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Darren Shan
Jun 2006
�Never trust fairy tales. Any story that ends with �They all lived happily ever after� is a corck. There are no happy endings. No endings, full stop. Life goes on. There�s always something new around the corner. You can overcome major obstacles, face great danger, look evil in the eye and live to tell the tale � but that�s not the end.�

God of all things gruesome and gory, Darren Shan, returns with his highly anticipated third book in the Demonata series; �Slawter�. Readers of �Lord Loss� and �Demon Thief� will be familiar with the story of Grubbs Grady whose family has been decimated by an unfortunate inherited trait�

�Slawter� sees Grubbs and his uncle Dervish visiting the set of horror movie producer David A (more correctly Davida) Haym�s latest cinematic epic. Frustrated by obvious simulations of monsters, Haym has resolved to avoid such falsity in this work-in-progress.

Shan delights in pushing ideas to the absolute extremity, his demons are bizarre apparitions with fire in their eyes and snakes in their bellies. A burlesque romp about movie-making, there are few surprises in this story�s subtleties and narrative nuances are pretty much non-existent� Despite this �Slawter� remains curiously compelling, the interplay between the over-arching story and the meta-narrative of the movie creates that level of verve and vitality that Shan�s readers expect as standard. The movie dimension to the novel is entirely convincing as the prose is incredibly visual making this a perfect book to entice less confident or keen readers who will be left with a murderous appetite for more...

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