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Penpal By Dathan Auerbach,

  • Title: Penpal
  • Author: Dathan Auerbach
  • ISBN: 9780985545505
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel How much do you remember about your childhood In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrPenpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel How much do you remember about your childhood In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you ll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life and the lives of those around him If you ve ever stayed in the woods just a little too long after dark, if you ve ever had the feeling that someone or something was trying to hurt you, if you remember the first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was, then Penpal is a story that you won t soon forget, despite how you might try.
    Penpal Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum Before long it was adapted into illustrations audio recordings and short films and that was before it w

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    1. This is like reading a exceedingly long reddit post That s because it started as one Most of this author s fans are redditors and I guess they think it merits five stars because they re used to reading reddit comments all day and yes, as a reddit comment it is exceptional but as a book it is barely readable It rambles endlessly For instance it shouldn t take a whole page to describe two ten year olds playing rock paper scissors That deserves two or three sentences at best It could have been a go [...]

    2. I finished this book in two days, and when I wasn t reading it I was thinking about it I stayed up until midnight last night just to finish it, and then when I was done, I did something I haven t done in decadesI left a lamp on when I went to sleep I m 31 years old and I m not proud of this This book scared me in ways that I can barely describe I can only say that I don t think a book has ever made my heart pound before, and this one did.ral times.This book was very nostalgic for me It made me r [...]

    3. After reading Penpal, I really can t understand the high ratings or the glowing reviews.The book is written with a formality of language that is unnatural It seems that words are often used in a manner to attempt to impress the reader than clearly or fluidly relay storyline It reminded me of something that might have been written by a member of a high school gifted and talented program to impress the teacher than a readable work of fiction.The story Think along the lines of one long campfire t [...]

    4. There is a ridiculous amount of hype around this book Just look on There are 216 five star reviews right now and only 21 one two star reviews Reviewers fawn over how disturbingly horrifying the story is How original it is The gut wrenching ending Etc My interest was piqued I didn t know about the backstory of the book How it evolved from Reddit, and got funded on kickstarter, and whatnot, but I guess that makes a lot of sense.There is a creepy story in here Most chapters end with an urban legen [...]

    5. I read Penpal in 100 degree weather and still got chills, now that s great storytelling Dathan grabs the reader s attention with the tenacity of a dog in possession of a juicy bone and doesn t let go until the final climax Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger that leaves the reader with no choice but to turn the next page Bravo Mr Auerbach, can t wait for your next novel I am recommending this book to all of my friends.

    6. I wrote a review of this yesterday that I wanted to let simmer a bit before posting Of course, now I can t find it on my computer I m sure it was totally much brilliant than this attempt is, but I m so tired of thinking about my own thoughts, I m putting this up just to get it over with.Being a mother makes for some utterly terrifying panic attack inducing moments while reading this, but sadly it also makes some of it deeply ridiculous The Balloon Project not for my kid, thanks As soon as that [...]

    7. A potentially great creepy story hidden beneath a steaming pile of deuce The writing is bad Like, really bad The author attempts to use nonlinear progression to tell the story, which can be incredibly effective if it is well executed In this case, though, it creates a muddled mess of language that relies on a formulaic chapter structure to get the point across Each chapter rambles on unnecessarily, and concludes with a twist of some sort This is gimmicky, and it loses any potential effectiveness [...]

    8. I made the mistake of buying into the hype of almost 100% 5 star reviews on , knowing full well that the book started as a Reddit Thread and that those reviews were probably the full throated support of the community I really wanted to like it, but this isn t a novel it s glorified forum posts The story is all Telling to the point where nobody seems to have any real personality The structure was interesting, but formulaic long semi creepy story, twist ending, repeat in next section and I just fe [...]

    9. Well, I wanted to like this I did It s an interesting story with some genuinely creepy moments but the execution left a lot to be desired.1 All the reminiscing and waxing philosophical really bogs down the action and suspense 2 Only a handful of interesting and scary things happen but it takes so long to get to the point because everything is padded with prose 3 It seems like another half dozen things could have happened to truly make the story dynamic and chilling As it was everything freaky do [...]

    10. Maybe it s a North American thing, or a generational thing, ormethingbut here s what I believe makes PENPAL so masterful at getting under a reader s skin It could ve been your childhood in these pages Take mine, for example A Canadian child of the 80s who grew up in Toronto, firmly and happily middle class An only child, close to her mother, who loved her pets and had a tough start in kindergarten due in part to a few relocations of my father s job so was very attached to the few super close fri [...]

    11. It really saddens me when I don t like a book, but can see a lot of potential in it Penpal is just such a book.The underlying story in the book is really interesting, but the execution is very weak The story really suffers because of the author s decision to tell it non chronologically The closest thing to a climax happens way too early in the book The language and writing style isn t particularly great, and a lot of the dialogue just doesn t feel genuine at all.There are some gaping plot holes [...]

    12. This book was my borrowed book for the month from Prime I selected it because it was a highly reviewed horror book, and i am a huge horror fan i liked the premise and that it was kickstarter funded, and i kept reading that it was chilling and horrific, so right up my alley i started it at lunch and finished it after dinner it s not a long or difficult read, and at one point i kind of wanted to stop not because it wasn t a good book, but because it was i watch a lot of horror, read horror, and am [...]

    13. Penpal was a happy accident I stumbled upon this title after completing another eBook and noticing the odd cover among recommendations While I did not find it quite as disturbing as some reviews may claim, it wasn t the exactly the horror aspect of this small read that appealed to me in the long run Although I admit to indulging in its darker qualitiesThis is a story that unfolds slowly as our nameless narrator endeavors to make sense of his murky childhood through recollection and the interroga [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this creepy,quick read It made me feel very uneasy at times,and I love that The main character tells the story of his childhood,and it jumps in time I liked the way it was written There were parts when it felt slow,and I was hoping the story would just move along I didn t really care that much about his playsadventures as a kid But on the other hand,it was kinda nostalgic,reading about his childhood,and the way a six y o sees the world The whole book was written surprisingly wel [...]

    15. I was a big fan of the original series of stories when someone pointed me to the reddit site that contained them The stories were sufficiently creepy and left you with a cliffhanger ending that made you want to move on to he next one When I was told the stories would be expanded out into a novel format I stopped reading them had 2 stories left and decided to read the novel instead I should have read the short stories instead In the short story format, the overall story was very creepy In the nov [...]

    16. An amazing and powerful little story of memory, anguish, lies and friendship told from the perspective of a man recalling events in his childhood from his own memory and from information discovered years later from his mother The story builds from a seemingly simple elementary school project to the events that unfold over time and finishes with a revelation that is guaranteed to shake you to your core I don t want to give too much away to avoid ruining the story but it s a tale that you won t re [...]

    17. Great read, a very sad and terrifying story Unlike a lot of works of horror that focus endlessly on bloodshed and pointless murder, this one takes on a classical perspective of character development by focusing on a few characters, and watching everything they thought they knew come crumbling down on them and knowing that they will never be safe I first read this as on the nosleep community of reddit, and am currently rereading it as the book I have no qualms paying a bit of money to support a [...]

    18. From reading reviews of Penpal, I knew that this was a novelization of something that was conceived on reddit I ve been to reddit a total of maybe three times, so I have no idea what this was originally like structurally.Penpal has a terrific premise, and although some people had issues with the non linear timelines, I thought it was done just fine.If you ll see in my status updates for this, you may notice I mentioned a lull almost half way in Well, the story pulled out of that, pretty much one [...]

    19. Auerbach raised over 4,000 on Kickstarter to fund this self published novel, and most of that money obviously went into buying good reviews With help from the reddit community NoSleep further five star reviews have come pouring in for a book that deserves only one This would have been an excellent short story, really, but by stretching out and watering down the core events with naive and hackneyed passages, it s a terrible book, which in some respects makes it a great novel for any aspiring writ [...]

    20. A little kid sends off a balloon inviting someone anyone to become his pen pal Someone very, very bad finds it.This hit for me on all cylinders I m really shocked to see the ranting and raving about how terrible the book was It feels like anger that a creepypasta made good.What I really liked about it was the repetition The book felt like a piece of music say, a fugue The same notes are played over and over again, with slight variations, and meanwhile the theme starts multiplying and being laid [...]

    21. Read this book having found it recommended as one of the scariest reads.Was not disappointed, a truly creepy and unsettling read, full of tension and a narrative that does not rely on cheap scares or gore Found myself trying to piece together the clues as the story progressed and was left thoroughly satisfied and emotionally drained by the conclusion.

    22. As other reviewers have said, this is a good first attempt at a novel Structurally told as a series of flashbacks it s sound and the structure does a lot to enhance the creepiness of the story Note I said creepiness not horror The story is creepy at best, but not shocking enough to deliver any horror There were a lot of problems with the book Kids selling snow cones from their little stand for 1.00 each And at the end of the day, they only had dollar bills so had to rock, paper, scissors for the [...]

    23. how far can you go into the woods amazing, simply amazing i didn t really know what the book was about when i bought it, i have only read footsteps and balloons on reddit adn after those two stories i decided that it was so good that i had to have in some sort of physical form and i don t regret it, i definitely got my money s worthe story is chilling i read it outside in bright sunshine and i still got chills down my spine the last 150 pages i read in a couple of hours, unable to pull myself aw [...]

    24. Penpal is the story of a young man s very disturbing childhood, and his attempts to make sense of what happened to him and his friends The first two chapters are golden, truly creepy and leaving the reader with the task of deciding the reality of the situations the author presents, especially in the first chapter, Footsteps The first two chapters are not in chronological order Footsteps takes place when the narrator is six, Balloons takes place when he is five so I am going to discuss Balloons f [...]

    25. Overall I enjoyed this very creepy read I had a few friends that REALLY hyped this one to me, so my expectations were a little too high I think I kept expecting this masterpiece, but instead it was just a pretty good story There were LOTS of details that seemed to be kind of pointless kids exploring in the woods, to the point I was just like DO SOMETHING but then something really creepy would happen to hold my interest There were two very awesome descriptive death scenes that I had to read a few [...]

    26. I started reading these stories on nosleep, and they sufficiently creeped me out The pacing and storytelling was perfect, and the mystery of the whole story kept me flipping through each short story.When I saw it was a novel and on Prime s free lending library I went ahead and borrowed it to read the extended content I was pretty disappointed, because there wasn t much that was extended The story was pretty much the same, with some added fluff and pretty writing added to make the page count hig [...]

    27. Been a while since I read a fiction book in English By my count, over a year I m not sure how much of my feelings about this book are related to that, but it sure was refreshing to really blow through a book so quickly and with such fervor Heck, I basically read this during a two lunch periods and two commutes home This book moves extremely quickly, and the short story form of it really helps with that The conclusion wasn t much to write home about, but the moments of terror, particularly in the [...]

    28. Wow I just really don t know what else to say about this book This was probably the most unexpected book I ve ever read By that I mean, I thought it was going to be just some creepy stalker mystery Even halfway in that s what it was, frightening, but I had no idea that it would turn out to be SO MUCH MORE.All I know is that I truly don t understand the negative reviews for this book Maybe people that spend a lot of time on reddit just automatically think something seems like a long reddit post j [...]

    29. This is a true horror story come to life, or at least it feels that way Because of the anonymity of the story it really could have happened anywhere, could even be true and perhaps that s the scariest part of it I also promise that your heart will be wrenched out by the end of it, even if you see the end coming, there is still something there that will make you gasp out loud, hands clapped over mouth You will feel pity and despair, anticipation and horrible, tingling excitement, the fascination [...]

    30. I really enjoyed some parts of this book, and I was freaked out a couple times However, the ending was quite underwhelming, and didn t make much sense This book leaves you with questions than answers, and I don t really understand the purpose of making it that way I also feel like an unnecessary amount of time was spent describing kids activities, but that s true of many books with kids as the main characters Anyway, I found the book to be promising, and then it fell short for me I don t mind t [...]

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