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Paul Magrs
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27 Oct 2011
From olde London Town to the juicy heart of the Big Apple, something is waiting to bite

Shelley didn't expect her posh new boyfriend Daniel to be enthralled by the quintessence of evil. She's preoccupied with the surprise success of Bessie, the oddly lifelike centrepiece of her Manhattan museum show. Her great-aunt Liza is busy ordering spooky old books from the dusty vaults below Charing Cross Road, while her friend Jack prefers brand-new books and his brand-new lover. When a little leather book arrives, Liza finds it repellent, but doesn't realise it's stained with vampire blood - until too late. Its arcane magic brings Bessie to life, and gives Daniel unimaginable power.

As Daniel's supremacy grows, everyone's lives are infected. Soon the vicious vampire infestation rife in NYC threatens to spread to London - and only Bessie and her new friends can stop it...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755359488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755359486
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gloriously, zanily ludicrous ... unique, idiosyncratic and unclassifiable ... a cliffhanger that promises much in store. It can't come soon enough (Guardian)

The combined talents of Alan Bennett, Angela Carter and The League of Gentlemen (Independent on Sunday)

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Packed with vampires, the undead, eccentrics... Fast-paced, funny, clever and contemporary' Metro

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the latest novel from author Paul Magrs (pronounced Mars like the chocolate) and it is a little book with a big bite (sorry bad pun). It tells the story of an outbreak of vampirism, a little black book, an ancient effigy, some friends from New York and a little bookshop on the Charring Cross road with an unusual number.

Liza is the auntie of Shelly who works in the Museum of Outsider Art, Shelley is having a romantic entanglement with her boss the curator, the impossibly English Daniel. He collects old and quaint things including books. She wants to impress and to have the approval of her aunt Liza (real name Elizabeth Bathory - not too subtle) who is a book reviewer and a past hand at vamp dispatching. They have a mutual friend in Jack who is not only gay but works in a specialist book store. Well he finds the little shop in London and Liza starts getting books from them of antique lore and horrors from writers long since forgotten. After a number of successful transactions she is sent an unusual book, with an unusual smell, and worse still unusual powers. Daniel wants it, Shelley wants Daniel, Liza wants to be left alone and no one wants the odd smelling effigy of a long dead Scottish bride.

Confused, well there is no need, this is a light hearted romp through familiar territory for horror fans, but this is not that horrific at all. It made me laugh in more than one place and has a few nice takes in the Vampire front. It is driven by the action and the exchanges of the main players. It does go at a blistering pace, and there is a real sense of care about all of the characters involved, and I really enjoyed it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Charing Cross 23 Feb 2013
By AngelGoneMad VINE VOICE
Unfortunately I can't write a proper review for this book as I was unable to complete it as I couldn't get into the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neck or nothing 29 Sep 2011
By catherine VINE VOICE
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This was my first experience of Paul Magrs - novelist, as opposed to scriptwriter, and it was a very pleasant experience indeed.
Unfortunately the homage to 86 Charing Cross rd doesn't last very long, as the delivery of a grimoire to Liza Bathory has all the effect of an IED on her friends and family.
In a world where the presence of vampires, Frankenstein's second bride( I love Bessie),
and supernatural shenanigans by the shed load are just taken in the characters stride ; there are a few moments of WTFery. However you could find far worse ways of spending an autumn evening. I'm sure this is the opener of a new series, so, I'm hoping that with nthe next book, we get to know more of Liza's backstory. All in all good creepy fun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious nonsense 9 Oct 2011
By T. Russell VINE VOICE
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This is a beautifully paced piece of nonsense with a sense of style and an entertaining cast of characters. Unlike some authors, Magrs doesn't bore us with lore or learning, but concentrates on the story - possessed loony strives for world mastery - and the book is much the better for it. Both the main settings - New York and London - are brought to life without romanticising and their characteristics are skillfully used as part of the book's charm. You will not, I suspect, agree with the cover's comparisons with Angela Carter or Alan Bennett (Magrs isn't in their league - not yet, anyway) though there is a hint of Gatiss's touch; but this doesn't matter, as I'm as sceptical of such claims as most readers, and this didn't influence my decision to read the book. I found a good yarn, entertainingly told - and that's enough for me in these days of over-hyped, over-extended fantasy trilogies. There is a hint that there could be a follow-up - let us hope the author has the sense to resist the urge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 19 Oct 2011
By Moonless VINE VOICE
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I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. Set between New York and London, `666 Charing Cross Road' speaks of strange happenings, eccentric characters, devilry dealings and supernatural suspense.

I had not read Paul Magrs before so can't compare this with his previous works. However, `666 Charing Cross Road' is a great, light-hearted read with a real motley crew of characters. From suave Englishman Daniel who cannot resist the dark side and wants to rule New York, to the unconventional Aunt Liza who tries to stop him and her nervy niece Shelly, and not to forget the Scottish Bride Bessie, a peculiar effigy who has lain undiscovered for centuries it seems.

This is a very easy read with lots of humour and no apologies as random strangers, family members and friends are turned into vampires or killed off. Liza and her crew are in a race against time to stop Daniel in his quest be it from upscale New York to a London council estate.

All in all, this is a bizarre, madcap adventure that takes out the angsty, woebegone misery that is normally associated with vampire novels! One to get your teeth into!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars quirky and entertaining vampire romp 29 Sep 2011
By H. Ashford VINE VOICE
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I ordered this book after very much enjoying the Brenda and Effie series, and I wasn't disappointed.

We are, of course, a long way from Whitby - the action takes place in New York, where Bessie, the undead "Scottish Bride" has been sleeping in a Manhattan gallery for a long, long time. The arrival of an ancient and arcane book with a sinister bloodstain releases a demon which, by biting the young Englishman Daniel, breeds a new kind of vampire which plagues the streets of New York. Bessie rises up to help avid book collector Liza and her friends fight this evil and return the book to London where it belongs.

I enjoyed this book a lot. The plot flows along at Magrs normal breakneck speed - with a number of quirky asides. The characters are decidedly odd (some of them), but lovable all the same, and I definitely cared about what might happen next! Oh, and there's plenty of humour - this is definitely a COMIC-gothic tale.

I would recommend this to people who enjoy fantasy and like to read things that are a little quirky. You definitely have to be able to suspend disbelief and go with the flow!

NB: I haven't read 84 Charing Cross Road, but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book.
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