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Book Reviews: Mina + These Our Revels + Blood To Blood + Storm Front + Fool Moon

Mina: The Dracula Story Continues by Marie Kiraly
This 1994 novel is from the author of the equally turgid ‘Leanna: Possession of a woman’ and ‘Madeline: After the Fall of Usher’. This ‘Dracula’ sequel lacks wit, venom, honesty, conviction and erotic allure. Mina has had her passion raised by Dracula and is bored of her husband and contemptuous of Van Helsing and co’s controlling and coercive behaviour. She whines, cheats and nothing actually happens. The toxic by-product of Dracula is Mina’s hostile thinking and her playing the emotional victim for pages upon pages of verbal piffle and jibber jabber. Various annoying new characters are irritants. Mina is viewed with moral suasion and ends up in an asylum. This was infuriatingly dumb, emotionally stiff and full of incoherent ranting.

Best Lines:
“Wire me or you will no longer be welcome in this house.”

“I seem to have misplaced my wife.”

Forever Knight: These Our Revels by Anne-Hathaway-Nayne
Apart from the epilogue and prologue the majority of this 1997 book is set in Elizabethan England of 1599. In the epilogue/prologue Nat views the internet with suspicion and Nick uses the term cyberspace while trying to tell the boring Nat about his past. In the 1599 tale Nick hangs out with Will Shakespeare and speaks in cod-Renaissance chat. A woman with disordered wits lurks. The dull Vachon and Screed lurk. This reads like bad fanfic. The 1599 Nick, Lacroix and Janette prance around with actors and low rent types. This was unspeakably dull and unsparingly terrible and the antiquated dialogue annoyed.

Best Lines:
“Lickerish wench.”

“Where are my hairs!”

“A great and felonious and forcible enterprise.”

“Humble humbilissimus deponent sayeth naught.”

“The sooner killed the better.”

“Be quiet, lest you be quieted.”

Blood To Blood: The Dracula Story Continues by Elaine Bergstrom
This 2000 sequel to ‘Mina’ is not under a pen-name. This was boring with no sensuality, rich sexuality or raw intensity. Mina whines about her dark passion, men whine, new characters bore and Dracula’s sister Joanna Tepes prances around madly for no clear reason.

Best Lines:
“Her destination was the port city of Varna. She had absolutely no idea how to get there except to travel east to the sea.”

“The Western wars.”

Storm Front: Book One of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
This 2000 novel is the debut of sexist burk Harry Dresden who fights an evil wizard in Chicago whilst dealing with a magical stalker, a rated G for Gangster and a hysterical screechy cop named Murphy. This was clunky and full of exposition dumping and the world building was different to what showed up in later books.

Best Lines:
“Have you ever been approached by a grim-looking man, carrying a naked sword with a blade about ten miles long in his hand, in the middle of the night, beneath the stars on the shores of Lake Michigan?”

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that there isn’t an invisible demon about to eat your face.”

Fool Moon: Book Two of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
In this 2001 novel Harry deals with werewolves. Murphy gets ever more shrill and annoying and this was dull.

Best Line:
“Someone has to teach them complicated things like summoning demons, ritual magic and clichéd villain dialogue.”
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