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Summary

"The Last Final Girl is like Quentin Tarantino's take on The Cabin in the Woods. Bloody, absurd, and smart. Plus, there's a killer in a Michael Jackson mask." (Carlton Mellick III, author of Apeshit)

Life in a slasher film is easy. You just have to know when to die.

Aerial View: A suburban town in Texas. Everyone's got an automatic garage door opener. All the kids jump off a perilous cliff into a shallow river as a rite of passage. The sheriff is a local celebrity. You know this town. You're from this town.

Zoom In: Homecoming princess, Lindsay. She's just barely escaped death at the hands of a brutal, sadistic murderer in a Michael Jackson mask. Up on the cliff, she was rescued by a horse and bravely defeated the killer, alone, bra-less. Her story is already a legend. She's this town's heroic final girl, their virgin angel.

Monster Vision: Halloween masks floating down that same river the kids jump into. But just as one slaughter is not enough for Billie Jean, our masked killer, one victory is not enough for Lindsay. Her high school is full of final girls, and she's not the only one who knows the rules of the game.

When Lindsay chooses a host of virgins, misfits, and former final girls to replace the slaughtered members of her original homecoming court, it's not just a fight for survival - it's a fight to become The Last Final Girl.

©2012 Stephen Graham Jones (P)2018 Journalstone Publishing

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Too meta for its own good

This book had some nice ideas, but in reality was a bit messy. The idea of telling a story like a film didn't work unfortunately, and the story itself ended up being fairly unsurprising.

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  • 11-12-20

interesting idea, poor execution

the concept was interesting but the execution wasn't great. hard to follow and disappointing

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  • MamaBear
  • 16-10-21

Love the author, loathe the narrator

Stephen Graham Jones is one of my favorite authors. He’s witty, sardonic, smart, and has a great read on culture, whether that’s pop culture, Blackfeet culture, or middle American mainstream culture. I’ve been looking forward to this book, and it makes a great double bill with Grady Hendrix’ “The Final Girl Support Group.”

Unfortunately, they chose the worst narrator possible for this project. Eric G. Dove always sounds like he’s mocking Dan Rather. His accent is so broadly middle America that he sounds like a parody of himself half the time. His women are too high pitched, and in this project he sounds like he’s contemptuous of all the female characters, and many of the male ones. He over acts.

The characterization is carried by the fine writing. I don’t need Dove acting it out like a high school theater production.

I’m going to try to go a little bit further with this, but I’m afraid I’ll just have to return the audiobook and get a print copy, before Dove ruins the novel for me.

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  • J. Nickey
  • 25-08-21

Meh

A meta-slasher story somewhat in the style of Scream sounds like something I would have loved, but this one missed the mark for me. I appreciate what the author was trying to do here, but the writing just felt all over the place and messy. I had trouble staying interested in what was happening.