Many stories move too quickly for characters to stop and think, but I always love seeing thought on the page or on the film. There’s a lot of thinking here. Faced with an extremely weird situation, a highschool student stops, repeatedly, to consider fresh information and fresh experiences, to see how they fit in: is she comfortable with this? How does that work? Would you really? And also, friends are terribly important to the story, which could easily be ignored in favor of a love triangle.
It's a very grounded and realistic book for one with such a high-concept basis.
Dreams are weird, but how much weirder would it be not to dream? Ever? Something bad has happened, and now Sophie has to try to rescue her parents and make everything right again with the help of a snarky little monster and the first friends she's ever made.
Fun, a little creepy without being too creepy, a strong adventure story. With an absolutely fabulous monster. An excellent choice for fans of Monsters, Inc.
This is a book for anyone who revels in a well-designed book. It is a spot-on parody of Ikea Style: the naming conventions, the item descriptions, the focus on lifestyle. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the front and rear covers. Seriously, the book earns five stars on art direction and layout alone.
But that's not all. You also get a scathing satire on big box stores, corporate business culture, and consumerism nicely balanced by a kind and nuanced view of the employees who keep the machine running. So, five stars for punching up with your jokes, Hendrix.
And, of course, five stars for the horror, which manages to be both very traditional, shades of Hill house, and modern, with a team out trying to shoot footage that will become a Ghost Hunters kind of reality show.
It's funny, it's creepy as hell, and it is spot-on. Enjoy.