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Book Reviews: Incarnate + Time Future + Anno Dracula 1999 Daikaiju 🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈

Incarnate by Ramsey Campbell

This 1983 novel is apparently 'a novel of terror' – no, it is not. Considerable harm is inflicted by the legacy of a dream experiment. Dreams become real. Or something. Characters names change and there are no terrifying results or serious repercussions or serious consequences. This was boring and full of inherently volatile morons and the plot and ending make no sense. There is no objective certainty or fear and this isn't truly distressing. This never incentivises you to care, there is total uncertainty about what this was about and this was not macabre magnificance. This is so bad, it leaves you stupefied. Sexism is shrugged off. Characters are reprehensible. This causes a lack of interest. This isn't horribly unsettling and the oddness appears to be wilful. Characters go on self-pitying rants with varying degrees of shrillness. This was dreadful, ideologically rudderless and ill-defined. It was also infuriating and downright appalling. There is no compelling reason to read this.

Best Lines:

“I'm no longer interested in what you like or don't like.”

“If you don't watch out I'll have you seen to.”

“You'd better flinch, young lady. You'll do more than flinch if you ever say anything like that to me again.”

Time Future by Maxine McArthur

This badly written 2001 scifi novel about a space station copiously rips off 'Babylon 5' and 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'. This makes no sense and has an incessant torrent of exposition. It also has a sequel. This was ignominy and interminable enough.

Anno Dracula 1999 Daikaiju by Kim Newman

This latest Newman vampire tale was exceptionally strange. It was also horrendously boring. The book nobody asked for turns out to be the book nobody deserves. This was horrendous, stupid and irrelevant.

Best Lines:

“The Diogenes Club didn't want to have to explain itself to Peter Mandelson. The Prime Minion could turn into fog and seep through keyholes.”

“Any number of Awful People lived in the world.”

“The Frank Stallone of Transylvania.”

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