On Book of the Dead
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Reviewer: Christopher Blanc "Chris Blanc"

"The characters come out of late-night television dramas. The plot requires suspension of reality to the point where paranoid quasi- paranormal drama is normal. Um... the progress of the book is well- paced, it's super easy to read, and it's moderately distracting from whatever dental surgery you may be undergoing at the time. However, it's designed for people who move slowly because they have tiny brains. The plot is obvious and easily guessable. The characters require incredulity to accept. Every three paragraphs, when you begin to think you're reading a comic book, they spout off some Internet research about a technology or Egypt. I have read books this bad before but they weren't best sellers. I would only recommend this to people with a fear of polysyllabic language."

 

 

To which the authors say:

"This review brings to mind the immortal words of the Irish writer Brendan Behan: "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.""
                                 -- Douglas Preston

"On our numerous bookstore appearances, we haven't noticed any readers who moved slowly or had tiny heads. On the contrary, most were distinguished by their intelligence, wit, and normally-proportioned skulls not to mention their excellent literary taste!"
                            -- Lincoln Child



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