“Wonderful from beginning to end - one of my favourite books ever.”David Gibson wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Such a great title, but not such a great story. The first 2/3's spent wandering through the past and to or through each character's houses to set up the "suspense." This, and the abrupt change from a book with characters that apologize for cursing to scenes of cold-blooded murder & mayhem just didn't gibe for me. ”
“Really well written as far as the coming-of-age theme goes. Lots of longing on Dwight's part for Slim. By the time I got to the end of the book, I didn't care much about what had happened to the other boy because of what he had done.
It dragged on a bit, but I was okay with that. Some eyebrow raising scenarios were suggested about some of the relationships within the book, which I found interesting. The scariest part to me was the twins waiting on the road a few weeks before the climatic scenes in the book. I don't know why they showed up at the end, other than just happenstance. Slim was way too unbelievable there at the end, sadly, though I still admire her competence. The ending fizzled for me.”
“The Traveling Vampire Show turned out to be a great read! I had to sit and debate with myself over whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars. I went with 4 stars because if it were worthy of 5, I shouldn't have had to think about it.
Anyways, the characterization in this novel is excellent. I really felt as if I got to know these three kids--Dwight, Rusty, and Slim. Dwight is the good, pretty much all American kid. Rusty is the little perv of the group. You know something is "off" with this kid pretty early on. As the book continues, you really see Rusty push the limits. Slim (female) is a little badass. I love the way she handles a bow and arrow. She's strong willed, brave, and really likeable. She and Dwight are smitten with each other as well.
The Traveling Vampire Show has come to town and some of the audience aren't going to make it out alive. The whole novel takes place in one day, so there is a lot happening to hold your interest. This is really a cool book and very highly recommended!
“Read like an early work. Liked it a little less than Among the Missing. The ending almost redeemed the amateurish writing. But as always, I can't put Laymon down until the end because he is often unexpected. ”Joshua A wrote this review Sunday, November 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a ride! Very well written. Sucks you in from the beginning and keeps the tension up all the way through.”Shelley W wrote this review Wednesday, August 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fun read, not very scary, seems most suitable for teenagers. The Kindle edition has about 50 typos; very distracting.”bracdiver wrote this review Thursday, July 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Laymon is a stranger writer to me. He has incredible story ideas that float outside the bounds of normality, but often leave me wanting more at the end. This story is a mix of coming of age with, what else, vampires. Grin. Fun read, good characters and just downright cool. ”Michael Stark wrote this review Thursday, February 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First Richard Laymon book I've read and found it bittersweet. The book starts of fine but loses its mystery and becomes tedious at around 50 pages. From then on till page 200, I was bored and took a hiatus from reading this. I visited back and found the last pages very thrilling and astounding. The book does a very good job of baiting you to read this. The book deals with sex, fighting, abuse, and, of course, vampires. ”REBEL wrote this review Saturday, January 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No