Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Doll-Master, Joyce Carol Oates

This is my review of The Doll- Master, which I received from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

It has been over a month now since I finished this book and I still can't get The Doll-Master out of my head. Six stories are told in this book, six. But I could only give you a basic plot summary of the other five if you asked me for one, because The Doll-Master is the one that haunts me. And because it does, I will tell you nothing more about it than this- it really doesn't matter if you can see it coming, because you know you are helpless to stop it. And it made my skin crawl.

Out of the other five stories, the one I can recall the quickest and with the most details is Gun Accident. I can relate to Hanna, the shy, quiet girl who can't seem to see that some people ARE just bad, and is picked by her teacher to house sit for her while she is with her husband in the hospital. Things quickly turn bad for Hanna, and the situations she faces are just too real...

Mystery Inc. was an interesting read, nice little turns to that one.

Big Momma, Soldier, and Equatorial were all decent enough reads also. And I think I just put them in order, best to okay for me. They all have their good points, but Equatorial was the one that was most predictable for me, so it rates lowest. I can't say I didn't really like any of them though. I think what I liked best is that there was just enough difference in the way each story was written that it almost felt like they were being told by different people.

If I could have a do over and read this book for the first time again, I would read The Doll-Master last. Just to see if my impressions of the other stories would be any different....

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of TerrorThe Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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