THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: Heading into this book, I had the lowest expectations of all after Bruce Richards' largely forgettable first two entries in the series. And still, disappointment rained through as I read the introduction. As I would come to discover, this book plays out like a bad episode of 'Freddy's Nightmares'. Much like his predecessor, I don't think David Bergantino did his homework on the 'Elm Street' mythos. His main character was again male, which just doesn't work in a Freddy story. In addition to that, his characters were not well developed or conceived. I mean, he didn't even give them all last names! How can you be expected to feel for any of these characters when you omit that essential piece? And why must there be an artist in every story? If I had known that back in 2004, I would not have included one in my novel, 'The Springwood Slasher'. Another issue Bergantino did not rectify was the fact that what takes place in the dream world happens for real. Yet, several times in the story, they wake up and realize it's only a dream-- AND NOTHING HAPPENED! Huh? That's part of what makes Freddy scary, and he ruined it. On the positive side, I did like the parts Freddy was actually in the story, which weren't many, but still a lot more than the first two books combined. And the body count of 6, while not high, was again, almost as much as the first two combined. Overall, the story itself isn't bad, but I just don't see it fitting into the 'Elm Street' universe. The similarities between this and 'Freddy's Revenge' made it a tough read. Keith is this book's version of Jesse, who Freddy uses to kill. Just plain bland and unoriginal. 2 out of 10.
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