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Superstitious Hardcover – September 14, 1995

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Stine has written 56 YA novels and one adult novel, all horror. Readers will recognize this as the adult novel because it's hardcover and several characters in it curse, enjoy X-rated sex and die gruesomely detailed deaths. Otherwise, this simple, sturdy story of occult mayhem on a bucolic college campus features the sort of crude yet functional casting, plotting and prose that have made Stine America's bestselling YA author: characters verge on caricature, for easy identification; stormy nights and cliff-hangers abound; and no-frills prose, arranged in short sentences and paragraphs for speed reading, tells the tale ("The fingers stab deep. Her eyeballs make a soft plop plop as they are pried out"). Even those with minimal attention spans will keep turning pages as grad student Sara Morgan meets and marries hunky prof Liam Morgan. So what if Liam has a murky past, lives with his sister and takes his field?Irish folklore?so seriously that he throws salt over his shoulder for good luck and cringes in terror when a black cat jumps on his lap? Does that mean he's involved in the brutal mutilation-murders that are plaguing Moore State? Stine shakes a finger at two other suspects but doesn't reveal the reason for the bloodletting until novel's end. And that's just as well since, like the rest of this story, the underlying premise is about as sophisticated, though as effective, as jumping out from a dark corner and yelling "boo!" Major ad/promo; film rights to Miramax (Brandon Tartikoff, producer); Time/Warner audio due in October; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA?In his first adult book, Stine continues his page-turning incorporation of horror, the supernatural, and a naive heroine. Short sentences and a relatively simple plot will capture the attention of YAs in this tale of love (or is it self-centered delight in apparent adoration and sexual gratification?) before the horror takes over. Sara Morgan, fleeing an abusive relationship, returns to Moore State College for a masters in psychology. Swept off her feet by Liam O'Connor, a glamorous and brilliant visiting professor of folklore, she soon becomes his devoted wife. She views her husband's adherence to supersititon fondly at first, but gradually finds it wearing and extreme. Liam tells her his behavior keeps the demons at bay. In fact, their first argument involves supersitition, as does the shocking circumstance of their final estrangement. The book is a long way from "Fear Street" (Pocket), and sure to be as popular.?Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446519537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446519533
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
SPOILERS!
Absolutely, without doubt, the worst book ever! My family spent many hilarious evenings listening to my adult son read this novel aloud, using different voices for the characters. We expected it to be bad, but we never imagined just how bad! Now, R. L. Stine is popular for his children’s and young adult series, no debate on that. But, it doesn’t make him a “good” writer, just a bestselling one. This book was like a Goosebumps with “bad” words, ridiculous sex scenes, and over-the-top murders thrown in as an effort to appeal to the adult reader.
This isn’t a horror novel, so much as a spoof of a horror novel. Unfortunately for Stine, it was meant to be a serious novel.

Some of the funniest, and/or confusing segments?

1) “Her eyeballs make a soft plop plop as they are pried out… She sees only red.” pg. 7 Really? She sees red?
2) Garrett, the police officer. “I’m not a real cop… I’m a campus cop.” “Let’s all pretend we’re cops!” pg. 32, 150 Yet, later in the book, he is referred to as “detective” and even later, “chief.” It’s page 272 by the time the actual police are called in. They are described both as State Police and “the feds.” This is after four murders have occurred.
3) The police photographer is a high school student. pg. 201
4) Garrett and his albino cop-sidekick (yes, albino) leave the office, “Into a cool, wet night. They didn’t need their jackets.” Come again?
5) On a similar note, Sara visits her mother, who says, “You’re freezing! Take off your coat.” pg. 217
6) Sara is leaving Mary Beth’s, where she had spent the evening and had dinner. Mary Beth says, “We could order a pizza.” To which Sara responds, “No. Really. I’m not hungry. Thanks for dinner, Mary Beth. It was great.” pg.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was very reluctant when I saw R.L.Stine was the author of "SUPERSTITIOUS" because he was reknowned as a mainly children's book writer. When I first read the book and got past the first chapter I was immediately captivated and couldn't put it down. I would rush home form school just to read it and it put me in some kind-of trance which I was in a alternate world and was living Sara's life. It sent chills down my spine and made me re-examine my life to the superstition rules... I really liked the book and reccommend it to all.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up on a whim at the local resale store and found myself curled up in a chair in the furniture department, several pages in, not ten minutes later. I enjoyed it. It made me smile and scoff, straighten up in surprise and bite my lip as the tension mounted; some of the gorier scenes made me wince. I mean, I wouldn’t call it a great work of literature. The writing is a bit heavy handed, the main character is…very trusting, and everyone is constantly wearing sweaters for some unfathomable reason. But as I read the first few pages, a realization dawned on me: it was a horror movie in printed form! (Spoilers ahead)
Imagine this, a young, attractive woman has extramarital sex, walks home in the dark, high heels clicking, and gets jumped and brutal slain by some unknown assailant. It’s the first three minutes of countless movies and creepy TV shows. And it’s the beginning of this book. The rest followed suit…and that’s all I really expected of it. A college campus, attractive or at least colorfully different characters, a slightly clueless but relatable final-girl lead, red herrings, disembowelments, a little sex, scary phone calls, suspicious ex-boyfriends, conveniently missing best friends, stumped police officers, pushy members of the fourth estate, and, of course, a few WTF special effects moments that you know would look just fine if made now, with computers…but that you can’t help imagining as products of the corny supernatural/slasher films of the 1980s.
Approached as an eighties-early nineties horror movie (with TV star actors branching out, cheesy special effects, running/screaming/falling down, and a good dash of paranoia) it delivers in spades.
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Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying R.L. Stine was my favorite author in middle and high school. When I found this book at a local thrift shop I was THRILLED! Then I actually started to read it...

This is the most laughable book I've ever read, and not in a good way. I found myself laughing at all the "serious" points throughout the book, especially the "love making" scene because it was so clinical and terribly written, and that was just ONE example of many awful scenes.

I really don't understand. How can this be the same author who has written so many wonderful YA books?? You couldn't pay me enough to read this book again. I feel like he just doesn't have what it takes to write adult novels. Such a shame. Fear street was amazing.
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Format: Hardcover
I thought, "Hey, I'll give R.L.Stine a chance... Millions of kids reading his stuff couldn't be wrong, could they?"
They aren't wrong. Just young.
I am an avid reader, and have never skipped ahead to read the ending. It's against my moral code. When I read this book, my wife would ask me why I had such an unpleasant look on my face. I responded that the book was terrible. She asked why I didn't put it down. I told her that I needed to know how it ended. She said skip to the back and look. Against my reading ethics, I did. The end was so predictable I (thankfully) had no need to read the rest.
If you are one of the unfortunate souls who is currently reading this book, do what I did. Then find a book that won't waste your time.
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