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- ASIN : B006SBRB2A
- Publication date : January 1, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 213 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 80 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,194,826 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At first, the book has a very promising beginning, with the Sandman character forcing a young teenage boy to choose between giving his own life away or the life of a loved one. Even the concept of having a benevolent being forcing a character to choose to give his or her own life or the life of a loved one is potentially terrifying if properly executed.
Sadly, this is not the case with this short work. The story features teenagers that have little to no personality and no defining characteristics. They decide to write their names on a wall to make themselves believe that the eponymous Sandman will not come after him, despite what local lore suggests. Well, Sandman does make an appearance and stalks the teenagers and their families one by one. The pacing is predictable and it is also abrupt with attempts to develop the teenagers and their families, with all teenagers and families all looking and sounding the same. It is hard to get attached to these characters to really feel any horror that comes along later.
And what really blows the mind is that the Sandman is seen early in the book, but he is generally written off as that weird homeless guy who just looks menacing. And he walks around in public. Yes, in public. And the excuse to why the police in the story could not stop the Sandman in the first place despite his previous misdeeds and walking out in the open is so unsatisfactory and so inane that one would assume a reason could not be come up with other than "Uh, he's a supernatural being so we can't really do anything about it."
The only true saving graces to this book are its introduction and the current $0.99 price tag attached to it. It was a free download by time I picked it up but, still, there are better horror/suspense based short stories, novellas, and novels to pick up. Don't bother signing your name to the wall on this one.
Now for the good stuff: The book has a really great premise and storyline. It sounds like one of those stories that kids tell each other to scare themselves. If you grew up in the U.S., you'll most likely understand what I mean. Where I grew up, it was crybaby bridge (apparently an infant was killed in a car accident at some point in time and if you came to the bridge at night, you could hear it crying). It's fast moving with a lot of fight scenes, but nothing gory or horribly violent. I think the target audience for this is middle school to early high school aged kids.
If I were a teacher and an 8th grade student handed this in for a creative writing assignment, I'd give them an A+. If they were a 12th grader, a B-. It's a short book with a lot of potential - a good editor and you might have a hit!
I know it's generally frowned upon to mention editing issues in reviews, but when they're as prolific as they are in this book, they really detract from what would otherwise be a good story.
And this is a decent story, if perhaps a little predictable. It was written like a movie, and I liked the idea of writing the narrative in present tense (although occasionally the author slipped into past tense there as well). The problem is that I think it made the very simple language stand out even more. There's a bit of a disconnect there, as the language used makes the book one that would be easily understood by a junior primary school kid, but the subject matter is in no way appropriate for children.
It's not the worst story I've ever read, but I've read plenty better. I don't think I'll be reading any more of this series.