Jimmy Stone's Ghost Town

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With his new friend, David and his dog, Trex, by his side, Jimmy Stone discovers that the woods beyond his backyard hold the key to a world he could never even imagine. Soon, he ends up in Ghost Town, where he’s greeted by his ghost guide, Gasp, and receives an ominous prophecy.

Suddenly Ghost Town becomes as scary as it sounds, and Jimmy Stone realizes that he's in way over his head. More

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About Scott Neumyer

Scott Neumyer is a writer, publicist, and photographer who lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. He has over ten years experience in online PR and marketing and worked for three years as a Media Buyer for a major national film distributor. He has recently appeared in Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-A** Enemies of Evil (Citadel Press 2010) and has previously had stories published online and in print in prestigious magazines such as McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Pindeldyboz, and Hobart Pulp. He is a pop culture geek through and through and loves all things bacon.


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Review by: BecomingMe on April 16, 2011 :
From my goodreads review:
Jimmy Stone's Ghost Town had some good ideas, and I really wanted to like it, but there were too many incongruities to make it pleasurable to read. The Point of view was in first person for a 10 year old boy, yet the vocabulary and thought processes written for Jimmy are that of a much older adolescent or even an adult. This I think was the biggest flaw...it is hard to imagine yourself in the mind of a 10 year old (and Yes I still remember many of my thoughts and actions and frustrations of that period) with the languages and word usage it is difficult to focus on the stories and events. Another major flaw with this books, is that Mr. Neumyer could not seem to decided which audience this books is for, for the Young reader or the Adult reader. The language issues, made it difficult for me to remain "in" the story.

I think that the "quests" need a bit more background. This lack of background makes you less interested in the book...

In summary, I think this book has many flaws, some almost fatal. On the one had you have nice story about a kid trying to survive and goes on a quest with his friends...THAT is good. The language and audience and the decision to use first person(and that especially) does not work will for the book. This is a book I really want to like, but at this point I cannot say that I do like it(but I don't really hate it either)...I also think this book would be GREAT once there are a few re-writes...
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)
Review by: GraceKrispy on March 26, 2011 :
Jimmy Stone has had a hard life. It all really started when his mom came home from the hospital with a puppy instead of the new baby sister he was expecting, and it went downhill from there. Now, he's been relocated to "Boredsylvania" with his largely absent father. With no friends, he finds himself the number one target of the local bully gang. Luckily, he manages to make friends with David, who has successfully survived his year of being the gang's whipping boy, and David is willing to teach Jimmy some survival tips. A spontaneous walk with this new friend in the woods behind Jimmy's house leads to an exciting discovery, and an unexpected adventure. Now Jimmy has to solve a riddle that foretells the end of everything Jimmy holds dear. Can he save the seven realms in time?

I've mentioned before that I don't usually notice cover art, but I must say that I love the cover of this book. I think it's fitting to the story, and quite striking to boot. While I usually skip right by the cover, I find myself mesmerized by this one. That being said, on with the review! This middle grade novel by Scott Neumyer begins when Jimmy is in third grade and his family suffers one tragic loss after another. The story is told from Jimmy's point of view, and you can feel his frustration and lack of understanding in the events that took place. I found the writing in the beginning sections very fluid and engaging in telling the story from Jimmy's point of view. During the course of the book, however, the writing flips between present and past tense with no apparent reason (that I could see). Although I found the beginning of the story to flow well, I found it flowed less in the latter half of the story. The writing and dialogue seemed a bit more disjointed and immature later in the book. Additionally, although I found the overall writing style and storyline to be appropriate for the intended age group, there was enough extraneous swearing to definitely make me think twice before sharing this story with my own middle grade sons.

Jimmy's character was developed enough that I got a good feel for him, his life, and his feelings. I found him interesting and, swearing aside, age appropriate. I liked the relationship between Jimmy and his dog, Trex and I felt it added a nice texture to the story. The character of David, on the other hand, confused me. He seemed almost psychic in places, and I expected that to play into the story more. I expected him to have a mysterious connection to the ghost town in the title. Instead, he seemed just as surprised by the ghost town, and his actions and dialogue just plain confused me in places. I'm not sure if it was a lack of development or just inconsistencies, but I think a lot more could have been done with his character that would have added to the storyline.

The story itself was disjointed to me. It was almost like two halves of a story linked together by a walk in the woods. During the first half of the story, I found myself wondering when in the world we were getting to any ghost town. When it happened, I wondered why the extended back story on Jimmy's life. I kept waiting for them to tie together, but it never really happened. Things were hinted upon, but then the ending came somewhat abruptly and prematurely. I didn't see anywhere that officially listed this as the start to a series, but I can't imagine it's anything but. The ending really sets itself up for six more books- one for each of the mentioned realms. I think further books could really help solidify the connection between Jimmy's past and his future, as well as further develop David's character.

In spite of what I felt were shortcomings, I did enjoy the read. I think the author does possess some nice fiction writing skills that could really bloom with tightening of a storyline, and particular attention paid to consistency.

@ MotherLode blog
(reviewed 84 days after purchase)
Review by: Jennifer Damron on March 13, 2011 :
I enjoyed this one and I'm older. I'm looking forward to the sequels.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
Review by: Michelle Liebler on March 6, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book. Kind of a fun books with a little paranormal....waiting for more!!!!!
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
Review by: Laurie Britt on Feb. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
My teenage daughter enjoyed this book....I really could not get into it. I would recommed it to pre-teen and teenagers though.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Judy H on Feb. 11, 2011 :
Good story. It is an easy read, good for grades 5 and 6.Too simplistic for older teens. I did not like the swearing, although I do understand the reasoning behind having the main character swear- kids like to express themselves that way.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Richard Nash on Jan. 25, 2011 :
I found this to be a very enjoyyabel book in the same sort of style as 'The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime' by Mark Hadon.

As is previously mentioned it deals with the loss of a parent and the aftermath of that and Bullying in a very good way.

It is only a short story but am looking forward to the next installment
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Willie Wit on Jan. 23, 2011 :
This is a very enjoyable book that deals with the trials of growing up in a complicated world and the compexities of dealing with loss ...in a mildly spooky kinda tone.
It is an engaging story that is told in a simple style , one i would have enjoyed in my youth.Its age group issues are dealt with in a sensitive and delicate way .
I was particularily pleased by the ending because it wasnt predictable , a fate many good books can suffer from .
It brightened up a dull rainy afternoon.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Renee Rothweiler on Jan. 17, 2011 :
Very enjoyable, great for a teen or young adult
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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