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Book Reviews: Whispers From The Abyss part 2 + Dark Ascenion

Whispers From The Abyss edited by Kat Rocha, part 2

The Substance In The Sound
Fishermen find something weird. There is no low key menace just acts of blank faced violence.

Stone City, Old As Immeasurable Time
A woman plans to enter a temple to a rapacious menace. Not uneasy just indifferent.

Best Line:
Something that should remain alone.”

Hideous Interview With Brief Man
Stringently dull.

The Sea, Like Glass Unbroken
A rejected bride gives into incredible grief. This was in disrepair.

The Decorative Water Feature Of Nameless Dread
A garden show on Radio 4 gets an unexpected call. This was excellent and very funny.

Best Lines:
“Hideous thing. Looks just like Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

“I tried luring it away to the canal behind our house with some fish fingers but it just kept spitting them back out again.”
“Has it made any kind of sound?”
“What, apart from the spitting?”

“Does the Daily Mail know about this?”

Henry
An outcast little boy plots. Very good.

My Stalk
No low voltage menace just inert foolery as a laughably po-faced nutter rambles.

Give Me That Old Time Religion
Rednecks meet the old ones. Okay.

Afraid Of Dobermans
A short tale with a twist. Okay.

Best Line:
“Mary hated when he chuckled to himself in the night.”

The Jar Of Aten-Hor
A creepy tale of a canopic jar. Excellent.

The Floor
Two house flippers find something not uncommon in their latest project. Excellent.

Best Line:
“We couldn’t risk whatever had been inside the circle still being in the house.”

Waiting
I’m not sure what this was about.

Other People’s Houses
A man likes to pry, to spy and to sneak. He really shouldn’t have. Good.

You Will Never Be The Same
Ships travel through space. But what is in the space? Okay.

Death Wore Greasepaint
Two losers work at a local cable station. Till the day a live kid’s show goes horribly awry. This was excellent and fairly callous.

Best Lines:
“Everything looked like that Iron Maiden album.”

“Muh kids, they started biting me!”

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Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan
The 4th entry in the ‘Generation V’ series is a misfire. There is entirely too much time given over to Fort and his wretched awful gal pal Suze. Meanwhile big changes take place in the Scott clan and yet it all comes across as set up for future books. Fort undergoes a change and it is a non event. There is not one mention of Matt; where did he go? This was shockingly bad.

Best Lines:
“A slight veneer of vomit.”

“Now he’s got a wife with a drinking problem and four kids under the age of five. Talking with him is like dipping a toe in the Swamps of Sadness.”

“The first time I’d seen a Hannibal Lector movie, I didn’t realise at first that it was mean to be frightening and bizarre.”
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