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Carpathiaby Matt Forbeck
Synopses & Reviews
It's Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.
When the survivors of the Titanic are picked up by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.
But something's sleeping in the darkest recesses of the ship. Something old. Something hungry.
File Under: Fantasy [ Bump In The Night | Unthinkable | Rescue Remedy | 1912 Overture ]
"Pretension leaps from the very first page of this trivial, tepid reworking of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Forbeck tries to make up for the unoriginal love triangle of Quin Harker, Abe Holmwood, and Lucy Seward with audacity that he then buries under excruciating exposition. It takes 19 chapters to revisit the sinking of the Titanic and get the protagonists together on the Carpathia. By the time blood-drinking horror is finally loosed upon the traumatized survivors of the Titanic's destruction, it's difficult to care; the spectacle of Quin and Abe conversing in eloquent full sentences for over an hour as they float, unharmed, in the freezing Atlantic has already un-suspended any disbelief a reader could muster. Stoker's rich work is mined only for names and fun facts about vampires. The assimilation of superficial facts is competent enough, but the lack of pacing, original world-building, or accuracy in real-world details (standardized size labels on British gentlemen's clothes? In 1912?) deprives the story of any emotional impact." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Matt Forbeck has worked full-time on fiction and games since 1989. Frankly, he is a creative machine, and thus utterly perfect for Angry Robot.
He has written novels, comic books, short stories, non-fiction (including the acclaimed Marvel Encyclopedia), magazine articles and computer game scripts. He has designed collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures and board games. His work has been published in at least a dozen different languages.
He lives in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA, with his wife Ann and their children: Marty, and the quadruplets: Pat, Nick, Ken and Helen. (And there's a whole other story.) The author lives in Beloit, WI.
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