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The Boy Who Killed Demons (2014)

by Dave Zeltserman(Favorite Author)
3.65 of 5 Votes: 3
1468309609 (ISBN13: 9781468309607)
Overlook Hardcover
review 1: Hmm so really didn't know what to expect with this one, and for starters its not classified correctly as this should definitely be a Young Adult selection not scattered in Adult Non-Fiction where a reader like me would pick it up and assume its for the mature, okay so there is nothing wrong with a Young Adult book and I may have still picked it up but here it was just false advertising and I was thrown off by the inner thoughts, plots and plans of a fifteen year old boy writing in his journal..So I finished despite being privy to the budding sexual thoughts, the ramblings of a person thinking they are going crazy as they see demons in ordinary people and the tons of foreshadowing that make you think this book is going somewhere great--in like every chapter he promises to t... moreell you more about something but ultimately drags it out for another entry, another chapter and you really don't get the details on anything..So Henry is a normal boy until one day he sees demons in people around town, red stinking dangerous evil demons he finds out through translating two old foreign documents are converging to kidnap children and open the gates of Hell to all demons to roam the earth..Even after finding out what the plot was and how Henry was to try and stop them I still wanted more, I just felt that the book was more a character study on an adolescent boy then a play by play of demons and how they want to enter the world, I would have appreciated this novel more as a novel told with maybe differing viewpoints, maybe more insight into the demons and just not an epistolary tale from a boys journal about growing up, becoming an insensitive mean kid and having his first romance, there was too much demon talk for a simple coming of age tale, bring on the horror LOL..Okay yea so not really a true one star as it wasn't unreadable or stupid just misleading and vague on what you really wanted to read about, I don't know if I can recommend this for anyone over the age of eighteen LOL but its not a truly bad read just not memorable or a favorite of mine for the reasons described, I may try another book by him if it gives me more of what I want and less of a TV sitcom young boy's life account...hmmm on to the next what am I picking up to read-three one star books already is not a promising start to my intended 60 book a year goal but there is a lot of time left..come through for me soon libraries!!
review 2: I have always loved Dave Zeltserman’s novels, including his crime novels, horror infused novels, and short stories. His latest offering, The Boy Who Killed Demons further cements his status as an author who continuously puts out books that are better than the books that precede them. I have said on many occasions and stand by my contention that Zeltserman could rewrite the phonebook and it would come out exciting and enjoyable read. Yes, he is that talented.This offering from Zeltserman centers on 13-year-old Henry Dudlow and his ability (or curse) of seeing demons in the world around him. Through his meticulous research using a 17th century text, he discovers that demons are tied to a series of crimes against children that are taking place. In a race against the clock, Dudlow must fight against a demon within his town without letting on that he knows he is a demon and at the same time pacify his parents so he is able to continue his quest to stop the terrifying outcome that awaits mankind if the demons are able to complete their plans. While the book has a plot that centers on a 13 year old, the plot is tight and due to some rough language (in my opinion) a book geared for adults to sink their teeth into. I zipped through the book in two days and the only reason it wasn’t one day is because I had to go to work. Zeltserman is one of the clearest examples of how great authors don’t seem to be getting the mainstream audience they deserve. The masses can keep their James Patterson’ novels, I will take Zeltserman and his lean writing style. If there is justice in the world of publishing and reading, Zeltserman’s big break is right around the corner and he will attract all the readers his books rightfully deserve. This book would make a great summer blockbuster movie for adults, teens and tweens. Here’s hoping it happens for him. less
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this book kind of dragged along with no real exciting scenes but overall it was pretty enjoyable.
This was a strange little book but it was a pretty good read.
Not sure why this wasn't marketed as YA.
Another good novel by this author.
Ehhhh slightly boring
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