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The Beast from the East (Goosebumps, No. 43) Paperback – May 1, 1996
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This book is about three children, who are all siblings. On a family camping trip they get lost in the woods, where they meet huge gruesome beast that want to play a deadly game of tag. The winners get to stay alive. Thus, the losers get eaten.
If you want horror, humor, and drama all in one book, then I strongly suggest that you purchase this extraordinary masterpeice. Farthermore, it opens the mind to a whole new world of endless possibilities.
R.L. Stine's stories often start from the title, and build from there into creative, funny, spooky stories. The Beast from the East isn't one of those. Ginger and her twin brothers, Pat and Nat, are going on a camping trip with their parents. Barely settling into their campsite, the kids get lost and get dragged into a deadly game of tag being played by a species of blue-furred, English-speaking monsters. The game is, of course, called the Beast from the East, a name that alludes only to how arbitrary the game's logic and rules are: Whoever's 'it' in this game of tag is the Beast of the title, and they must either escape or tag another player.
But the tag only counts if no one's paused the game without notice, and if they sneak up and tag the player from the east. Add to that, hiding spots that only work once per game, penalty rocks that randomly explode if touched, brown splotches of grass in the forest that are instant-win zones for hungry monsters, special clone rules (for the twins!), and so on.
The siblings spend the entire book hurtling through a game of cat and mouse, with new rules popping up in each chapter. It's all too random and frantic. There's no time for developing the characters, either, as they're too busy running or hiding.
Usually the stinkers in this series are still pretty fun to read and reminisce with, but this one has nothing going for it. Yuck.
Ginger Wald is a 12yr girl who is camping in the woods with her two nature loving parents and her twin brothers who are hyperactive time bombs.
While playing hide-n-go-seek Ginger and her brothers get lost in the forest, they try to find their way back but soon find themselves in a very strange looking forest full of blue umblella trees,bunnies with razor sharp teeth,and other weird plant life.
They soon find themselves being hunted down by large blue bearlike animals with beady black eyes,thick blue fur,sharp teeth, and a big appetite.
They are soon forced the play a game called "The Beast from the East" a tag-like game in which whoever is the beast from the east at the end loses(In this case the humans get eaten). The main rules are simple stay alive until sunset. Simple enough right?
So to find out the rest of this awesome story READ THE BOOK!!!
God Bless ~Amy
Does not get 5 stars because its pretty worn. Im not complaining, I think it gives it character, however, it cost me around the same as the better condition books. Again, passable, has character. A bit beaten up.
Thanks! Will order again.
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