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Over hyped, hollow horror without a single thrill--avoid it!,
This review is from: Fangland (Paperback)
I'm sorry to report that the blurb on the back of this book is the best thing about it---the novel itself is turgid, repulsive and convoluted. It is emphatically NOT Gothic Horror---yes, the author has made use of some of the structural devices of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but he has done so without wit or ingenuity, just to make some obscure point about international terrorism. All the characters are unsympathetic, there's too much undiluted shlock interspersed with some very dull stuff indeed (you can tell this author worked on a US news programme---and not in a good way!). As a palimpsest of 'Dracula', 'Fangland' compares very poorly with a novel like Elzabeth Kostova's superb 'The Historian'. You have the feeling that John Marks couldn't think of his own plot, so he just ripped off someone else's.
I read a lot of Gothic literature and I have a particular interest in Stoker's 'Dracula', so I found Fangland' particularly disappointing. I finished it with a sigh of relief and will not be recommending it to anyone.