Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Review of #9 Heart of the Hunter by RL Stine

Name of book: Heart of the Hunter

Author Name: R.L Stine

ISBN: 0-671-00296-1

Publisher: Archway paperback

Part of a Series: Fear Street Sagas: prequels: A New Fear, House of Whispers, Forbidden Secrets, The Sign of Fear, sequels: Daughters of Silence, Children of Fear, Dance of Death...all the way to The Hand of Power

Type of book: Young adult, 1792, 1795, horror, Fier Saga


Year it was published: October 1997

Summary:

A medicine woman tells Jamie FIer that she knows hot he can win the heart of the girl he loves. But it will cost him. She gives Jamie a potion to drink. And that night, when the moon is full, Jamie finds himself transforming-into a wolf!

With each full moon, he transforms again. But if his true love sees him while he is in the form of a wolf, he will remain a wolf...forever.

Characters:

Although the characters lack dimension, they are not alike and have more dimension to them. That is Laura is the selfish girl, Amanda is the girl that cares for Jamie, and so on. I do wish that more information on Withering Woman would be given, but alas that is up to the reader to interpret her.

Theme:

You never know who loves you, or who your true love is. Don't make foolish bargains for something that might be permanent.

Plot:

There are a few technical things that bothered me. If one's hair gets pulled by the roots, then the hair doesn't grow back, does it? Also in the second part, the year should have been 1795, not 1781. This is told from Jamie's point of view, third person narrative.

Author Information:

R.L Stine was born on October 8th 1943 and is most famous for other Fear Street series along with Goosebumps series and Nightmare Room. Goosebumps and Nightmare Room were made into TV series ages ago.

Opinion:

This is longer (with exception of books 11-16) and strangely enough somewhat enjoyable, although as a teenager this is not the book I really enjoyed. I didn't like the way Native Americans were portrayed though, and in someways this smelt of those special "white hero" movies. (Something like The Last Samurai for example, except it's a children's version sort of.) Still though, there is much more to the book than what the summary mentioned. (The love triangle for instance, revenge, curse) It also ends unexpectedly.

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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