Book Review: Goosebumps #2: Stay Out of the Basement

Muahahahahahahahaha!....Continue reading at your own risk, foolish mortals.

Ok, I'm just kidding. The review isn't going to kill or curse you. That is ridiculous on so many levels. But regardless of what I say here in the introduction, that doesn't change the book I'm reviewing today. Nope, I refuse to switch books. The library finally got the copy of the second Goosebumps book I requested. As soon as I picked it up...I didn't start reading it. I waited a good 3 or so hours before I started so I wouldn't just blast through it. Not that it made much difference. I still finished it by the end of the night and still had time to start another book. But before I can finish THAT book, I have to review this one. So let's get cracking. My review for the first Goosebumps book can be found by following this link : GSBMPS #1: Welcome To Dead House

Also, I would like to apologize for weeks of inactivity. For those who don't know, (and for those who do, here's a reminder), I am a college student. Classes and studying take up a lot of time. I get to read a lot still, but my reviews don't get tossed up as quickly. Rest assured, there's a lot of neat stuff heading your way!! Once Latin and English and Government and Geology and Creative Writing ease up their hold on me. Thanks for sticking around my dear readers.  I would also like to apologize for my images. The camera I'm using isn't the best...Shamu destroyed the really good one I was using this past summer. So yes, the pics are a little fuzzy, but I'm doing my best to make them as clear as possible. This will be remedied in time.

Goosebumps #2: Stay Out of the Basement
Author: R. L. Stine
Genre: Children's Horror
Year: 1992

Casey and Margaret have been missing their dad lately. He isn't gone or anything...he's just not been acting the same. Ever since he was fired, he's been in the basement. Being a scientist, its most likely that he's just working very hard on his experiments. It's not like a botanist could get into THAT much trouble right?

....Yeah, sure. Keep telling yourself that kids.

Casey and Margaret have certainly noticed the difference. For one, their dad never wears a baseball cap. He used to have time for Frisbee in the yard, and of course he used to use those nicknames that Margaret hates. Suddenly he doesn't do any of those things. Hes been more reclusive and secretive. Margaret and Casey decide to find out. But when they go down to get dad from the basement, he gets super angry and yells at them. After one little excursion into the basement, Dr. Brewer decides to put a lock on the basement door. What in the world is he hiding down there?

Stay Out of the BasementThis book was certainly very strange. It makes me glad that neither of my parents are scientists (and especially not the mad kind) and that we don't have a basement at our house. Things escalate pretty quickly. So many peculiar things begin to happen. The spookiest things are the plants. What in the world are they and where did they come from? How do they breathe out loud, and reach out to grab you, and moan? The personification is so killer. These plants are very human seeming!!!

I had already ruined this one for myself before I even started to read it. I watched the episodes of Goosebumps on Netflix with my little sister and this one happened to be one of them. So before I read it, I knew pretty much what was going to happen. There were very slight differences between the two, but overall, nothing too major. (So if you have Netflix, I recommend watching it, since its a pretty cool show). Read the book first though! I think it would be better that way. Leaves more to the imagination for a while.

Overall, Stay Out of the Basement was a fun and quick read. It was definitely creepy and very descriptive, which I enjoyed. At the same time, it wasn't OVERLY descriptive (which is something I get super annoyed by). Totally worth the 2-3 non-consistent hours it took me to read. I give this book a Lone Star rating of ✯✯✯.

I'm enjoying the Goosebumps series.  This series is pretty neat and isn't something I've really read before. I've never delved into the horror genre too much, but these have been a blast and I can't wait to read some more. R. L. Stine is quite the writer and very creative. I don't know where he comes up with these ideas, but I like them and they're enjoyable. Quick Side Note: The first two I've read have both been the re-releases with bonus pages of content (interviews, extra info and fast facts). They are the hardcovers, with new cover art and I like them. They're very nice copies in my opinion.

This is Samantha, from The Real World According To Sam, with a friendly reminder to......STAY OUT OF THE BASEMENT!!!!!  

Be on the lookout for my Halloween Special coming to The Real World According To Sam very soon!!!