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Avg. Rating: 3.5
I dunno'.....I thought it was just okay...........I guess....
Personally I'm a huge fan of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies. When I was younger, Freddy scared the living crap outta' me! I've seen all the movies and I loved them all in their own way, part 3 being my favorite. I've also seen the television show (it was horrible as expected) and have read some of the older books and graphic novels. That being said, I had high hopes for this book. So far I enjoyed the books that came from Black Flame publishers, FRIDAY THE 13th being really enjoyable to read. I think David Bishop missed the mark with this one. To me it seemed like he never watched a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movie before. He made Freddy seem more "nasty" I guess but he didn't use his dark, creative humor like in the movies. He made Freddy seem a little "off base" if you ask me. Another thing I didn't like about the story was most of the teenagers in it. They seemed very annoying, especially the basketball player who was just over the top with his anger. The only person I liked in the story was the main girl and (spoiler coming up) she dosn't even have a happy ending! I'm not saying that every Horror story or movie needs a happy ending. Usually at the end of a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movie, Freddy was always sent back to Hell. Trapped in his nightmare world. At the end of this book it just feels like a set up for the following novel. Over all I feel this story is a rough start for the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET novels and hopefully with the different authors on future books, things start to pick up. Being the huge Horror fan that I am, I'm still going to buy more in the series. I have high hopes yet for the future books. Don't like my negative review stop anyone from getting into the Black Flame stories. It's truely a wonderful book company for us Horror fans. David Bishop just didn't handle Freddy all that well. Hopefully the series gets better with different authors.
This story takes plsce 2-3 years after Freddy vs Jason
I thought this book was really good. I found a couple of spelling errors, besides that I thought the storyline was really good. The author did a really good job with the characters especially Freddy. I like how the author told that the story takes place a couple of years after Freddy vs Jason. I can't wait to read the next book in the series "Dreamspawn". I am hoping it well be as good as the first book.
Not worth it if you've seen the movies.
First off, I am a devoted fan of the series, even though they have strayed from the truth of what Krueger was, and that is a murderer, pure and simple. Anyway, the first book of the post-Freddy vs. Jason era is nothing but an author's wet dream, starring Freddy Krueger. His dialogue is unoriginal, an exact duplicate of everything spoken in the movies (save the parts about his lust for the star character, Alex), and his actions are too bland, even for Freddy Krueger. The author's bland attempts at trying to bring the older series into play, primarily from the original, become overbearing. The first time you read it, you think "Oh yeah, I remember that, ha ha." The tenth time, you have to ask the question, "Is he trying to retell the first movie, or what?" The characters are obvious, their actions and reactions are predictable, and you have a hard time deciding whether or not it is a dream or reality. Just like Jack Sholder conveyed in Freddy's Revenge, you either bring Freddy into reality, or you have him in a nightmare, not both just to make things easier for the extremely boring plotline. So far, the story has been a big disappointment, just your basic horror word porn. True, there are deaths, blood, mutilated limbs, things that have become Nightmare staples, but the plot is a copycat mix of 15% Nightmare 1, 60% Nightmare 3, 5% Nightmare 2, and 20% Freddy vs. Jason. If you have seen these movies, save the 8 bucks, or buy Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams. It costs a little more,but at least you get seven stories, most of which are being copied for this new series of abominations using the Freddy Krueger image as a sales icon, not a seal of quality. The only reason I give this book 2 unworthy stars out of five is that he took the idea of dream powers one step further than Nightmare 3, and allowed them to use them in the real world, but then again, I just think David Bishop was having a hard time himself, discerning what was real and what was a dream. Freddy is a hard character to write for, and like I said earlier, they did a much better job in Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams. Freddy is not a gimmick, or an excuse to swear every other word. Fred Krueger is evil in it's purest form.
Well, until this new series anyways.
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