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The Conqueror Worms by Brian Keene
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Aug 10, 10

bookshelves: contemporary, horror
Recommended to Eric by: Brian Keene
Read on August 08, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Brian Keene's novel was fascinating to me for its deft use of the Corman-esque giant monsters as an effective and terrifying horror tool.

To his credit, Keene doesn't try to explain the central environmental gimmick of The Conqueror Worms. It has been raining for 43 days, and the world is flooding. Where did the water come from? No one knows. Since the degree of flooding described in the book isn't possible (even with melted ice caps, which we are told has not occured in this alternate Earth), any attempt to explain it rationally would have fallen flat.

Instead, he spends his efforts on creating a cast of likable and hateable characters, and difficult to terrifying situations in which they find themselves. Some of the characters are a bit flat, but they are secondary and short-lived. The protagonists and primary antagonists are rendered in pleasantly full detail.
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