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While foiling the plot of many a maniacal mastermind, he is chased by sentient snowmen and Nazi zombies, investigates an unearthly murderer stalking the sex shops of 1970s Soho and battles a poltergeist to prevent it triggering nuclear Armageddon. But as a new century dawns, can he save the ailing Diogenes Club itself from a force more diabolical still?
Newman's 10 mischievous tales, with cameos from the much-loved characters of the Anno Dracula universe, will entertain fans and newcomers alike.
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By Stefan Filipovits on 12-29-17
He’s Still Got It
Kim Newman is, in my opinion one of the most criminally underrated fiction writers working today. He’s an expert at incorporating familiar characters we all know and love into a fascinating world in which we see our beloved literary, film, and television icons in ways we never have before. His new characters interact seamlessly with our favorite icons and his world building is top notch. His work is fun, insightful, clever, original, horrifying, nuanced, and has a surprising amount to say about our own world. I buy every KN work opening day because he consistently surprises and entertains. Definitely give it a look/listen.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By M. Gertz on 02-01-18
I don't often stop reading/listening mid-book
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
You can't tell a book by it's cover or it's title - these are facts that I should have remembered before buying this audiobook.
I haven't read anything by Kim Newman, Esq. before but it seems he has a really big following. All I can say of this book is that it wasn't for me.
I liked Jefferson the main character, I even liked some of the supporting characters - but the majority of the development of the character was description of what they were wearing. In the case of almost every female it sounds like she fell out of the spare wardrobe department of Barbarella. I get that this is set in the late 60's/early 70's but come on- one more vinyl bikini and knee-high go-go boot and I might have started screaming and not been able to stop.
Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Newman again?
What about William Gaminara’s performance did you like?
He has a wonderful voice.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By daron richard donnelly on 03-06-18
Great stories. Well performed.
Should be a television series. Great characters. I like how we get a flavour of the decades.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By K on 05-10-18
dated but weird anyway
I reckon you've got to be a die-hard sci-fi fan to get into these tales. There are too silver space suits for my liking. I normally enjoy Newman's idiosyncratic style but these collection of linked stories are very much of their time and I'm not feeling particularly retro at the moment. I'm certainly not comfortable with this particular era of sexual, social and cultural upheaval. It's too awkward.
One thing of note, though, is the clear 'inspiration' for Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series - if I hadn't started this book I'd never of known that Mr Aaronovitch was quite such a plagiari.......ahem....devotee of Kim Newman.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful