In the Night Room
Willy Patrick, the respected author of the award-winning young-adult novel In the Night Room, thinks she is losing...more
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...more
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:
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...more
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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...more
Though most famous for his collaborations with Stephen King, Straub transcends the conventions of horror fiction. In the Night Room provides more than a good scare; it deals with themes like the nature of reality and the consequences of artistic creation. Despite his cerebral bent, Straub never sacrifices the entertainment value of his story__though one reviewer found its twists hard to follow. The novel, a sequel to his acclaimed lost boy lost girl (**** Jan/Feb 2004), offers a combination of g...more
While Stephen King stumbled a bit in the later Dark Tower books, Straub deftly twists the events of the previous "Lost Boy, Lost Girl" into this new novel where the main character of both books, Tim Underhill, has written a novel about the events he went through in "Lost Boy, Lost Girl." Or is Underhill's new novel fictional and the Underhill of "In the Night Room" exists in a different reality (i.e, level of the Dark Tower?) and lived through di...more
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...more
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...more
To be fair, my reaction to the book may have had something to do with the fact that this is apparently a follow-up to an earlier book by Straub with the main character in this book introduced. I didn't realize this was a follow-up, so it may be that I nee...more
Tim Underhill und Willy Bryce weisen sonderbare Parallelen auf, man k...more
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...more
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.
This is a sequel to lostboylostgirl and I wo...more
My only nitpick is, I really wish on "In the Night Room" there was a BOOK TWO somewhere mentioned. You can read them independently, but I REALLY feel you need to read "lost boy lost girl" to get all the resonance out of "In the Night Room."
When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy...more