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Book Reviews: The Night Is For Hunting + The Crush + The Crush II + Vampire Slayers

The Night Is For Hunting by John Marsden

The 6th in the ‘Tomorrow Series’. Ellie and her remaining friends are heading back to Hell. But they get some unwanted tagalongs in the form of a pack of feral children who’ve been on their own since the invasion.

The children are uncooperative, selfish, stupid and quite frankly do not seem intelligent enough to remember to breathe. So not only do Ellie and co have to continue their quest to survive but they have to take care of the ungrateful brats.

This is an enjoyable entry in the series. It’s day to day survival no blowing up bridges or airfields or escaping prison here. This was more enjoyable then the 3rd, 4th and 7th books in the series. So now I’ve read all 10 books in this saga and I did enjoy it even if the Aussie slang is bizarre.

The Crush by Jo Gibson

If she can’t have him, no-one else can!

From 1994 comes this tale of stupid teenagers who work at Covers a teen nightclub in California. The teenager staff sing and dance while the audience drink non-alcoholic drinks. The star of Covers is Michael Warden. He’s a Nice Guy college boy who can sing and who does not approve of sex, drinking or girls who are forward.

All the girls at Covers want to date Michael and compete for him even after his current galpal Deana is murdered. No-one seems overly upset at Deana’s death and Michael quickly (as in less than 24 hours) moves onto Becky. Meanwhile Detective Davis tries to catch the killer and the heartless desensitized Covers staff try to figure out whodunit.

This has some clunky writing and some parts have dated like everyone being amazed by one characters rented ‘portable phone’. After another murder, Mary Beth throws herself at the prudish Michael and plans to seduce him with a “gold satin stripper’s outfit”.

But yet another murder takes place. Working mothers are apparently the reason their daughters are killed by a serial killer. Also Michael is not to blame for anything, sluts are out to trap him apparently. Yes, trap him. Michael is stupid and then there is yet another murder.

Despite some glaring flaws this is a delightfully cheesy camp noir tale with extreme slut shaming and a hilarious twist ending.

Best Lines:
“If you hit somebody over the head and kill them, it’s terrible. But if you stick an arrow in them afterwards, it makes the whole thing really creepy.”

“Killers didn’t ring doorbells. They just broke right in and murdered you, didn’t they?”

“Have you noticed that every girl I’ve dated has been killed?”

The Crush II by Jo Gibson

He drives all the girls crazy.

Also from 1994 comes this unnecessary sequel. It’s a few weeks later and Michael is a free man. Everyone has decided he is not a serial killer after all. A huge party is thrown to celebrate. Then the murders start again and Michael is once again the prime suspect.

It does not help that Michael is openly disapproving of girls who criticise or drink. This does not stop him getting a movie job and a string of new soon to be dead girlfriends. Michael never goes to college. This is not as fast paced or camp as the original. It is sadly much dumber

Characters are pathetic and truly horrible. The sanctimonious Michel gets engaged to be engaged to a girl he’s never even gone on a date with. This was dumb, boring and utterly terrible.

Vampire Slayers edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

This is a good anthology unlike ‘Under Cover of Darkness’.

The Last Grave Of Lill Warren
This is a creepy tale of a witch in a small town. It’s okay.

Best Lines:
Folks think it went back to satan.”
“Folks might not be far wrong.”

Midnight Sun
Vampires rule and a few humans resist. But the vampire have found their hiding place. This is nicely bleak.

Revelations In Black
A man meets a mysterious woman in this gothic but obvious story.

Nellie Foster
This is a short effective tale about how some deal with what others refuse to acknowledge. This was good.

This is a deeply disturbing tale of a world where vampires rule and brutalised humans serve and are served up.

God-Less Man
A vampire is killing and a tracker is summoned to stop him. This was good.

A shipwrecked duo find a ghost ship. This was okay.

We Are Dead Together
A human servant of a vampire seeks freedom. This is okay.

This Town Ain’t Big Enough
This is a ‘Vicki Nelson’ story that sees Vicki face off against a rival vampire. It’s funny and very good.

Best Lines:
“At least a coffin would have a bit of historical dignity.”
“You know where I can get one?”
“I’m not having a coffin in my basement.”

A despised man kills vampires to keep his ungrateful community safe. This is good.

Midnight Mass
After the vampires take over, a rabbi and a priest try to save a small town. This was good.
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