Darker Than You Think (Darker Than You Think)
expert pacing: the plot moves like it ...more
Seeing this, I knew right away that April Bell was a huge Rock 'n' Roll fan, making it quite obvious that she's been ceremoniously singing along to some of her favorite songs!
Ride the tiger
You can see his stripes
but you know he's clean
Oh don't you see what I mean
~ Dio "Holy Diver"
Umm, yyyah so anywayz. I held out on purchasing Darker Than You Think for years until I could find the one with the cover pictured above; A naked red-haired witch riding a huge golden sabre-toothed tiger against a ba ...more
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PLOT
Ooh boy! This is a toughie.
Early on at least, I enjoyed the 'pulpy' style of the writing in Darker Than You Think. The opening airport scene was terrific, and it succeeded in reeling me into the story. I also thoroughly enjoyed the pseudo scientific theories used to explain much of the plot. Hey, a secret and ancient cabal filled with malice and ill intent, it works for me!
Also, as someone who is well read on astral/etheric projection, ...more
1. The protagonist is the worst one that I have EVER encountered in a book, in terms of believability. My arguments are:
a. In a style bitterly reminiscent of Hamlet and his procrastinations but without any of the literary paraphernalia that had made those lines so special, he spends the whole length of the novel without doing anything in his persona.
As far as being dated one might say "it is of its time." but so is The Colour Out of Space but ...more
Originally written at the very end of the 1930s and published in 1948, this is a remarkable dream-like (or rather nightmarish) paranoid fantasy about were-people taking over the world - it is also very sexy in that subdued way of the mid-twentieth century.
I can imagine this being filmed in 'noir', a greyscale of airports, small town life, redheads in apartments, cocktail bars and insane asylums, with the 'dream' or 'madness' or 'enhanced existence' sequences (it is not clear what they are and I ...more
It is a tale of lycanthropy rather than werewolves alone. It is pulp fiction that has quite stereotypical characters such as April Bell the femme fatale. It is great fun and a quick read with some interesting twists.
While it is of its time period it has aged well.
It's inelegant and clu ...more
I haven’t read much werewolf fiction, but I’m fairly certain this isn’t representative of that sub-genre of horror/dark fantasy. It also doesn’t really fit into the urban fantasy genre. While it’s true that in the world of the ...more
The intermingled themes of folklore, anthropology, Indiana-Jonesesque archeology, quantum physics, pulp-noir detective, witchcraft, psychological and supernatural murder are handled expertly. As has been said by another reviewer, it is more a story of shapeshifters than a classic werewolf tale.
Settle down with this book and a hot drink, but first check the doors an ...more
This was an interesting tale about a secret race of shape-shifters - allegedly out for world domination, although there was little sign of that. I did enjoy the rather novel approach Williamson took with regards the creatures shape changing abilities, but felt the story was let down by the unlikely actions of a somewhat deplorable protagonist. Neverthe ...more
Certainly not a traditional werewolf novel, this exerts more effort in setting up a quasi-quantum rationale for everything while skirting the border of eroticism, witchcraft and bizarro bonkers land. It works in some ways, it's atmospheric and visual but the writing is florid and frequently clumsy and our ...more
"She trotted past the fallen chair, sprang lightly to the desk and grasped the dead man's pencil in her pliant paws".
Werewolf lady then procee ...more
Will Barbee is an alcoholic newspaper writer, who goes to greet his ex-colleagues at the airport after they have been digging for artifacts in Mongolia for two years. Something isn’t right and the lead researcher dies on the tarmac before he can make a big announcement.
Barbee wants to find out why the researcher was murdered and before long more people are ...more
At stake? Oh - only the fate of all humanity!
It was a bit of seasonal reading for me since Halloween is in a week and enjoyable enough.
There is a scene early in the book that is written in the standard heavy dark portentous manner that left me in stitches. We've all seen it and read it sooooo often. The professor has already sent word that he needs to be protected and guarded until he makes his huge announcement. So he steps out of the plane and begins, not a quick an ...more
Un aeroporto di una quieta cittadina americana, alcune persone che aspettano il ritorno di una spedizione scientifica che ha compiuto importanti ritrovamenti archeologici nel deserto del Gobi: Ã questo lo scenario ove inizia una tra le piÃ affascinanti e indimenticabili opere di fantascienza di tutti i tempi, la storia della stirpe oscura nascosta all'interno del genere umano, del perduto segreto di ere incommensurabilmente antiche, della lotta eterna tra il Bene e il Male, tra il sangue del Gen...more
I'm not going to bother describin ...more
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