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Duncan's Diary: Birth of a Serial Killer Hardcover – November 7, 2009

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The most horrible monsters are the ones who didn't start off as such.  "Duncan's Diary" is a fascinating read of the descent into madness of a serial killer.
--The Midwest Book Review

"DUNCAN'S DIARY is a well written, decent first novel that has a bit of a "shock" ending. Serial killer completists might want to check this out."  Nick Cato --The Horror Fiction Review

"Just as Alex, the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction, managed to put the fear of cheating in men, Duncan's Diary gives me pause about dating. The novel is an impressive work on a number of levels." Carol Hoenig --The Huffington Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Again, I heard "Dude, buddy, are you okay?  Wake up."  The shaking of my arm was involuntary as if somebody were grabbing me.  My eyes felt weary as I pried them open with all my strength.  I hazily saw the boy sitting next to me.  His girlfriend stared over his shoulder.  There was a flight attendant in the aisle, and I heard the guy in the seat opposite of me whisper to the lady next to him, "That guy is screwed up."  My mind slowly grasped that I was still sitting in my chair, soaking wet with sweat, and the guy next to me was asking me again if I was okay.  "I was dreaming."  I heard myself mumble, and I shakily got up and went to the restroom.  I splashed water on my faced repeatedly, trying to bring the color back to my skin and slowly come back to reality.  It had seemed so real.  I couldn't believe it was simply a dream.  The feeling of ultimate bliss clung to me like a tattoo.  I realized I couldn't continue living without experiencing something like this for real.

My life was soon to begin.  I felt alive and nauseous at the same time as I violently threw up in the silver toilet expunging my just eaten meal.  The felling of sickness swirling with the vibrant awareness was an odd mixture and difficult for me to balance.  I slowly made my way back to my seat, as people stared at me from their wavering positions.  Leaning back in my chair, I relaxed again, allowing my breathing to return, and noticing that the couple next to me kept their distance. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (November 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440175187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440175183
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,579,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story was pretty good. But the glaring writing issues distracted me so much i could not read much at a sitting. In some places words are spelled correctly but it is a word that is misused and makes no sense. Often sentence structure is horrendous. And there are several cases of inconsistencies. Also the writer is obviously too young to even know some facts he needed for the book. It seems like the book was not edited at all , but perhaps just ran through spellchecker. The story idea is decent. I might read a follow up or not. But i am really shocked that this was published in the poorly written fashion that is was. If you have an editor , Mr. Payne, you need to fire them.
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This is going to sound crazy, this book was fun to read! You know I love my serial killers and Duncan was quite lovable. Yes, he murders and quite gruesomely but he is also a funny guy. Quite a decent chap too if you can look past the fact that he gets his jollies out of killing people. He is a middle aged man whose marriage fell apart, his life took a turn for the worse but aside from all that, he loves his children and is a fabulous daddy to them. Take about oxymoron's! You can't help cringing one moment and feeling sorry for him the next.

The writing was enjoyable. Lots of dark humor was weaved throughout the story. Duncan has a way of taking you away from the moment with his strange thought patterns. Here is just one example of a quote from Duncan while he was restraining his first victim with duct tape:

"Isn't it odd how useful duct tape is? If you are ever in doubt of what kind of tape to use, duct tape always works. I wonder who invented duct tape, and if they still receive some kind of royalty every time it is sold?"

The writing may not have been done with perfect style and grace but the story came shining through. It was a different kind of serial killer book for me. I was surprised by the ending, never suspecting where it went. It did have what I call an open ending and I am hoping that the author brings Duncan back in another book.
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I cannot imagine how anyone could get past the amateur writing, typos, bad editing, inconsistencies, long-winded meanderings, poorly researched character analysis, awkward 'voices.' (who's talking?) I could go on and on, this book is so bad. I do not EVER recall reading a book so poorly written. It's like a snuff-film on paper: a badly constructed "plot" written to house the author's fantasies of what it would be like to kill someone at random. Apparently anything the author got interested in along the way ended up in the book so we get travel logs, political lectures, his opinions on society and half a dozen other subjects which have nothing to do with the plot. You know right away that when an author uses phrases like, "to be honest," we're in trouble. I seriously question how anyone could recommend a book that is so clearly substandard on EVERY level. This book should never have been published, it's that bad. And anyone who wants to know anything about the 'mind of a serial killer' will not find any insight here. Duncan is a cardboard pretend character without a single valid indication of authenticity.
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The most horrible monsters are the ones who didn't start off as such. "Duncan's Diary: Birth of a Serial Killer" tells the story of Duncan, a man facing a mid life crisis. Finding that his only joy lies in cruelty to others, he's split between his own sadistic pleasure and the morality that tells him it's wrong to do what he does. On a collision course with his police best friend, "Duncan's Diary" is a fascinating read of the descent into madness of a serial killer.
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I'm not going to spend time reviewing the basic premise of the book. You can read other reviews for that. However, I was appalled at how poorly written it is. Grammatical errors abound...I'm not sure how it got past the editing process. Even if it's supposed to be written as a 'diary', it doesn't come across that way at all...and the poor sentence structure is hard to get around at times. In addition to underdeveloped writing skills, the author comes across as rather 'immature' in that his descriptions of Duncan's victims always seem to be along the lines of "She was 5'3", about 110 pounds, with light brown hair that was slightly curly, but not kinky, yada, yada, yada..." It sounded like something a 7th grader would write in his/her first venture in writing a descriptive narrative.
If you can get past all of that...the story behind Duncan's demise into becoming a serial killer is fairly interesting, but I've read MUCH better books of this genre.
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On first seeing this book I was rather pessimistic that it was just yet another 'story of a serial killer. I took a look at the `look inside' feature on here and was hooked.......retaining a little bit of pessimism just in case!

Christopher's style of writing ensures a smooth flow to the story and constant have-to-turn-the-page reading because you just HAVE to know what is happening.

It is told in the first person - which can be difficult to do. He has made it look so easy - where other authors have tried and ended up losing the thread and flow of the story they are telling. You could almost believe that he is writing about himself as it flows so seamlessly.

Duncan Moron is a very believable character....which is more than scary in it's own way... but that is also one of the main factors of this book that makes it such a good read. We see him going through the planning stages - the thoughts going through his mind at every step and you can connect with him! Even though he is psychotic - you care about what is happening to him...and the more psychotic his thoughts - the quicker you turn the pages because the writing is done in such a way that you actually feel your adrenalin pacing with the story....slow down to catch a breath and then back to pacing with the story again.

There are some very graphic scenes in this book which are necessary for the flow and continuation of the story. They are done in such a way that although very gruesome - and easy to visualise - your heart is pumping in such a way because the adrenalin is back and rising and you are left with a `wow - that was some scary stuff' and `oh hell yeah' feeling!

It is very easy to see this book as a movie!
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