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Penpal Paperback – July 11, 2012
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There is a quote "That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback." That is ecactly how I felt when I read this, it's such amazing story telling.
This is definitely a must read for all, just be prepared to have nightmares afterwards ;)
However, Auerbach's expanded edition may succeed in building upon the original work in word count, but his often rambling and incidental additions to the text actually diminishes the story overall. I found myself dragging through the work during sections that had originally captivated my attention online, and while I appreciated the honesty of the narrator's voice, Auerbach's writing skills are simply not strong enough to hold up under the pressure of sustaining the reader's attention during prolonged periods of relative inactivity for the main character.
The underlying plot is incredibly strong, the tension building and suspense is strong (but, I hate to say it again, much stronger in the original text) but the writing is actually fairly average. I actually found that the additions to the text showcased Auerbach's iffy writing ability and drew the reader's attention away from his strong points -- the aforementioned plotting ability and ability to shock and sustain the reader's interest. A sparser writing style really helped him and made him seem like a much stronger writer than he may actually be.Read more ›
MY RATING: 4 Stars
PROS: Uneasy, disturbing, psychological, traumatic, and paranoid-inducing.
CONS: Chronologically confusing, abrupt ending.
BOTTOM LINE: Auerbach took something with childish innocence and twisted into a haunting tale of obsession. I look forward watching Auerbach improve with future works that are bound to give me nightmares.
I love the horror film genre but I don't have a high opinion of it. My generation's horror films tend to be knock-offs of popular Asian movies or torture porn. I've never found slashers particularly scary, and as such I don't view the previous generation's iconic villains (Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, or Freddy Krueger) with much respect. I find the best horror to be the low-key, the mundane, and the psychological. For this reason I'm a big fan of The Blair Witch Project and I only wish I could have seen it in theaters when it was believed to be a true story. What brilliant marketing that was. The point of all this is that despite my infatuation with the genre I tend to avoid novels fitting under this category. It's one thing to spend an hour and a half laughing as college kids get hacked to pieces due to their own stupidity on the big screen. It's another thing to dedicate several hours to reading about it.
Penpal was recommended to me by Amazon. Given the short nature of the story (252 pages) and the multitudes of praise (123 reviews at the moment and a five-star rating) I decided it was a risk I was willing to take. Apparently Penpal was written on Reddit as a series of short stories and then compiled into novel format after a super successful Kickstarter campaign.Read more ›
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I just happened upon this on Amazon and bought it because of the high ratings and I love trying authors that are new to me. Wow, what a story! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Anne B.
Enjoyed this book! Found it creepy, and loved how each chapter was could almost stand alone, while still being part of the overall story.Published 10 days ago by Amanda Lee
Not exactly horror, but a thriller. Page turning story for sure. Loved how it all tied together and not chronologically.Published 11 days ago by AJ1964@comcast. net
You just have to read this. Not many books give me the creeps but this one I all-out lost sleep from.Published 14 days ago by Jaime Meyers
This book alternated between genius and mediocrity by the page. You could tell the author spent the most time on the first few pages and sputtered out at the end. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J. J. Pietrzyk
It was creepy without being over the top. If you like books that depict scenarios that could actually happen you would enjoy this.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I first saw these stories on Reddit No Sleep, and instantly found myself purchasing it when I discovered there was a Kindle format. I genuinely loved the story. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Sphynxle