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The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
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Oct 15, 2007

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bookshelves: juvies, horror, fictions
Read in October, 2007

The second book about Lewis Barnavelt is still fun and cool. The entrance of Rose Rita as Lewis' only friend is nice and their friendship is fun to read. The shadowy figure is a scary dude (just check out the pictures of him). Mercer Mayer's pictures are cool, but overall just had me wondering how Edward Gorey would have illustrated this book. It also felt like the quirky coolness of The House With a Clock in It's Walls had fallen by the wayside. Bellairs' peculiar, Gorey-esque writing in House was, for me, one of it's most charming aspects. In Figure, Bellairs seemed to move into a more conventional writing style. Course, the story itself had less of the magical wonder of House and more 'real life' situations - school bullies, friendships, etc. - which might partially explain the style shift. Overall it was good, eerie fun.
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