Review Notes: The Nightmare Room by R.L. Stine

The last time I did review notes was back in the winter of 2009, when I read a lot of books and didn’t want to fall too behind in my reviewing. Sound familiar? Yeah. I actually really liked doing review notes, so I’m going to try doing them again for July (interspersed with regular reviews for books that need to be fully reviewed).

62.-64. The Nightmare Room by R.L. Stine
Publication: HarperCollins (May 24, 2005), Paperback, 432pp / ISBN 0060766743
Genre: MG Horror

Read: July 3-4, 2011
Source: Library Book Sale

Summary from Amazon:

You hold in your hand the key to a shadow world of shivers and screams. Take a step away from the safe, comfortable world you know. Unlock the door to terror. There’s always room for one more in … The Nightmare Room.

A Triple threat

Danielle hypnotized her brother as a joke —
but now she can’t wake him up!
DON’T FORGET ME!

Will Luke defeat the evil Fate Master who lives in his locker? Or will he pass the curse on to his best friend?
LOCKER 13

Maggie has her palm read at a carnival —
and then the terrifying accidents begin!
MY NAME IS EVIL

Notes

– This is the omnibus I was talking about on Monday.
– Like all collections, some stories were stronger than others. My favorite was the last, My Name is Evil. It had a decent mystery, genuinely scary horror bits, and a good twist at the end. (There’s always a twist with Stine, so that totally isn’t a spoiler.)
– The first story, Don’t Forget Me, was really good for most of the story except right at the end. The twist? Made no sense. The second story, Locker 13, was just silly. (It was also a kind of morality tale, which I liked. But it was also silly.)
– The strongest part of any RLS book is the spookiness. The weakest? The characters/dialogue. There was a lot of “nooooooooo” in these books. A lot.
My Name is Evil also had a huge infodump about three of the secondary characters (who were triplets) that was just unnecessary considering that RLS then went on to make sure they all acted differently anyway. Normally wouldn’t infodumps be used as an excuse to NOT make the characters any different from one another?
– I totally did appreciate that he didn’t use that excuse, btw.
– Look, it’s not high literature, but it was damned entertaining and I liked revisiting my childhood for a bit. I guess it would also be a good place to start out reading RLS if you never have before?

Rating


Average rating for all three books. Fun to read, but not my favorite Stine books by any means.

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