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4.0 out of 5 stars SCHOOL DAYS...SCHOOL DAYS...GOOD OLD FASHIONED SCHOOL DAYS...
I am a big fan of Bentley Little, as he is truly one of the most intriguing horror novelists around, With his penchant for taking the mundane and weaving it into a no holds-barred horror story, he has little equal in the genre.

That being said, this latest offering by the author is set in a high school that has undergone a transformation. It has gone from...
Published on 22 Aug. 2008 by Lawyeraau

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1.0 out of 5 stars Tired of this! I want stories!
I am sick and tired of Bentley Little's social satires poorly masked as horror novels.

I don't want to know about home owners association, giant stores that crush small businesses, insurance companies, disgruntled postal workers... and on and on and ON. Enough already! This book is just another way of Little getting back at something that happened to him... No...
Published on 29 Oct. 2008 by Ricardo Rebelo


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SCHOOL DAYS...SCHOOL DAYS...GOOD OLD FASHIONED SCHOOL DAYS..., 22 Aug. 2008
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Academy (Mass Market Paperback)
I am a big fan of Bentley Little, as he is truly one of the most intriguing horror novelists around, With his penchant for taking the mundane and weaving it into a no holds-barred horror story, he has little equal in the genre.

That being said, this latest offering by the author is set in a high school that has undergone a transformation. It has gone from being a district school to being an independent charter school, and therein lies the rub. Newly independent, the principal takes independency to new heights. Unfettered and unrestrained, everyday concepts of discipline, learning, and loyalty take on new meaning. The teachers, as well as the students, slowly succumb, one by one, to this novel and horrific approach to education. As they do, the school becomes a very scary place indeed, with survival just a hope in one's heart.

As with all Bentley novels, there are some truly horrifying and shocking moments throughout. Though it is somewhat formulaic and has the usual pitfalls that are seemingly the norm with Bentley's novels, such as subplots that go nowhere, unresolved plot issues, and a race to the finish line at the end, it is the journey that is enjoyable, more so than the arrival at one's destination. So, fasten your seatbelts, as it will be a somewhat bumpy ride. Still, as one gets off this rollercoaster, one can be sure that one would willingly clamber aboard again.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the academy, 24 Aug. 2008
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every page of this novel oozes it,s deadly charm like a fine glass of champagne laced with arsenic.bentley has delvered yet another classic which chills the blood but makes us roar with laughter at the same time. pure genius. one classic example,the cheerleaders are asked to take off their panteys because the heavy under garments are ruining their co-ordination, then they are asked to kick high when they are dancing.bentley has charmed us all for many years, he is simply the greatest horror author of our generation, this novel seals that fact.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired of this! I want stories!, 29 Oct. 2008
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Ricardo Rebelo (Gondomar Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Academy (Mass Market Paperback)
I am sick and tired of Bentley Little's social satires poorly masked as horror novels.

I don't want to know about home owners association, giant stores that crush small businesses, insurance companies, disgruntled postal workers... and on and on and ON. Enough already! This book is just another way of Little getting back at something that happened to him... No credible story, cardboard characters, all the elements of a very bad novel are here.

What bugs me is that Bentley Little used to be a great writer. The SUMMONING and REVELATION are two of the finest horror novels ever. I love them! Somewhere down the line he has lost it and now the stuff he writes should be in the back page of some social magazine. Not in the horror shelve.

The other thing that bugs me is that I keep buying them (although only reading the first 50 pages or so before I give up in frustration) in hopes that he has somehow gotten back on track. Those hopes are diminishing fast...
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