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Shadows

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  10,190 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
They call it the Academy. A secluded, cliff-top mansion overlooking the rugged Pacific coast. A school for children gifted -- or cursed -- with extraordinary minds. Children soon to come under the influence of an intelligence even more brilliant than their own -- and unspeakably evil. For within this mind a dark plan is taking form. A plan so horrifying, no one will believ ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd) (first published 1992)
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Description: They call it the Academy. A secluded, cliff-top mansion overlooking the rugged Pacific coast. A school for children gifted -- or cursed -- with extraordinary minds. Children soon to come under the influence of an intelligence even more brilliant than their own -- and unspeakably evil. For within this mind a dark plan is taking form. A plan so horrifying, no one will believe it. No one but the children. And for them it is already too late. Too late, unless one young student can resis
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Scarlet Cameo
La trama se desarrolla muy bien, fluye y no se hace pesada, sin que te tenga temblando de miedo logra adentrarte en esos pasillos, ese campo, ese tren, ese...mejor no hablar de eso. Los personajes, no diria que son entrañables en sí mismos, pero en su esencia, en lo que representan sí lo son, pasan a ser un elemento más en este mundo, pero ese mismo papel podría haberlo personificado alguien más.

Algo a destacar es que los niños tienen un caracter infantil, si vas a hacer una historia de terror c
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
April 2011 Group Read in the John Saul LitGroup. I read this as a teenager and was excited to revisit the story :-)

I really liked this book - it still lives up to my brilliant memories :-) There is a scene early in the book when Josh is first arriving at the academy and sees this pristine fish tank. I love how this is a glimpse of things to come. I had to return my copy of the book to the library or I'd post the passage. I'm giving the book 5 stars. I did notice that there seemed to be more focu
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Rebecca McNutt
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadows was really thrilling and suspenseful, not to mention one of the most creative and original horror stories I've ever read! Though it gets a little choppy at times it was still really great.
Maria
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Тежка ми беше тази книга, най-вече заради замесените деца. Не че експериментите с живи хора са оправдани по какъвто и да било начин, но когато са с деца, ми свирят по най-тънката струна. Епизодите с родителите им ме разплакаха на няколко пъти. Усетих болката им много дълбоко.
Динамична и добре написана история, искаше ми се да не я оставям чак до самия край. И въпреки, че действието и краят донякъде бяха предсказуеми (малки забележки от страна на Джон Сол за създаване на подходящо настроение изда
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Metodi Markov
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Джош е много умно дете. И знае, че след като е прескочил за втори път клас напред, ще има проблеми с новите си съученици. Възможността да постъпи в частно училище за надарени деца идва точно на време.

Но много добро не е на добро, казваме българите и Джош ще научи това по трудния начин.

По-ниската ми оценка е заради провлачения в началото стил и остарялата информация в книгата. За тези 25 години, светът в който живеем се е променил драстично.

Приятно е да се прочете, без да е нищо особено.
Ike
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has single-handedly made me a Saul anti-fan.

I love suspense and horror stories. But something about this story just rubbed the wrong way. It may just be the trouble getting into an out of date technology-driven suspense. I also remember really disliking the prose, specifically the sentence fragment repetition used throughout.
Chris Nortje
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think Re-Animator, or wiring Frankenstein up to a Commodore 64 and bringing that bastard to life with a dial-up modem.

Classic 80's B-grade, right?

I think that is how you have to read this novel to enjoy it.

My seal of approval is the one thing I rarely bestow on novels that take me a week to complete. I have things to do and usually prefer those books I can finish over the weekend. Shadows took me a while to finish, but not because it's a very thick book. Firstly, I'm a chronic student -- still
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Megan
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great concept, unique book, but overall some aspects do not hold up well to time.

Without spoilers, this review is nothing, so I'll just say that it was well-written, naturally paced, and super unique.

The biggest thing that dates this book, however, is the talk of computers from the 1990s. It's hilarious to hear about C:/ command prompts, cable modems connecting a phone line to the internet, and "text boxes" and images forming on the screen. It is really funny, but takes me out of the story. I b
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Dana
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst translations I have ever read. Almost ruined the reading experience.
The book was filled with cringe-worthy cliches, but I could forgive it for trying to go into too many technical details for 1992.
Reinforces my opinion that Stephen King is The King.
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he
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