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Ultimately a meandering, desperate incoherent bore,
This review is from: Dead Europe (Paperback)
The back cover draws you in - don't be fooled. It does start well on the narrator's odyssey to Greece and the older story is mostly coherent. Then it veers off into a grimly seedy gay travelogue. The bullies are comically bad, the locations comically depraved, everything gets so ludicrous and pointless. Prague is seen as sleaze central - that is utter nonsense, and the writer clearly hadn't actually been there - no locations are mentioned apart from 'King Charles Bridge' - no-one who has ever been to Prague has called it anything other than Charles Bridge. The narrator is an unreliable sex-crazed bore, claiming his love for his boyfriend one minute then the next disappearing down the nearest alley with anyone who'll do. Then there's the menstrual sex bit. Then there's the perpetual superstitious nonsense and a confused cast of characters with many different names. Oh, and then the narrator turns into a vampire. Yes, a vampire. It could have been so good, but it's ultimately dreadful trash. Unusually for me I neither kept the book nor gave it to a charity shop - it went in a public trash can because I wouldn't wish it on anyone.