2015 Reading Challenge: Pair 22

22. “Goosebumps series” by R.L. Stine & “Harbor” by John Ajvide LindQvist 

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The two books in this pair are “Goosebumps series” by R.L. Stine and “Harbor” by John Ajvide Lindqvist.  Here is the note from the BuzzFeed article:

John Ajvide Lindqvist is the master of old-school horror, and his eery ghost story Harbor will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks. Set in the icy desolation of a fictional Scandinavian island, Lindqvist creates a world of mysterious disappearances, dark magic, stalking phantoms, and an angry and insatiable sea.

Do you agree these were good compliments?  What did you think of the books themselves?

Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post.  Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!

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I am really not a very big horror / mystery fan generally, but I figured I’d give these a shot for the sake of the challenge.  And let me tell you, I DREADED reading these books.  I was totally creeped out by “Goosebumps” even as I found the characters annoying and unrealistic.  “Harbor” on the other hand, I just couldn’t finish so I’m not sure if I can say this is an honest comparison.

That being said, however, from the half I did read I would definitely say the suspense building and “grown up” monsters was certainly well done.  Although I found “Harbor” excruciatingly slow, if you love suspense, I think it’d be perfect for you.  I’ll be sure to recommend it to my friends who love seeing the latest scary movies.