So, funny story with The Stranger: I read this seventh book of the Animorphs series in 2018 a day or so after reading The Capture. I got ridiculously busy with school shortly after, and I did not get to write my recap. I tried to write it when life slowed down again, but the details of the book were fuzzy to me, and I knew I’d have to reread it again to do the book justice. Now, coming back to the series in 2021, I decided to go back to book 7, recap it properly, and move forward from it. I had considered moving on and rereading and recapping book 8, but the lack of a post for 7 would trigger my OCD, so here we are.
I actually listened to the audiobook for this “read.” The school I teach at this year is nearly an hour from my house, so I was able to get through the book in about two days. I loved the audiobook. This “read” made me appreciate this book so much more than I did before. It was never a favorite of mine, but now I think it is a really solid entry in the series.
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This is a book in the series that I didn’t actually read as a kid. I remember my friend Steven bought it on a trip to Wal-Mart, and I picked up Megamorphs #2: In the Time of Dinosaurs because I had moved past Goosebumps and was really into Animorphs at the time. I had always wanted to read this book, though. I’m glad I got the chance, but I don’t feel like little-kid me missed out on much.
The book is essentially about an evil sponge that causes, or at least feeds on the bad luck of its owner. While it has an interesting concept, and the writing is actually pretty decent, I don’t think this book was executed very well. I’ll get into why in Analysis. First, let’s look at this awesome cover.
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This, my fifteenth Goosebumps entry (Dang, I’ve been slow covering this series), is dedicated to my boy Michael at the Goosebumps Fandom. Chicken Chicken is his favorite book in the series, and I told him I would cover it next.
What is interesting is the general consensus would probably consider this the worst Goosebumps book in the original series. I have read and seen a lot of flack for it. It is flack I understand, because I, personally, do not have fond memories of reading it as a kid, and to be honest, I was actually kind of dreading reading it as an adult before I started it last night. Reading it as an adult, however, I have to say, Chicken Chicken is not altogether bad. The Barking Ghost is easily worse than this book. I think the issue with this entry in the series is there is so much in it to not like. I’m being confusing, I know. I’ll get into it further in Analysis.
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When I was in fifth grade, I was visiting my mom for a weekend, and she surprised my brother Kenny and me with a Goosebumps book each: she gave me The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight and gave him Say Cheese and Die! I was a little jealous, because he had the better book (as I immediately decided after looking at the two covers). That was my introduction to Goosebumps. I ended up with both books because my brother did not (and still does not to this day) like to read, and I begged her to buy me more entries in the series over the next couple of years. The rest is history. I was in love with R. L. Stine.
Reading the book yesterday, I have to say my 10-year-old self was right. My brother did get the better book. Say Cheese and Die! is one of the better entries in the series. Despite having a seemingly simple concept, the book is interesting, suspenseful, in-depth, and fun.
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What? Another book recap already? I surprised myself with this one. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb took me three days to get through because I kept sitting it down; it just never caught my attention. I started this book after writing my review yesterday and finished it in one sitting. It is that good.
With a well-paced plot, a likable protagonist, and genuine suspense, it’s hard to imagine this book and the last one I reviewed were written by the same author. I have been noticing a lot of inconsistency with writing quality in this series. Some books are fantastic while others leave a lot to be desired. Stine insists he never employed ghostwriters for this series, however. This is one of the good books in the series. If you are interested in Goosebumps and are looking for a fun, quick read, this is a good one to grab.
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