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The Beast From The East by R. L. Stine

The Beast From The East (1996)

by R. L. Stine

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## He's a real animal!

This series had been feeling dog-tired in the five entries preceding the Beast from the East, and that sense wasn't shaken here. The worst of the first 43 books, Beast... is a boring story written by a very bored writer.

[N.B. This review includes images, and was formatted for my site, dendrobibliography -- located here.]

R.L. Stine's stories often start from the title, and build from there into creative, funny, spooky stories. The Beast from the East isn't one of those. Ginger and her twin brothers, Pat and Nat, are going on a camping trip with their parents. Barely settling into their campsite, the kids get lost and get dragged into a deadly game of tag being played by a species of blue-furred, English-speaking monsters. The game is, of course, called the Beast from the East, a name that alludes only to how arbitrary the game's logic and rules are: Whoever's 'it' in is the Beast of the title, and they must either escape or tag another player before sundown, or face being eaten by the winners.

But the tag only counts if no one's paused the game without notice, and if they sneak up and tag the player from the east. Add to that, hiding spots that only work once per game, penalty rocks that randomly explode if touched, brown splotches of grass in the forest that are instant-win zones for hungry monsters, special clone rules (for the twins!), and so on.

The siblings spend the entire book hurtling through a game of cat and mouse, with new rules popping up in each chapter. It's all too random and frantic. There's no time for developing the characters, either, as they're too busy running or hiding.

Usually the stinkers in this series are still pretty fun to read and reminisce with, but this one has nothing going for it. Yuck.

R.L. Stine's Goosebumps (1992–1997):
#42 Egg Monsters from Mars | #44 Say Cheese and Die-Again! ( )
2 vote alaskayo | Aug 19, 2016 |
"An Apple paperback." | "A Parachute Press book."
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
Goosebumps. This is the series that kept me reading through my childhood. More than any other series, Goosebumps kept me interested in reading, and R.L. Stein is a wonderful children's writer. I applaud his efforts, and can't express enough my gratitude for the series. ( )
  wodenthewanderer | Apr 2, 2013 |
this book was sooo lame dont read it it sucks eggs ( )
  bplteen | Apr 16, 2012 |
  BRCSBooks | Dec 12, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439724031, Mass Market Paperback)

They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare!

Ginger Wald and her identical twin brothers, Nat and Pat, are lost in the woods. No problem. After all, Ginger did go to that stupid nature camp.

Still, there's something odd about this part of the woods. The grass is yellow. The bushes are purple. And the trees are like skyscrapers.

Then Ginger and her brothers meet the beasts. They're big blue furry creatures. And they want to play a game. The winners get to live. The losers get eaten. . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:43 -0400)

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Ginger and her twin brothers Nat and Pat are lost in the woods. They meet the beasts -- big blue furry creatures.

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