I Am Not a Serial Killer

I Am Not a Serial Killer

Dan Wells / Aug 21, 2019

I Am Not a Serial Killer John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it He s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential He s obsessed with serial killers but really doesn t want to become one So for h

  • Title: I Am Not a Serial Killer
  • Author: Dan Wells
  • ISBN: I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • ASIN
    B003DX0HYU
    Edition Language
    English
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  • Page: 176
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.He s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.He s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn t want to become one So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him

    John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.He s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.He s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn t want to become one So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.Dead bodies are normal to John He likes them, actually They don t demand or expect the empathy he s unable to offer Perhaps that s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash n Dry Laundromat and to appreciate what that difference means.Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.Dan Wells debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

    Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 272 pages Published March 30th 2010 by Tor Books first published March 30th 2009 More Details Original Title I Am Not A Serial Killer ASIN B003DX0HYU Edition Language English Series John Cleaver 1 Other Editions 41 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about I Am Not a Serial Killer, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler Were the supernatural characters in this story real or just mere psychosis of the young sociopath hide spoiler 9 likeslike 3 years ago See all 8 answers Travis I m really disapointed it went supernatural I was enjoying this when I thought it was like a teenaged Dexter Now it s just another fantasy I m really disapointed it went supernatural I was enjoying this when I thought it was like a teenaged Dexter Now it s just another fantasy story it s not as much fun less flag How does this series compare to the Jasper Dent I Hunt Serial Killers series I found that one waaaay too dark for YA 2 likeslike 2 years ago See all 2 answers Bob Defendi This one is fairly dark, but here s a good benchmark The opening chapter involves work in a mortuary and it s the goriest thing in the book It This one is fairly dark, but here s a good benchmark The opening chapter involves work in a mortuary and it s the goriest thing in the book It didn t bother me, and if you have a chance to read that chapter, you ll know that if you can handle it, you can handle everything after I ve seen Dan hand the book to a potential customer at a con and just have them read that chapter to see if the books for them less flag See all 13 questions about I Am Not a Serial Killer Lists with This Book Messed Up Book Club List 28 books 4 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Apr 11, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ebooks, psychos, hardboiled and noir, mystery, 2006 2010, angels demons heaven hell My reaction when a third of the way through the book IT happened was something like For those of you that have read the book, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about For everyone else, let me explain as best I can without any spoilers Our story begins in a small town with a wonderful introduction to John Wayne Cleaver John is 15 years old boy who is obsessed with serial killers This obsession is the result of he himself having many of the traits and characteristics of a serial killer and My reaction when a third of the way through the book IT happened was something like For those of you that have read the book, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about For everyone else, let me explain as best I can without any spoilers Our story begins in a small town with a wonderful introduction to John Wayne Cleaver John is 15 years old boy who is obsessed with serial killers This obsession is the result of he himself having many of the traits and characteristics of a serial killer and struggling desperately against his inner urges John has decided that by learning how these people act and what drives them, he can determine what actions to avoid in order to keep from killing anyoneSounds pretty sensible to me, but then again I ve never killed anyone.well, except for food and that doesn t count Uhsorry about that, just kiddinghehhehAnyway, to help John in his quest not to commit heinous butchery, he has developed strict rules that he follows in order to try and be or at least appear normal For example, if someone makes John angry he will compliment them If he finds himself observing someone, even unintentionally, he will make himself avoid that person for one week to avoid stalking them These were very interesting and this part of the book was excellent Now, for those of you that read or watch Dexter, comparisons to that series are both accurate and appropriate Apart from their age, the only significant difference between the characters is that John has not yet killed Apart from that the similarities are certainly there They both have routines they follow to be normal They both work around dead bodies Dexter is a blood splatter analyst while John s family are the local morticians and they both struggle with their inner monster Regardless, I was absolutely loving the book as John like Dexter is a fascinating character and the descriptions of his daily routines and his struggle against his inner monster were very well done In addition to learning about John, the central plot of the book involves the discovery that an actual serial killer is on the loose in John s small town It seems that some madman is killing older men and stealing parts of their body Of course, John is fascinated and begins trying to figure out who the killer is and how he is selecting his victims Okay, let s just pause and take a moment to appreciate how we got to this point because the road is gonna get pretty rough ahead.Ready to continue.Okay, so up to this point, everything about the book was excellent As I finished the first 100 pages my rating was sitting in high 4 star and maybe even 5 star territory and I was just as happy as I could beD THENON PAGE 121EVERYTHING CHANGEDCAUSE HAPPENED and the book completely This was a complete FULL STOP,WTF just happened moment for me that left me stunned and bewildered It was like the infamous end of the movie The Crying Game, except that while that was shocking and excellentthis was just shocking and painful Very, very painful Well, neither I nor the book ever really recovered from IT IT kinda took the wind out of my sails Now the rest of the book was not horrible and there were some interesting portions in the rest of the book Unfortunately, after IT I was basically disengaged from the narrative I just felt.empty So, overall the book was good but it could have been great if IT had not happened Unfortunately, IT did happen and when IT happened, IT kinda ruined it for me Oh well shIT happens P.S For those of you who have requested to know what IT is, here you go view spoiler The serial killer loose in the town turns out to be a DEMON which comes completely out of left field since the book was reading like a straight YA crime thriller hide spoiler flag 297 likesLike see review View all 90 comments Dec 30, 2008 Dan Wells rated it it was amazing Review from the author review of another edition Quite possibly the best book ever written flag 260 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Oct 01, 2017 Miranda Reads rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves absolute favorites, ya series What if a serial killerdoesn t want to become a murderer John Wayne Cleaver knows he has all the hallmarks of a serial killer he likes to stalk people, hurt animals and fantasizes about killing friends and family BUT before you turn away John is doing his absolute best to curb all killer instincts AND he has a great family to support him It s a crazy good mixture of familial love and homicidal urges wrapped up in one book Fear is a it s a weird thing, when you think about it Peopl What if a serial killerdoesn t want to become a murderer John Wayne Cleaver knows he has all the hallmarks of a serial killer he likes to stalk people, hurt animals and fantasizes about killing friends and family BUT before you turn away John is doing his absolute best to curb all killer instincts AND he has a great family to support him It s a crazy good mixture of familial love and homicidal urges wrapped up in one book Fear is a it s a weird thing, when you think about it People are only afraid of other things, they re never afraid of themselves John is afraid of himself or at least he s afraid of what he could become So, he s created a set of rules avoid any situation or thought that could encourage those traits If he notices himself following someone, he will not look at them for a week If he wants to hurt someone, he has to say something nice He has rules to help him cope and manages quite well ish to pass for a normal kid.Yet, if another serial killer comes to townwhat would be safer Following his rules or allowing himself to indulge his killer tendencies and hunt down a murderer There is a fabulous twist that brings the term serial killer into a whole new light.And to top it all, there s a cute girl at school and his mom is trying to hook them up He doesn t know what s worse, that it s his mom whose facilitating this girl s interaction with a potential serial killer or the fact that he likes her back.Blog Instagram Twitter flag 89 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jan 01, 2011 Flannery rated it it was ok review of another edition Recommended to Flannery by Linda Shelves young adult teen, kcls, read in 2011, reviewed 2011 John Wayne Cleaver lives in a mortuary But before you go thinking this is all fun and games like My Girl well, at least before Thomas J and the bees , you should know that John Wayne is a killer Well, at least he thinks he is As a teenager, his internal monster makes life considerably harder, especially because John feels no connection to his peers and little to no emotion I Am Not A Serial Killer follows John as he deals with having a serial killer in his town Will being so close to an ac John Wayne Cleaver lives in a mortuary But before you go thinking this is all fun and games like My Girl well, at least before Thomas J and the bees , you should know that John Wayne is a killer Well, at least he thinks he is As a teenager, his internal monster makes life considerably harder, especially because John feels no connection to his peers and little to no emotion I Am Not A Serial Killer follows John as he deals with having a serial killer in his town Will being so close to an actual killer cause John to lose control of his own monster At times, Dan Wells debut novel seems a bit too juvenile Anyone who knows my reading habits knows how much young adult literature I read My expectations of this work were that I was going to be reading Dexter Lite In actuality, this book had very little gore and it read like someone did research on serial killers, found out about the Macdonald Triad and then just wrote a book about it I don t meant that to sound harsh but I honestly feel that it could ve been so much better John is in high school but it felt like a middle reader book as much as a book about serial killers can In terms of the storyline, I was trucking along until page 103, when a total WTF moment pops up Without spoilers, I ll just say that I thought I was reading a book about a serial killer in reality Turns out, I was reading a book with a supernatural paranormal element Major buzzkill There were just too many no way type moments for me in this story the one that kept popping up much to my dismay was the fact that John simultaneously shovels snow several times a week yet also bikes everywhere even to a lake outside town If there is enough snow to be shoveling than once a week, you are not bicycling Especially in a small town where there is less traffic to melt the snow on the roads Yes, I know it is possible and some people enjoy biking in winter but I don t buy it here note More no way moments below but with spoilers There are tons of glowing reviews for this book on , so maybe it is just me And that s great But this book is the first in a series of three I will definitely not be reading any further I see that a few of my friends on here gave up on this one and to them I say Cheers on a choice well made And to Linda, whom I still trust for recommendations, I was excited to read this one You were right to recommend it But I need blood and guts in my killer novels SPOILER ALERT Also, and this is a huge also, if a freaking demon has been killing people for decades, I m pretty sure he d catch on to a high school kid who keeps leaving notes for him Someone that is used to stalking prey will not just go on with every day life la la la while someone is trying to expose them Are you kidding me They d spy back and figure out who it is A large part of me thinks the paranormal element might ve been added in because the book is YA and, for some reason, either the publisher or the author felt like it would be too gruesome to have a regular human doing all the killing and body part snatching To them, I say, yeah right Have you read YA these days Bring on the regular serial killers flag 52 likesLike see review View all 12 comments May 21, 2010 Kemper rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves crime mystery, horror, serial killers Ever since Hannibal Lector flirted with Clarice Starling by telling her about his favorite recipes, it seems like every other thriller features some kind of deranged but brilliant serial killer It s gotten beyond boring, but occasionally some writer will manage to come up with a fresh perspective on the genre Jeff Lindsay s Dexter series put a unique twist on the notion of the serial killer Or at least he did until he wrote the utterly crappy Dexter in the Dark Now Dan Wells is taking a ne Ever since Hannibal Lector flirted with Clarice Starling by telling her about his favorite recipes, it seems like every other thriller features some kind of deranged but brilliant serial killer It s gotten beyond boring, but occasionally some writer will manage to come up with a fresh perspective on the genre Jeff Lindsay s Dexter series put a unique twist on the notion of the serial killer Or at least he did until he wrote the utterly crappy Dexter in the Dark Now Dan Wells is taking a new approach to the concept.John Wayne Cleaver is a teen age boy who lives with his mother at the funeral home she runs with her twin sister John has had a history of bed wetting, killing small animals and starting fires, and he s very fond of helping prepare the dead bodies for funerals He s also obsessed with serial killers, and his reading about them has made him realize that he s already showing all the classic signs of becoming one.John sets strict rules for himself to keep from becoming a killer, but he s still considered an outcast and a freak by his classmates He also has to see a therapist who he tells about his efforts to not engage in mass murder However, when a string of grisly murders occur that terrify the town, John can barely contain his excitement that a serial killer is operating nearby However, John will find out that this killer is worse than even his deranged mind can imagine.The first third of his book had me completely intrigued I loved the notion of someone fighting against their own inclinations John has so fully accepted the idea that he is a serial killer, that he never stops to question why he d work so hard to avoid becoming one if he truly is a sociopath However, the book takes a wild turn that I didn t really enjoy Plus, I could never get entirely over the similarities to the Dexter series It s a quick read and the first in a planned trilogy It was good enough I ll check out the second volume, but I was far interested in John s psychology than the plot flag 38 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Feb 11, 2011 Stacy rated it did not like it review of another edition Recommends it for Shelves library book, couldnt finish I wanted to read this book because of my fascination with serial killers and the intriguing slant in the main character s relationship with himself.While reading, I was put off by Wells writing style It came off as juvenile in that he writes as though he doesn t trust his readers to figure out fairly obvious things for themselves He posts many unnecessary rhetorical questions that the reader is hopefully, or rather should be already wondering about on her own It s muddled in redundancy.All I wanted to read this book because of my fascination with serial killers and the intriguing slant in the main character s relationship with himself.While reading, I was put off by Wells writing style It came off as juvenile in that he writes as though he doesn t trust his readers to figure out fairly obvious things for themselves He posts many unnecessary rhetorical questions that the reader is hopefully, or rather should be already wondering about on her own It s muddled in redundancy.All of this I could have put aside, and tried to, for the sake of the still intriguing concept and somewhat likable main character However, a few than 100 pages in, it took an unforgivable turn for the worse I don t want to spoil anything for those who haven t read it yet and may still want to, so I will spare you any sort of real detail Suffice it to say that it became very obvious fairly quickly that this book wasn t one I would care for in the slightest I put it down without finishing it, which is something I usually have a hard time doing, but it was fairly easy with this one flag 30 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jul 02, 2015 Chelsea Peril Please rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves could read over and over again, male pov, my favorite covers You are evil, said myself You are Mr Monster You are nothing You are me. Well well wellwhat an odd slice of fun this was Simplistic and understated, this book really doesn t try to be anything other than what it says it is, making for not only a fun, easy read, but a very touching one, as well It s not easy to read about a diagnosed sociopathwell, at least not for the average person For me It felt authentic and real I became entwined and engrossed with this character in the You are evil, said myself You are Mr Monster You are nothing You are me. Well well wellwhat an odd slice of fun this was Simplistic and understated, this book really doesn t try to be anything other than what it says it is, making for not only a fun, easy read, but a very touching one, as well It s not easy to read about a diagnosed sociopathwell, at least not for the average person For me It felt authentic and real I became entwined and engrossed with this character in the early stages of the book, making it enjoyable from page one all the way until the end And then there s that damn middle part that justughit was soah, fuck it It made me laugh Hard So you have coincidental links to two serial killers, he said That s a little odd, I admit, but I m still not seeing a cosmic conspiracy against you My last name is Cleaver, I said How many people do you know who are named after two serial killers and a murder weapon I mean seriously He really went there You ve got to be kidding me And yet it odd that, in the end, I kind of loved where this went I can now see why some people didn t like the direction this novel took, but I actually, after my initial shock, LOVED IT It took a bit, I ll admit, to get past the absurdity with which this was presented But let me ask you this For me, being the type of reader that I am, why wouldn t I love the fact that this little twist made it all the perilous Yeah, it was totally unbelievable Yeah, it was an odd direction to go And, yes, it will not be for everyone But, for whatever reason, I decided I really liked it Logic be damned I think that fire is alive than we are brighter, hotter, sure of itself and where it wants to go Fire doesn t settle fire doesn t tolerate fire doesn t get by Fire does.Fire is I really did have an internal struggle on whether or not I liked what was happening in this one I wrestled with the idea that, while I am in love with these types of books, this was really dumb But it comes down to than that, it comes down to if the positive outweighs the negativeand, for me, it did And that big positive that made this whole book worth it Our main character, John People scurry around, doing their little jobs and raising their little families and shouting their meaningless emotions to the world, and all the while you just watch from the sidelines, bewildered This drives some sociopaths to feel superior, as if the whole of humanity were simply animals to be hunted or put down others feel a hot, jealous rage, desperate to have what they cannot I simply felt alone, one leaf sitting miles away from a giant, communal pile Emotionless, lacking empathy, and a social outcast, John was my favorite type of character, at the moment Well, I like a little empathy in my boys, but, hey You get what I mean Not without the quirky inner monologue or the twisted humor of the writing would this book have succeeded of that I m sure John would not be a likable character to read about had we not gotten his odd rationalizations of the goings on around him or the way he views human flaws, such as love and loyalty In a way, he s broken He longs to feel something, anything, if only to be like those around him He can t even cry He gets jealous that others have this ability, and that s why he is so fascinated with serial killers weird sounding, I know But, when you feel like you re on the verge of being one yourself, it only makes sense to latch onto the one connection in this world you are sure is your only link to humanity You re weird, man, said Max, taking another bite of his sandwich That s all there is to say Someday you re going to kill a whole bunch of people probably than ten, because you re such an overachiever and then they re going to have me on TV and ask if I saw this coming, and I m going to say, Hell yes, that guy was seriously screwed up Then I guess I have to kill you first, I said You heard me right He thinks he is destined to be a serial killer And, because of this, he has a set of rules he rigidly follows And it has workeduntil a serial killer comes to town Every day his monster threatens to leak out, to identify with this new murderer sorry, sorry, not murdererSERIAL KILLER in town But when he finds out who is killing, he takes responsibility into his own hands Who better to find a serial killerthan a destined to be serial killer I ve been clinically diagnosed with sociopathy, I said Do you know what that means It means you re a freak, he said It means that you re about as important to me as a cardboard box, I said You re just a thing a piece of garbage that no one s thrown away yet Is that what you want me to say Shut up, said Rob He was still acting tough, but I could see his bluster was starting to fail he didn t know what to say The thing about boxes, I said, is that you can open them up Even though they re completely boring on the outside, there might be something interesting on the inside So while you re saying all of these stupid, boring things, I m imagining what it would be like to cut you open and see what you ve got in there lol, is it deranged I laughed and loved that Stellar, spot on writing, wicked humor, and absolutely gruesome scenes that make you think deeper about life in general.I really liked this book And, after looking at book two ratings and reviews, it seems book two is even darker, grittier, better I cannot wait until I get the time to read book two Because once John s exterior cracked I fell in love with him I can t wait to see how he wrestles with his dark side For of my reviews, please visit flag 28 likesLike see review View all 17 comments May 24, 2010 Jason Brown Toastx2 rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves reviewed I think my wife is a serial killer waiting to be unleashed on the world.I had not heard of this novel but ran across a Powell s Books author reading late last month by Dan Wells I read a summary of his recent book and then scheduled appropriately to go and listen to him Jenn went with me and whispered creepy serial killer mass murderer stats in my ear it was disturbing how much she knew When Dan asked people to name 5 killers in order to win a t shirt, she stayed quiet and named 14 under h I think my wife is a serial killer waiting to be unleashed on the world.I had not heard of this novel but ran across a Powell s Books author reading late last month by Dan Wells I read a summary of his recent book and then scheduled appropriately to go and listen to him Jenn went with me and whispered creepy serial killer mass murderer stats in my ear it was disturbing how much she knew When Dan asked people to name 5 killers in order to win a t shirt, she stayed quiet and named 14 under her breath no one but the Author could compete with her, naming less than five, 2 of which Wells had used as examples please send the police after her FIRST if i ever drop off the radar after she reads this, my stats will weigh against me DO NOT enter our home, make sure to arrive with witnesses, and be careful if she offers you refreshments, it is a distraction tactic Bring gelato if you plan on surviving the long short of it is that i bought a copy of I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER Dan Wells scribbled his John Hancock into the cover and i went home I had some must reads already waiting that needed to be pushed through my brain machine before i could get to this How i waited nearly a month, i really do not know it was very, very good John Wayne Cleaver is a 15 year old boy in a small town Overall he is a nice kid who just can t find any connection to the people around him he has only one friend and is a freak among his peers He grew up in a family of morticians He helps out around the house and business John is an outcast because he firmly believes he will grow up to be a serial killer.John does not WANT to be a serial killer, but he thinks that the universe has stacked the deck against him, starting with his name His namesake is an actor who shares a name with a killer c mon pilgrim His father is Sam Cleaver, making him the Son of Sam His last name is a tool for cutting meat.Interestingly enough, the town John lives in has a new killer hanging around, killing people and leaving their bodies lying about with parts missing John obsessively investigates the killer, attempting to determine his motives and methodologies This is in part because of his interest in the subject matter, and in part because of his fear of joining the ranks the he knows, the better prepared he will be.This really was a great book IANASK is a mild thriller, and a must read for anyone who has found themselves spending an afternoon reading through the Internet Crime Library or whiling away nights watching true crime shows on TV Wells did a great job breaking down the mind of a killer and really leaves you mentally cheering for the 15 year old sociopath that is the main character You know he could turn out to be a horrible person in a couple years, but hope for the best because really, his is just a great kid classically misunderstood.The book is portioned well, focusing on John s internal struggle as much as his obsessions with finding and stopping the local killer.It is a little gory in some spots, but not overly so of course, i could also be desensitized ok, well, just assume that i am desensitizedOne of my favorite aspects of John Cleaver is that he has already identified character traits of his that make him fear for his future He has created a series of rules that will help himself suppress these character traits These rules are mandatory to keep himself from crossing over, they keep his darker side in check ignoring these rules and he threatens to unleash his darkness, self named Mr Monster Examples of his rules To keep stalker qualities subdued, he avoids people for a full week if he finds he is taking too much interest in them too many conversations and he cuts off contact if he finds himself following them home, they get back burner d If he feels like doing bodily harm on someone, he should distract himself by being overly nice and saying nice things about them Thinking and saying nice tings tends to push back the bad you know the classic Think Positive motivational posters He should have one tattooed on the back of his hand He must hand out with Max, another outcast in his grade having max as a friend makes him normal after all, sociopaths do not have friends, so having a friend combats his sociopathy.The book is humorous and intense in all the right places.If you pick this book up, let me know what you thought of the Halloween Dance chapter It cracked me up enough that i read sections aloud to people who were uncomfortable with a large insistent bearded man enthusiastically reading aloud a book titled I am not a serial killer don t get why that would make people feel off but it apparently does surprised that i still have a job considering the number of people who gave me uncomfortable looks on the elevator or in the break room.This was book one in a trilogy, i am very interested to see how the characters in this series turn out Mr Wells, Get to releasing the books NOW if you need someone to read them in advance, i would gladly volunteer hint hint flag 28 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Oct 01, 2011 Priscilla rated it really liked it review of another edition Very nice, Mr Dan Wells Very nice, indeed.First Impressions 1 Slow at first, but after 100 BAM What I d like to call a double tap twist Not one, but two twists in the span of 2 pages 2 I really enjoyed the therapy sessions between John and Dr Neblin.3 The plot was a general good The twist made things interesting.4 Book focuses on character analysis of John s character VERY interesting, reading from the mind of a sociopath Sometimes though, he makes really stupid decisions Very nice, Mr Dan Wells Very nice, indeed.First Impressions 1 Slow at first, but after 100 BAM What I d like to call a double tap twist Not one, but two twists in the span of 2 pages 2 I really enjoyed the therapy sessions between John and Dr Neblin.3 The plot was a general good The twist made things interesting.4 Book focuses on character analysis of John s character VERY interesting, reading from the mind of a sociopath Sometimes though, he makes really stupid decisions Very realistic character, normal teenage boy with hobbies that would make others feel highly uncomfortable You really wouldn t know John s a sociopath.5 I learned a lot about serial killers.Very good, and different read I m still pretty floored about the twist Very unexpected Video review up tomorrowhopefully flag 27 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Mar 02, 2015 Coos Burton rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves asesinos, juveniles, thriller, terror No soy un serial killer fue para m un gran descubrimiento, definitivamente es de aquellos libros por los que no daba mucho, pero me termin sorprendiendo de una manera positiva Me gust la forma en la que la historia est narrada, al ser del g nero young adult yo esperaba un tono mucho m s light que el que me encontr Los cr menes en esta novela est n perfectamente construidos y detallados, como para revolverle las tripas a quienes est n dispuestos a adentrarse en los avernos de un adolesce No soy un serial killer fue para m un gran descubrimiento, definitivamente es de aquellos libros por los que no daba mucho, pero me termin sorprendiendo de una manera positiva Me gust la forma en la que la historia est narrada, al ser del g nero young adult yo esperaba un tono mucho m s light que el que me encontr Los cr menes en esta novela est n perfectamente construidos y detallados, como para revolverle las tripas a quienes est n dispuestos a adentrarse en los avernos de un adolescente obsesionado con los asesinos seriales, y que alimenta su morbo ayudando a embalsamar cuerpos en la empresa f nebre que lleva su madre El hecho de toparme con t rminos m dicos en los procedimientos de embalsamamiento hace que la descripci n de los sucesos sea m s puntual, y por lo tanto, m s gr fica y expl cita, y puedo asegurar que logr impresionarme bastante view spoiler Otra cosa que me gust mucho fue el giro paranormal que tom la trama Estaba convencida de que iba a ser un thriller sin demasiadas vueltas, pero el tema del asesino sin duda me dej satisfecha e hizo que el libro tomara m s la estructura de un libro de terror hide spoiler Estar realizando la respectiva video rese a en mi canal, por lo que no dar mucha m s informaci n, pero indefectiblemente, otro libro que rompe con mis expectativas y prejuicios, bien por Dan Wells Definitivamente voy a continuar con esta saga para ver qu me deparan los siguientes t tulos flag 26 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 17, 2013 Cynn rated it really liked it review of another edition La noci n de que yo fuera un soci pata no era nueva para m sab a desde hac a mucho tiempo que no conectaba con los otros No les entend a y ellos tampoco me comprend an a m , y fuera cual fuese el lenguaje emocional que utilizara, aprenderlo parec a estar fuera de mi alcance En I Am Not A Serial Killer nos encontramos con una historia realmente perturbadora y extra a en la que tenemos como protagonista a John Wayne Cleaver,un chico de 15 a os que a pesar de que aparenta ser normal est en La noci n de que yo fuera un soci pata no era nueva para m sab a desde hac a mucho tiempo que no conectaba con los otros No les entend a y ellos tampoco me comprend an a m , y fuera cual fuese el lenguaje emocional que utilizara, aprenderlo parec a estar fuera de mi alcance En I Am Not A Serial Killer nos encontramos con una historia realmente perturbadora y extra a en la que tenemos como protagonista a John Wayne Cleaver,un chico de 15 a os que a pesar de que aparenta ser normal est en constante lucha con s mismo para dejar de lado sus pensamientos m s oscuros que lo definen como un probable asesino en serie John es observador y cuando un asesino llega a su ciudad encuentra el momento oportuno para mostrar esos conocimientos que aprendi durante su vida sobre los asesinos en serie Pero al seguir de cerca al asesino empieza a sentir que su propio instinto oscuro puede despertar totalmente,lo que lo aterra ya que no sabe si va a poder callar esos pensamientos Cuando conoce la verdadera identidad del asesino no sabe qu hacer si permitir que siga asesinando o permitir que su lado m s oscuro escape de su interior y matar al asesino de una vez por todas.Madre m a, la historia es muy buena No he visto la serie Dexter y por esto mismo me result muy original algunos dicen que se parece a esta serie, por eso lo aclaro.La historia te lleva a leer las p ginas de manera sencilla,no me aburri en ning n momento Lo que s , me llev una gran sorpresa a c mo la historia cambia su curso con el hecho del asesino en serie pero Dan Wells lo manej excelente y me dej satisfecha con sus partes sobrenaturales Realmente los detalles, las observaciones que hace John son aterradoras, m s cuando tienen que ver con la violencia y la necesidad de ver sangre Lo maldije en aquel momento, no porque las l grimas fueran falsas,sino porque eran reales Lo maldije por mostrarme con todas sus l grimas, sus sonrisas y sus emociones sinceras que el verdadero engendro era yo La historia est narrada en 1 persona y s , nos damos cuenta que Walker es un ni o realmente perturbado A pesar de parecer un joven algo desquiciado yo creo que lo que l realmente necesita es ayuda Es decir, el chico sabe que algo malo le est pasando y es por esto que pide ayuda pero es dif cil encontrarla cuando la gente no te comprende Y aunque tenga su lado perverso y realmente terror fico tambi n tiene su lado humano,en el que un adolescente lucha constantemente consigo mismo Yo le tom cari o y no s porque, pero me encari con l Realmente disfrut mucho conocer su punto de vista de las cosas y lo que me gust a n m s fueron los detalles que hace con respecto a las cosas que ve Realmente es un chico muy observador y calculador.I am not a serial killer es un libro d nde pod s aburrirte al m ximo o entregarte a la historia y pasar una lectura con pura tensi n por el suspenso Es una historia que disfrut y como me gusta este tipo de g nero es algo que me hizo querer leer m s sobre este tipo, me gust mucho mucho.Es una trilog a y no s c mo va a continuar esta historia pero s que John tiene el muro derribado lo que no va a detener que esos pensamientos oscuros se conviertan en acciones Genial flag 25 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 07, 2017 Snotchocheez rated it it was ok review of another edition 1.5 stars Despite the obvious similarity to Jeff Lindsay s Dexter series and the overwhelming feeling of revulsion from a YA ish novel wallowing in the realm of real life serial killers, I still was somewhat intrigued by Dan Wells I Am Not a Serial Killer and plowed through the the first 100 pages like a starving man breaking a fast with an Italian BMT from Subwaybut then realized that the delicious sandwich I d been nom noming on was made of inedible food stuff Wax Offal Fecal matte 1.5 stars Despite the obvious similarity to Jeff Lindsay s Dexter series and the overwhelming feeling of revulsion from a YA ish novel wallowing in the realm of real life serial killers, I still was somewhat intrigued by Dan Wells I Am Not a Serial Killer and plowed through the the first 100 pages like a starving man breaking a fast with an Italian BMT from Subwaybut then realized that the delicious sandwich I d been nom noming on was made of inedible food stuff Wax Offal Fecal matter Wells front loads his thriller with umpteen references to the most notorious serial killers in history everyone from Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy to Ed Gein to Dennis Rader to Jeffrey Dahmerhell, even the protagonist, 15 year old John Wayne Cleaver named for the famed actor thinks he was really named after John Wayne Gacy the killer clown, and his father being named Sam Cleaver makes him the Son Of Samget it Yeah, our protag, young Mr Cleaver a mortuary owner s son in the tiny town of Conwaysomewhere in the Midwest US is obsessed with serial killers Indeed, he s been diagnosed with sociopathic tendencies and Antisocial Personality Disorder, and is terribly concerned that the monster inside is trying to make him a serial killer, too Then a real serial killer emerges, and begins terrorizing the residents of Conway, and the bodies start rolling into his mother s mortuary, and you just know Johnny s gonna lose his marbles over these gruesome murders and find the perpetrator, andthentherugis pulledoutfromunderthereader.Everything from that point onward roughly page 100 of 270 becomes laughable and utterly ridiculous I should ve known from the Tor imprint of tor fame, the indie SF fantasy publisher website that this was not going to be a conventional thriller, but the bait and switch from straightforward serial killer story to a supernatural thriller was, for me, impossible to swallow Evidently not for others, though there s at least three John Wayne Cleaver sequels out there, with even higher GR star ratings than this one Rest assured, though I won t be torturing myself with them flag 24 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 22, 2013 C.G Drews rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5 star, horror, read 2014, young adult I m going to stay nice and calm during this review You know, calm Ha Ha OH MY GOSH I AM SO FREAKED OUT RIGHT NOW But I will be calm I promise If you re looking for a freaky YA book, this is it I m not a YA horror expert, or anything, but this is the most scary book I ve read Which is why it got 5 stars, of course Who doesn t like to be freaked out of their fuzzy socks Characters Our narrator is 15 year old John Wayne Cleaver He has sociopathic tendenciesso think of a person w I m going to stay nice and calm during this review You know, calm Ha Ha OH MY GOSH I AM SO FREAKED OUT RIGHT NOW But I will be calm I promise If you re looking for a freaky YA book, this is it I m not a YA horror expert, or anything, but this is the most scary book I ve read Which is why it got 5 stars, of course Who doesn t like to be freaked out of their fuzzy socks Characters Our narrator is 15 year old John Wayne Cleaver He has sociopathic tendenciesso think of a person who s devoid of empathy I think he was written extremely well He actually reminded me, a lot, of Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Same style of voice Same sort of intelligence and detachment from what humans categorise as normal thinking Basically, John freaked me out He wasn t just fighting murder, he was fighting tendencies It says it in the blurb He wants to be a good person, but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic normal behaviour No, no It s okay I m fine I ll keepwriting this without running around in ballistic circles checking under the bed and stuff There s so much talk about sociopaths and psychopaths and serial killers and mortuariesI found the whole thing fascinating Not in the same way John did, though Seriously Noooo It was fascinating in that I learnt how mortuaries embalm bodies, and how therapists talk to sociopaths and how parents struggle to relate to kids with no empathy I really like seeing different angles in books, and this showed me a WHOLE new angle I d never seen a book deal with My only complaint was that it s not realistic I thought it d be a contemporary thriller But it merges with paranormal Maybe if you know that going in, it wouldn t be disappointing But frankly, I like murder mysteries I like the reality of find whodunnit Writing It s very factual I ve read Partials and Fragments by Dan Wells, and while I see a similarity in his styles, this is a whole other kettle of fish While it s not gushing with emotional phrases, I enjoyed the detail and thought patterns It s different It tells it as it happens, with basically no empathy, but it s so horrible you re glued to the page Instead of being emotionally involved I m emotionally scarred instead I m also a fan of gallows humour John Green uses it Doug McLeod uses it The humour is dark and creepy and might cross the line Just don t take it too seriously I will never sleep again But hey That s what freaky books are for flag 18 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Mar 02, 2010 Annalisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for dark psychology and crime thrillers without the grit Recommended to Annalisa by Cami Shelves mystery thriller, horror, guy lit, psychology, voice John Wayne Cleaver knows he s a sociopath He loves fire he s curious about the insides of animals and the dead bodies that come to mortuary owned by his mother and he was a bed wetter Anyone fascinated by serial killers like John, okay and me knows those are the three characteristics attributed to serial killers In fear of his own dark potential, he follows rules to keep up the appearance of a normal teenager and keep himself safely away from danger Then a serial killer strikes his tow John Wayne Cleaver knows he s a sociopath He loves fire he s curious about the insides of animals and the dead bodies that come to mortuary owned by his mother and he was a bed wetter Anyone fascinated by serial killers like John, okay and me knows those are the three characteristics attributed to serial killers In fear of his own dark potential, he follows rules to keep up the appearance of a normal teenager and keep himself safely away from danger Then a serial killer strikes his town In order to find and destroy the monster, John must let down his wall of rules and let his own monster out.Wells does such a good job putting you into John s head that you can root for him even while you re disturbed by him He s a good kid, but I certainly wouldn t wish any girl to be his girlfriend or even his mom to be his mom He made a fascinating protagonist as he struggled with his lack of empathy, how to read and connect with people, and where to find his moral ground Wells asks the question of what makes a monster the kid who restrains his dark tendencies, feeling nothing at the death he witnesses, or the one who kills out of need and cries for his victims The plot took a disappointing turn, bringing in story elements that were unnecessary for the metaphorical message of John s battle the only reason I didn t give it five stars , but the story was still fascinating and intense It starts with an embalming and ends with, well I wouldn t tell you that But it s good If you are at all fascinated by sociopaths, serial killers, morticians, unconventional protagonists, or a little gore in your thrillers, than you ll enjoy this book flag 18 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 13, 2018 Mary rated it really liked it review of another edition 4 5 stars I simply felt alone, one leaf sitting miles away from a giant, communal pile I Am Not A Serial Killer was a book the existence of which I learned exactly this year I found it, put it in my TBR, and that was it Once I had it in my hands, I started reading and found myself absolutely absorbed by the story of a child obsessed with serial killers, who was ready to go to great lenghts to prevent himself from becoming one too I read about mysterious murders that shook a small town to its 4 5 stars I simply felt alone, one leaf sitting miles away from a giant, communal pile I Am Not A Serial Killer was a book the existence of which I learned exactly this year I found it, put it in my TBR, and that was it Once I had it in my hands, I started reading and found myself absolutely absorbed by the story of a child obsessed with serial killers, who was ready to go to great lenghts to prevent himself from becoming one too I read about mysterious murders that shook a small town to its core and awoke wicked instincts and forces But most importantly, I read about the boundaries that we sometimes have to create, the internal fights all of us go through and the pure side in each one of us.John Wayne Cleaver s character is one of the most unique, complex and layered ones I ever stumbled upon in a story His narrating is truly wonderful, as we see his intense fight with his mental illness and his darker desires, but also his passions, the way he sees things, and his thoughts on so many subjects and matters When I was reading, I kept thinking that he should take a break, because some of the things that happened to him were truly sad and traumatizing This book has trigger warnings for explicit descriptions of gore, so if you guys feel uncomfortable with that, I d suggest you pick something else.There is a really big game changer in the book, which most people already know, but I won t mention in order to avoid the possibility of spoiling somebody The thing is, the book kept hinting that this thing was about to happen long before it actually did, and this actually bugged me, because I would be far surprised and excited about the turn the events took if I hadn t expected it.One thing I always praise in stories is the effort some authors actually put into writing them This was the case with IANASK too There was SO much research in embalming, serial killers and criminal profiling that it absolutely blew my mind It was pretty insightful, and I actually noted it down on this weird forensic facts journal entry I keep I was really glad for all the devotion the author seemed to have put into shaping this story, and it totally made me even excited to read the rest of the books.Another thing I have to talk about is the writing I kept imagining everything that was happening so vividly like it was happening in front of me Dan Wells writing was lyrical and realistic at the same time, gripping and whimsical mixed in a wonderful product It was unlike anything I had ever seen before and it stayed with me long after I finished the book The plot was quick, full of twists and turns, surprises and danger in every corner It captivated me from beginning to end, and made me feel like I was running for my life I loved the concept of what a monster actually is, and how sometimes when you look in the darkness, it stares back at you It s a truly complicated matter, the origin and the manifestation of evil, and I believe that the author handled it in such a clever and stunning way, by creating the collision between a main character whose mind is riddled by dark thoughts and a villain who was though sympathizable and had a human side.Last but not least, the concept of love, in all its forms and glory, and the way it affects and changes people was really important and was shown through so many things in this story It is shown even in the second book, the review of which I have not yet written, but it was shown in here too, in a powerful, refreshing and wonderful way It showed how love can bring out someone s best self, and how it can truly affect a person in so many cases.The only thing I didn t like about this book was the ending, as I felt there was no cliffhanger, and for some time had no motivation to read the rest This means that it can probably be read as a standalone, although I would advice you read the whole series because it gets so, so much better If you didn t understand, this is my first autumn review, and autumn is Halloween month, so enjoy yourselves, be strong and unique, and never ever stop fighting I love you all Until the enxt review, keep reading D Mary flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 08, 2010 seak rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2011 4.5 StarsWhat a surprisingly good book The pacing was great, the plotting tight, and John Wayne Cleaver is a great, if not utterly bizarre, kid with whom to enjoy the ride Seriously, this was one of the weirdest books I ve ever read, let alone enjoyed this much What are the three things 95% of serial killers have in common Bed wetting, pyromania, and animal crueltyand John has all three The story is told in first person by John Wayne Cleaver, who recently entered high schooland also h 4.5 StarsWhat a surprisingly good book The pacing was great, the plotting tight, and John Wayne Cleaver is a great, if not utterly bizarre, kid with whom to enjoy the ride Seriously, this was one of the weirdest books I ve ever read, let alone enjoyed this much What are the three things 95% of serial killers have in common Bed wetting, pyromania, and animal crueltyand John has all three The story is told in first person by John Wayne Cleaver, who recently entered high schooland also happens to be a sociopath Not only is he obsessed with serial killers, but he has his own monsters to contend with He also has no problem with dead bodies as his family owns a mortuary and they live just above it.Suddenly, a string of murders begin showing up in the small community of Clayton County and as John explains it to his friend Max, it s like when you re favorite comic book author shows up in town, he s almost elated And who better to stop a sociopath than another sociopath right I never thought I d be laughing to myself this much over such a creepy subject, but I Am Not a Serial Killer is told with a proper blend of seriousness and plenty of jokesabout killing and whatnot Creepy funny Freepy For example People always think it s creepy to live over a mortuary, but it s really just like any other house Sure, we have dead bodies in the basement, but we also have a chapel, so it balances out Right There are plenty of other one liners and puns, I guess it s amazing what you ll laugh at I Am Not A Serial Killer is also amazingly well researched not only in terms of serial killer references, but also in terms of a very realistic look into the mind of a possible serial killer, who also happened to be extremely likable But I guess that s how serial killers tend to be, they can be extremely likable people, think Ted Bundy I guess.Even though my wife looked at me in a very strange way when she saw I was reading this, and your significant other probably will too, I Am Not A Serial Killer is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED flag 17 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jun 01, 2009 Stan rated it it was amazing review of another edition I actively avoid horror in books, movies, or on television Ironically, I had a hard time putting this book down, and finished it in what is for me record time three days.Wells creates a main character that is simultaneously disturbing, sympathetic and likable What amazed me even than that was Wells ability to forge the character in such a plausible way that I ended up seeing things through the eyes of John Cleaver sociopath.I ll admit that there s some gore in the book, but I give c I actively avoid horror in books, movies, or on television Ironically, I had a hard time putting this book down, and finished it in what is for me record time three days.Wells creates a main character that is simultaneously disturbing, sympathetic and likable What amazed me even than that was Wells ability to forge the character in such a plausible way that I ended up seeing things through the eyes of John Cleaver sociopath.I ll admit that there s some gore in the book, but I give credit to Wells for avoiding gore merely for shock value Anything gory and I didn t actually think it was egregious to begin with is there to advance the story, and not in a contrived way, either.The humor was sprinkled throughout the book, and served to keep it light, despite its inherently dark nature.Tension was good, the plot twists were unexpected especially when John figures out who the killer is , and the use of internal character conflict solid Wells book is supremely believable even with some semi fantasy elements , intelligent, and enjoyable.My hearty congratulations to the author I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy Tor made a wise decision to pick up John Cleaver s world flag 16 likesLike see review Jul 09, 2018 Bark rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, dark fiction, young adult This is a weird book but I think I liked it well enough Let s see if I can work out a rating by the time I stop writing out my feelings here I think that fate wants me to become a serial killer John Wayne Cleaver is a teen doing his best not to murder the cretins that surround him I m not joking about this either He has serious serial killer in the making vibes Even his therapist thinks so His family runs a mortuary and he s been exposed to death since he was a child but he s the only one This is a weird book but I think I liked it well enough Let s see if I can work out a rating by the time I stop writing out my feelings here I think that fate wants me to become a serial killer John Wayne Cleaver is a teen doing his best not to murder the cretins that surround him I m not joking about this either He has serious serial killer in the making vibes Even his therapist thinks so His family runs a mortuary and he s been exposed to death since he was a child but he s the only one in his family who finds death fascinating He s written school essays on serial killers and is obsessed with learning everything about them But unlike most killers besides Dexter , he knows murder is wrong and he creates rules for himself that will prevent him from acting out on his urges to slice people up like stir fry But people do not make it easy for him As you all probably know, most people are jerks Especially when they re still in high school John has one friend and that friend was so annoying I might ve wanted to slice him up a time or two myself.This kid is detached, he knows it, you know it and it s hard to feel for him since he doesn t feel normal emotions He mimics others in order to be a decent citizen and get by in society You think you see where this all heading with comments like these, don t you If you met me on the street you d never know how much I wanted to kill you But you would be wrong The book takes a weird and unexpected turn somewhere midway in and it really threw me off I thought I was reading one thing and then it turned into another thing and I wasn t sure I liked where it was heading but in the end I guess it worked out because I didn t quit it Just go in expecting the unexpected and you might be ok With that said, I must steer you away from the audiobook read by John Allen Nelson Sadly this narrator was not a good fit for my ears He has a news anchor voice and he s not afraid to use it and it continually threw me out of the story He would be much better suited to a true crime or a nonfiction book He doesn t do well with a teen s voice and this book is told by a teen He also has the funniest, most cartoony old person voice I think I have ever heard outside of the shows my kids used to watch on Nickelodeon I laughed when I should ve been a wee bit sad or terrified In the end, I guess I m giving this production and story a three I wasn t happy with the way everything was wrapped up so tidily in the end view spoiler I mean, he beat the crap out of the poor old lady and excuses were made that left him feeling good about it WTF hide spoiler It seemed too easy and too unbelievable and it infuriated me a little Many people say this story gets better as the series moves along I may try another if I stumble on a free copy but I won t actively seek them out flag 15 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 10, 2018 Rachel Aranda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves library rentals How has it taken me so long to find and read this book It s absolutely fantastic and might be a new favorite book and series for me Lately I ve read books that have been meh or okay Think it might have been a mini reading slump as it was hard for me to have interest in reading I d grown a bit bored so I took a break when the holidays came Decided to try this book as it was suggested by my fiance purely on the fact that he found the title amusing Haha he was definitely right about the titl How has it taken me so long to find and read this book It s absolutely fantastic and might be a new favorite book and series for me Lately I ve read books that have been meh or okay Think it might have been a mini reading slump as it was hard for me to have interest in reading I d grown a bit bored so I took a break when the holidays came Decided to try this book as it was suggested by my fiance purely on the fact that he found the title amusing Haha he was definitely right about the title Still I wasn t expecting that this book would completely revive me and end my bordeom From the moment I started reading, this book had this kind of jolting impact on me It felt like my eyes had been opened to this author and his interesting character I haven t read writing this griping and easy to understand in a long time Was happily surprised that this shortish book was so well thought out John Wayne Cleaver is one of the most fascinating characters I ve stumbled upon in a long time He isn t the typical good or bad boy I m used to reading as he s somewhere trying to balance who he is I like him even though I probably shouldn t Honestly I think everyone needs to give this book a try It is that good This is a must read series for me now Definitely need to find the independently made movie so I can watch it as soon as possible flag 15 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 27, 2017 Amar rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read in 2017 Ugodno sam iznenadjen jer je drugacija od bilo cega sto sam citao u posljednje vrijeme Brzo se cita i nije nimalo dosadna Mix paranormalnog i trilera je odlicno uklopen plus na to sve dodati psihopatskog mladica koji svoju psiho stranu zove Mr Monster fantasticno Radujem se nastavcinaOcjena Nesto izmedju 4 i 5 ali da ne cjepidlacim, neka bude 5 jer sam se pravo dobro proveo flag 16 likesLike see review Oct 08, 2016 Gaby rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves bad parents, covergasm, en mis tiempos se llamaba acoso, i cant stop reading, killers and mental disorders, la cosa horrorosa challenge, libros insanos, male pov, popsugar challenge 2016 2016 Reading Challenge 27 Un libro de misterio que involucre un asesinato Este libro es tan bueno por muchas razones Una de ellas es que el protagonista es un soci pata, y yo amo estar en la mente de esas personas que no tienen coraz n Normalmente los asesinos en serie son, en realidad casi siempre, esclavos de sus compulsiones Matan porque tienen que hacerlo y no pueden evitarlo. John no es capaz de sentir como los dem s, por no decir que no es capaz de sentir en lo absoluto l, se esf 2016 Reading Challenge 27 Un libro de misterio que involucre un asesinato Este libro es tan bueno por muchas razones Una de ellas es que el protagonista es un soci pata, y yo amo estar en la mente de esas personas que no tienen coraz n Normalmente los asesinos en serie son, en realidad casi siempre, esclavos de sus compulsiones Matan porque tienen que hacerlo y no pueden evitarlo. John no es capaz de sentir como los dem s, por no decir que no es capaz de sentir en lo absoluto l, se esfuerza por fingir que es una persona normal, cosa en la que fracasa miserablemente, ya que todos se alejan de l e incluso est obligado a visitar a un terapeuta porque est obsesionado con los asesinos en serie.Dada mi fascinaci n con los libros insanos y m s que todo con los asesinos, lo disfrut de principio a fin Esa mezcla de terror con humor negro es fant stica, y ese toque paranormal aunque se me hizo raro al principio, despu s que me adapt a l no pude m s que comerme el libro.Una lectura un tanto grotesca, entretenida, y con una escritura que te devoras el libro en una sentada Lo recomiendo mucho flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 30, 2015 Sonia rated it really liked it review of another edition Vale, quiz el que haya encontrado este libro simpatiqu simo sea extra o, porque no es un tema agradable y mucho menos para conversarlo ya lo intent , y no recib miradas normales , pero es s per interesante leer un libro escrito desde la perspectiva de un soci pata y todo lo que hace para controlar sus tendencias Adem s, rarezas aparte, John es muy inteligente y, para qu negarlo, carism tico cuando quiere Supongo que el que se haya propuesto como meta detener a otro asesino aunque este no Vale, quiz el que haya encontrado este libro simpatiqu simo sea extra o, porque no es un tema agradable y mucho menos para conversarlo ya lo intent , y no recib miradas normales , pero es s per interesante leer un libro escrito desde la perspectiva de un soci pata y todo lo que hace para controlar sus tendencias Adem s, rarezas aparte, John es muy inteligente y, para qu negarlo, carism tico cuando quiere Supongo que el que se haya propuesto como meta detener a otro asesino aunque este no fuera humano fue el aliciente perfecto para desatar a Mr Monster , y siempre he encontrado fascinante la naturaleza de un psic pata y c mo este tiene que aprender conductas para no sentirse ajeno a la realidad y adoptarlas cuando sea necesario frente al resto del mundo aun cuando estos comportamientos emp ticos sean totalmente ajenos a l Me gusta como Wells trat el tema, con tranquilidad y seriedad en partes iguales, d ndole la importancia y al mismo tiempo haci ndolo parecer menos grave trat ndose de un chico de quince totalmente consciente de su condici n y que no quiere ser visto como un bicho raro o un freak Hizo lo mejor que pudo y, a grandes rasgos, lo logr.En resumidas cuentas, este libro tiene la combinaci n perfecta asesinos seriales, poca censura y escenas viscerales ups , adem s de un hombre como protagonista, que es casi la nica manera en que prefiera la narraci n en primera persona Siempre he pensado que las personas del sexo masculino tienen una manera m s llamativa de narrar historias, sum ndole la objetividad y el poco emocionalismo que cargaba la atm sfera flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 21, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves youngadult, fantasy Apparently, it really is always the quiet ones I ve known Dan Wells for a couple of years He s nice, unassuming, Battlestar Galactica fan, so not unlike most of the people I know, really But it turns out that Dan has intimate knowledge of embalming techniques and is a walking serial killer encyclopedia Not to mention he possesses a talent for writing scenes which will make you regret eating lunch Ever again I will also never be able to eat liver or anything that looks like liver ever ag Apparently, it really is always the quiet ones I ve known Dan Wells for a couple of years He s nice, unassuming, Battlestar Galactica fan, so not unlike most of the people I know, really But it turns out that Dan has intimate knowledge of embalming techniques and is a walking serial killer encyclopedia Not to mention he possesses a talent for writing scenes which will make you regret eating lunch Ever again I will also never be able to eat liver or anything that looks like liver ever again Not that I was a huge fan of liver, but still, that menu choice is now closed to me Permanently This is an intense book A fascinating book A well plotted book A book that asks the question, if you thought you had the potential to become a serial killer, what would you do Would you embrace it, or would you seek help John Cleaver is trying to make that decision, largely on his own, at the age of fifteen But sadly for John, there s a real serial killer in town Should he find this person And if he does, should he just watch with fascination, or should he try to stop them It s a moral puzzle so than a murder mystery, especially since the murderer and their motive is revealed fairly early on, since they aren t the focus of the book, John is I do wish that the big twist about the murderer s true identity hadn t been given away so early, but it didn t ruin the book, so why not It s a great book, an amazing debut, and really, really, no I mean it, REALLY gross flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 28, 2010 Victoria Schwab added it review of another edition Well that was not what I expected But still very good I have a weakness for serial killers flag 13 likesLike see review Apr 25, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves i own Truthfully, I m not sure what to rate this John Cleaver the MC is so fascinating, but he s not always likable But he s not supposed to be And the writing is so good that I m not sure what to rate it a 3, 4, or a 5 3 because I usually like my characters likable, 4 for plot, and tension, 5 because the writing is amazing I m not really sure who I d recommend this to It s dark and disturbing, but the most disturbing thing is just how much I enjoyed it Don t get me wrong, I like John Truthfully, I m not sure what to rate this John Cleaver the MC is so fascinating, but he s not always likable But he s not supposed to be And the writing is so good that I m not sure what to rate it a 3, 4, or a 5 3 because I usually like my characters likable, 4 for plot, and tension, 5 because the writing is amazing I m not really sure who I d recommend this to It s dark and disturbing, but the most disturbing thing is just how much I enjoyed it Don t get me wrong, I like John a lot as a narrator He has a very dark inside, but he s desperately trying to do the right thing Maybe I m just a sucker for stories with a moral struggle or something He has a macabre sense of humor, but it fit right in Overall, probably the most well written book I ve read in a long time I will for sure read the next oneassuming John doesn t give in Dan Wells, you have no idea how upset I ll be if he does Oh, a quick warning it has some supernatural elements to it I didn t get that so when a certain scene happened it took a bit to process the action.So if you like darker books, I d highly recommend this.A few of my favorite quotes You are alway in control of your own destiny, and you are always the one who makes your own choices no one else and the quote that really sums up the whole book for me, So when a cowboy kills somebody you don t even blink, because it happens every day But when a clown kills somebody, that s new that s something you ve never seen before Here s someone you thought was good, and he s doing something so terrible that normal human emotion can t even deal with it and then he turns around and does something good again That s fascinating, Mom Just like this book flag 12 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 27, 2018 Sandra rated it it was amazing review of another edition John Wayne Cleaver ist 15 Jahre alt, ganz offiziell ein Soziopath, gelegentlicher Bettn sser, liebt es Tote einzubalsamieren und ist definitiv der D monenj ger meines Herzens flag 11 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2010 Lou rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves july read, audio book John cleave has all the makings of a killer that McDonald triad theory cruelty to animals, pyromania and bed wetting and his name to boot has strains of killing in it as he is son of Sam, Sam Cleaver and cleaver as in a weapon of choice to murder I learned a bit about embalming, sociopaths, serial killers and formaldehyde in this story He was dissecting animals by the age of 8 and increasing in behavioral problems and had to regularly visit a psychologist With all this happening to a now 15 John cleave has all the makings of a killer that McDonald triad theory cruelty to animals, pyromania and bed wetting and his name to boot has strains of killing in it as he is son of Sam, Sam Cleaver and cleaver as in a weapon of choice to murder I learned a bit about embalming, sociopaths, serial killers and formaldehyde in this story He was dissecting animals by the age of 8 and increasing in behavioral problems and had to regularly visit a psychologist With all this happening to a now 15 year old he meets his match a real killer The story becomes about another killer and that s when i started to find the story head into a bit of a silly theme Should i spoil the story and tell you what happens i think i won t because you just might like it I can see what the writer was trying to do to a subject that has been overly written by authors, he tried to sound a bit Dexterish with with some strange paranormal twist The story started good frist few chapters but did not deliver some really good writing for me in the end.Some info on Macdonald triad, that i fished from the net.The Macdonald triad also known as the triad of sociopathy is a set of three behavioral characteristics that are associated with sociopathic behavior The triad was first identified by J.M Macdonald in The Threat to Kill , a 1963 paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry.The triad links animal cruelty, obsession with fire setting, and persistent bed wetting past the age of five to violent behaviors, particularly homicidal behavior 2 Although other studies have not found statistically significant links between the triad of violence and violent offenders, many serial killers exhibited these behaviors during childhood Contract killer Richard Kuklinski, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and serial killer Dennis Rader all engaged in acts of animal cruelty.In a study involving hospitalized patients Macdonald focused on patients who had threatened to kill rather than on patients who had killed, although some subjects later committed homicide His sample consisted of forty eight psychotic and fifty two non psychotic patients He found that sadistic patients often had three characteristics in common in their childhood histories These factors consisted of chronic bedwetting, firesetting, and torturing small animals.Further studies have suggested that these behaviors are often the product of parental neglect, cruelty or trauma, and that such events in a person s childhood can result in homicidal proneness flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 14, 2018 Caro rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 000 owned, g nero terror y thriller, p blico para los no tan peque os, series y sagas, popsugar 2018 reading challenge Popsugar 2018 reading challenge B SICO9 Un libro acerca de un villano o antih roe En varios niveles, este libro es perfecto para esta categor aUn libro YA que m s bien parece dirigido a chicos de entre 13 y 16 a os, pero que disfrut bastante Un libro r pido de leer, que tiene una trama interesante y que me llam mucho a atenci n El plot twist me pareci bastante bueno y sent que conectaba muy bien con la historia.Los detalles negativos que le veo es que es terriblemente repetitivo S Popsugar 2018 reading challenge B SICO9 Un libro acerca de un villano o antih roe En varios niveles, este libro es perfecto para esta categor aUn libro YA que m s bien parece dirigido a chicos de entre 13 y 16 a os, pero que disfrut bastante Un libro r pido de leer, que tiene una trama interesante y que me llam mucho a atenci n El plot twist me pareci bastante bueno y sent que conectaba muy bien con la historia.Los detalles negativos que le veo es que es terriblemente repetitivo S John, ya entendimos tu obsesi n, no hace falta que se repita 15 veces por cap tulo y siento que hay muchas cosas que se manejan de forma muuuuy general ligera respecto ciertos detalles psicol gicos, peeero como dije, es un libro que pretende entretener, as que no vamos a encontrar un manual de diagnostico verdad por cierto, si sintieron la necesidad, no se auto eval en con lo que dice el libro porfa En general me result muy entretenido y seguro que continuar la saga.Para el resto de la serie de , pica en las portadas flag 10 likesLike see review Apr 19, 2018 Mort rated it it was amazing review of another edition Surprisingly goodWith all the mixed reviews I ve read, I wasn t expecting to enjoy it so much.John Wayne Cleaver is a TEENAGER A loner and freak His mother and aunt owns a mortuary and he helps with the dead bodies when they arrive His father has all but disappeared from his life.John Wayne Cleaver is a SOCIOPATH He is obsessed with serial killers and knows exactly what he is, but he makes himself follow some self imposed rules to keep from becoming a killer himself.John Wayne Cleaver is Surprisingly goodWith all the mixed reviews I ve read, I wasn t expecting to enjoy it so much.John Wayne Cleaver is a TEENAGER A loner and freak His mother and aunt owns a mortuary and he helps with the dead bodies when they arrive His father has all but disappeared from his life.John Wayne Cleaver is a SOCIOPATH He is obsessed with serial killers and knows exactly what he is, but he makes himself follow some self imposed rules to keep from becoming a killer himself.John Wayne Cleaver is the only one who knows the serial killer in their town is actually a DEMON Will he be able to stop it More important, will he even want to When I came across the term YA , I really thought it would be too tame for my taste But the author, whether knowingly or not, made this story deeper than what appears on the surface.Yes, it is an entertaining story, but underneath it all some social issues are raised You can decide for yourself whether you find it interesting or not, but I liked the fact that it made me think about some things there are seemingly no correct answers for At what age does a child realize that they are not normal, unable to feel like everybody else Do they all pretend in order to fit in, but will they be forever the outsider looking in How much damage does a broken marriage do to a child, especially if one parent disappears as if writing off that child How essential in physical human contact, especially from a mother as a single parent Can a demon be human than a normal person Whose side will you, the reader, pick in this story the sociopath or the demon Very glad I took the chance with this one flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 19, 2017 Mar a rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves reto 12 libros 12 meses 2017 La verdad es que este libro me ha sorprendido bastante BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT no me ha llegado a convencer del todo Es muy ameno y se lee muy r pido, cosa que me ha gustado mucho, ya que odio que los libros se pongan muy pesados.La historia empez bastante bien hasta que aparecieron fen menos sobrenaturales A m en este tipo de novelas no me suelen gustar estas cosas, pero bueno, al final me termin hasta gustando La verdad es que no estuvo mal, pero me pareci que todo suced a muy r pido La verdad es que este libro me ha sorprendido bastante BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT no me ha llegado a convencer del todo Es muy ameno y se lee muy r pido, cosa que me ha gustado mucho, ya que odio que los libros se pongan muy pesados.La historia empez bastante bien hasta que aparecieron fen menos sobrenaturales A m en este tipo de novelas no me suelen gustar estas cosas, pero bueno, al final me termin hasta gustando La verdad es que no estuvo mal, pero me pareci que todo suced a muy r pido, que aunque se diera a entender que el protagonista lo ten a todo muy pensado y calculado meticulosamente, da la sensaci n de que realmente hace lo primero que se le ocurre por la cabeza S que no me estoy explicando bien xD pero espero que la gente que haya le do el libro si me entienda.Me hubiera gustado que se hubiera descrito mejor a los personajes Veo muy poca profundidad en la historia y en los personajes y no es algo que me guste sabiendo que es una trilog a.El protagonista me gusta, pero no he podido conectar con l casi nunca, algo positivo, ya que el prota es un soci pata.Tambi n tengo la sensaci n de que es una historia un poco para adolescentes y a m se me ha quedado algo infantil Esperaba algo m s gore, m s siniestro, algo que me hiciera reflexionar m s sobre los asesinos en serie.De todas formas, no me ha parecido una mala novela y creo que si lo hubiera le do hace varios a os me hubiera gustado mucho m s Le doy 3.5 estrellas y continuar con la trilog a flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Around the Year i I Am Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells 12 66 Dec 07, 2018 12 37PM Smith English 4250 I am Not a Serial Killer 1 6 Dec 04, 2018 02 33PM What did you think 4 32 May 18, 2018 03 10PM DFW Planetary Soc Sidebar book I am Not a Serial Killer 11 9 Jan 19, 2017 04 57PM Desaf o La Cosa I Am Not A Serial Killer John Cleaver 1 , por Dan Wells 10 29 Oct 19, 2016 06 16AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing He is he author of the Partials series Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins , the John Cleaver series I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr Monster, and I Don t Want To Kill You , and a few others The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award Other books in the series John Cleaver 6 books Books by Dan Wells More Trivia About I Am Not a Serial 5 trivia questions More quizzes trivia Quotes from I Am Not a Serial I ve been clinically diagnosed with sociopathy, I said Do you know what that means It means you re a freak, he said It means that you re about as important to me as a carboard box, I said You re just a thing a piece of garbage that no one s thrown away yet Is that what you want me to say Shut up, said Rob He was still acting tough, but I could see his bluster was starting to fail He didn t know what to say The thing about boxes, I said, is that you can open them up Even though they re completely boring on the outside, there might be something interesting inside So while you re saying all of these stupid, boring things I m imagining what it would be like to cut you open and see what you ve got in there 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        Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing He is he author of the Partials series Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins , the John Cleaver series I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr Monster, and I Don t Want To Kill You , and a few others The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc He was a Campbell nomine for best new w Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing He is he author of the Partials series Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins , the John Cleaver series I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr Monster, and I Don t Want To Kill You , and a few others The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award


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    1. My reaction when a third of the way through the book IT happened was something like For those of you that have read the book, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about For everyone else, let me explain as best I can without any spoilers Our story begins in a small town with a wonderful introduction to John Wayne Cleaver John is 15 years old boy who is obsessed with serial killers This obsession is the result of he himself having many of the traits and characteristics of a serial killer and My rea [...]



    2. What if a serial killerdoesn t want to become a murderer John Wayne Cleaver knows he has all the hallmarks of a serial killer he likes to stalk people, hurt animals and fantasizes about killing friends and family BUT before you turn away John is doing his absolute best to curb all killer instincts AND he has a great family to support him It s a crazy good mixture of familial love and homicidal urges wrapped up in one book Fear is a it s a weird thing, when you think about it Peopl [...]


    3. John Wayne Cleaver lives in a mortuary But before you go thinking this is all fun and games like My Girl well, at least before Thomas J and the bees , you should know that John Wayne is a killer Well, at least he thinks he is As a teenager, his internal monster makes life considerably harder, especially because John feels no connection to his peers and little to no emotion I Am Not A Serial Killer follows John as he deals with having a serial killer in his town Will being so close to an ac John [...]


    4. Ever since Hannibal Lector flirted with Clarice Starling by telling her about his favorite recipes, it seems like every other thriller features some kind of deranged but brilliant serial killer It s gotten beyond boring, but occasionally some writer will manage to come up with a fresh perspective on the genre Jeff Lindsay s Dexter series put a unique twist on the notion of the serial killer Or at least he did until he wrote the utterly crappy Dexter in the Dark Now Dan Wells is taking a n [...]


    5. I wanted to read this book because of my fascination with serial killers and the intriguing slant in the main character s relationship with himself.While reading, I was put off by Wells writing style It came off as juvenile in that he writes as though he doesn t trust his readers to figure out fairly obvious things for themselves He posts many unnecessary rhetorical questions that the reader is hopefully, or rather should be already wondering about on her own It s muddled in redundancy.All I wan [...]


    6. You are evil, said myself You are Mr Monster You are nothing You are me. Well well wellwhat an odd slice of fun this was Simplistic and understated, this book really doesn t try to be anything other than what it says it is, making for not only a fun, easy read, but a very touching one, as well It s not easy to read about a diagnosed sociopathwell, at least not for the average person For me It felt authentic and real I became entwined and engrossed with this character in the You [...]


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