Friday, March 22, 2013

Ghoul Power

American Ghoul by Walt Morton

* Book received from the publisher for review.

3 out of 5 gnomes

I like the concept of this book and that it’s set in the 1970s, I just wish the humor had been kicked up a notch because what humor there was, was really funny.  With the title I think it might have been better to go with a girl as the main character because then you would have the play on words with American Girl/American Ghoul.  The story is told well and starts/ends strong.  

I was hoping for some more ghoul mythology because as you’re reading you find some stuff out but not everything.  Howard knows some rules from his parents but he doesn’t know why or anything beyond what they’ve told him for quite a while.  What you do find out is intriguing, especially what he finds out about his grandfather.

Howard himself seems older than his years and doesn’t really seem to talk like a teenager, it’s kind of understandable because he’s never been encouraged to make friends or interact with others if possible.  Things get interesting though when he finally does get a friend.  

It was great reading about the punk rock scene and how involved Howard and his friends got in it.  They all make for a rather interesting group of outcasts.  My favorite part I think is when Sebastian convinces them all that they all have to look more Punk.

Overall a good read though I was disturbed by how Howard called his grandmother sexy on more than one occasion.  If you like some horror along with your stories of growing up, then this might just be the book for you.

Favorite Quote:
“Sometimes life can surprise you with a new flavor. The moment you taste it, you’re sure it’ll be one of your favorite flavors forever.”

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