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Blood Maidens by Barbara Hambly
Blood Maidens by Barbara Hambly
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 18 May 2014
Those who loved Hambly's first vampire novel, 'Those Who Hunt the Night' (published in 1988; Hambly has since written 4 sequels, staggered over three decades) will find this second sequel a disappointment.

Which is not to say that it's not beautifully written, as ever; Hambly's knowledge of early 20th Century European (and Russian) towns is amazing (her descriptions of the horrifying slums surrounding St Petersburg, for instance, in which much of the action takes place, are memorably graphic; seldom has the contrast between the grinding poverty of the many and the extreme wealth of the self-indulgent few - fertile breeding grounds for revolution - been so vividly caught); the… Read more
Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton
Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton
I sometimes wonder how many people who saw Francis Coppola's 1983 movie, of the same title, starring Matt Dillon as Rusty-James and Mickey Rourke as his elder brother, 'The Motorcycle Boy', actually knew that it was based on a novel by S E Hinton (the S E, by the way, stands for Susan Eloise: the central characters of Hinton's novels are invariably teen-aged boys; she preferred to conceal her gender so as not to put off potential male readers.)

The film lacks much of the novel's subtlety, and leaves a number of unanswered questions: why, for instance, is it shot in beautiful black and white (colour inserts of the eponymous Siamese fighting fish notwithstanding?) Reading the… Read more
Jeepers Creepers 2 [DVD] [2003] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jonathan Breck
Jeepers Creepers 2 [DVD] [2003] DVD ~ Jonathan Breck
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It's four days on from the events of Jeepers Creepers, a sleeper hit in 2,001, which saw Justin Long and Gina Philips' bickering brother and sister terrorised by an indestructible winged demon; and Victor Salva's anthropophagic monster is coming to the end of its 23-day killing spree (why 23? Well, I suppose because it's a prime number, therefore off-kilter, like everything else about the creature).
The demon, being an aerial predator, appears to have an affinity with birds: the raggedy-winged corvids clustering about it in the unsettling opening sequence being the first indication that the hatchet-faced scarecrow is not what it seems: "A lot of good they're doing", grumbles young… Read more

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