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Dead City
Dead City
by Joe McKinney
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.83

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring., 15 Mar 2012
This review is from: Dead City (Mass Market Paperback)
Novels like 'Dead City' remind me why Stephen King is a great writer. King loves people enough to describe them intimately in prose, letting readers come to know his fictional folk before they suffer. McKinney could learn this lesson, because his prose, while competent, is bland. Dialogue in his book is uniform, speakers identifiable only by standard attribution. Every episode is a cliché from a horror film, making the plot predictable. Even the final moments, when the hero assesses what he has learnt, have been seen or read in countless works. What is fatally absent in 'Dead City' is love for the zombie genre. Readers might stop reading with the thought that McKinney was exploiting a popular trend for royalties.

The Start of Something Beautiful (Watchtower: Series 1)
The Start of Something Beautiful (Watchtower: Series 1)
Price: 1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and engaging - the start of a new sci-fi epic!, 3 Mar 2012
From the word go I couldn't put my Kindle down. A vividly drawn world with well-rounded characters, Watch Tower is shaping up to be something really special. Give us more!

Of Saints and Shadows (Shadow Saga 1)
Of Saints and Shadows (Shadow Saga 1)
by Christopher Golden
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Early Work, Early Problems., 17 Feb 2012
Christopher Golden impressed me with 'The New Dead', 'The Monster's Corner', and the 'Prowler' saga. Quality thus assured, I read 'Of Saints and Shadows', but was disappointed. Characters lack the intimate detail needed to make them sympathetic. Often, the dialogue is preposterous, characters delivering speeches that would embarrass a writing student. Human characters, fatally, are the least credible, ranging from occasional lesbians to psychopathic priests. Vampires change into wolves and into mist with barely a transitional passage. Golden manages to make even orgies and unarmed combat dull. I continue to hold a torch for his work, but will not be reading this series.

The Plot Against America
The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Premise, Flawed Execution., 29 Jan 2012
'The Plot Against America' is at once compelling and maddening. Roth seems unsure whether he's writing an alternative history novel, or an alternative history textbook. Pacing of the novel slowed as Roth, with evident scholarship, revealed how events might have taken place, had certain conditions been met. This is not to say that TPA is without some humane touches. There are many heartbreaking moments, such as when Seldon Wishnow, home alone, waits for his mother to return, unaware that she has been killed by anti-Semites. Beautiful scenes like this, however, are lost in dense paragraphs of pseudo-historical reportage. My advice to anyone wishing to read the novel is to endure the mind-numbing passages for the hope of humanist story-telling.

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
by H.P. Lovecraft
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.39

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Fans of Weird Fiction Need Apply!, 8 April 2003
The Belknap Long story is unique to this collection, and actually made his name - reason enough to buy it! Stephen King, who often acknowledges HPL to be his inspiration, donates a brilliant story as well. In short, of all the modern prose dedicated to Lovecraftian horror, this is the Essential Purchase!
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Necroscope (Necroscope, Book 1)
Necroscope (Necroscope, Book 1)
by Brian Lumley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.26

6 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horror Hackwork, 27 Jan 2003
Contrary to what you may think, I am a great fan of both Horror & Vampire fiction - when it's done properly. I need not explain how good Dracula is, nor the merits of c.18th Gothic Romanticism, but I must explain my reasoning. This book is based on a B-movie plot, with bland, unadventurous prosical style, and simply requires no brain-power. This is not Lumley's best work - if you want that, try the short stories he wrote in honour of the c.20th horror-inspirator H.P. Lovecraft.
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