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Book Reviews: The Mammoth Book Of Vampire Stories By Women, part 4 + 3 others

The Mammoth Book Of Vampire Stories By Women edited by Stephen Jones, part 4

Turkish Delight
This tale of disaffected types meeting a bizarre sort of vampire was met with blank indifference. This is all ineffable sadness and overwrought plot twists. This was stupefying and laughably absurd.

Venus Rising On Water
By Tanith Lee. A woman investigates an old house about which no one cares or remembers. This was portentous and full of linguistic stylisation and existentially troubling stuff. Mad obsessions lead to a contrived ending. This was an okay perverse indulgence.

Year Zero
By Gemma Files. This is a good tale of vampires and the French Revolution and the debasement of society. There are cold and uncaring characters, no moral sense and an unscrupulous predator and dystopian anxieties.

Best Lines:
“Self-elected keepers of the public conscience.”

“Grim hags.”

“Chaos-bent rabble.”

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I Love Cats by Helen Exley
This book is full of weird cat photos and trite sayings.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
Reverential if badly written.
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