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Fangland by John Marks
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Dec 26, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

"The editors press their buttons, scrubbing, cutting, recutting, the cacophony of their labor rising in bizarre noises from the dark back hallways, the blips, blurts, hisses, and jolts of sound that arise when the human voice gets ripped apart by machines, voices transformed from a conversation between two people into a series of mutilated moments that can be twisted, baked, and sauteed until the tension pops and the meaning fries."

This is a weird, disquieting book. The first 80 pages or so are pure gothic horror, and there's no contest--that section of the novel is, hands-down (fangs-down?) the scariest vampire fiction I've ever read. Then it evolves, or mutates, into media satire, 9-11 meditation, and victim-strikes-back revenge story. Not every one of these high-difficulty stunts gets pulled off completely, but it's a very intense read, and fascinating as both Dracula-tribute and television-news expose (the author worked on "60 Minutes" and writes about TV journalism with true acidity).

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