- By Nicholas Fisk

Grinny

  • Title: Grinny
  • Author: Nicholas Fisk
  • ISBN: 9780140307450
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Grinny Great Aunt Emma is no ordinary old lady But why is she so strange For a start she just appeared grinning on the doorstep as if from nowhere Why have Mum and Dad never mentioned her before after al

    Great Aunt Emma is no ordinary old lady But why is she so strange For a start, she just appeared, grinning, on the doorstep, as if from nowhere Why have Mum and Dad never mentioned her before after all, she is supposed to be Granny s sister, isn t she Soon Tim and Beth start noticing and odd things about the great aunt they ve nicknamed Grinny And beforeGreat Aunt Emma is no ordinary old lady But why is she so strange For a start, she just appeared, grinning, on the doorstep, as if from nowhere Why have Mum and Dad never mentioned her before after all, she is supposed to be Granny s sister, isn t she Soon Tim and Beth start noticing and odd things about the great aunt they ve nicknamed Grinny And before long, they make a horrifying discovery She isn t even human, she s as dangerous as a time bomb and she has a fearful task to perform which involves them

    1 thought on “Grinny

    1. Some books from your childhood should be left there. Grinny is not one of them. It remains a slow-burning, tense and eventually explosive parable about the powerful anger of children under threat. This is not a story about the essential innocence and purity of children. Or rather, it is, but not in the traditional sugar-and-spice sense.Grinny is a book that treats very seriously the emotions, the strength and the humanity of children, written about someone who doesn't.

    2. I often read sciefiction designed for younger readers, as I like to see what the kids are exposed to in Sf.Unlike Fisk's earlier books Trillions, which I reviewed, this is much better written. A tighter plot and a much better ending.Of course, I spotted the ending coming but I am an experienced adult Sf reader. Were I 10 to 14, the age group this is aimed at, I would have found it quite enjoyable.I recommend it for the younger sf fans in your family.

    3. One of the scariest books I've ever read, Grinny is pretty much where my obsession with skin-crawling chillers began. I'm still in awe of Fisk's ability to turn ordinary things into things that absolutely terrify. Though I've not read it in years, the thought of Grinny still gives me chills.

    4. I really enjoyed reading this as a child but reading it again as an adult I found it shockingly dated and not suitable for the age range it is written for. It didn't read well and had many things I found inappropriate in a childrens book.

    5. I could not read past the first 50 pages of this book as it is written in a sort of note form. I would not recommend this book as it is hard to read.

    6. Been 30 years since I read any Fisk. This is a good story that certainly as a child got under my skin but it hasn’t stood up for me. Good for young readers, but a really good children’s book should stand the test of time. This sadly doesn’t.

    7. Hated this book as a kid. This single handedly made me stop reading books for my age group and move on to adult marketed SF at too early an age.

    8. Very much of its time and the first Fisk I encountered. I'm interested in relationship between Chocky and Grinny as their plot is similar in design yet the aliens themselves have very different purposes. I wonder whether there what the socio-culutral shift was (if there was any) to have such a difference in alien. Written as a series of diary entries, it is through Tim that we hear of the strange appearance of Great Aunt Emma one day on their doorstep. And although she is politely welcomed by Ti [...]

    9. A nostalgia trip for me as the last time I read this novel I was about 9 years old. It is pretty much as I remember it which is great, the slight sexism was totally lost on me at the time, but the younger sister is a clever strong character so as an adult it didn't like a boys own story like so many books of that era and before were. This novel was my first foray into sci fi and horror genres, inevitably leading me to read Philip K. Dick and others as an adult. It also started my obsession with [...]

    10. Everybody is surprised when Great Aunt Emma, who nobody's ever heard of, comes to stay, but Tim and Beth start becoming more and more alarmed at her behaviour and must find the truth behind her.This book was written as a series of diary entries by Tim after Great Aunt Emma comes to stay and there's a slow mounting sense of unease as things start to become first unusual tending towards creepy and then downright scary, leading to an actually quite horrific final scene. An excellent book, with Fisk [...]

    11. the writing style of this book was just too weird and odd for me. It was supposed to be for and 11 years old journal entries . But it do no come across as they way anyone of that age would actually write. It also seemed like the main character had some sort of issues with woman. Story wise the plot with Aunt Grinny was okay but I almost did not finish to to the odd style

    12. This book was just as good as I remember. Fun, exciting, tightly written and creepy. The final few pages are horrifying.The two leads - Tim and Beth - are extremely well drawn and realistic.The book is very much of its time though: I'm not sure many children in England today will recognise this most middle class of middle class families.EDIT: Corrected typos

    13. I read this in primary school and remembered being scared out of my mind; the way Fisk slowly revealed the Grinny's sinister nature and the truth of her origins was gripping and very well-done. Even now, years older, I'm still wary of rereading it because of the creepy memories.

    14. Just wondering why Andy Crane is mentioned in the book description. Haven't got this book but thinking about getting it for the children.

    15. This is one of those books that terrified me in fourth grade. Then again in 6th. Then in 10th. And now again just reading the synopsis. I love this book.

    16. The stuff of nightmares - I found this book so scary as a child that it's the only Fisk I never reread at all.

    17. Not read Grinny since school, so had forgotten some of the story. I re-read with my 11 year old, who enjoyed it very much.

    18. I remember reading this at school and finding it extremely weird and creepy. I've never been a scifi fan but it was well written and vivdly described.

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