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Tired of this! I want stories!,
This review is from: Dispatch (Signet Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
I am sick and tired of Bentley Little's social satires poorly masked as horror novels.
I don't want to know about home owners association, giant stores that crush small businesses, insurance companies, disgruntled postal workers... and on and on and ON. Enough already! This book is just another way of Little getting back at something that happened to him... No credible story, cardboard characters, all the elements of a very bad novel are here.
What bugs me is that Bentley Little used to be a great writer. The SUMMONING and REVELATION are two of the finest horror novels ever. I love them! Somewhere down the line he has lost it and now the stuff he writes should be in the back page of some social magazine. Not in the horror shelve.
The other thing that bugs me is that I keep buying them (although only reading the first 50 pages or so before I give up in frustration) in hopes that he has somehow gotten back on track. Those hopes are diminishing fast...
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2010 19:13:47 BDT
Surely one of horror's main functions, like the majority of novels, is to make social comment:
Looking back, "The Yellow Wallpaper", "Frankenstein", "The Midwich Cuckoos" and recently the work of Thomas Ligotti to name but a few.
For me, writers should push the boundaries to make us question what society is or where it is heading.
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