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Unsatisfying take on a Hammer classic,
This review is from: Kronos (Hammer) (Paperback)
I haven't read any of Guy Adams other novels and came to this book purely as a fan of Hammer and the film Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter.
I really didn't enjoy it. Guy Adams has made some very bizarre choices in the way he has adapted the film for this novelisation. The most jarring of which is to narrate the story in the present tense, from the first person point of view of just about every characters in the story. This leads to very short chapters and a constantly changing view point. The characterisation and narrative voices just aren't different enough so I found myself confused a lot of the time about who was telling the story and had to keep flicking back through the book. Baring in mind that I'm quite familiar with the story via the film, I found this book difficult to follow a lot of the time.
The attempts at humour and wit within the text are also quite jarring and they come across to me a lot of the time as smug rather than funny.
If this was an original novel by Guy Adams, I'm sure it would be fine. But as a novelisation of a classic Hammer film it's massively unsatisfying. I'm certainly not tempted to try any of his other books, and if he adapted another Hammer I wouldn't waste my time reading it.
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2012, 16:59:11 BST
I completely agree - the structure of the book and the present tense, first-person narrative makes for a very jarring and unsatisfying read. And the 'humour' is very weak and unfunny, although (I suppose) justified by the humuorous tone taken by the film.
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