Thursday 12 March 2020


Attack of the Mutant (Goosebumps, #25)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, just when I thought I was done with all the scabby copies of my Goosebumps thrift-store haul, I found a few more. 😈

Skipper loves collecting comic books and keeps them in mint condition because he doesn't read them. Well, except for his favourite series featuring the supervillain, The Masked Mutant.

The day he gets lost in a strange part of town and meets a strange girl called Libby, Skipper also stumbles on a building that looks exactly like The Mutant's secret headquarters...

What an interesting twist on the superhero genre. I enjoyed the freaky feel all the way through this story, and how Skipper's simple life eventually slips into an unbelievable and very confusing nightmare. An obsessive mystery he must solve!

Stine's writing style is great for grounding you into familiar everyday territory, and when you least expect it, he pushes you over the edge and into a very surreal rabbit hole. The way he manages disorientation is SO clever.

These characters were really cool too. Skipper's an average kid who'd rather read comic books than do schoolwork. Wilson is a different kind of dork who made me laugh. Libby is an interesting girl, and I wasn't expecting her twist. Oh, and Mitzi cracked me up too! And don't even get me started on The Masked Mutant and The Galloping Gazelle because OMG, they were frustrating as hell. 😄

Yeah, this was another one I enjoyed immensely.

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