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Little Shop of Hamsters by R.L. Stine
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Oct 30, 2010

it was ok
Read from October 26 to 30, 2010

In my view, this book has been the best so far among those of the second tier of the Horrorland series. The characters have a genuine feel about them and the action is unexpected, creating twists in the plot that really have the potential to surprise the reader.

As Sam and his friend Lexi hit on the perfect way to convince Sam's parents that he is responsible enough to own a pet, the dark side of the souvenirs that the two friends bought at the Horrorland theme park begins to emerge. A blunder on Sam's part opens the door to terrible consequences when the hamsters that he has been hired to take care of start to change, in ways that are not at all normal for hamsters. Now, Sam has to find a way to neutralize the effect of his mistake...before it costs him more than just the chance to own a pet. But is the real foe that Sam and Lexi face a human, animal or monster?

Little Shop of Hamsters will keep readers guessing, not only until the end but beyond, into the next book. Given that all of the books in the series are linked it can be hard to judge them as totally separate, but this is a good story on its own, and R.L. Stine is a pretty good descriptive writer. One of his finest abilities as an author has always been the way that he so realistically describes action in such surreal stories, and he hasn't lost a bit of that skill.

I might give this book the full two stars.

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