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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This review is apt to be a bit bias, as this is what usually happens when readers becomes delusional enough to think a novel was written specifically for them. That's the case here though, as Mr. Jones has crafted a book so far up inside the head of a horror movie fan that its likely to read like Morse Code to a civilian.
Their confusion is their loss though because something very unique is happening with this narrative, something that will likely be misinterpreted as an attempt to half-novelize a screenplay. But it only resembles a screenplay at first glance, mostly because of the clever arrows and whiplash descriptions of the next "shot. Things get twistier, and in spite of the positively Aztec levels of bloody sacrifice, what Jones would never dream of sacrificing are the expectations of any good horror show.
The author is so confident in his knowledge of horror tropes that he never subverts those expectations when it comes time to satisfy them. It's also crammed with movie references until the quips are spilling out its mouth, and has a special prize at the bottom of the box for Michael Martin Murphey "Wildfire" fans actually this tribute got shook to the top of the cereal box.
This book is a love letter to slasher cinema, to doomed Last Final Girls everywhere, and to every boy or girl who loved them enough to eat their popcorn and enjoy watching them die. For anyone who watched waaaaay too many slasher flicks in the 80s and 80s, this book is a cyclopedic homage to every movie Jamie Lee Curtis ever starred in, every Jason, Michael, and Freddy, every sorority house and boy scout camp and cabin in the woods.
I probably only caught two-thirds of the references. The story is, of course, a slasher flick.
With a twist. With a little help from his friends.
"The Last Final Girl is like Quentin Tarantino's take on The Cabin in the Woods. Bloody, absurd, and smart. Plus, there's a killer in a Michael Jackson mask. ""The Last Final Girl" is like Quentin Tarantino's take on "The Cabin in the Woods. " Bloody, absurd, and smart. Plus, there's a killer in a Michael Jackson mask.
Now as homecoming queen, she's going to lead her high school in a celebration of life and survival, and she's chosen a handful of other very special girls for her court. They're all Final Girls who survived their own teen bloodbaths. Since this is a slasher film, and Stephen Graham Jones is not going to neglect a single trope, even Izzy, the confused odd girl out, knows that a homecoming game with a cast right out of every scary movie ever can only end in blood.
And it tries - it tries so very, very hard - to be clever. But it's not quite as clever as it tries to be. It's been billed as a literary version of Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods, but it's not a deconstruction so much as a tongue-in-cheek fan fiction collage. The characters, all of them, are genre-savvy and know they are in a horror flick, so they try to outsmart fate, even knowing that the rules aren't going to let them all survive.
The author tries to keep us in suspense about who's really the villain, but like many slasher films, it kind of spins out of control during the bloody finale. But hey, who says they have to make sense? The writing style will definitely not be to everyone's taste. A dead end. A fast drop. Just like the cliff. On nothing. She doesn't understand this gun. I almost wanted to rate this 4 stars, but the writing style wore on me and while there were some good jokes, they weren't quite funny enough to elevate this to true satire, let alone genius.
Definitely a fun read for any horror fan, but it's mostly just a celebration of all those R-rated blood-and-guts-and-titty-fests of our well, my youth. One person found this helpful. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. The story starts with a final girl and her horse Wildfire facing off with a serial killer wearing a Michael Jackson mask. There's also a longsword. Then speeding forward, we find out there are more girls in this high school looking to become the next final girl and there's quite a bit of envy involved with that.
This book is quite meta, using the final girl trope to build a story on. She is a screamer. Continue Reading. Festival co-director Sara Neidorf does an interview with Berlinotheque podcast, discussing Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, her career as a drummer, and her thoughts on feminism in various male-dominated sectors of film and music. Listen to the full interview here. I almost wanted to rate this 4 stars, but the writing style wore on me and while there were some good jokes, they weren't quite funny enough to elevate this to true satire, let alone genius.
Definitely a fun read for any horror fan, but it's mostly just a celebration of all those R-rated blood-and-guts-and-titty-fests of our well, my youth. Dec 06, Eddie Generous rated it it was amazing.
volunteerparks.org/wp-content/golosonuw/1931.php Each story has been something else, none reading like the last, despite carrying the familiar and ever-welcome voice of the everyday human. Push this feeling a step further with Last Final Girl. The characters carry all the realness necessary to pass of emotional tugs, while also smuggling secrets, peculiar idiosyncrasies, and hero-level readiness a must for most slasher tales. This story is fun in ways most books can touch.
I was entertained from the first page to the last. There is zero fat on this cut. The scene description is big enough to fuel the imagination, letting the mind play a movie. The writing is smart and clean. I am wholly impressed by this story, I look forward to tackling Jones' back catalogue and everything forthcoming. Sep 25, Orrin Grey rated it really liked it. This isn't necessarily Stephen 's best book, and I missed the footnotes from Demon Theory , but it feels in a lot of ways like the book he was born to write, the book he's been training for all this time.
At once quicker and more effortless than Demon Theory , it uses the same film-treatment-as-novel format to create the ultimate meta-slasher, something that is at once a perfect slasher novel and the perfect deconstruction of slasher stories, at once more traditional and more clever than the movies This isn't necessarily Stephen 's best book, and I missed the footnotes from Demon Theory , but it feels in a lot of ways like the book he was born to write, the book he's been training for all this time.
At once quicker and more effortless than Demon Theory , it uses the same film-treatment-as-novel format to create the ultimate meta-slasher, something that is at once a perfect slasher novel and the perfect deconstruction of slasher stories, at once more traditional and more clever than the movies that it emulates.
Stephen Graham Jones has been studying for this one his whole life, and it shows. Like I said, it may not be his best book, but if I had to point to any one book of his and say, "Start there," this'd probably be the one. Apr 02, Steve Lowe rated it really liked it. Very good meta-romp of a novel disguised as a slasher film, chock full of nods to classic horror slashers, and some inventive verbs that movie fans will appreciate like: the killer "Hoddering" after his victim. The style is unique and rather like reading a screenplay, but that has its limitations in that the narrative seemed to lack characterization while also speeding a bit too fast through scenes.
I had to re-read a couple parts to get the mental image. It took a bit to adjust to the style, Very good meta-romp of a novel disguised as a slasher film, chock full of nods to classic horror slashers, and some inventive verbs that movie fans will appreciate like: the killer "Hoddering" after his victim. But once you get the cadence down, and once you get to the bloody third act, you'll be hooked.
Happy Reading, Mallory. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. According to Clover, the final girl in many movies shares common characteristics: she is typically sexually unavailable or virginal , and avoids the vices of the victims like illegal drug use. Then that blade—it's an actual long sword? So we can see the blonde girl framed by it, her bikini top spattered with blood and gore, her chin moving with her mouth, her mouth trying for a word but—. Her story is already a legend. A wide grimy blade cuts into a neck hard before we can look away, the blood welling up black around the meat, the sound wicked and intimate.
Nov 17, Katie McGuire rated it liked it. And I did—for the first fifty pages, or so, until the references turned out to be exhausting rather than fun, and the action ramped up but only got more confusing as more finally happened. Still, I enjoyed the ride, and recommend it for slasher fans looking for a quick read. Mar 22, Meredith rated it liked it.
It took me almost an entire month to read this book. The whole thing is written like some hack writer pitching a slasher to a producer.
It's exhausting. It's so exhausting, in fact, I almost have no idea what happened in the damn book. I could look it up, but I won't. May 04, Hannah Stoutenburg rated it did not like it Shelves: books-i-struggle-with , overrated , disappointing , horror , frustrating. This is, hands down, the biggest reading disappointment for me of the last few years.
When a book is so unanimously loved by reviewers and compared so often to Cabin in the Woods, I expected it to be a lot better. One of the hardest things about this book was the narrative style. It works like a film, cutting away for effect, sometimes ending a scene mid-sentence.
We're treated to the image of somebody hammering a sword, masks floating in the water, and newspaper clippings. Close-ups, POV images This is, hands down, the biggest reading disappointment for me of the last few years. Close-ups, POV images, scenery pans I'm not a film critic and most of the terminology escapes me but that's what Jones is going for. And I appreciate it on a purely artistic level I've never read another book like that before but I found that it created a disjointed mess.