To Wake the Dead Mass Market Paperback – 2 Nov 2004
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About the Author
Richard Laymon has an MA in English Literature from Loyola University, LA. After a variety of jobs, he now works full-time as a writer and lives with his wife and daughter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To Wake The Dead is the American title for "Amara" so the two books are he same - if you own Amara than DO NOT buy this as it is exactly the same book.
I love all of Richard Laymon's books and have most of them.
This one was brilliant.
The killings are "investigated" by assistant curator Susan Connors, who is carrying on with fellow staffer Taggart Parker, who is himself being stalked by the grotty, fat, stupid Mabel, who, more pathetic than menacing, is dumber than your pet rock.
All of this could have been a fairly entertaining mummy-on-a-rampage story that could have been a good pulp page-turner if Laymon hadn't left it, and his characters, so underdeveloped. The story also suffers from the fact that Laymon just didn't seem to have any idea as where to go with this idea, as Amara wakes, kills, falls asleep, wash, rinse, repeat. And that's it, with the story crawling on for fifty pages too long, and ending with a clichéd direct-to-DVD explosion.
Unfortunately this novella didn't come to the party alone. "To Wake The Dead" is also printed with a concurrent novella that is braided into the mummy-on-a-rampage storyline. This is essentially a poor, pointless, plotless, pornographic grindhouse bit of torture porn roughie involving two people that have been kidnapped and are relentlessly raped and mutilated. This storyline goes nowhere, slowly, as more captives come and go, while the tedium never ends. This tenaciously mediocre story meanders endlessly, with our captives finally cooking up an escape plot, which never happens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good read but I refuse to write so much for each little object and do will cut and paste this into each section to avoid having to retype endlessly.Published on 4 Dec. 2013 by jan
Although most of Richard Laymon's stories are always along the same lines, and you can pretty much predict what is going to happen I still don't tire of his stories and trying to... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2012 by Kurt Farrar
This is really a collection of several short stories crudely edited together to form what is purported to be a novel. Read morePublished on 22 May 2009 by Abiline