Mr. Monster (John Cleaver #2)
I killed a demon. I don’t know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped.
Well, it stopped for a while.
In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a m
What fascinated me in I Am Not A Serial Killer is learning about antiosocial personality disorder, discovering the world of morticians, and more than anything rooting for a boy struggling with his sociopathic tendencies and his need to be good. But none of that was fascinating for me here.
When it wasn't repetitive or bland (all those "oh my gosh"es and first dates screamed Mormon author)...more
Continuing a few months after I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster delves even deeper into John’s sociopa...more
Already with the first book, I knew that I'd enjoy whatever Dan Wells threw at me, but seriously, these books are like crack to me now.
I love John Cleaver because he's a sociopath with morals. That kind of main character is hard to beat.
The only negative thing I have to say is that I'm not pleased with the end. It felt too abrupt and inconclusive. Of course, it's not the last book in the series, so it's not supposed to be completely conclusive, but what I mean...more
As someone who's always been a little fascinated with serial killers (I've stopped reading the t...more
In the interest of full honesty, Dan and I don’t go way back, nor are we even Christmas card friends. We met a few years ago and have barely talked since (not out of any animosity). However, the circumstance was just unusual enough that I remember him and he remembers me. He’s an accomplished author and I’m an aspiring one.
And that’s all there is to that.
Now on to his book.
I read I Am Not a Serial Killer, also by him and the first in his John Cleaver...more
As a teenager, I used to wonder what it would be like to be a sociopath who was trying not to kill. It seems very similar to the way I felt about sneaking snacks into the movie theater. It's something that I know I shouldn't do in my head, but I didn't think my heart would feel any guilt if I actually did it. What stopped me, then, from sneaking snacks in even though I really wanted to? Was that the same thing that wou...more
Este livro passa-se alguns meses depois do anterior, e o Senhor Monstro e...more
I AM ASSUMING YOU HAVE READ I Am Not A Serial Killer which is the first volume of this "story". THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THAT BOOK HERE.
I find many things about this/these book(s) interesting and well done. I also find a lot about (especially this one) objectionable. The books attempt to walk the lines between slasher/horror/urban fantasy. The first book follows John as he struggles with his own "verging" sociopathy. He has alway...more
Now the question is; Can Mr. Wells success...more
I got really tired of trying to hide the spoiler in I am not a serial killer. I came across as a deranged idiot in that review so I am just going to assume that if you are reading this review then you have read I am not a serial killer.
Please do not read on if you have not read the first book. This review will spoil the secret of the first book....I warned you!
After the previous events that took place in his small town John is trying to regain something that resembles a normal life. For his mo...more
My favorite aspect of these books is the information we get about how the embalming process is done. Stephen King has talked about how death and the ways we care for our dead is one of our big taboo subjects (i.e. we really don't know what goes on between the death of a relative and the viewing of the casket at the...more
John tem as suas regras. Apesar de ter consciência que é um sociopata e que despertou a fome do Senhor Monstro...more
Rules. What are rules? There to be broken? Not if this is your mantra:
I Am Not a Serial Killer but Mr. Monster is. I Dont Want to Kill You but Mr. Monster does.
They became one person, John and Mr Monster. Controlling himself becomes almost impossible especially when Lauren brings her obnoxious and insulti...more
I blazed through this one over the course of a weekend -- it would have been a single day but I had to visit a local Scandinavian festival with friends and then finish my slideshow for tomorrow's lesson.
This volume is even darker, even more gruesome than the first, as John's "heroic" actions from I Am Not A Serial Killer take on a twisted life of their own. The darkness within John is getting stronger and hungrier even as strives to be as "normal" humanly possible. He tries dati...more
For some reason the first book in this series completely passed me by so I am really pleased I was given the opportunity to review Mr Monster. I really loved it and think it’s fast become one of my favourite YA horror books.
Dan Wells has a charming style of writing and I found myself completely immersed in John’s story from the first few pages. It felt completely original and unlike anything I had read before. I found it easy to follow even though I hadn’t read the first book (‘I am NO...more
John Cleaver is a sociopath who is desperately torn betwe...more
It follows up with teenage sociopath John Cleaver, who in book 1 was desperately trying not to become a serial killer. He was obsessed with death, and his family runs the town mortuary, and he studied serial killers because of how interesting they were. He al...more
This was a quick and good read, I liked it even better than the first part.
Mr. Monster goes deeper in John's mind and we get to see more of his disturbing, but very, very interesting personality. He is a scary, dangerous person, but he is trying to be ''normal'' and live by the rules that keep him from crossing the thin line between good and evil. Everything about him is creepy, even his dreams are dark and morbid, but he struggles to do the right thing every day and that makes him one of the m...more
John Cleaver is a teenager diagnosed with....issues...that are usually noticed in serial killers. Triad of behaviors: bed wetting, fire setting, cruelty to animals? Check. Dysfunctional family home life: well, single mom with a family run mortuary service that our hero works part time in,...more
In the first book, John tapped into his darker side in order to try to d...more
Other than that, I found this book to be great! I enjoyed reading about the embalming process and how it connects John and his mother. I especially loved the relationship between the two of them. She knows that her son is a potential kill...more
For a while, it was hard to tell where this book was going. It seemed to meander, and wasn't quite as high tension as the previous one. It...more
John Cleaver is back, and now his problems are worse than before. His therapist is dead, his mother is in denial that she helped kill a demon and seems to think that she needs to be even more rigid with John to prevent it happening again (I'd say "Mom Logic", but no, I t...more
This book left me with a bad feeling. The story itself was ok, and the narrator is someone that the reader roots for (at least for a while). It was extremely graphic though, and not in a good way. I can stomach true crime, Law & Order SVU, and anything with zombies all day long. B...more
Valahol nagyon beteg, nagyon morbid a könyv, egy egészen más dimenzióban meg végtelenül emberi, roppant szuggesztív, és egyszerűen frenetikus.
Lenyűgöz Wells merészsége és alapossága, ahogy elénk tárja egy önmagát kereső fiú belső vívódásait, aki ráadásul még szociopata is, és folyamatosan azon küzd, hogy ember maradjon, és ne váljék belőle sorozatgyilk...more