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Execrable writing, don't waste your money
on May 20, 2006
OK, folks here's the deal. I was running low on reading material so I did a search on Amazon for books rated five stars within the horror genre, hopeful of finding a hidden gem that has eluded me so far. This book popped up with six five star reviews, and it appeared to feature vampires versus werewolves with ancient Eastern Europe as the setting. That all sounded pretty darn good so I swapped some electronic money with Amazon and two days later here it was. What a waste.
Before you dismiss me as a crank on the versus of six votes to one, check out my other reviews. This is my 128th review on Amazon and only the second time I have dealt out a one star review. I only write a bad review when I absolutely feel like I have to warn others not to waste their money on the basis of misleading advertising. The writing in the book is so awful that I staggered through twenty pages and then couldn't stand it any more. Every noun has at least two or three adjectives and every verb has an equal number of adverbs. Mr. Nugent is perhaps the worst example I've seen in years of the writer who tells rather than shows. Frankly, I am not sure if there is a plot in this book or not, I simply couldn't get that far, when the first twenty pages of deeply inept characterization kept throwing out lines like "a thing of beauty, of power, of deep emotion. A thing of gentle, tender kindness." Twenty pages of that stuff. A good writer doesn't build characters by shoveling drivel like that at his readers. He builds characters by showing the readers the protagonist engaged in acts which display his beauty, or his power, or his kindness. The mantra "actions speak louder than words" is even truer for writers than for others.
This appears to be a self-published book with little or no editing and some reviews by friends or family. I hate giving a bad review but in all conscience I felt cheated when I got this after I had read the other reviews on here. This is a book which, with it's simplicity, could perhaps appeal to a younger reader in the under 13 age bracket. I don't think any literate, discerning adult reader could get much farther than I did with this one so save your money and order some horror from Dan Simmons or someone of his caliber.