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The Five Masks of Dr. Screem by R.L. Stine
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Sep 01, 2011

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The Goosebumps books that demonstrate the greatest narrative strength are those that take a normal adolescent life, then toss in a strange occurrence that affects how the characters interact with each other. The rest follows naturally, and is naturally entertaining. For example, How I Learned to Fly and Be Careful What You Wish For... come to mind.

The Five Masks of Dr. Screem does not follow this formula. Instead, its plot serves as an excuse to set up a series of "scary" scenes that are mostly unrelated. While some of the imagery and settings were haunting and at least marginally memorable, the story as a whole is underwhelming. Like Night of the Giant Everything before it, this book is fine to read once, but it has no further pull on my imagination.

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