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Psychomech Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1992

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Tor Ed edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812520238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812520231
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay, I'm going to say some things in this review that some people might feel are unkind - so I want to preface that by making it clear that I am a great admirer of Brian Lumley. He writes some really good stuff, particularly the Necroscope series. However, like all authors, he ain't perfect, and some of his imperfections show up rather vividly in Psychomech.

Lumley's strengths lie in his intriguing concepts, memorable characters, and deceptively intricate plots with logical chains of causality. His main weakness is dialogue, and to be fair, the dialogue in this novel stinks. Not only is it wooden, over-expositiony, and melodramatic, but it just doesn't build character well. I also got tired of breathy female characters crying 'Oh, Richard!' or 'Oh, Gareth!' We also have to put up with male characters slamming their fists into their palms. And when, in one such fist-palming episode, a character cries, 'God damn!' I almost fell about laughing. Adam West and Burt Ward sprang to mind.

Enough unkindness, however honest it might be.

Psychomech is not the worst novel you will ever read. For me, it reads a little bit like a dress-rehearsal for Necroscope: The major themes are all there; ESP, teleportation, high-technology versus the paranormal, metempsychosis, father-son relationships, fear of death, life after death, etc. Furthermore, some of the lesser motifs appear; the swamp, the alien landscape with strange rock formations, there are even mentions of vampires! I can imagine that these themes were eating away at the author when writing this novel, but they finally came to a head with the brilliant Necroscope.

The characters in Psychomech are all memorable, although none of them are in any way nice (possible exception of Vicky).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. H. Mcroberts on 6 Dec. 2007
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As a great fan of brian i was a little surprised with this book,,, i didnt think that it had much going for it. There was no shocks no gripping tension. I only finished the book because i was ill in bed and didnt have anything else to read..You know what the ending will be like half way through so it sorts of spoils it and you think why bother,
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brian lumley is an excellent story teller. i have all the vampire books, some of which i have had for over thirty years and have read again for the second time. i also have the psycho trilogy books and will read them too in the future again
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