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Journal of Peter Greenwell

Month: Oct 2016

Ramsey Campbell – Nazareth Hill

Nazareth HillNazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not one of Campbell’s better efforts. It starts out a bewildering mess, being introduced to a dozen or so characters who subsequently have zero or almost to do with the story. Halfway through the novel, it picks up and boy, does it ever. It’s page-turning stuff, but why did a reader have to wade through a bunch of inconsequential padding first?

Trimmed of about a third the volume, and the meaningless first few chapters excised, this book would’ve been a five star effort, like The Hungry Moon was – which didn’t tangle itself with pointless plot threads and insignificant characters.

Oh well. To quote a platitude, you take the good with the bad. You get lavish servings of both with this book.

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Four months of silence

…and I have to apologise about that. Several reasons. I’m doing Honours for my BA and this is occupying a good deal of time, to say nothing of the stultifying of non-academic creative writing it’s doing. Second: inertia. Couldn’t be bothered syndrome. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always had difficulties maintaining a blog as I’m not a journal-keeping type. But I’m not about to abandon this one, and with my academic year coming to an end soon, I can be a bit more regular about posting here.