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New Stephen King-My Eye!!!!,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)
Obviously touted as such by a lazy and desperate PR department. No way do this author's books even touch the worst product of The Master's coke-and-booze addled period.
I bought this remaindered in The Pound Shop then realised I had read the author's Apartment 16 and not enjoyed it-in fact it was a slog to get through his over florid descriptive paragraphs.
I gave this a go though, and it wasn't that bad-but there were several points that really tumbled it down the rankings-
First, why does the deus ex machina mysterious millionaire keep telling the main character is the only one who can do the job and that he will find out the reasons? This plot point goes nowhere-it just drops to one side without any resolution. I thought the protagonist was going to prove to have a link with the cultists, but no the whole plot point builds and then never goes anywhere.
Secondly, why does the second lead just drop out presumably 'vanished' towards the end, then we get a third person intervention telling us he has survived but then plays no further point in the story. Were we supposed to be upset at his presumed demise?
Third, why did the Finger Mouse character never suffer from any of the footage he saw, as everyone else connected was directly threatened by the paranormal characters?
Fourth, how in the hell did the downstairs neighbour looking after the protagonist's cat not hear him running, screaming, throwing furniture about, and finally flinging himself out of a window after fighting with one intruder, without her WAKING UP?!
Fifth, what happened to the cat?
Sixth-it introduces a new character mere pages from the end who we are supposed to root for, and care when he dies horribly-why not have just kept the second lead? The same thing happens to the other moviemaker-introduced and then dropped. Bad bad plotting!
Seventh-(and I realise I'm going on a bit here but this stuff is BUGGING me) the big bad turns out to be a non speaking character dying in bed after all that? It took me all that reading to get to THIS?
My final observation, the author cannot write a satisfying climax-Apt 16 also suffered from this problem-this one just ends with the main character realising he may be in a spot of bother, and making a phone call-no resolution, no epilogue, nothing, zip zilch, nada.
No more Nevill for me.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2014 10:16:02 BDT
Mrs W Waugh says:
Now I know why I hesitated buying his books,on paper they sound good,but if he was that good why isnt he showcased as King and Herbert always are,so unless I find it in a charity shop or something similar I wont bother.........
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