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Video Night Paperback – January 1, 2013
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It could be inside anyone: a classmate, a pizza delivery man, even the girl next door. When Billy’s weekly movie night is crashed by this otherworldly menace, he and his best friend and their dates will have to summon their courage and call upon all their horror movie knowledge if they’re going to make it through Video Night alive.
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If you grew up in the 80s, this book will take you from your wonder years to the years you spent watching Wonder Years and back again. The nostalgic factor is infused with a storyline that keeps you invested in the characters as they develop, both in literary and physical capacities.
In a way, I was reminded of Kafka's Metamorphosis. This work could be seen as a bit of a parody of Kafka's work at the same time. The characters herein are fighting against transformation in many capacities. They long to be kids, or just to be human. But they do not lose themselves to the depersonalizing effects of their cog-like implementation in a cruel industrial world. Instead, it is the ubiquitous other who wants to strip people of the world we love and love to loathe. And when things go from bad to worse, we realize that perhaps it isn't so bad being a bug after all. Could be worse.
Herein, we learn to love the world regardless of its many flaws. We learn about the resilience of mankind. We learn that small town dreams can serve as the fuel that saves the world, or at least provides hope of a return to normalcy.
Cesare is a good writer, as evidenced by this work.
Video Night it's one part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, one part 80s nostalgia, and one part Scott Sigler's Infected. Without much fanfare it becomes clear that aliens are taking over people's bodies as part of a well coordinated attempt to take over Earth. Meanwhile two mismatched high school friends cling to their friendship as they enter senior year which they know will likely be their last together. Throw in some high school romance and some things from the aliens' point of view and you've got the basic idea.
The book is well written on most fronts. It references the 80's in a demure, quiet way that is far more subtle than something like Ready, Player One and feels lie an authentic representation of the time. The characters are all well written and the high schoolers don't feel either to mature or immature in their dialogue and action. The plot is middling in It's complexity, much like a typical 80s movie, but not in a bad, lazy way. At times the pace lags a bit for my liking and the alien viewpoint sections feel like a they were meant to give away more information than they did, though there's nothing wrong with the level of ambiguity here.
There's little wrong with this story beyond the issues just mentioned. It's a great book, and the only thing keeping it from a full five stars is that there's that X factor, that lurks clever twist that turns a good book into a great one that's missing.Read more ›
The story starts off slowly with the aliens slowly taking over the town. Cesare, however, does spend time letting the reader get to know the characters, even the ones whose sole purpose is to be converted. But these characters are likeable, even the murderous bully Terry.
An intersting plot twist is the reject conversion of the town cop, who stays in the back of the mind of one alien constantly criticizing his every move and decision, even making fun of his attempts to convert the mailman. You can definetly tell that Cesare is a horror movie fan of the genre. The plot is nothing new or original but fun all the same. You have your typical characters: the nerd who says the day, the jock, the gorgeous heroine, the bully, the alien queen, and her Remsfield/Igor henchman.
The novel was slow getting to the action and dragged in areas but did have numerous gross-out scenes to make up for the sluggish parts.
I would have liked to know the origin of these aliens, which is never explaned and why they came to Earth in the first place. Overall, the novel was enjoyable if not slow to get into. With an awesome opening I was expecting a much better read. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this book a 6
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I'm really beginning to appreciate Brett McBean's incredible writing versatility! Read more
My first time to read an Adam Cesare book and I enjoyed it immensely. This story was a bit nostalgic for me as it takes place in the 80's and reminds me of being a kid watching... Read morePublished 4 months ago by kenny hughes
Wow! I am afraid that I am now addicted to buying books at horror conventions! A great first experience with such and with this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nikki
A fantastic book. Every part of it brings up a nostalgia for a genre of film that I miss.Published 5 months ago by Chris
Another good read from Adam Cesare, the guy just never lets me down. Video Night is like a well written novelization of an awesome 80's drive in flick that never was. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joshua Thomas
I'm enjoying the story, but I'm missing chapters. How does this happen? Now I have no idea what's going on. Has anyone else had this problem with this book? Read morePublished 11 months ago by natalie calamante
Adam Cesare's VIDEO NIGHT brings to mind classic B-movie horror films from the 80's in the best possible way. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jarrid Deaton
This book was awesome, I love when I read something from an author I have never heard of and it turns out to be this good. Read morePublished 14 months ago by justin
I thoroughly enjoyed this innovative horror novel. I hated putting it down and found myself saying "ew!" frequently...all signs of a great read!Published 14 months ago by Carol Chenevey