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Midsummer It began in Antarctica, where a naval research base uncovered a mystery both ancient and deadly Only one man, Alan Ward, escaped alive Or did he Now Ward has come home, to the small town of Stoneywood, to its annual Midsummer Carnival and he s brought something with him An infection, a living organism that is transforming Stoneywood into a savage, inhuman nightmare, one body at a timeOnce you ve visited this carnival, you ll never be the same In fact, you won t even be you This was pretty disappointing for me, as I was expectingfor some reason The semi recent Tor.com review of Costello s Wurm led me to reviews and online comments about Midsummer, which made it seem like balls out, just plain fun horror, which was just what I was in the mood for And while the concept of an alien parasite from Antarctica making it s way to a small mountain town and slowly infecting everyone seemed fun, it jumped around way too much, as in every couple of pages we re in the h This was pretty disappointing for me, as I was expectingfor some reason The semi recent Tor.com review of Costello s Wurm led me to reviews and online comments about Midsummer, which made it seem like balls out, just plain fun horror, which was just what I was in the mood for And while the concept of an alien parasite from Antarctica making it s way to a small mountain town and slowly infecting everyone seemed fun, it jumped around way too much, as in every couple of pages we re in the head of a new character, many of whom are both uninteresting and unimportant to the overall story, but were included, I surmise, to pad out the length as was the custom during the post King horror boom and which probably contributed to the market s eventual collapse I wish the author would have focused the story around 13 year old Josh, who s new in town and living with his grandmother, and Clara, his newfound tomboy friend, as this could have made for a great coming of age type horror story And those two were at least interesting The last 1 3 of the novel, when the shit hits the proverbial fan, was pretty cool, but by that point I had long since stopped caring Still, a decent book for it s type, though these types were a dime a dozen in the late 80s early 90s.2.5 Stars Great, suspenseful horror novel Doesn t bring a whole lot new to the table, but it works many different horror tropes so well and ties its many threads together so expertly that it garners high praise The first half of the book is kind of slow, but the last hundred or so pages race by with mounting suspense Costello is a great writer, highly recommended to horror fans. Prologue Something is uncovered in Antarctica and the last man standing brings it home with him.Home is a town called Stoneywood small town America, a town full of unsuspecting and trusting people A town that is basically screwed.Matthew spins this yarn from several points, about several people, throwing a wide web across the town As they mingle and interact the story pulls tighter until all hell breaks loose at the carnival which has visited the town.Of course, the military gets involved T Prologue Something is uncovered in Antarctica and the last man standing brings it home with him.Home is a town called Stoneywood small town America, a town full of unsuspecting and trusting people A town that is basically screwed.Matthew spins this yarn from several points, about several people, throwing a wide web across the town As they mingle and interact the story pulls tighter until all hell breaks loose at the carnival which has visited the town.Of course, the military gets involved They have the manpower, the guns, andimportantly the flame throwers But in typical government fashion, some of the problem isn t eradicatedThis is a fun ride a great exploration of what if

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