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SCHOOL DAYS...SCHOOL DAYS...GOOD OLD FASHIONED SCHOOL DAYS...,
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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Initial post: 4 Oct 2008 13:15:43 BDT
Best review of any of Bentley Little's books I've read and a perfect summation of how his books, all his books, exhibit the same pitfalls.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2008 12:29:09 BDT
Thanks you, Lark! I very much appreciated your comment.
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