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Book Review: The Secret Prophecies of Nostradamus part 2

The Secret Prophecies of Nostradamus edited by Cynthia Sternau and Martin H. Greenberg, part 2
This has a cool cover but is a disappointment.

Waging Peace
Odd things happen at a 1960s anti-war rally. There is no suitable response to this tale which has no cunning lattice of characterisation, intelligence or artistic flair. This isn’t devastatingly powerful.

Best Lines:
“Their bad wigs, fake thrift-store clothes, and clean shaves - kind of the way hippies dressed on Dragnet.”

“I was a big James Bond and Man From U.N.C.L.E fan, even though Bond, Solo, and Kuryakin worked for the Establishment.”

The Fire Of The Dark
This is an impossibly ill-conceived Lovecraftian tale of Nazis. This was a navel-gazing nightmare of overly-freighted symbolism. This was disastrous and lacked cold historical detail.

Playing In The Street
A tale about someone who is a prisoner of futility and who has no sense of danger. This is not a story with a tough theme. Just a tale of people who find something with destructive potency. This has no emotional truth.

The Apocalypse Quatrain
This dated tale was written when Y2K was a thing. Prophecies get retroactively applied and this anthology is not indispensable.
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