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Penpal por Dathan Auerbach
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Penpal (original 2012; edição 2012)

por Dathan Auerbach (Autor)

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"Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel. How much do you remember about your childhood? In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you'll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life and the lives of those around him"--Amazon.com… (mais)
Membro:JamesT1
Título:Penpal
Autores:Dathan Auerbach (Autor)
Informação:1000Vultures (2012), Edition: 1st Edition, 252 pages
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Avaliação:****
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I love books that keep you guessing throughout the story. When I heard about Penpal by Dathan Auerbach through a Facebook group I'm in, it sounded right up my alley. However, I was left with so many questions after finishing the book.

The premise for the plot of Penpal is an interesting one. I liked how Auerbach uses the narrator's memories to lead us up to big reveal of what the horrible thing is. However, the execution of this is where it falls short. The memories are out of chronological order which makes things confusing. There were times where I had to really think about what I was reading and try to place it before or after another memory I had read about. Putting the memories in chronological order would have really benefitted this book much better. I will say the pacing was great for Penpal though. I did find myself wanting to know what would happen. The suspense throughout was fantastic! However, I felt the ending was a bit anti-climatic considering all that had happened. By the ending, I was left feeling so confused! I can't really say too much, but there were some things that just didn't make sense. Some of my questions were answered by scouring the internet for answers, but many of my questions about the book went unanswered. I also noticed many had the same questions I had. On the plus side, there were no cliff hangers.

While the narrator and his best friend felt fairly fleshed out, I felt that the author missed their voice when they were children. I just felt that that when they were kids, they would not be talking or acting the way they did. I also felt that the parents needed to keep an eye on their children better! The narrator is never named which I think helps with the suspense of this book. I did like the characters and empathized with the narrator, but as I've stated previously, the author really needed to work on the voice of his characters as children to give them a more realistic feel.

Trigger warnings for Penpal include death, attempted murder, some profanity, implied pedophilia, violence, and kidnapping.

Overall, Penpal is a confusing book, but I did enjoy the writing style. With some rewriting, this book could be really good and even have the potential to be a great idea for a film. I'd recommend Penpal by Dathan Auerbach to those 16+ who like to figure things out on their own, but be prepared to be left with many questions after you've finished reading it. ( )
  khal_khaleesi | May 13, 2021 |
Excellent book.

This story had me so jumpy. One of the scariest books I've read in a long time. Definitely recommend it ( )
  Gotcha3613 | Apr 21, 2021 |
I decided to give this book a try because there was a free audio version available.

This book provides the standard psycho stalker fare. The favorite trick of using a family pet as an emotional hostage was pulled out of the hackneyed hat and trotted out once again. Apply the same treatment to the love interest........and the best friend.

I'm an old school horror fan, I've been there and read that. Any author who wants to get a five star rating out of me better come up with something truly original and frightening. This was a valiant attempt from a first time author; don't be downhearted, Dathan Auerbach; I've given lower ratings to the King of horror; you're in good company. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
3.5? Maybe, need to process this one... ( )
  tattooedreader13 | Aug 27, 2020 |
This book has the perfect kind of slow, creeping horror.

In every chapter there is something not quite right or just plain strange, but it's never overwhelming. There's just enough to keep you on edge and unnerve you.

Each chapter gives you another piece of the larger puzzle and things will be referenced that were previously only mentioned in passing.

This book was quite well done and I really enjoyed it. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
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"Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel. How much do you remember about your childhood? In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you'll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life and the lives of those around him"--Amazon.com

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