Perhaps it is because I was never really a fan of biographies (there are only a few I enjoy), but I couldn't really enjoy this book as much as I would...morePerhaps it is because I was never really a fan of biographies (there are only a few I enjoy), but I couldn't really enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. However, I think another part of it is, while it is a good one, the book is a bit... lacking.
For one, it's short. REALLY short. I know that it was also meant for kids to read, but as an adult it still felt too short, and I still read the Goosebumps books and never had a problem with them and this about the same length. It also did not have much of the information I was looking for. Yes, it was great to read about his life and works before Goosebumps, but everything from his Fear Street days and on is past 3/4 of the way in.
Personally, I wanted to know more about... everything. Not just before his writing and how he got started, but also how he got into writing horror. And because that was not there nearly as much as everything else, I was sadly disappointed.
However, I do admit that I enjoyed the read and finished it rather quickly. If you want a detailed bio about Stine, pick this up. If not... Wikipedia would serve you better.(less)
This book was much more enjoyable than I had expected, and let me say first and foremost I would recommend this to almost anyone.
Katy Towell clearly p...moreThis book was much more enjoyable than I had expected, and let me say first and foremost I would recommend this to almost anyone.
Katy Towell clearly put a lot of effort into this book, not only in the writing but in her illustrations, a few of which genuinely disturbed me (readers of the book, you know which ones I am talking about). It has the same quick but interesting feel of her animations and you genuinely like and feel close to the main characters. The story is interesting, the characters the same, the art is unique, the book as a whole is simply a delight.
However, there were a few things that put me off. The pacing at times seemed a bit... too fast, even by her own base standard, like you were skimming over what happened instead of getting a good feel for it, and it is most evident in some mid to late chapters. However, this is a very minor problem and can be easily overlooked.
The second thing that bothered me is the climax. It was very good and well thought out, however I figured out the mystery far before the end (though I believe that is because I read mysteries far too much to not be able to) and I wish a little more detail was put into the chapter before last in regards to the villain. But, as a children's book, the climax does it's job exceedingly well and my minor problems with it did not keep me from enjoying it. The final chapter and the ending itself was superb and was more than enjoyable and fitting, and even seems to lampshade this.
Finally, I did find myself wanting to know a bit more about the town a bit sooner than we are told. This is a very minor and personal gripe, as we are told more than enough in the last few chapters, but I personally would have liked to have it more... spaced out.
Like many books, this one is flawed, but it is one of the most enjoyable that I have picked up in quite some time. It has that Katy Towell feel from the start of it and is certain to give kids that read it a decent fright, should that be what they are looking for. Adults and teens looking for an easy and slightly disturbing mysterious tale would also enjoy this. The few flaws it has are overshadowed by the amount of enjoyment one would get out of it if you go into the book expecting something simple, quick, and a bit on the dark side.(less)