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October Books 11) The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases

11) The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, ed. Dr. Jeff VanderMeer & Dr. Mark Roberts

Based on the title, and the list of contributors, I expected this to be a real riot. I have to say I was somewhat disappointed; too much repetition of disorders where writers get consumed by their own work or vice versa, or suffer random medical explosions, or limb-rotting. The humour is grotesque rather than witty or satirical, and basically didn't appeal to me much. The narrative sections towards the end were best.
Tags: bookblog 2004, writer: jeff vandermeer
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