Extremeties

Okay, folks! This one’s going to be a short one, because I honestly don’t have much to say about the David Lubar collection, Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder and Revenge. It’s a bit of a conundrum in that it’s hard to figure out who exactly it was written for. On one hand, the language is very simple; it’s written much more like a middle-grade novel or even a children’s book. However, many are the stories are gruesome and contain more adult themes, which place it more in the YA fiction category. So it’s definitely for older readers, but the simple prose is so plain as to make some of the stories almost boring, despite some original concepts. Older, but reluctant readers are probably the best audience for this one, because it’s a quick, easy read, and most of the individual stories are only about 5 pages long. Overall, it’s not a bad book, if you’re looking for something fast, fun, and not particularly thought provoking. Still, outside of teens in the aforementioned reluctant readers market, I don’t know if I’d eagerly recommend it to anyone.

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