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A Nightmare On Elm Street #2: Dreamspawn Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2005
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Then I finished reading "Friday the 13th: Hell Lake" and was in the mood for some more 'scary stuff', though not Jason, and sadly, there are almost no books of my FAVORITE horror movie villain, Michael Myers of 'Halloween'. So I thought, well, I'll give 'Dreamspawn' another whirl.
The prologue had me hooked, but as the story of Jane progressed, it seemed more and more detached from the prologue, until the girl Rose appeared, and FINALLY, everything clicked together. Don't get me wrong, I liked Jane. She sounded a lot like me in school; not popular, rather contemtuous of the clique system that plagues schools these days, and preferring to read than hang out with idiots, though I was glad that she was able to makes some good friends. That's what sorta happened with me. :)
But when Rose appears, all hell breaks loose. :) She is seriously messed up in the head, and it shows from the moment she arrives! When Freddy finally showed up in the book, I couldn't put it down! Each killing had me tingling with excitement (is that demented, or what?) and at times, I was laughing Freddy's laugh. ;) Freddy even manages to sneak in a couple of his one-liners which always make me laugh, and display his sick sense of humor which movie-watchers either love or hate. I'm one of the former. Frankly, I thought this book woulda made a decent movie. If it were, Freddy's total body count would outnumber both Michael Myers AND Jason Voorhees, in just one book!
The ending was good, albeit a bit predictable, as the authorities, in their 'grounded-in-the-mundane' way place the blame for Freddy's carnage on . . . well, I won't say who. Read it for yourself, and have fun!
I was worried that this book was going to be a let down in the gore department. The first Elm Street book was mean, nasty and gritty. From the first half of this book, I didn't get that feeling. Then the massacre starts. Now, I'm not a fan of massacres in these books most of the time. Jason X #2 is the perfect example. Tons of people die very quickly, and you never really care. In this book... well, tons of people die, but their death scenes are all well handled. There are a few silly moments, but at the same time, I didn't mind. Every silly moment was replaced by a nice nasty one. Just wait till you get to the part with the girl and the TV screen. Good stuff.
If you liked book one, then you'll like book two. Now they better bring on book three soon!
Oh, and the description of the book, as stated above, is totally off. There is no Freddy spawn in this book. This has to do with a group of girls using Freddy to get revenge on some bullies, and then it backfires horribly. That comes in book three.
Also, this novel took an eternity to go anywhere. The characterization was so painful to get through, I almost gave up on the book 3/4 way through. Then the book gets so far-fetched as Freddy slaughters the whole high school on a crazed rampage.
I would skip this one. It doesnt have any relevance to the movies and is so comically stupid, I cant see how anyone can enjoy it.
This novel has been compared - unfavorably - to "Suffer the Children" by quite a few people here, but I tell you that book read like bad teen fan fiction compared to this. No, this book is not filled with mindless sex scenes and stupidly contrived situations like Suffer the Children is - what it does give you is a maturely written novel in the Nightmare franchise. The only real complaint I had, was Freddy seemed a little less clever and sassy than he is in the films ... which does something of a disservice to his character.
Even so, well worth the read.
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