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4.2 out of 5 stars
Blood Crazy
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on May 13, 2001
Frankly, BLOOD CRAZY is a lousy book. Clark stretches a threadbare idea far beyond its breaking point in the service of one of the skimpiest excuses for a plot this side of Itchy & Scratchy. After an only mildly interesting beginning, the story boils down to the aimless wandering of its 1-dimensional protagonist around a supposedly decimated English countryside, nevertheless resulting in an endless number of forgettable encounters with almost identical groups of equally badly sketched and 1-dimensional "Super Kids" who've set up thriving communities here and there. There's also the irritating cardboard cut-out bully--and it doesn't take a psychic or a brain surgeon to see what's gonna happen with this guy about 200 pages early--who constantly reappears from out of nowhere to harass the hero when things get slow, which is frequent, and in fact most of the book is dreadfully slow and inconsequential. The sense of threat from the monsters, the "Creosotes" (well, at least they've got one of the stupidest names in monster history), fades quite early in the book after one too many lucky escapes for our hero makes them look about as menacing as the bumbling Nazis from your average Indiana Jones flick.
A thorough critique of this book would take much more time and space than dreck like BLOOD CRAZY deserves. It's cheap and nasty books like this that have caused Horror Fiction to be perceived as Literature's equivalent to the immature kid in the pointy hat standing in the corner of the room, facing the wall. All the criticism a book like BLOOD CRAZY earns is the same terse appraisal famously afforded to Spinal Tap's fictitious opus "Shark Sandwich" (anyone not familiar with that review is recommended to view "This Is Spinal Tap").
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on November 12, 2003
This is probably the worst attempt at writing horror I have ever seen. Yea sure it's scary, if the scariest book you've ever read is "Where the Wild Things Are" as a child. However if you are above the age of 8, I would strongly suggest reading something actually worth your time.
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