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First review for NIGHTMARE ACADEMY

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The first NIGHTMARE ACADEMY review has come out. This one is from Kirkus. I guess it’s mixed, but more positive than negative. Here it is:

Kirkus Reviews

Lorey, Dean
NIGHTMARE ACADEMY

Wild imagination and a formulaic plot provide lots of fun and excitement as a boy faces his nightmares in reality. Isolated, lonely Charlie has dreams that leave his room in a shambles as monsters under the bed emerge to tear up the place. Charlie has a gift for connecting with the netherworld, where a menagerie of nasty beasties strives to get into the real world. He winds up in an organization dedicated to fighting the fiends. Guided by de rigueur eccentric professors and odd fellow students, Charlie struggles to control his gift before he unintentionally lets loose all the forces of Hell. Lorey invents a plethora of marvelous creatures, most notably the “Trout of Truth,” along with his over-the-top humans. If the one-dimensional personalities remain somewhat standard-issue in their quirkiness, so what? It’s Men in Black for kids. Pure entertainment with no thinking required—and that’s just fine. (Fiction. 8-16)

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6 Comments
  • sarah_prineas

    Does Kirkus ever give an unmixedly positive review!? This one’s pretty good, for them! Congratulations.
    The effect of the review, for me, was to make me want to read the book, so I suppose that’s good.

    July 13, 2007 at 10:00 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      Thanks. :) I can’t quite wrap my mind around the review. In the first sentence, they say “…the formulaic plot provides lots of fun and excitement.” Huh? I’ve been writing for a bunch of years and you can drive yourself crazy trying to parse reviews, so I’m not going to.
      Anyway, I decided a while back that I was gonna throw all the reviews up here and let the chips fall where they may, so this is the first of them. And thanks for the nice comment. :)

      July 13, 2007 at 10:06 pm Reply
      • sarah_prineas

        Hmmm. I wonder what they mean by “formulaic”. Has a happy ending? Bad monsters are defeated?
        We’re not talking avant garde art here, fercryinoutloud.
        I’m with you on the reviewmancy. I just got my worst review ever (for a story), and it made me feel like crap for about five minutes. It was only a sentence long. Maybe a longer bad review would have made me feel like crap for a longer time.

        July 13, 2007 at 11:05 pm Reply
        • deanlorey

          Who wrote you that bad review?! I’m gonna sic my “plethora of marvelous creatures” on them!

          July 13, 2007 at 11:10 pm Reply
  • stephanieburgis

    It makes the book sound fun and exciting, which is the main thing. Any time I have to choose between “formulaic…fun and excitement” and “original…slow-moving and tedious”, I know which one I’ll immediately grab! And I can’t imagine that 8-16-year-old kids would choose any differently. Also, for me at least, seeing the phrase “wild imagination” is enough to cancel out the “formulaic plot” (and makes me a little unclear on just how formulaic it could be, in that case…).

    July 14, 2007 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Anonymous

      I appreciate the positive words. I’m mostly interested in getting the book out into “the real world”, will which happen by the end of August. I really think kids are going to love it and I’m eager to put it in their hands. Thanks again for the nice comment. :)

      July 14, 2007 at 1:28 pm Reply

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