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Mutant Chronicles - Matt Forbeck

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Matt Forbeck / Mass Market Paperback / 288 Pages / Book is published 2008-09-30 by Del Rey Books

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      07.03.2009 22:07
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      A GOOD SPOOKY BOOK

      The Mutant Chronicles.
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      A machine from space has crashed in the desert and been buried but now during The War it has been disturbed
      The machine changes the humans it catches into deranged cannibalistic slaves. If the humans want to fight then the machine will help them slaughter each other and it will pick up the broken bodies and spare limbs and rebuild monstrosities for its own purposes.

      Soon the soldiers are fighting for their lives against grossly deformed comrades who are no longer human or their friends.
      The Holy ministers soon become involved and realise that their faith will be lost and the world conquered if the machine is not stopped. a plan is hatched and the unlucky souls picked to carry it out do so for the greater good of humanity.

      The book manages to get over a creeping dread that is somehow lost in the film. It is a book to be picked up and put down as your leisure you will not lose the plot or forget where you where up to.
      An good read and the characters are fully fleshed out and easy to empathise with.
      The ending is, again, far better than the movie.

      Read the book, don't bother with the movie.

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      26.08.2008 23:20
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      Far, Far better than the movie

      The Mutant Chronicles.
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      Introduction:
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      It came from space.........
      It came to change man into mutants.....
      A war followed and was just about won.
      The machine was buried in the earth so it could do no more harm and there it waits......to be discovered.

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      The year is 2707 and four corporations rule the whole world and battle each other endlessly.

      The bookbegins with trench warfare and even though set in the future it clearly depicts that war never changes no matter what the time period. The fighting is Gruesome, pointless and with lots of carnage and death. Poison gas bombs, huge artillery and hand to hand combat. The fighting is fierce and then the 'Machine 'is found.

      A portal opens and the mutants begin to escape, suddenly the soldiers are not fighting each other, they're fighting for their lives. The mutants have only one objective to butcher anything that isn't a mutant and this they do very efficiently.
      The book admittedly is a good read, not gripping but on nights it is a good pick up and put down type read.

      The Earth is considered lost and humans begin to flee to other planets leaving behind millions to be lost and sacrificed to the machine.

      A small force must go down into the earth and take the fight directly to the machine inside its own insidious layer.
      Into the heart of darkness.

      A decent read, a beach book that doesn't take much thought. Easy to follow and the dialogue and descriptive writing is fairly good. Some how that got lost in the movie ... it's a pity.

      The ending is slightly different to the movie, slightly.
      The book is far superior to the movie, but isn't that always the way?

      Greg.

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