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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dreadful., May 25, 2011
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This review is from: Supernatural: One Year Gone (Mass Market Paperback)
Should you spend your hard-earned $7.99 on this book?

My answer would be "no." Buy yourself lunch instead. Buy a different book. Buy ANY other book. This isn't worth your time, or your money.

In hopes of locating a powerful witch who can help him use a spell in the ancient Necronomicon to raise Sam from Hell, Dean drags Lisa and Ben on "vacation" to Salem, Massachusetts - not knowing that Sam, who's already been mysteriously resurrected, is watching him from a distance, together with their also-resurrected grandfather, Samuel Campbell. That's an interesting concept. But concept isn't everything, particularly when the author doesn't seem to understand what makes real people tick, or what might motivate them to take a particular action (and avoid another).

The book is riddled with instances where things happen "just because". For instance: Dean thoroughly trashes his room at a bed and breakfast, searching for a witch's hex bag - and instead of throwing him out, and/or calling the police, the inn's elderly owner simply transfers him to another room, then prods him to attend her "haunted house" tour!

Later on, in search of a disguise, Dean goes through his luggage and finds a ski mask - which is there because "Lisa overpacks." Overpacks? She thought they'd be skiing, in Salem, in shorts-and-t-shirt weather? She thought there'd be a blizzard? She thought they might be robbing a liquor store?

To add to an already problematic situation, the book is full of spelling, word choice, grammar and punctuation mistakes that any decent editor should have caught and eliminated.
"We're going foreword on the boat."
She would lead him right to the resurrection sight.
In the truck, Dean popped open his laptop, it seemed that Lisa's cell phone had been disarmed.
Satisfied, the Escalade sped off.
"Get into the truck," she said opening the door and pushing Dean headfirst into the large trunk.

I'm an English major, a writer, and a voracious reader. Can I say "One Year Gone" is fun? Entertaining? Interesting, at least?

I can't.

If you're looking for a good, solid Supernatural read, pick up Joe Schreiber's "The Unholy Cause." Fast-moving, intriguing plot, interesting supporting characters, great moments between the brothers - none of which can be found in "One Year Gone."
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Initial post: May 29, 2011 12:18:03 AM PDT
This was a great and thoughtful review. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2011 8:31:13 PM PDT
Thanks for the warning-- I loved "The Unholy Cause. Sounds like I might be better off reading a fanfiction version of these events than spending my cash.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 2:37:29 PM PST
Lily says:
I was SO let down with this book, what could have been an awesome book was terrible.

Posted on May 19, 2014 1:47:11 PM PDT
Ticketbndr says:
A great and very accurate review. This was the first of the Supernatural novels that I've read after discovering them in a local bookstore. I had high hopes for this one mainly because of the forward by series creator, Eric Kripke, who wrote so enthusiastically about the author's connection to the show and how she lived in the Supernatural universe more than anyone other than himself. I'm only about 2/3 of the way through, and that's only because I have been FORCING myself to keep reading. Most of the time I don't even feel like I'm reading about the same characters I've come to love through the TV series. They feel wooden, and the plot seems forced and too convoluted to be believable even in the sometimes "unbelievable" world of Supernatural. I came to Amazon to read some reviews here to find out if I was the only one who was disappointed, and also to find out if all of the Supernatural novels are this badly executed. It sounds like they're not, so I'll give the other one you recommended a try.
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