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Double Dead by Chuck Wendig
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Nov 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: horror
Read from November 27 to 28, 2011

A fun yarn with a great premise, but an ending that feels rushed. Double Dead reminds me of Stephen King crossed with Sam Raimi: lots of garish, gruesome imagery, lots of inventive, non-stop profanity. The latter is probably my biggest complaint with the book -- I don't have a problem with copious profanity, but Wendig's characters have a tendency to become quip machines, slinging endless permutations of the F-bomb at one another. In sufficient volume, it robs the characters of individual voice, and they all start sounding like Wendig's blog.

I wasn't sold on Coburn (the vampire protagonist) at first, because early on he's a very one-note guy, telling everyone within earshot how awesome he is and how he's seconds from killing them at any moment. But Coburn grows over time and manages a satisfying arc by the end. It was nice to see a vampire who is neither maudlin nor sensitive; Coburn is pure macho id who loves him some murder.

Overall, a few flaws, but still an entertaining horror adventure.

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