Friday, January 11, 2008
Short Book Reviews
The Salem Branch (Dark Shadows) by Lara Parker - As a long time Dark Shadows fan, I really wanted to like this novel by the actress that played Angelique. It works in part as a guilty pleasure, and the surprise ending is one I didn't see coming. For the most part it's filled with uneven pacing, one note characterizations of the under utilized supporting cast, and strange developments as the vampire Barnabas Collins focuses on old grudges, old rugs and fall foliage even before he's dosed by hippies on acid and a pot brownie. It's got some highlights but it's mostly Disappointing.