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Matt: Reading this book, I didn't expect much, given that every book Black Flame has put out for Freddy and for Jason has pretty much been awful. However, I decided to give this one a chance, with a fresh set of characters, and an interesting new idea with the Trancebox dream machine.

However, soon after starting this book, I found that the dream kills, while unique, were very repetitive, with several characters dreaming the same dream over and over and over. It got really boring toward the middle of the book, and there was next to no suspense surrounding Freddy. It was all centered around the Trancebox, which is a rip-off of The Riddler's dream machine from 'Batman Forever'. Don't believe me? Go watch the movie once.

In the end, I was glad some of the characters met their demise. Most of them were annoying, and none were even the slightest bit interesting. The author had no grasp on the character of Freddy Krueger. He was portrayed too much as a comedian instead of the dementedly sick slasher he truly is. In fact, aside from Wes Craven, I don't think any director or author has ever really been able to get that right.

The bottom line here is, avoid this book at all costs. Just like every other Freddy book, I found it dull, boring and definitely not worth the money I wasted on it. I'd give it a zero rating, but says I have to at least give it a 1, so that's what I'm stuck with. 1 out of 10.


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