- Paperback: 241 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480142352
- ISBN-13: 978-1480142350
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turning a Slender Man story into a full length novel isn’t easy. There’s no blurry video clips for fans to pour over or disjointed blog posts to follow every day. It has to have a story that is long enough to fill a book but still keep the suspense up using a monster that, honestly, is creepier the less you use him.
So to get to the heart of things, is this a good Slender Man story? Yeah, it is. It’s a very archetypal story in the mythos. It follows Alyssa as her town is struck by a tragedy and soon kids are disappearing. She struggles to figure out what is happening and who will be next. There’s a spreading sickness, nosebleeds, and vivid nightmares of a tall shadow-man that haunts the family of the survivors of the tragedy. About what you’d expect, really the main thing that diverges from a “standard Slender Man” story is the main man himself.
There’s lots of different versions of Slender Man and this book goes with the ‘shadow people’ version, sans trademark suit. Yes, no suit for the Slender Man. For me, part of the creepiness is the ‘almost human’ quality that the suit gives but it’s certainly not a deal breaker. The burning eyes Alyssa gets when trying to look at him, the looming shadow she sees in the middle of a party that everyone else misses, those are all creepy and can make up for losing the suit. But I think the part that lost me a bit was the display of emotion. Anger, evil joy, frustration, Slender Man displays them all and made me feel more like he was just an evil spirit or demon.
Luckily, while the synopsis makes it sound like she can fight him or try to, it’s more that she’s trying to figure out how to escape him. Yes, if you read it, there’s some hair splitting going on here but I don’t think she ever thinks she’d kill him or really ultimately defeat him, just get away with her and her loved ones.
Alyssa is Jewish in the book and one of my favorite parts was the integration of those cultural elements into the story. Now, a lot like Tribe 12, Slender Man has been around a while and Alyssa’s bubbe has witnessed him taking children in the past during WW2. Bubbe has seen some serious crap in her time and she knows what’s been attracted to the town by the deaths of so many children and helps Alyssa deal with it. Bubbe also knows that Alyssa has to be the one to do the dangerous stuff, adults can’t sense the Slender Man. Bubbe was just great and probably my favorite character.
On the not so great side, there was a lot of “telling” when “showing” would have been more effective. The book was written in First Person Present with an abundance of unneeded dialog tags. I know the First Person Present style seems to be the rage in YA these days but it felt like it was fighting the natural narration style the author has. Changing the book to First Person Past would also make sense for a number of other reasons and it is almost written that way to begin with. Strange tangents also litter the story with unneeded details but luckily those only tend to go on for a few paragraphs. There is also quite a lot of sense filtering going on. In short, the book just needed an editor to go through a lot of that stuff and help clean it up.
As I was reading, I had this sense that it was a YA book but I didn’t look it up until after I was done. It certainly is. This would explain why no one uses curse words even though if you think you are being drained of life by an evil entity and he just stole your brother, not a single f-bomb is uttered. It might also explain the ‘almost horror’ of some scenes that could have gotten a lot darker. Unending nose bleeds can be terrifying but if they are just glossed over without descriptions of the coppery taste and chunks of clot that come out (or some description of how it affects her) it almost makes them seem like not a big deal. Alyssa should have been in the hospital multiple times from her injuries especially when they suspect a concussion. I think that avoiding some of the darker stuff gave the story a little bit of a shallow quality to it. Alyssa hardly seems phased at times by losing her best friend or her brother, when she thinks he is gone. Worse, though, her parents don’t seem to see the terrible trauma their daughter is going through and even when helping, they delay the help until it is too late. This turns into “plot-induced stupidity” because the last part of the book wouldn’t even happen if they had all just hopped in the car and left instead of waiting for a plane.
In the end, it’s a flawed book but it is still far better than most Slender Man mythos stories. It has enough interesting points that it’s a good light read. Given the subject matter though, don’t expect soul-crushing despair or pants-crapping terror.
I would've given this a 4.5 out of 5 stars if I could, but alas, I cannot give this an all around 5 stars because when I think of Slenderman, I think of terror, this book is not all out terrifying. But as I said before, it is creepy and an entertaining read.
There are also moments where you question the lead characters actions as they don't make sense, and logic would dictate they do another thing that they end up doing. As well as it being based off a largely known internet lore, it would have made more sense the main character knew at least a name besides "him" for over half the book, which pulled me out of the fantasy a bit.
However over all this is a fairly good book, and I would recommend to fans of the lore of slender man.
I believe in my case I'm not right audience for it.
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Does a very good job in keeping to the established Slenderman mythos.Read more