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The Creeps: A Samuel Johnson Tale (The Samuel Johnson Series) Paperback – August 26, 2014

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Book 3 of 3 in the Samuel Johnson Series

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Connolly (The Gates and The Infernals) roars back with a hilariously macabre conclusion to his Samuel Johnson series. Unfortunately, ever since the gates of Hell opened in a basement in the town of Biddlecombe, the place has never been the same. As per usual, all is not right in the topsy-turvy Biddlecombe universe and it remains up to young Samuel Johnson and his loyal dachshund, Boswell, to save the day. As the dynamic duo battle the forces of darkness, incarnated in the forms of various demons, in order to save the world from utter destruction and damnation, a lovesick Samuel also struggles with typical adolescent angst. Connolly proves once again that anything can happen when good battles evil, and the supernatural meets science. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Connolly’s graceful prose, laced with acerbically witty footnotes, is a joy to read, and he easily alternates among slapstick comedy, powerful drama, and skin-crawling horror.”—Publishers Weekly

“Brilliantly funny, often touching, with enough action to keep adventure fans on the edges of their chairs, this novel combines top-notch writing with cutting wit.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Roald Dahl meets Harry Potter.”—My Shelf Confessions

“Connolly lets his imagination and his wit run delightfully wild as he describes Hell’s denizens and the human band’s pilgrimage through its geography.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Samuel Johnson Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476757100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476757100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All good things come to an end. And apparently, that is the case with John Connolly’s Samuel Johnson trilogy, a fantasy/horror series for young adults of all ages. This is unfortunate. In a perfect world, folks would be lining up at midnight (or bringing the Internet down with a volume-induced crash) to be among the first to purchase THE CREEPS, the final(?) volume of the Johnson canon.

Samuel Johnson is a somewhat unassuming young man on the cusp of adolescence who resides in the small English town of Biddlecombe with his mum and Boswell, his loyal if (largely) silent dachshund. Samuel has no particular talents or abilities, other than a quiet strength and courage that far exceed his tender years. To wit, while you and I have been going about our business, sleeping peacefully in our beds, young Samuel has saved the Multiverse, which includes this one, twice from the forces of darkness. And let me tell you, the forces of darkness as presented by Connolly and set loose upon Samuel are some scary forces, ones that make Lovecraft’s Cthulhu about as scary as the heavyset guy on “The Big Bang Theory.” If you are familiar with Connolly’s adult horror/mystery/thrillers and wonder where the antagonists in those books come from, the Johnson trilogy answers that question.

Which brings us to THE CREEPS, where one of the dark creatures that Samuel has handily vanquished isn’t about to go creeping into that good night gently by any means. Samuel has his hands full with the lovely if undeserving Lucy Highmore, who is interested in him but for all the wrong reasons. There is also the matter of Nerd and Wormwood, a couple of demon buddies of Samuel who are living in his closet, which is a sore point with Samuel’s mom, though not so major that she doesn’t tolerate them.
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In just about every way, The Creeps is everything you would want from a final volume in the Samuel Johnson series, which began in The Gates and continued The Infernals. Is it funny? Howlingly so - between the return of the dwarfs, the increasingly difficult-to-faze population of Samuel's town, and some of the more colorful supporting characters, you never go very long in The Creeps without a line or a scene that had me laughing out loud. (In fact, The Creeps contains the single funniest moment of the series for me, which involves what the dwarfs have been keeping in their basement.) Is it still creepy and unsettling in just the right ways? Oh, yes - as Samuel's small town opens up and a local toy store becomes a nightmarish world, Connolly once again brings out the horror writer that lives within him, all while toeing the line about what could still work in a mostly YA novel. But most importantly, Is it a satisfying wrap-up for the series? And that's the easiest question of all - it's a wonderful wrap-up to the series, especially in a final chapter that's absolutely beautiful in all the most perfect ways it can be. If there's anything that's weak about The Creeps, it's probably the plotting; while the story here is fine enough, it feels like a little bit of an afterthought at times, and feels like Connolly is more interested in playing with his characters, delivering some really great scenes (both of the horrific and the comedic variety), and finishing up the arcs of Samuel and Nurd, among others.Read more ›
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This, boys and girls, is how Young Adult (YA) writing should be done. Connolly has already earned his stripes as a true master of macabre and creepy Adult and Paranormal genres. When he turned his hand to the something lighter (The Gates, Hell's Bells), he produced a quality of work to which all others in the genre should aspire. His style is fun, easy to read, and best of all, he makes his characters all so delightfully and humbly flawed, one cannot but root for them all, even the antagonists. Anyone who loved Harry Potter should give this a go. Trust me, you'll enjoy it every bit as much, probably more. The Creeps is a wonderful conclusion to what really has to be the standout series in a decade. I'll be re-reading it again and again, and, I'll wager, so will you.
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This was a fantastic finish to this series. I have truly loved reading the adventures of Samuel, Boswell and their friends. This series is well written, funny with just enough creepiness to make it kinda scary. I can't decide if I love the story itself, the chapter titles or the footnotes the most. John Connolly is definitely in the running for my favorite author.
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By Val on December 8, 2013
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This John Connolly book is part of a trilogy and each of the three books, beginning with The Gates, is so funny, so clever and well-written, and so surprising. He reminds me of Terry Pratchett in this trilogy, which are not the grisly reads of his adult detective novels. It's been a long long time since I've found books that had me laughing continuously like this, about an 11-year old boy who decides to get an early start on Halloween trick-or-treating and gets way more than he bargained for. But Samuel Johnson and his loyal dog Boswell can handle it! Geared to young adults but enjoyable for all ages.
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