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Book Reviews: Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth, part 2 + The Princess Bride

Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Baxter, part 2

The Chain
In Carmel, a contrarian artist is aghast at the lack of muse. So he decides on an efficacious piece of performance art. It does not lead to public discourse but rather a disorderly and aggressive reveal of a methodical kind of madness. This was okay but the ‘hero’ and his ‘libertinage’ annoyed.

Best Lines:
“A corner-shouter. A crazy person.”

“No off-notes, nobody wonky, no misfits?”

“Is that some kind of warning?”
“Yes it is.”

Into The Water
The water is rising. This is an excellent tale of an era-defining flood during which the ill-informed realise too late what is going on.

Best Lines:
“The Thing that we open the way for - will be awful and savage beyond imagining.”

“We might be terrible, Isaac, but after us?”

Rising, Not Dreaming
A man gets unruly about his job to keep the Old Ones from rising. Purposeless.

The Long Last Night
They have risen and a man goes on a long exposition dump as he faces improbable odds in the post-rising wasteland. This was dull, dated and full of queasy gratuitous gender politics. Also it was addled, insufficient and disingenuous.

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Ostensibly a simple fairytale of Buttercup and Westley, this is full of disingenuous prattling fools and incongruous prancing around. I found this grim and I don’t like the film either. This was a vanity misjudgement.
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