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A bit disappointing, as a WM3 supporter
on 27 November 2012
I have followed the WM3 case over the last few years, having read Damien's previous book Almost Home, and seen the three Paradise Lost documentaries, as well as the Peter Jackson & Amy Berg documentary West of Memphis. I enjoy Damien's writing, despite the odd nasty comment, as other reviewers have mentioned -- some of the things he says serve to remind you that he's just a regular everyday guy with a few petty prejudices, not the wise leader he's sometimes made out to be.
If you are buying this book, you need to know that about 80% of it is an exact reprinting of Almost Home. Another 10% appears to be reprinting of Damien's blog posts campaigning for help with their case over the last few years. The final 10% is new material, from what I can tell.
With a name like "Life After Death", I expected the book to primarily focus on Damien's experience after coming out of prison, but that part amounts to barely a chapter. There is, for example, a picture of he and his wife in New Zealand with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, but no information about that trip. This smacks of false advertising.
I don't criticise Damien here, so much as the publisher. Repackaging previous work in a new book without making this clear to those purchasing is a rip-off.
You might enjoy this if you haven't already read Almost Home.