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The Beast House Trilogy; The Cellar, The Beast Hou&hellip by Richard Laymon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars First and last Laymon, 22 July 2013
As a long-time reader of horror tales by King, Herbert, Koontz and many others, a friend recently expressed surprise that I'd never read Laymon, and in particular, the Beast House trilogy. So I picked up this omnibus edition, with its 5-star reviews, and expected great things. I was sorely disappointed.

There are two things that bug me about this book - the first is the story, the second is the actual edition. Let's do the edition first, as it's spoiler-free.

This book is riddled with typos. Sometimes three or more on a page - spelling mistakes (sometimes funny ones), double spaces, missing spaces, full stops in the middle of sentences... it's embarrassing. I'm an… Read more
Advanced Fighting Fantasy: The Roleplaying Game by Graham Bottley
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I'm afraid I can't get over the misleading reviews so far about this product. Let me first give some context as to my disappointment with this book. I grew up with the Fighting Fantasy books. I own all of the original Advanced Fighting Fantasy books (Dungeoneer, Allansia, Blacksand, Titan and Out of the Pit), and I played them for many years.

As a result, I have to say this book is poor. The cover looks very pretty, evoking nostalgia like nothing else I've seen in ages - I was really looking forward to seeing how the rules had developed, and how a modern layout would assist the look and feel. But I was disappointed on all counts. The layout, typesetting and presentation is… Read more
Gormenghast [DVD] [2000] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Gormenghast [DVD] [2000] DVD ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misrepresentation at Best, 20 April 2011
Have the reviewers who gave this adaptation five stars actually read and enjoyed the books?

Right from the opening scene, it was obvious that this series is fantastical hokum in a camp, humorous, overblown sense rather than the grim, dark, Gothic dystopia of Gormenghast. So much colour, so little scale - these are probably the two most thematically important aspects of the books. Where are the immense black walls encrusted with ancient ivy? The field of stones acres across that sits at the top of the tallest tower? The oppresive atmosphere that shows that most of the denizens of this city-sized castle have never seen the sky?

Instead we have a generic fairy tale… Read more

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