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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,652 ratings  ·  114 reviews
In his latest soul-chilling novel, bestselling author Peter Straub tells of a famous children’s book author who, in the wake of a grotesque accident, realizes that the most basic facts of her existence, including her existence itself, have come into question.
Willy Patrick, the respected author of the award-winning young-adult novel In the Night Room, thinks she is losing h
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Published (first published 2004)
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Jonathan Briggs
About 20 pages into "In The Night Room," Peter Straub reveals that his previous book, "lost boy lost girl," was a bit of a put-on, a fictional novel written by Straub's fictional alter ego, Timothy Underhill. That seems kind of a dirty trick to play on readers who invested their time and suspension of disbelief in "lost boy lost girl." Waddaya mean the last novel was just a novel??!! Waddaya mean you just made it up and it never really happened??!! This is all getting too meta for me. "In The Ni ...more
Maciek
I absolutely love the idea which Straub presents in this book - there is a very special edition of each published book, just one copy. It falls from the printing press like all the others, is distributed, stocked and sold, but it's different. It's the book that the author meant to write. The characters, dialogue, plot and wording are perfect; it's a literary miracle. And it is out there, hidden on the shelves, looking just like all the others, waiting for the right hand to pick it up.

In The Nigh
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Nick Fagerlund
This came to my attention via a glowing offhand recommendation from Nick Mamatas:

And Peter Straub’s metafictional In the Night Room compares favorably to anything, anything, written in the past twenty years or so, by anyone.


Do not believe the hype.

I kept reading almost to the end before giving up and skimming, in the increasingly futile hope that it was just doing something really clever by being deliberately awful. Alas, no. I am pretty positive this is just bad. Here is your checklist:

* Über-c
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Kirsten
I've seen this panned elsewhere, but I really enjoyed it and got into it. I love the way Straub plays with reality in his books; for example, you've got this character, Tim Underhill, who tends to write books with the same title as Peter Straub books (like lost boy lost girl). But you're never really positive that the book referred to in the text is really exactly like the one you've just read... The only thing I had trouble getting used to with this book was its length; I'm used to Straub writi ...more
Erica
I think this is a cautionary tale to irresponsible writers. When you don't do your research, when you don't follow through on your stories, when you're a lazy writer but achieve acclaim anyhow, bad things happen. Angry ghosts pee in your home. That's about the only horror aspect I can find in this story.

The idea that a writer's characters can manifest on the same physical plane as the writer, himself, is intriguing and sort of awesome. I mean, think about it, you could write your own super best
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Shaun
Okay, I tried with this book. I really tried, but I only got to page 240 (almost two-thirds way through). It is rare for me to give up on a book, even a bad book, but especially a book I have already invested so much time in.

Aside from the fact that the story is extremely hard to follow and not particularly engaging, the writing is bad...really bad, ie "Coverley's blond head snapped sideways, and his spoiled face hardened in concentration," (God that sounds painful), so bad that I couldn't forge
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Amy Galaviz
There were alot of unique things about this novel: an author meeting his characters, dead people sending e-mails to the living, the concept of a "perfect" book. However, alot of the details and characters were far fetched and did not make sense. For example, why have the main character Tim Underhill be gay in the beginning of the novel, but then have him fall madly in love with Willy (a woman)? What was the point of WCHWLLDN (the angel)? I won't spoil it but the ending was a little strange too a ...more
Katie Kenig
Bizarre and fantastical tale of two writers caught up in supernatural events unfolding around them, involving ghosts, a wickedly rabid fiction fan, angels, and a spirit guide who communicated via email, mostly using 1337 5p34k. Which makes long passages of the book a headache to read if you, like me, hate that kind of thing.

I didn't enjoy this book. It was just odd, and for me to say that says a lot, being a chick who loves horror, dystopia and sci-fi, but the story line seemed contrived and sel
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Glenn
It helps if you read lost boy lost girl: A Novel before reading this, which I did, unintentionally, having read it about a week before reading this book.

I'll say this for Peter Straub - in this book, he really makes his characters come alive!

Name anagrams play a part in this book, so I'll add that one for "Peter Straub" is "Abrupt Reset", which sort of describes the transition from "lost boy lost girl" to this story.

Katie Bergeron
Ill give Peter credit, he does know how to pull in one's attention and make them want to keep reading. Hes good with imagery and details. But, with that being said, I felt like I've seen certain aspects of the story line a million times before, and some things were wayyyy too out there and corny... but I guess thats why i kept reading. Just kinda left me wondering if I liked it or hated it. The part with the candy bars and the girl literally fading in and out was a bit ridic to me. Mixed feeling ...more
Jmh
Dec 10, 2007 Jmh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy intellect with their suspense/supernatural thriller with a touch of humor.
Quite a surprise book for me as I had first read Straub's lost boy, lost girl and did not care for it. The story in that one was excellent but the writing was convoluted and confusing. In the Night Room was also an excellent story and this time the writing was also up to snuff. I look forward to more Straub novels in the future.
Vicki G
Nov 11, 2014 Vicki G is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is proof that the people who run our library DON'T read anything before they suggest it to readers.
If they had they never would have placed this book on the list of books to read for Halloween withOUT mentioning that the reader has no earthly clue WHAT the hell's going on unless they read 'Lost Boy, Lost Girl' first.
But I'm really loving how arrogant these writers actually are to just assume anyone reading this book has read the previous one. I wouldn't be surprised if they thought
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Tim
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Mark
OK, I read popular books to find out what makes a book popular. One thing that makes a book popular is to be written by an author who is already popular. Thus, reading the book is a waste of time. I stopped reading this story (at the big long weird email for those who care) and am not going to bother with it any more. Whatever made Straub famous, this book would have been unpublishable except for that reputation and market access.
Erin
Maybe this book was "over my head," but I just thought it was terrible. The plot twists were odd and I hated that it kept referencing the only other Straub book I read (which I didn't like- lost boy lost girl). I read this because I love Stephen King and assumed anyone who collaborated with him would be worth reading, I was wrong. This book was painful.
Joe
I never identified with the characters, I never cared what happened to them. Plus, it took me 100 pages just to figure out Willy was one of Tim's characters.
Kelly
I know the old, "If you don't have anything nice to say..." but never did I want to burn a book more.
Andrea Blythe
I've generally enjoyed Peter Straub's books, but In the Night Room was a strange read, and I'm not sure what I think about it. Apparently, it's a sequel to the Bram Stoker winning novel lost boy lost girl, which I haven't read and this book makes reference to the first on several occasions. I think I might have done better to read them in order, though the structure is so unusual that I'm not sure about that.

The story followed Tim Underhill, a writer of dark tales filled with murder and suspense
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Sara
Nov 16, 2007 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: maybe his fans
I do not get this book. Very slow read. Too much going on at once.
Liz
terrible -- didn't finish
Cym Lowell
Imagine that you are a writer discovering the personalities of the characters that you have created or which have evolved as you unearthed your story. Is it possible that you could fall in love with a character, who could appear to be a dream come true as he or she emerges from the mists of your mind? Or maybe the protagonist has come from such a dreadful place that you want to find a way to salve the miseries in her or his soul. And what if you were so entranced with the intersection of fiction ...more
My Inner Shelf
Voilà deux ans que je n’avais pas lu Straub, et quelles retrouvailles ! Peu avant la création de ce blog j’avais englouti la trilogie Blue Rose et quelques autres romans du zigoto, et son talent de narrateur ainsi que son imagination demeurent éblouissants d’efficacité. Le Cabinet noir est directement lié à son précédent roman, Les enfants perdus, mais on pourra lire celui-ci indépendamment, même si l’idéal pour s’imprégner de l’univers de Straub est de les lire dans l’ordre, de la même manière ...more
Michael
Oct 27, 2013 Michael marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Peter Straub schreibt den Roman "In the Night Room". Darin erfahren wir, dass die Jugendbuchautorin Willy Bryce als Therapie nach dem gewaltsamen Tode ihres Mannes und ihrer Tochter den Roman "In the Night Room" schreibt. Außerdem hat Tim Underhill den Roman "Lost Boy Lost Girl" geschrieben, der nun auf seine Veröffentlichung wartet (richtig, diesen Roman hat Peter Straub vor "In the Night Room" geschrieben, man erinnert sich).
Tim Underhill und Willy Bryce weisen sonderbare Parallelen auf, man k
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Jenny
The first word that comes to mind on finishing this is, 'self-indulgent'. But hey, Straub is a master of his craft, so who am I to deny him?

As other reviews have mentioned Straub offers up an intriguing concept here regarding the nature of reality., and in particular, so-called fictional characters. Are we all merely characters in someone's story? Might the characters authors create actually exist in another universe? I had a taste of this some years ago while writing my first story when a chara
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Amy Nielsen (is going cerebral for 2014)
I've read this book 2x now although I'd forgotten that I'd read it a few years ago. That has no reflection on if the book was memorable or not. It's more of a statement of my inadequate memory and the rate and retention of my imbibification (lol, totally made that up) of books.

Um, so this book is confusing. Perhaps I should have read Lost Boy Lost Girl first although this is not necessarily a sequel - at least it doesn't say anywhere that it is. The story is suspenseful and one can follow the ac
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Mary
Jul 10, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Straub fans
Shelves: sf-f
Another book by Straub featuring author Tim Underhill who I last encountered in lostboylostgirl. This time, Tim is receiving strange e-mails from dead acquaintances. It seems that a recent book he wrote opened some sort of doorway from this world into the world that exists after life. Circumstances become even odder when Tim meets Willy Patrick, a children's author whose life mirrors that of the fictional character about which he is currently writing.

This is a sequel to lostboylostgirl and I wo
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Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
Tim Underhill, popular novelist, is about to begin a journey into unspeakable terror. It begins with the emails. Messages bearing user names but no domains and ominous text such as “hard death hard” begin arriving in Underhill’s inbox. Some of the user names seem vaguely familiar to Tim, and a phone call to the secretary of his graduating class confirms his suspicions. The emails are from dead people. If that isn’t bad enough, Underhill also finds himself being stalked by a crazed fan. The lunat ...more
Millie Taylor
Oh my GOODNESS, I have not been so irritated with a book in a LONG time! (I haven't even been this annoyed since I read "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz!) Don't get me wrong, this book started out pretty good. I was excited to read more about Tim Underhill after reading "Lost Boy Lost Girl." However, after about half of the book, I was starting to wonder about the point of the plot. Peter Straub did nothing to explain anything about what was going on and, while it made references to the other book, ...more
Tracy Walters
Having read 'The Talisman' and 'Black House' and simply adoring those books I was excited to jump into this book knowing that Peter Straub was the author....

Unfortunately.....this book was nowhere near the incredible stories of the above mentioned books (along with the help of Stephen King these 2 books are fantastic). The story was at times confusing and hard to follow.....there were some pretty entertaining parts such as the mass amounts of chocolate, Coca-Cola, and sugar needed to save Willy
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Lisa
I picked this up as an audio book at the library on a whim and wasn't sure I would like it. And I'm still not sure after listening to the whole book. I think I liked it, although I originally had assumed it was a murder mystery and it ended up being much more fantastical. I liked the storyline although I felt at times like I had missed something in the audio but, upon rewinding, found that I hadn't. There were many twists and turns in the plot and many gaps and although I enjoyed the story that ...more
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Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse. The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.

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