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Monday, January 19, 2009

The Electric Mayhem: EfH! Review

Escape From Hell! is like a John Carpenter/Walter Hill late 70’s-early 80’s movie in book form. If you understand the references then you get it right off. I mean if the bridge scene doesn’t take you back to Escape from New York then nothing will. The action is ramped up to insane levels, and it just keeps pumping forward at a relentless pace.

Basically, a pretty bloody positive review. A few questions raised about some of the thematic points -- like which of the characters really belongs in Hell -- but actually those are exactly the questions I'd like the reader to be asking. Shit, if I had to write one of those Questions for Discussion thingumies, those would be top of the list. So, cool!

2 Comments:

Blogger drxray said...

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell just released a book called Escape From Hell".

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765316323/sfsi0c-20

I hope their next book isn't called Assault On Heaven!

4:16 pm  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Heh, I heard about that. I understand the protag has Sylvia Plath as a guide though. That and the shocking absence of the all-important exclamation mark in their title may be, I suspect, some indication that their approach is less... Come ahead, you self-righteously punitive motherfuckers! Come ahead and DIE!!!

And I'm thinking of upping the exclamation marks for each (still only potential) sequel, like:

Escape from Hell!
Assault on Heaven!!
Battle for the Planet of the Dead!!!

5:38 pm  

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