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I Am Not A Serial Killer (2009 original; edició 1994)

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Sèrie: John Cleaver (1)

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John Wayne Cheever keeps his obsession with serial killers in check by a set of rigid rules that he lives by, hoping to the prevent himself from committing murder, but when a body turns up behind a laundromat, John must confront a danger outside himself.
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Títol:I Am Not A Serial Killer
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Informació:Tor Books (1994), Edition: 6168th
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I Am Not a Serial Killer de Dan Wells (2009)

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    Darkly Dreaming Dexter de Jeff Lindsay (infiniteletters, BeckyJG)
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    Horns de Joe Hill (marcejewels)
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    I Hunt Killers de Barry Lyga (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar in style and voice. Both mid-teens who believe they might become killers and both become hunters in a unique way.
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    Els estranys talents de la Flavia de Alan Bradley (BeckyJG)
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    Nice de Jen Sacks (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Dan's book is better, I've only created this link because there is some thematic overlap.
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Volume 1 de Joss Whedon (BeckyJG)
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John Wayne Cleaver believes he is destined to become a serial killer because of the similarity between his name and John Wayne Gacy, the infamous serial killer. Forget the fact that his father liked old movies and his sister’s name is Lauren Bacall Cleaver. He is fascinated by serial killers and dead bodies and it doesn’t help that his mom and her twin sister run a funeral home and deal with dead bodies all the time. He thinks he is keeping a monster hidden behind a wall by following a series of rules to keep it in check. For example, he can’t watch one person for too long because that is like stalking. He divulges all of this in his therapy sessions which began after his Jeffrey Dahmer report in middle school. It worried his mother and a teacher enough that they thought therapy was in order. But then a real serial killer begins to terrorize the town of Clayton and John discovers a monster far worse than him. He decides to track the killer rather than going to the police because what he discovers about the monster is so far-fetched that John can hardly believe it himself. John’s voice sounds far too mature and detached to be a true 15 year old narrator but this may be because of John’s personality. The level of gory detail will appeal to boys as will the chilling descriptions of the murders provided readers buy into the fact that the narrator is only a boy. This is the first novel of a trilogy but it is hard to see where the author will go next with the story. After all, how many serial killers can come to town? ( )
  Dairyqueen84 | Mar 15, 2022 |
John cleaver was compared to Dexter very often and yes, there are similarities. Both are sociopath trying to fight with their own serial killer instincts. Still the two characters and the two series are totally different as in the first book John has to face not other "bad guys" but a supernatural killer. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Mar 7, 2022 |
I read it in one day.

The clear point of comparison for I Am Not A Serial Killer/John Cleaver is to Dexter, so let's start there. I like John better, as a character and a serial killer. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy Dexter (also read 'em in a day), but I've never really been afraid of Dexter. Despite his total lack of empathy and tendency to murder, he blends in so well that I would gladly be his friend. We could golf, have barbecues. The wives and kids playing in the back yard while we drink something manly and appropriate and make quips about bloody meat (or something). Dexter is so in control that, for a serial killer, he's down-right cuddly.

John Cleaver is not. He's got his rules like Dexter, but Dexter's rules are to keep Dexter out of jail, and John's rules are to keep other people alive. And John just... can't... stop... himself... breaking those rules. Whereas Dexter feels almost like Troll Hunter (from the excellent Norwegian film), a kind of "sanitation engineer" that removes monsters from society, John Cleaver feels like a serial killer who's one bad day from snapping and killing some random person.

Stepping away from John, for a moment, the conflict in the book arises from another serial killer in town who starts killing people, and John starts investigating him. Without going too far into it, this other killer is surprisingly sympathetic, which caught me off guard. In fact, at times, I'd say s/he's more sympathetic than our hero protagonist. Which, honestly, adds even more to John's inherent threatening nature and, I'd say, makes the book stronger.

The downside, well, some of it reads like a Wikipedia article about serial killers. It's decently hid in dialog (for the most part), but the info-dumps are there. Luckily, I'm the kind of person who casually surfs Wikipedia for fun, so it wasn't too bothersome.

4 embalmings out of 5

Let's talk about IT, the reveal about 1/3 through the book. I knew about IT going in, and I think knowing is the way to go. Very rarely is it beneficial for a reader to be surprised by the genre that they're reading (Dexter in the Dark, I'm looking at you). In fact, I can't think of a single book that's done it well. Imagine if My Teacher is an Alien were titled I Don't Like My Teacher, and then surprise! Aliens. I suspect very few people want that. Normally, I go far, far out of my way so I don't reveal spoilers, but in this case I'm going to make an exception. But if you do want to be surprised, stop here.

The competing killer's a demon. I knew there were demons going in (thank you Writing Excuses) and the "reveal", for me, was who the demon was more than "OMG WAT A DEMON". (Of course, I also had guessed who the killer was going to be as soon as they showed up.) And as far as I'm concerned, all this demon business is perfectly okay. I mean, I'm also reading Stephen King, it's not like the occasional demon's going to break my suspension of disbelief--as long as I know that's the genre I'm reading.

Originally posted on Forest Azuaron. ( )
  Azuaron | Mar 1, 2022 |
Loved it. Know the rules...live by the rules...never forget the rules. You are all truly wonderful people. ( )
  Scaulkins | Jan 27, 2022 |
We should start this off by saying I am interested in psychological profiling. I find serial killers and why people do thing like this interesting. I love the tv show Criminal Minds, etc. etc. That's why I wanted to read this book. A sociopathic (undiagnosed, you can't really until they're over 18) 15 year old trying not to become a serial killer? Sign me up. Creepy struggles ahead, interesting as fuck.


And yet.....


There is an element of this novel that I was not expecting. I kind of want to put in it here, it will be a bit of a spoiler but I was angry that I wasn't aware of this before reading. I feel it was sort of falsely advertised. I hate spoiling people though, so I'll give you a vague warning, there are supernatural elements to this novel. Fantasy bits if you will. This is the part of the novel I had problems with. If not for this, I may very well have given this 5 stars. John was awesome, but we'll get to him in a minute. It just.....it made me angry. I wanted a realistic look at someone in this situation. A sociopath trying not to become a killer as part of his desperately wants - needs and urges - to. Is that creepy as fuck? Yes. Interesting and compelling? Yes. And it was all that, which is why I still enjoyed it. But the supernatural elements had me feeling gipped out of a better story. Don't get me wrong, I like fantasy, but not if it hits me out of nowhere in a book that I went into thinking was realistic. So, that is my rant on that.


Still.....


John Wayne Cleaver was interesting as fuck. I have no doubts that kid will probably wind up killing someone in the future. If he wasn't fictional, I would call the cops and tell them to lock him up now. At the same time, you root for him. You want him to somehow beat his sociopathic instincts. You want him to win over the Clayton Killer. You are on his side. He was a brilliant character, and I am a sucker for those.


All in all, I'm glad I read it, once I got over my initial annoyance about the supernatural bit, I really enjoyed the read and would still recommend it to people. ( )
  banrions | Dec 7, 2021 |
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"I liked I Am Not a Serial Killer. It wasn’t a perfect book but it was engaging and creepy while still managing to be sweet. "
afegit per r.orrison | editaTor.com, Brit Mandelo (Apr 26, 2010)
 
Great pacing, a likable character, and a combination of horror and supernatural elements make this title in a new trilogy appealing.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaLibrary Journal, Craig Shufelt (Apr 1, 2010)
 
[T]his deft mix of several genres features a completely believable teenage sociopath (with a heart of gold), dark humor, a riveting mystery and enough description of embalming to make any teen squeamish even if they won't admit it.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaKirkus (Apr 1, 2010)
 
Wells does a good job entering the mind of his unlikely protagonist, but a surprising revelation about the Clayton killer's identity may turn off thriller readers who prefer not to mix genres.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaPublishers Weekly (Feb 1, 2010)
 
gives a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of a fifteen year old boy on the verge of possibly becoming a serial killer. It delves into the human side of what it's like to have dark, murderous thoughts and how to keep them in check.
 
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