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Thunderland Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Massey's psychologically resonant but cartoonishly plotted supernatural thriller follows a bright, optimistic 14-year-old protagonist whose family life is in chaos. Jason's mother is a heavy drinker trying to stay on the wagon, while his philandering, workaholic father spends most of his time at his soul food restaurant to escape his fractured marriage. Jason has problems of his own, above all a recurring nightmare that produces a Freddy Krueger-like bogeyman from the boy's childhood called Mr. Magic... Massey offers some engaging, well-constructed scenes, and he fills in Jason's family background convincingly. The plot, however, is heavily influenced by several popular horror films, as well as by the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. In spite of these illustrious sources of inspiration, Massey offers few surprises; the climax is both predictable and deflating, and Mr. Magic not a terribly compelling figure of evil. Massey's brisk pace and Jason's appealing voice keep the pages turning, but just barely.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Spellbinding. Keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next. A great debut novel! -- Zane, Bestselling Author of Addicted
Thunderland is my favorite kind of supernatural suspense book! -- Tananarive Due, Bestselling Author of The Living Blood --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This story will draw you in slowly, then hold you prisoner until the bitter end. I dare you to clean those reading glasses, find a comfy chair, set aside a few hours, daylight hours for the faint of heart, then take a deep breath and just try to out run the storm.
But, with the good comes the bad.
A vivid nightmare entraps him, portraying in stark realism someone or something coming after him. Each morning he awakes under his bed, never remembering how he got there. But, the nightmare remains a dream, until one day it comes to visit him in the real world. And he and his friends take a trip to Thunderland.
Brandon Massey has written a terrifying tale about the fine line between dreams and reality. Massey uniquely melds plot and characters, and enraptures attention as a result. Great characters like Jason's friends Brains and Shorty sit beside us as we read. Twists and turns abound, hearts skip beats, and nails are bitten as the reader is transported to a dark and surreal world known as "Thunderland".
Reviewed by CandaceK
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