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Publisher's Summary

"You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don't cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites."

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino - one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named Tubby who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year-old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some unhuman) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

©2015 Stygian LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kirby Heyborne works his vocal magic in a story that is, by turns, amusing and blood curdling.... Heyborne is in his element as he creates the garbled language and horrifying growls and howls of the fearsome trolls. He’s equally at home voicing teens and adults, particularly the stuttering local sheriff." ( AudioFile)

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Not as good as the cartoon, but still awesome.

I very much enjoyed this book. The narrator kind of bugged me, but the story was a ton of fun. It was very interesting to see the changes between the book and the cartoon. While I do feel the cartoon is (ironically) better, it is fun to compare the differences between the two. This one is much more like a live-action movie, with much more grit, blood and true monsters. It's fun, and I recommend it.

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Wonderful!!

Absolutely incredible!!! I originally became interested in this title due to a show on Netflix and this book is sooo much better than what was produced for television. it is wonderfully written and performed.

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Awesome performance!

Elementary to middle school level enjoyment. Kirby Heybourne was awesome as narrator. He's very enjoyable to listen to.

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Unexpectedly Excellent

So fun and entertaining, no reservations... I was dubious, but was quickly won over w/ the flippant humor, as well as the impressively conceived yarn;) Usually not a fan of the genre in general, but this one makes me reconsider that opinion... Reminded me a bit of John Connoly's Samuel Johnson/Biddlecombe books - The Gates, The Infernals, and The Creeps... Similar use of humor w/ the slightly gothic setting/mood... Silly - yes fantastical - yes worth a read - no question... I read it in one sitting w/ a slight break for sleep... Certainly worth the credit... The only negative, and it's a small one, is the the narrator is smidge slow, but played well at 1.25x... Go for it, you'll thank me...

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Absolutely epic book

Only thing I didn’t care for was the narrator. I feel it could’ve been better.

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average

not as good as animated series. much more needed. without the amulet essentially granting them magic powers and putting them on even keel with trolls. I don't see how a teenage boy regardless of skill with a blade WITHOUT magic armor that weighs between 100-120lbs could content with 10ft 1 ton trolls let alone giant ass trolls. Defenitly more dark than the TV series but the book is just lacking where the show doesn't. if they'd made this into say three books and had Merlin's amulet involved and the book series followed James lake thru his adventures and sub plots all while building towards an inevitable climax with Gunmar, that would have been amazing.

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loved it, but...

loved the book, but the show is still more of a favorite. I do love how the book is a bit more violent and doesn't dodge swear words. However, the show is more rounded and the characters are much more developed and loveable. I do wish they made Claire as bad ass as she was in the book transfer over to the show.
Still, a good listen. Deff recommended.

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Nothing like the series

First and foremost: if you’re hoping that this book is like the series (the way I was), it’s not. It’s like trying to compare LEGO Batman to The Dark Knight trilogy: two completely different stories and tones, headed under the same title.

The story isn’t necessarily bad, but it and the characters are NOTHING like the show, which I adore with the fervor of a thousand suns. The similarities are practically as bare minimum as characters having the same first names. The characters also lack that quality that makes them endearing in the show and if anything, they become irritating.

The writing is eloquent and beautifully detailed, but to the point where it takes 20 minutes just to describe something that doesn’t really need to be put so far in depth. I appreciate the intention of giving attention to detail, but it gets very tedious and mind numbing.

The narrator was so dull, and combined with the drawn out descriptions, it was just painful to listen to. In the book, Claire is British and listening to this guy trying to be a (badly written and cliche) British high school girl gave me a migraine.

Overall, I found this book disappointing.

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  • 08-25-17

awesome book great story

I loved this book I finished it in two days even though it is about 300 pages

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Paid by the word, are we?

The extreme verbosity got tiresome to the point of tedious about 1/3 of the way in. It was clever at first, but to hear such lengthy and overly-poetic descriptions of purposefully disgusting details when the reader just wants to hear the story move forward, that was too much.

It felt like the authors (and I respect del Toro immensely for his cinematic works) were trying too hard to be literary, trying too hard to be impressive. And just like when someone tries too hard to be funny, it seldom works out well.

As much as I enjoyed the Netflix animated series (which is almost NOTHING like this book,) I actually had to stop this book and leave it as it rounded the halfway point and showed no signs of getting better.

(Skipping ahead to hear little bits and pieces of the writing style in later chapters, the tone sounded exactly the same as the first. This kind of writing leaves the work as a whole, flat, monochrome, motionless.)

I'm afraid I couldn't recommend this book to anyone except those who simply enjoy reading pages upon pages of oh-so-clever descriptions of offal, character components, and detritus.