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Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 10 to June 21, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Since this was a gateway book for a trilogy, there was no clear resolution. It was a vibrant ambitious read peopled by multifaceted characters that evoked sympathy, revulsion, and most importantly, recognition.

As with most epic fantasy/apocalyptic horror, however, the good guys are terminal dunderheads currently overmatched by the supernatural forces stacked against them, and the bad guys are so irredeemably evil and powerful as to beggar belief. The narrative is structured so that the antagonists are currently disorganized, ignorant, and without the means to effectively defend themselves, yet the writer often passes authorial judgment on beleaguered characters for their decisions, as he does most notably in the siege on the Guthrie farm. If Karl Ruger is so evil that neither grown men with fighting experience nor twenty-four bullets from four different guns can truly kill him, then how can one reasonably condemn a timid farm wife--one snidely referred to as Donna Reed by Ruger and thought of as a sweet, vapid milquetoast by her family, no less--for not attempting to secret a screwdriver with which to attack him beneath her clothes? Twenty-four bullets won't stop him, but a dull screwdriver, that'll do the trick.

Still, it was an excellent yarn, and I fully intend to continue the adventure with the next book.

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Reading Progress

04/10/2012 page 68
14.0% "Wonderfully creepy."
04/13/2012 page 128
27.0% "Maberry can't write sex for beans, but the rest is engrossing."
04/15/2012 page 182
39.0% "Mechanical flaws are becoming more evident, but the story is still utterly engrossing."
06/14/2012 page 243
51.0% "The good people are still good, but the bad are getting ridiculous in their ultimate badness."
06/19/2012 page 354
75.0% "Maberry can be an evocative writer, but he also exhibits an irritating tendency to veer into self-indulgent fourth-wall meta that is almost adolescent satire of horror's tropes and conventions."
06/20/2012 page 417
88.0% "I'm beginning to think I've been hoodwinked into reading a story that serves as the gateway novel to an ongoing series and am therefore going to be rogered out of a satisfying conclusion."

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