is of course when I read it. All alone in my apartment, in the dead of night – not the best plan.

Many of the stories were full of gruesome creatures, deaths
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David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; several short ...more
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