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Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town: An Official Stranger Things… (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Adam Christopher (Tekijä)

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Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things.     Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper's protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked "New York" out of the basement--and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does "Vietnam" mean? And why has he never talked about New York? Although he'd rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can't deny the truth any longer. And so begins the story of the incident in New York--the last big case before everything changed. . . . Summer, New York City, 1977. Hopper is starting over after returning home from Vietnam. A young daughter, a caring wife, and a new beat as an NYPD detective make it easy to slip back into life as a civilian. But after shadowy federal agents suddenly show up and seize the files about a series of brutal, unsolved murders, Hopper takes matters into his own hands, risking everything to discover the truth. Soon Hopper is undercover among New York's notorious street gangs. But just as he's about to crack the case, a blackout rolls across the boroughs, plunging Hopper into a darkness deeper than any he's faced before.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town: An Official Stranger Things Novel
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Info:Del Rey (2019), 432 pages
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näyttää 3/3
Not a Stranger Things novel. A Detective novel that happens to feature Jim Hopper. ( )
  kenlin | Jan 16, 2021 |
I wanted to give it four stars, but the writing was kind of meh. Not to say I didn't enjoy it. The characters were kind of one dimensional, but the plot was interesting and the action was fun. Definitely a fun light read when you want some quick escapism. ( )
  carlypancakes | May 28, 2020 |
A serviceable Stranger Things tie-in novel after the shower that was the first book (which was by a different author). Darkness on the Edge of Town always seemed the most promising of the three tie-in novels released (so far?), not only because they drafted in a credible author in Adam Christopher, but because the book followed two of the best characters from the Netflix series in Hopper and Eleven.

Not much is done with Eleven, unfortunately, but she is authentically written. She is there only in short chapters dropped in throughout the book as, sitting in their cabin in Hawkins, Hopper tells a story from his past and checks back in with her every so often. The story Hopper recounts comes from his time as a detective in New York City in 1977, back when he still had a wife and child (that hinterland was one of the best things about Season One of Stranger Things) and before he returned to his hometown in Indiana, where, after coffee and contemplation, he would eventually help Joyce solve the mystery of the disappearance of Will Byers.

Consequently, this is a different, less surly Hopper than the one we're used to from the TV series, but there's enough there to keep the character authentic. He's still a slightly clueless Big Damn Hero, although I think the novel missed a trick in not delving just a little bit more into his Vietnam past. There's certainly opportunity for it. That said, the book is competent enough at bringing us the characters we know and love (well, two of them).

However, the book never rises above that mere competence. It proceeds more or less as you would expect it too. The criminal conspiracy that Hopper must uncover proves underwhelming, and the federal agents are never suitably ambiguous. Even the dialogue is predictable, being mostly plot-based and, when not, relying on recycled bonhomie. The story moves quickly, but it rarely grips you.

Now, you might say this is unfair: it's just a tie-in novel to a larger franchise (which itself hardly taxes the brain). But there are good tie-in novels: the five Psych ones are pretty good (and that's an under-rated TV show besides) and the two Indiana Jones ones I've read are vivid. I've heard some of the Star Wars ones are good. It can be done.

The problem, I think, is that the Stranger Things universe is not suited to the likes of this, whether done competently (as by Adam Christopher here) or messily (as by Gwenda Bond in the first book, Suspicious Minds). The franchise's scenario is a small town in Indiana where strange, science-fiction-fantasy things happen. Having a tie-in novel where such things happen elsewhere or at another time would dilute the franchise – that is, the uniqueness of things happening in Hawkins in the mid-1980s – whereas you can't have tie-ins set in the same place and the same time, with the same characters, as much depends on things going back to normal between seasons. You couldn't have, say, a novel based around Mike or Dustin going off on a high-stakes adventure of their own. The scope for tie-ins is extremely limited, and the resultant books are limited too.

Adam Christopher has nothing to be ashamed of here, and in fact he does as much as can be done with such a limited hand. Prequels are notoriously difficult to do for a suspense/thriller property: we already know certain characters are going to survive, and that spikes the story. (That said, Christopher doesn't help himself in the book, as Hopper reassures Eleven that other minor characters turned out fine too.) Stranger Things has always had an aesthetic that works, and though this novel makes a credible attempt (with appropriate chapter titles like 'The City Upside Down' and 'The Disappearance of Detective James Hopper'), it's not enough. There's none of the sci-fi-fantasy spookiness of the show, nor any of our favourite characters interacting in solving a quest. Nor can there be – and that's fatal. The Stranger Things television series provides perfect, effortless entertainment, but its tie-ins? The first book was terrible; the second has provided relief that it wasn't terrible, rather than entertainment. ( )
  Mike_F | Mar 10, 2020 |
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Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things.     Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper's protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked "New York" out of the basement--and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does "Vietnam" mean? And why has he never talked about New York? Although he'd rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can't deny the truth any longer. And so begins the story of the incident in New York--the last big case before everything changed. . . . Summer, New York City, 1977. Hopper is starting over after returning home from Vietnam. A young daughter, a caring wife, and a new beat as an NYPD detective make it easy to slip back into life as a civilian. But after shadowy federal agents suddenly show up and seize the files about a series of brutal, unsolved murders, Hopper takes matters into his own hands, risking everything to discover the truth. Soon Hopper is undercover among New York's notorious street gangs. But just as he's about to crack the case, a blackout rolls across the boroughs, plunging Hopper into a darkness deeper than any he's faced before.

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