The world's oldest celebration comes to life in The End of Summer: Thirteen Tales of Halloween, an anthology that honors the darkest and strangest night of the year. Each story is designed to be intrinsically and intimately about Halloween - its traditions, its myths, and its effects - and they run the gamut from horrifying to heartbreaking.
Halloween night is the tapestry through which a haunted house, a monstrous child, a late-night drive to a mysterious destination, and other tales are weaved. Demons are faced, death is defied, and love is tested. And not everyone makes it out alive. The End of Summer has arrived.
©2013 J. Tonzelli/AuthorMike Ink (P)2014 AuthorMike Ink
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"Spooky Halloween Fun!"
Yes! It was a wonderful, spooky read!
Seriously creepy. The stories stayed with me for several days...and nights.
What makes this book particularly creepy is that most of the scares are based on human nature and the problems we can create for ourselves and others. This book is very well written and the characters are real and complex.
It makes it feel like you are being told a story around a campfire.
The Halloween Girl of Coldsprings. So, so creepy!
Again, this is an amazing read. It's Halloween for kids and adults. Not gory or violent, just very insightful and very effective at giving the reader nightmares!
"profanity, no pause between stories, confusing"
Too much profanity. There is no clear break between stories and with the same narrator reading all stories (well at least as far as I got) it's hard to know when one story ended and another began. Very confusing!!
"I would have enjoyed it more"
If it weren't for all the cursing. It adds nothing to a story and gets old.
Generally better stories. This wasn't a terrible series and some of these stories really did stand out. In particular the story about the uncle who visits his nephews and niece every year, the young man who confesses feelings for the girl he works with, the Halloween Girl, and the one about the old farmer who allows some salesmen to make his land into a haunted ride every year. It's also not too difficult to get attached to the characters even in the subpar stories.
However, most of the 'horror' stories were very repetitive. The same theme again and again of someone being haunted by a person they'd murdered in the near or distant past. There were even a few times when I found myself just being annoyed with the direction the author took his story in. For example, with the young man who finally confesses his love (no spoilers on how the girl reacts), the author randomly throws into the story a masked psycho coming into the store and stealing a knife. But it never plays out in any way, shape, or form. So why add it?
All that aside, the horror stories were either repetitive, or just seemed to dawdle off into nothing. There could have been more variety, not relying on the theme that someone is being haunted by a person they either on purpose or accidentally killed. The majority of the stories didn't have much of a resolution either. In particular the haunting stories. They were just vignettes about something the character is experiencing, but nothing dynamic happens. The character doesn't try to change anything. They just say "this is what's happening and it's been happening for years, and that's that I suppose."
The narrator had the same inflection most of the time. He sounded about as bored reading as I felt listening.
This isn't a TERRIBLE book. There are a few good stories in here, that made me go "awe" and even one that made me teary. And the author does do a great job of getting you emotionally invested in the characters. What can be frustrating though is when you're emotionally invested, and the character either makes no effort to change, or it results in a very lackluster climax.
"good not great"
ok the main thing id like to say is that the reader sounded like he'd been reading out loud all day, and this was his last book before he got to go home. he sounded careful, as to not mess up but not enthusiastic. you'll understand once you hear him. so I cant fairly rate the stories, I feel the reading takes away from them and they might be better than I think.
with that being said, his voice isn't annoying, just blah, and the stories do make you feel very Halloweenie.
so don't expect a great work of literature, but it is a fun read, like a young adults quality book.
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