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Flesh And Blood by Graham Masterton
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Apr 14, 12

Read in April, 2012

This big book's blend of material should not work. An ancient Czech mythical monster story, a secret Vatican conspiracy, animal rights activists, a politician pushing anti-meat legislation because he wants to get laid, a gargantuan pig undergoing brain surgery and subsequently developing the sentience/awareness of a human child, a father who decapitates his children and then goes on to become a sympathetic character . . . This is too weird! It shouldn't work! But it does.

Flesh & Blood takes all these disparate elements (as well as a few other surprises) and tosses them in a blender before hitting puree. Somehow it manages to create an engaging narrative. The novel is a pure horror extravaganza, quite entertaining. It sometimes approaches Having A Message territory, but ultimately leaves well enough alone and concentrates on telling its bizarre story . . . Masterton also gets bonus points for capturing convincing Midwestern American voices for his characters, as he's from the UK. There are a couple of places where the dialogue sentence structure sounds a bit off, but for the most part it's right on the money.
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