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I actually requested this book for review by mistake, peeps. I've wanted to read Anno Dracula for a long time and thought this was the actual novel and not the collection of stories.
Oh, well. I did enjoy some of the stories, and I did get a feel for Kim Newman's writing which is very much a mix between Justin Cronin and Joe Hill.
So, the stories.
A bit of a drab reminiscence of a Martian's acting career. Not an auspicious start.
A DRUG ON THE MARKET
I got a kick out of this one, peeps. Someone revises Jekyll & Hyde's formula for the mass market with all the fun in the marketing and after effects.
ILLIMITABLE DOMINION & JUST LIKE EDDY
While I listened to both of these twice, I could not concentrate on the narrative it was so boring. Verdict: skip.
AMERIKANSKI DEATH AT THE MOSCOW MORGUE
Super creepy, trippy & entertaining. A fascinating concept of a world after the zombie apocalypse in the end of the 80s - beginning of the 90s in Moscow. I got another kick out of this one.
THE CHILL CLUTCH OF THE UNSEEN
30 Days of Night but the old guy in the chair is conversing with the monster instead. Boring.
ONE HIT WANDA
As in "one hit wonder", it's a fun story about a band with a cursed hit song which they can't stop singing.
IS THERE ANYBODY THERE?.
Another fabulous concept of a medium from 1920s trolled by a modern hacker, whom she entraps like a common spirit. Really entertaining.
This one left me confused. Either I missed something or wasn't clever enough to understand it.
RED JACKS WILD
One of my favorites, it's about a real Jack the Ripper hunting down his copycats. It was so good, I'd have loved to read a full novel about it.
SARAH MINDS THE DOG
It starts light and cute and quickly twists into something so much darker. It made me quite uncomfortable.
THE SNOW SCULPTURES OF XANADU & THE PALE SPIRIT PEOPLE
Not memorable at all. My mind kept wandering, and I could not understand the stories, especially the first one.
Awesome read. This was about a German Superman who worked with Nazis and is being interviewed years after by a monster hunter after the Wall collapsed. So freaking good.
Meh. Not worth the read.
Another meh. It was really tiring to listen to this one, and I'm sure the narrator didn't enjoy the mad recitation as well.
UNE ETRANGE AVENTURE DE RICHARD BLAINE
Another good story involving Nazis hunting monsters in Paris. Very atmospheric.
FRANKENSTEIN ON ICE
I loved the concept! It would have made a fab movie, and it reminded me of Justin Cronin the most.
YOKAI TOWN: ANNO DRACULA 1899
Now, this was a good introduction to the actual novel, which I now want to read. Vampires and samurai in the same script seem like a win-win scenario to me.
Overall, it's not a good collection. There are a few excellent stories hidden among average ones, which does not improve your reading/listening experience, - that's why my rating was pretty low. Choose for yourself if it's worth the read.
I expected this would be a large short story (1899), and some others all set in the same continuity. a few of these stories are "ok", with one or two genuinley good ones. The 1899 story itself is very short and just a set up for his next book. Over all a bit of a dissapointment, would probably be better advertised as a collection of short stories with an Anno Drac story included. Narration is awesome as always by William Gamminara!
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