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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    Matt Forbeck's Carpathia wasn't quite what I was expecting, whic

    Matt Forbeck's Carpathia wasn't quite what I was expecting, which is
    both good and bad. On the positive side, he wastes no time in getting to
    the iceberg, and does an amazing job detailing the actual sinking of
    Titanic. Some readers may feel the sinking is drawn out a bit too long,
    but I thought the pacing was perfect, really allowing him to create some
    tension and establish the all-too-real horrors the survivors were forced
    to endure. Having the characters spend so much time in the water also
    allows for the supernatural horror to make an early appearance, with a
    small group of vampires slipping out of Carpathia's hold to menace the
    survivors, a la Peter Benchley's Jaws. In reality, I doubt the survivors
    would have really been worried about sharks in the frigid waters of the
    North Atlantic, but it's a fun scene that works well, so I'm willing to
    ignore the discrepancy. It's once we get on board Carpathia that the
    story crashed headlong into my expectations, the pace slowed, and things
    began to flounder a bit. Instead of capitalizing on the claustrophobic
    confines of a ship and the sense of isolation at sea, allowing the
    overpowering scent of blood and death in the air to inflame the hunger
    and lust of the stowaways, Forbeck seems content to fill space with a
    little mystery and romance. That's not to say the mystery angle doesn't
    work - it does, and quite well - but I really wanted to see some
    carnage, with battles and bodies strewn throughout the ship. As for the
    romance, I had a harder time swallowing it than I did anything
    supernatural, but as awkward as the love triangle is, it does set up a
    rather satisfying conclusion a lot further on. There is, of course, a
    somewhat forced connection to the Dracula mythos here, and I'm not
    entirely sure how I feel about it. Forbeck drops some rather suggestive
    names on us early on in Quin Harker, Abe Holmword and Lucy Seward, but
    takes far too long to clarify their connection to the Harker, Holmwood,
    and Seward we know so well, confusing rather than intriguing the reader.
    He eventually does make the connection, alluding to the fact that Bram's
    novel was more fact than fiction, but he fails to establish any sort of
    link between the vampires of Dracula and those of Carpathia. While I'm
    glad he didn't use the tired old son/daughter/sire of Dracula angle that
    has been used in so many pseudo-sequels, you can't just make the
    connection and then let it hang there, with no resolution. The last
    part of the story certainly offers up some surprises, especially
    following the discovery of the vampires' lair deep within the cargo
    hold, and Forbeck finally offers us some of the carnage we were waiting
    for. After such a long lull, a lot of significant activity happens very
    quickly, and there's a 'twist' to the love triangle that I definitely
    saw coming for a while, but it all makes for a satisfying conclusion.
    One final note, I have to give him full credit for sticking so well to
    the conventions, language, and dialogue of the Victorian era - it really
    does feel like and 'old' story, and there are no jarring incongruities
    to remind you that it's not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Pretty entertaining

    Some surprises but some predictable plot events. If you like the premise youd love the book the terror by dan simmons.

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    Posted June 8, 2012

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