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The Ultimate Dare Club by James Terence Carroll
The Ultimate Dare Club by James Terence Carroll
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'd heard a bit about this book on a readers' forum and so decided to order it. It's a very accessible read and I think that's where it's clever because it actually moves into quite a complicated storyline without losing the reader. The plot centres around seven former friends and each is featured in some detail as the story unfolds from their point of view. They're all adult when the action starts but as teenagers they carried out a dare which went wrong and is now having ramifications in each of their lives. It's a psychological storyline with a supernatural veneer - the reader can see the supernatural elements as either actual or the imaginings of the characters; it's done in a… Read more
The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers
The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, eerie read, 14 Jun 2007
A dark book about a man who inadvertently `marries' a statue - and a rather jealous one at that!

While not quite on a par with "On Stranger Tides" (but then, what is?) this is still a good read and with all the usual Powers' descriptive excellence and the mixing of fictional characters with historical ones. It starts off atmospheric and eerie enough but doesn't seem to keep up that level of gothic horror. Also, although there's humour and some well-drawn characters, it's not as memorable as "The Anubis Gates".

All the same, it's another solid offering from Powers and better by far than all those `sucking up ghosts' novels he went on to write.
Homunculus by James P. Blaylock
Homunculus by James P. Blaylock
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If there's one book I wish I'd written, it's this one. Despite reading all his others, this remains my favourite Blaylock work. The characters are superb, the atmosphere a proper `pea souper' and the action just fantastic. I can hear every accent when I read it, and taste every mouthful of frothy beer! The villains are just as villains should be, and the heroes likewise. It's a world which never was yet which feels 100% real.

I find that Blaylock writes with such authority that I simply don't question the unbelievable nature of what's going on, or the adversaries, or even the pseudo-science. Whenever I read it I think that a British writer probably never could have made… Read more