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The Devil and the Deep by Ellen Datlow
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did not like it

I am blown away by how many of the reviews for this book are good. Great, even.

Because this is a load of ****. (Insert your favourite, four-letter prophanity.)

The “horror” stories are bland and unmemorable.
But they are worth the one star, sure.

The narrators, however, are not.
There are two, and they both seem to enjoy mocking the different dialects of the English language.
Ms. Kowal’s British accent in the first story is, to my Norwegian ear, not off the charts bad, but it is disgustingly "posh old lady"-like.
So very unfitting for the young character she portrays.
Mr. Campbell tries his luck with an Australian accent, but sounds like a British drunk instead.
The next story, set in Norway, has a cast with names that are undoubtedly Icelandic (not the narrator’s fault, of course), and Mr. Campbell lends them a broken Russian English accent.

I don’t expect the narrators to master an array of accents, but unless they do, why try?

This book gave me a lot more irritation than entertainment - the only reason why I finished it was to see how bad it would get.
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Reading Progress

April 26, 2018 – Started Reading
April 26, 2018 – Shelved
April 29, 2018 – Finished Reading

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