- Title: The Vivisectionist
- Author: Ike Hamill
- ISBN: null
- Page: 313
- Format: Kindle Edition
The boys have the perfect summer planned They ll camp out in the backyard for their last vacation before high school There s only one problem even though they re just a hundred feet from the safety of the house, they re being hunted by a serial killer.Join Jack, Ben, and Stephen as they strap on their backpacks and go out looking for adventure The woods behind Jack sThe boys have the perfect summer planned They ll camp out in the backyard for their last vacation before high school There s only one problem even though they re just a hundred feet from the safety of the house, they re being hunted by a serial killer.Join Jack, Ben, and Stephen as they strap on their backpacks and go out looking for adventure The woods behind Jack s house contain endless trails to explore, and the boys have weeks to investigate them all Their neighborhood finally seems at peace again, now that the man who snatched the kid from down the street has been caught But there s still danger in those woods, and the boys are about to stumble into it
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Coming of age stories are some of my favourite books to read, think IT,Boys Life. I'm always interested to pick up books with this kind of theme, and as a result I was happy to read The Vivisectionist by Ike Hamill. I've read a few of Hamill's books recent and found them enjoyable. The Vivisectionist follows 3 boys in their quest for a summer adventure. Long hikes camping in the back yard provide the boys with excitement. However protective parents soon curb the boys fun. Boys being boys however [...]
Better than I thought it would be, but the lengthy descriptions of the inner workings of the hotel started to bore me. I'll admit I started skipping ahead. The biggest question I was left with was what happened to (view spoiler)[Ben (hide spoiler)]? Did I miss that part or was it not addressed? If it was not addressed, what was the point of that? Unless the author is planning to address that in a sequel it seems like a strange thing to leave out. All in all, not bad for a free read on my Kindle. [...]
I really liked this book I had no idea what it was about when I got it but I was really into it right off the bat. It has a feel of Stand By Me and Goonies but with a dark twist.I think it would make for a good movie.I did not like the ending I want to know more about what happened to Ben this irritated me!
Let's just start with clarifying that this book was nothing like what I was imagining when I bought it. From the cover and title, I was picturing quite a bit more of Mr. Vivisectionist (from this point on, "Mr. V") & his work, and quite a bit less of the boys. You know, more of a torture, serial-killer centric sort of story. Not quite the case, as this ended up being much more of a mystery/adventure novel, than a horror one. I think it's safer to say that instead of a book about a serial kil [...]
Definitely not what I expected. A good read although the author took a bit longer than necessary to get to the core of the plot. He went on and on instead of getting to the story line! There were also variables that were left open ended that should have been tied up neatly. *Spoilers*Things that should have been tied up include:Exactly what happened to Ben and his familyHow/ When did Baal/Patrick get into Jack’s house to remove his journal?Who was in the car when Ben’s mother came to pick hi [...]
I really liked this book. You find yourself trying to figure out the intricacies of the hotel with the boys and it really keeps you in suspense. Ending had a twist as well. Although my one complaint is that I wish a couple of things were explained a little more that were revealed at the very end - but overall a good read and FREE!
Dont waste your time.
**Spoilers**I enjoyed this book, but am sad of the way it ended. Jack was smart, maybe too smart. Why didn't Stephen care to find out?? That makes him just as bad as Jack!!
Review of The Vivisectionist by Ike Hamill5 starsOh boy, what a book. What a book! Not in almost any way what I expected, but that was fine because the book was a knock-out (in the positive sense). More a logic puzzle and maze than anything else, literally and metaphorically, there was also suspense, worry, fear, danger, secondary plot lines, empathetic characters, and a really powerfully impacting character evolution sequence going, as two of the characters (in order not to spoil the plot, I wo [...]
I was a tad concerned that a book with a title like The Vivisectionist would turn out to be splatter horror, which isn’t really my favorite kind. Instead, the bulk of the story follows the three boys and their journey as they try to best the hotel of traps and puzzles. All three kids grow and change as they go, with one becoming completely obsessed with the puzzle.I really like stories with cryptic puzzles characters have to find their way through, but it’s hard to find ones that work as wel [...]
Boys spend the summer camping in the yard, boys go hiking, boys find abandoned building in the woods and want to explore. All sounds like normal kid stuff, right? Well, you throw in the fact that the building has been rigged with puzzle traps by a psychotic killer and one little boy who keeps forcing his friends to go back to the building to solve the puzzles even though the puzzles become more and more dangerous, then you have a very interesting book. The children of course have parents to snea [...]
I liked the setting of boys on a summer backyard camping adventure in a neighborhood where a child had recently gone missing. Most of the way through the book I enjoyed the intereaction and mischievousness of the boys, but when they started exploring a strange deserted hotel which just happened to be near their house and full of impossible-sounding mazes and traps, I felt the story became just too unbelievable. The main character, Jack, strangely changes late in the book, again quite unbelievabl [...]
The story line was great and it's not exactly what your thinking. But I couldn't give it more stars because at least a third of the book were the technical aspects of booby traps and I was so bored I skipped most of those parts. This writer has excellent story ideas, just wish he didn't get bogged down in the boring stuff and wish he would give us more enlightenment on the twists and turns. A few too many loose ends for me. Taking a break.
As much as I really wanted to like this book, I found the writing style amateurish. If the author establishes which character is speaking at the beginning of a dialogue, it's unnecessary to write "said Jack", "Jack said", "said Stephen", after every line. It got incredibly annoying. Additionally, I got lost (or maybe just bored) with the extensive descriptive content about the boys maneuvering in the hotel.
Not what I was expecting when I began the book about a summer break adventure for three boys in their early teens. I suppose I was thinking back to King's Stand By Me. Mr. Hamill here surprised me again and again. I thoroughly enjoyed the thinking I figured out 'who dunnit' only to get proved wrong again and again.
I like a good horror story, but when it involves children, I tend to shy away. This one seemed different, and I stuck it out until the end, expecting some kind of twist that would redeem it, but that never came. If shock is something you enjoy, then you will probably enjoy "The Vivisectionist", but I prefer my chills to be more subtle.
It had potential, the writing is actualy quite good, plot needs help. The trips and investigation in the hotel took way too long. It started to drag and my interest waned. I stuck it out and finished the book. It leaves the reader with a hopeless vibe. If the retracing of steps were cut down the urgency may have been felt which would have heightened anticipation.
Couldn't put it down!!!From the first sentence I was hooked. Page after page I just kept turning needing to know what was about to happen. Can't wait to see what Ike has in store for his next book.
Really enjoyed this one, first thing I've read from Mr. Hamill. I did think that the maze scenes went on for a bit too long and got a wee bit boring but overall, it was a great story. Looking forward to reading more by this author, I have a few more of his books in the wings.
I wish there had been more to the end of the story. I would have like more closure. The book was a great read with just the right amount of detail, not too gory.
Very Good Read!I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was very interesting and I enjoyed it almost from the first page! Enjoy!
The subject matter was at times gruesome but the puzzle aspect was very interesting. I enjoyed reading it but really hated the end!
Just okThis is more a book for teens. Not what I expected. I have liked most of Mr. Hamilton's other books.
A chilling taleVery intriguing story line. Good set of characters in an intense situation. I really enjoyed this book. Ike Hamill is becoming one of my favorite author's.
Was looking forward to reading this book,but my Kindle somehow isn't opening up anything.oh well.
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