Comments on: A Friendly Game http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2011/03/09/a-friendly-game/ Where to find out what's really good. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:20:15 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.10 By: Lee http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2011/03/09/a-friendly-game/comment-page-1/#comment-120970 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:17:59 +0000 http://www.readaboutcomics.com/?p=1701#comment-120970 Sorry, Greg, but I just can’t agree with your review on this one. I would argue that one of the strengths of the book is it’s accelerated descent into madness. Pimienta and Hornsby have very little time, and few pages, to sell the story. That limitation alone almost demands an accelerated pace.

But beyond that, it’s obvious from the start the story isn’t going for deep and meaningful. Not that horror fiction is a genre full of deep and meaningful to start with, but once I am aware a book is going for shock value, let’s just get to the shock and be done with it. Todd and Kevin were little more than stereotypical good guy and evil guy. I had nothing invested in them as characters so all I was looking for was how fast could we descend into madness and how deep was the valley? I think your comparisons to Friday the 13th, Halloween, and other slasher films is spot on. Those movies, and this book, aren’t about the characters. They are all about how can I surprise and shock you next. Read from that perspective, the book easily achieves it’s goal.

I think calling it a D Grade movie is a little harsh, C Grade sure, D Grade no. If you liked movies like Pumkinhead, Jeepers Creepers, and the aforementioned slasher flicks then more than likely you will enjoy this book. The book isn’t a classic that is going to stay on my shelf forever, but it was a great way to kill some time on a lazy afternoon.

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