Well, all I can say is, are you kidding me? This is in no way a horror book, its an idealistic christian fantasy. Textbook cliche angel/devil on the shoulder situations. The most boring book I've ever experienced. Unfortunately for me, I had to suffer through to the end.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
Not a bad book, nothing like I was expecting. You learn a lot about the Mormon faith, which is interesting and crucial to the story, since it drives the actions of the parents.
It's a little disconnected, but it makes sense if you're patient. I actually got emotional towards the end, and that's goog because it means I was involved.
The tension comes from the transplanted family and the horrors of a new job, new school, new experiences. The actualy "ghost" part is woven through, but it's subtle - very subtle. You won't see the end coming and that's good, but you may be tired of the story before then.
It was my first OSC story, and I may go back for more.
Wow, I think my review would be more interesting than this excuse of a horror slash fantasy slash 13 hour sob story.
The best part of this aubile release was the author talking at the end and confirming why the book sucked so much. Card, inspired by Steven King, tried to combine his own life with horror and failed.
This book was 14 hours long. 13 of those hours were nothing more than us following around a computer programmer with a very boring life. The first 13 hours of this book were about how the main character is struggling financially. What made it even more boring was the fact that the author knew little or nothing about computers or programming so the story was silly and pathetic. The computer lingo used was comical and painful to listen to at the same time. Any child of age 15 knows more than the supposed computer programmer of this story.
Theres no sci fi in this story what so ever. Theres no fantasy and theres no horror. This is basically something that an amateur would write in an attempt to create a horror story.
Towards the end theres a mention of a child playing a computer game that didnt exist. The game was never found on a disc and it was never located in computer memory. Note: this is before hard drives even existed so that should give you an idea of how outdated this story is. Thats it. Thats all that is mentioned about this mystery game. If youre confused so am I because the author just dropped that into the story and forgot about it.
Theres so much about this book that was bad. Poor story, weak characters, weak plot, NO plot, poor, poor, poor. The book is a series of ideas and mini stories dropped into a bowl and mixed together in hopes of creating 1 meal of a story. I think Orson Scott Card got lucky with Enders Game but his stories are pretty bad overall.
It's interesting to see previous reviews - people have either really liked it or hated it. Other than maybe the last 15 minutes, I'm baffled as to how anyone could have truly enjoyed this book - I stuck it out only because of the promise of some kind of excitement. The first 3/4 of this book is spent on this family's (boring) daily activity - no hint of anything even being amiss. And when the "suspense" hits, it lasts for about 10 minutes. If you're looking for a book describing the daily activities of a Mormon family, this is the book for you.
This book inspired the special mix of sympathy and pity that is reserved for truly disappointing people. This transparent autobiography puts all of Orson Scott Card's ordinary-ness on display. Clunky suspense genre elements are conspicuously grafted onto the mundane problems of his family life. How can a man with such expansive imagination lead such a dull existance? Lost Boys fails both as a thriller and as a memoir.