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Book Reviews: Fortune Of War +The Witching Hour +The Mammoth Book Of Vampire Stories By Women part1

Star Trek Titan: Fortune Of War by David Mack
This was very good. It is a follow up to a largely forgotten ‘TNG’ ep ‘The Survivors’ in which a powerful alien admitted he exterminated a powerful belligerent race known as the Husnock with a thought. Now 20 years after the Husnock were the forgotten victims of a forgotten genocide - it seems that Starfleet and others have been searching for their desolate worlds and derelict ships and space stations that while long abandoned are intact and brimming with destructive potential.

Now a race is on to capture the lethal technology. Oddly no-one seems all that concerned about the alien Douwd who killed all the Husnock everywhere. The Typhon Pact plot, Troi and her daughter are ignored and Admiral Marta Batanides (who I last recall in the ‘TNG’ novel ‘Section 31: Rogue’) has become a rant raving lunatic plotting against Titan, Riker and Vale for unclear reasons. The mysterious goings on with the Andorians are ignored and Mack makes it clear that the Husnock deserved the end of their civilisation as well as putting in a blatantly obvious anti-Trump joke.

Best Lines:
“Tholian thoughtwave radio.”

“Threat vessel.”

“The victims of the Husnock had long since preceded them into extinction.”

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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Over-written drivel.

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The Mammoth Book Of Vampire Stories By Women edited by Stephen Jones, part 1
This 2017 reprint collects various stories.

Introduction
This babble by Ingrid Pitt really has no connection to the anthology.

The Master Of Rampling Gate
By Anne Rice. This is a good gothic horror that I’ve read before.

Homewrecker
This is a horribly misogynistic tale by Poppy Z. Brite.

When Gretchen Was Human
A woman strikes a bargain to save her dying child. This was good.

Best Line:
“Her desperate finery.”
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