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Blue World
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on March 22, 2001
It is a shame that Robert R. McCammon has stopped publishing his work, and this book is a great example why.
The highlight of the book was the first story, "Yellowjacket Summer." This story starts in a small town. Everything seems hunky dory. A kid who works at a gas station is talking to the owner about baseball...just a good old American day. Then a van arrives, running out of gas, and discover everything in the town is not as normal as it seems.
Another highlight was the Green Falcon story, where a retired actor decides to take care of the bad guys himself by donning his old super-hero uniform. The title story, Blue World, puts us right in the middle of a priest's struggle with his faith manifested in his obsession with a porn star.
All of the stories in this book were enjoyable, but these just stood out for me. In my view, McCammon is second only to Stephen King in the horror field, so if you like short horror fiction, this is definitely the book for your.
Oh, and if you're wondering why McCammon isn't publishing his work anymore, it's because he wanted to branch out into other genres (namely, into mainstream fiction) but his publishers put constant pressure on him to write horror.
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on June 19, 2000
Pin... Holy cow! What was going through your head when you wrote that one, Mr. McCammon? I'd say that this book was mostly good. The best stories were Nightcrawlers and He'll Come Knocking at Your Door (Great story to tell on Halloween). Something Passed By was also very inventive especially with using noted horror author's names throughout. And then there's Pin... What can I say about Pin... You just have to read it. I'd say the weakest story in the whole lot was the title short novel Blue World. It just seemed a bit cliche to me, it reminded me of one of those so-called erotic thrillers you see on late night cable that are neither erotic nor thrilling, the characters were pretty good and the clash of personalities between the priest and the porn-star was captivating at times, I'll give it that, but there was very little suspense and no surprises whatsoever. The bad guy was just a typical bad guy, there was nothing about him that made him particularly menacing and the ending was just... an ending. It seems that McCammon focused on creating the relationship between the two main characters, the actual story was inconsequential, making for a, well, inconsequential story. But jeez... Pin...
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon August 4, 2013
This is an entertaining and skillfully written collection of twelve short stories and one novella from a master of horror. They range in quality from very good to simply amazing. Those who are fans of the horror genre will delight in these highly imaginative and creepy stories, some of which are downright scary! ). There is definitely something for everyone in this collection, where the mundane is elevated to a sublime level of horror.

My special favorites are "Yellowjacket Summer" (a wrong turn off a highway), "I Scream Man!" (a special game of scrabble), "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" (a frightening Halloween in a small town), "Chico" (an idiot savant with a special gift), "The Red House" (the significance of being different), and "Something Passed By" (the end of the world as we know it). So, if horror is your genre, do not pass up this collection of artfully crafted stories.
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on March 16, 2002
McCammon delivers an excellent short story collection. You will get hooked on his writing style immediatly. There is plenty of gore and twists to even keep R.Laymon fans satisfied. The short story entitled : Blue World is somewhat of a spoiler in the row of brilliant horror storys of which Chico is the best.
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