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Next After Lucifer by Daniel Rhodes
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May 31, 11

Read in May, 2011

I picked this book up because the writer cited M.R. James as an influence. With definite echoes of 'Count Magnus' (alluded to in the acknowledgments), Rhodes weaves together a story in which perhaps none of the individual elements are totally original, but which does justice to its source material. A strong sense of atmosphere, rich characterisation, excellent pacing. Better still, a horror novel with a serious, measured conception of evil and a glimpse at an elemental battle between that evil and its counterpart. This is mainly subtle stuff, very much in the Jamesian 'corner of the retina' mould and Rhodes is able handle the more gruesome aspects in a subdued manner that actually increases its impact.
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message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth Great review. I enjoyed reading it. Glad you're on my list.


Jayaprakash Satyamurthy Thanks! To be honest I'd like to rework this into a much longer review, but lately I've only had time for these thumbnail reviews.


message 3: by Beth (new)

Beth Well, I liked your thumbnail/snapshot --- prompted by it I actually went on-line and read reviews of some of Rhodes's other books. He seems quite dark.


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