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Mr. Monster by Dan Wells
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Sep 23, 10

bookshelves: first-reads, 2010, adult-fiction, mystery-crime-fiction, urban-fantasy, horror
Read from September 18 to 23, 2010

I have to imagine that the author bristles every time someone makes a comparison to our favorite television serial killer, but it's true - Mr. Monster reads like Dexter meets Supernatural. Which kinda works. John, the neighborhood teenage sociopath, is intriguing and rather noble (usually); the bad guy is decidedly bad (and twisted, evil and other very unpleasant things); and the ending was... promising.

I have a hard time giving more than three stars to either John Cleaver book because they're a little high on the disturbing scale. But after the ending to Mr. Monster, I'm definitely excited to see what comes next. I Don't Want to Kill You is at the top of my to-read list.

Update: The novel inspired me to pick up the Dexter book series - I've been watching the TV show - and I must apologize profusely to Dan Wells for the comparison. Jeff Lindsay's serial monstrosity is exceptionally bad fiction, and while I hold by the rather favorable parallels between the TV show and John Cleaver, there is absolutely none where Lindsay's novels are concerned.

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