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Urban Gothic by Brian Keene
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Jul 29, 2010

it was ok

I love Brian Keene's books. The Rising is, bar none, the best zombie book ever written, and Conqueror Worms is the best modern "Lovecraftian" book I've read.

Urban Gothic, to me, fell largely flat. I really just felt like a less impressive version of Ketchum's "Off Season", and, like another reviewer, it took me a long pause between reading the first half and second half to finish it (it's the first Keene book that I haven't been able to read in a day or two).

All told, the writing was fine (par for the course for Keene), and the setting was interesting. Unfortunately, the rest of the story simply died on the vine (and actually stopped me from writing a story that I had started that was similar in the "a bunch of bad stuff suddenly happens to a group of people" vein... though my setup and villains were FAR different).

Though it pains me to do so, being a huge fan of Brian's other work (including a fan of the similar Castaways), I just can't give this more than a mediocre review.
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