Monday, December 20, 2010

Book Review of #3 the Burning By R.L Stine

Name of book: The Burning

Author Name: R.L Stine

ISBN: 0-671-86833-0

Publisher: Archway Paperback, Parachute Inc

Type of book: Kid to young adult, attempt at being historical, horror

Year it was published: October 1993


Simon Fear thought changing his name would stop the evil. He was wrong-dead wrong.
After generations of unspeakable horror, it is up to Daniel and Nora, brought together by their fateful love, to unite the feuding families. But is their forbidden love strong enough to withstand such awesome evil?
Poor Nora-desperate to tell the truth and bury the family curse…before it buries her.

Characters: Again the characters are interesting and somewhat fascinating for one dimensional characters. I do have problem with Angelica though. In the novel we get a chance to get a glimpse at her thoughts and actions and behavior. In thoughts, there is no indication that she thought Simon was her soul-mate until later on in the novel when he confesses his deeds to her, and its hard to believe that any character would be so cold blooded about everything, but at least in future Fear Street Sagas her character in The Burning matches up to House of Whispers and Daughters of Silence.

Theme: s Novel-wise, I am not sure of the message the author is trying to send. This book is written more for entertainment and continuity than for anything else in my view.

Plot: Okay, so in the previous review I mentioned some inconsistencies in plot that the series suffered from. One of those will be what is mentioned The Secret, which is that one of the characters is the last of the Goodes. If that person is the last of the family, then that means no descendants or relatives or anything of the sort. Wrong though. In second section of the book, about the Fear family, a maid named Goode joins the household. How is that possible? (The character from the previous book is in his teens I believe, and didn't marry anyone.) Also, if one is to continue reading Fear Street Sagas, which is kind of a continuation of The Fear Street Saga, there is another inconsistency: in beginning of the first book of the second series, Nora is pregnant, but throughout The Fear Street Saga she never once indicated or mentioned that she was pregnant.

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: s This is probably more entertaining than previous The Fear Street Saga novels and like in previous book, the title refers to the events in the book, but besides that there is not much else I can say or mention. I sometimes feel that the author writes purely for the money than for anything else. 

2 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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