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The creator of Alex Rider follows his two Horowitz Horror anthologies with a new collection of 14 bloody stories. A would-be writer seeking revenge for stolen ideas stalks and apparently kills author Darren Shan (is this wish fulfillment?). In the far future, a robot nanny malfunctions with horrifying consequences. A girl finds herself put up for auction when her family's finances tank and is terrified when she discovers what the bidders plan to do with her should they win. The standouts of this uneven collection include the false introduction and conclusion supposedly written by others and a bad dream recounted in verse. Good kids find themselves trapped in bizarre situations and bad kids get just what they deserve and more every time. Inconsistent Americanization and lengthy setups mar these at-times predictable tales. An overreliance on grisly moments and contrived twists for what scares there are guarantees there's nothing to keep the lights on late, just occasional ick. Fans of the previous collections will be right at home. (Horror/short stories. 9-13)
Posted July 7, 2013
Horowitz writing is just flawless and his horror stories really are amazing. The plots are original and the stories are both gory and pyschological which i find fascinating. My favorite one was Bet Your Life. Highly recommended if you like horror.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 13, 2012
In my opinion, being a huge fan of everything horror,this was amazing. Not extremely scary to me (but this is coming from someone who has been reading horror since age 5 and whose favorite book is by Stephen King - enough said) but creepy, twisted, and entirely enjoyable to any horror fan.
I particularly loved Bet Your Life (especially the end of that story) Are You Sitting Comfortably, and Power (in both of which the ending was entirely deserved, so long as it is, in fact, only a story).
If horror of any type gives you nightmares, hoeever, I do not reccomend reading this before sleeping. Overall, a fanastic collection of short stories.
Posted June 13, 2012
Posted February 10, 2012
Anthony Horowitz shows another of him that I've never seen before in my life! Especially when it came to the game show story "Bet Your Life". "Bloody Horowitz" is definitly a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2012
This was really good book (not at all sscary to me) but the stories are pretty messed up. The weirdest ones were the X train and bet your life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2011
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