I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1)
John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.
He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.
He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him fr
For those of you that have read the book, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about. For everyone else, let me explain as best I can without any spoilers.
Our story begins in a small town with a wonderful introduction to John Wayne Cleaver. John is 15 years old boy who is obsessed with serial killers. This obsession is the result of he himself having many of the traits and characteristics of a serial killer and...more
It’s not unusual to encounter a book claiming that its main character is not an ordinary boy. There are those born with the ability to master magic, or sired by a powerfuly deity inheriting his/her extraordinary powers, or someone who has the ability to wield a legendary sword. John Wayne Cleaver is not an ordinary boy but he is not the type expected to save the world. In fact, he may be the one to endanger it.
John Wayne Cleaver is a clinically diagnosed sociopath and he ha...more
I'm not really sure who I'd recommend this to. It's dark and disturbing, but the most disturbing thing is just how much I enjoyed it.
Don't get me wrong, I like John...more
First off, I must say, sociopathy is becoming popular, is it not?
I referenced Six Feet Under for the family...more
I had not heard of this novel but ran across a Powell’s Books author reading late last month by Dan Wells. I read a summary of his recent book and then scheduled appropriately to go and listen to him. Jenn went with me and whispered creepy serial killer/mass murderer stats in my ear.. it was disturbing how much she knew.. When Dan asked people to name 5 killers in order to win a t-shirt, she stayed quiet and named 14 under h...more
While reading, I was put off by Wells' writing style. It came off as juvenile in that he writes as though he doesn't trust his readers to figure out fairly obvious things for themselves. He posts many unnecessary/rhetorical questions that the reader is (hopefully, or rather should be) already wondering about on her own. It's muddled in redundancy.
Well he's really something all right.
John Wayne Cleaver is a fifteen year old high school student and a part time amateur mortician who just happens to be a sociopath (not many of those around, right?... at least I hope not), but he is NOT a serial killer.
John has the unbearable drive to kill, and from time to time he can't help himself imagining what it would feel like, and how would he do it. He's fascinated by serial killers, does research one t...more
This is the first Dan Wells novel I've read, and I must say, I enjoyed it. The novel made me laugh, cringe, gasp, wince, and do a number of other things we won't mention. The story was very gripping, intense, and kept me turning pages even when I shou...more
A lot of people have compared it to Dexter. I'm a Dexter fan, although I would call myself a purist. Simply because the first season had the most to offer in believable character development and resolution. That being said, when compared with John, Dexter stands out as a fairy tale.
There is a point in the book where I might have gone a different direction. Usually when I say that...more
1. Slow at first, but after 100 *BAM*! What I'd like to call a 'double tap twist'. Not one, but two twists in the span of 2 pages!
2. I really enjoyed the therapy sessions between John and Dr. Neblin.
3. The plot was a general 'good'. The twist made things more interesting.
4. Book focuses on character analysis of John's character. VERY interesting, reading from the mind of a sociopath. Sometimes though, he makes really stupid decisions....more
My library has this cataloged as fiction and not as a YA book, although I think other libraries may have it shelved differently. I'm not sure if it was marketed YA or not.
Honestly, it's not really gruesome enough to be regular adult fiction, but not really 'connected' enough to be YA. There wasn't enough YA-ness about it. Can I be more specific? I'm not sure.
This book can aptly be compared to Darkl...more
Well, this book took me by surprise. It is nothing I expected it to be and this is probably the best compliment a person can give to a book - it is original, different, interesting and really hard to put down.
There was one element I didn't know how I feel about at first and I had a WTF reaction to it. I don't want to spoil it, so I'll just say that the ''nature'' of the killer surprised me. I did not expect that at all and I just couldn't decide what to think about that (but then I just kept re...more
es fällt mir schwer diesen Brief zu schreiben. Es ist schon mein dritter Entwurf. Wahrscheinlich habe ich Angst vor deiner Reaktion. Du bist so unberechenbar.
Ich weiß, du hast es nicht so mit Gefühlen, aber bitte glaub mir, wenn ich dir sage, dass ich dich echt gern mag. Das zeugt vielleicht nicht von einem gesunden Lebenswillen, aber ich fand dich in etwa so faszinierend wie du deine Serienmörder. Es ist einfach so nervenaufreibend aufregend die Gedanken eines p...more
Anyway, the review. In summation: I really liked this book, then it did something incredibly stupid which dropped it lots in my estimation, but lastly it redeemed itself, slightly. I think what I should have done was read this more like a YA novel of fun and less like a Dexter novel or a treatise on serial killers. A...more
What a surprisingly good book. The pacing was great, the plotting tight, and John Wayne Cleaver is a great, if not utterly bizarre, kid with whom to enjoy the ride. Seriously, this was one of the weirdest books I've ever read, let alone enjoyed this much.
What are the three things 95% of serial killers have in common? Bed-wetting, pyromania, and animal cruelty...and John has all three.
The story is told in first person by John Wayne Cleaver, who recently entered high school...and also h...more
I won this book in a Firstreads giveaway. I plowed through it a lot faster than I expected, finishing it in a 24 hour period. John makes for an interesting protagonist--a 15 year old who has a hard time understanding emotion and is unable to connect with most people around him. He's interested in death and is fascinated by serial killers. He has set rules for...more
I was surprised at how much I liked the main protagonist, John Cleaver. Wells has created a character that I sympathise with rather than fear and I'm certainly intrigued to find out what kind of person he grows up to be. John is completely awa...more
John Cleaver knows he's not normal, but has gotten good at pretending his is. He's made rules for himself that keeps him acting like everyone else, keeps him from drawing to much attention from others, and keeps him from wanting to hurt people. But even with those rules in place he can't pull himself away from his mom's mortuary that he loves, or his avid facinat...more
Wells creates a main character that is simultaneously disturbing, sympathetic and likable. What amazed me even more than that was Wells' ability to forge the character in such a plausible way that I ended up seeing things through the eyes of John Cleaver: sociopath.
I'll admit that there's some gore in the book, but I give c...more
Malo mi je brutalan odnos koji pokazuje prema majci makar ima poremećaj ličnosti, to i je malo pre brutalno ...
Profil serijskog ubojice nije onako kako sam ga ja zamišljao ..
Da u krimiću postoji demon koji se pretvara u čovjeka ....Kakav je to krimić ? Očito ovakav ....
The newness, as in the originality of this story grabbed me and slowly let me drop to the floor without a cushion. The writing was crisp and clean, but I just found that the story went from speed racer to donkey. It fell off for me around the time John's psychiatrist jokes about him being a psychotic, his tendencies, and his potential for being a serial killer. Really? Might as well tell the boy he can either become a dope-head in a unit, put on a mask while he kills and cover his tr...more
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'It means you're a freak,' he said.
'It means that you're about as important to me as a carboard box,' I said. 'You're just a thing - a piece of garbage that no one's thrown away yet. Is that what you want me to say?'
'Shut up,' said Rob. He was still acting tough, but I could see his bluster was starting to fail. He didn't know what to say.
'The thing about boxes,' I said, 'is that you can open them up. Even though they're completely boring on the outside, there might be something interesting inside. So while you're saying all of these stupid, boring things I'm imagining what it would be like to cut you open and see what you've got in there.”