"Danger Slater is fearless, and should be ashamed of himself. Thank God he's not." - Josh Malerman, author of BIRD BOX
Hannah graduates from middle school on Friday. That's the day she transforms into a living puppet, like her parents and teachers before her. No longer a human girl made of flesh and feelings, but a perfect wooden new self, whose strings lead up from her limbs into an endless black void above. With no pain. No sorrow. No sickness. No fear.
But Hannah has begun to suspect that something is very, very wrong. And in a world where emotion is treated like a disease, and unknown terrors lurk inside everyone, just keeping your soul alive past childhood might be the greatest challenge of all. "PUPPET SKIN is a dark, grotesquely-beautiful Bizarro nightmare fable for alienated teens of all ages. If you've ever felt lost in this deranged universe, Danger's book knows exactly what you mean." - John Skipp, author of THE LIGHT AT THE END and THE ART OF HORRIBLE PEOPLE
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although I must admit to liking I Will Rot Without You SLIGHTLY more, Puppet Skin is definitely a winner. It’s an imaginative visceral trip down memory lane…hopefully. I say hopefully because this book reeks of the pains and joys (although much lesser so on that front) of adolescence. Do you remember that moment when you felt the need to grow up impinging upon you like the pincers of an insect—an insect who might also happen to have the head of one of your parents? If you answered no to this question, do not read on. I repeat: DO NOT read on!
So it happened to you too then, eh? Welcome to the Secret Society of the Puppet People. We read this book every day before leaving our homes, but, let’s be honest here, THAT NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENS. We slurp puppetfeed and generally keep an eye on a particular gentleman puking up sawdust. He hangs out at THAT park. Yup, you guessed it: we live in the bad part of town.
This is a great story. It's coming of age, but with Danger Slater weirdness injected throughout. Enough so it could be a David Lynch short on par with The Grandmother.
The allegory continues to flow with PUPPET SKIN, just as clever as with I WILL ROT WITHOUT YOU. The difference between the two is the caliber of writing. PUPPET SKIN, while short over all (novella length) demands to be read slowly and with deliberacy. Each line is well thought out and feeds into the story, building an atmosphere as dark as Hannah needs to fully develop into her fears. The plot is original and does a fantastic job of balancing between fairy tale and weird tale, though it does keep just enough of the chaotic crazy to fit perfectly beneath the Bizarro umbrella.
I really was expecting the traditional wild and crazy Bizarro with this title, perhaps a little messy given the author's record of carnage, but PUPPET SKIN proved to be a new turn for Danger Slater, one I hope we see more of. A...
This book is a cocktail of thought provoking suspense, drama,and horror in a swirl of imaginative glory. The writing is captivating. The imagery is juicy. The best part is that all the snap crackle pop is complemented by rich and fruitful intellect.
Reading this book has me contemplating society and traditions; how fear inhibits us from reaching our higher potentials; the significance of being creative and pursuing what brings the most joy; perseverance and how we all play a part in the infinite fractal of life in the universe, and what really makes me ME.
If you haven't read this book yet you really should. Actually I recommend reading all of his books...even the ones he hasn't written yet.
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