Pet Trolls (#1)
(Formatted as a series, in case it turns into one. ‘Pet’ denotes nothing beyond detached affection.)
— Laboria Cuboniks 0.2 (@nervemeter) August 5, 2014
— Mr. Archenemy (@mr_archenemy) August 5, 2014
The entire review (for Fanged Noumena, one star), by ‘Amazon Customer’ and entitled: Stick to Stephenie Meyer, for heaven’s sake! —
My 15-year-old daughter Tricia is a great fan of vampire fiction, and I bought this for her from a remaindered book stall, thinking it would be just up her street. The rather childish daub on the cover did make me think that perhaps the book would be too young for her, but seeing as it was priced at 40p I reckoned I could not go too far wrong.
This is possibly the worst mistake I have ever made.
From being a happy-go-lucky Goth with a crush on Robert Pattinson, Tricia has become a ‘post-human nihilist’ who stays up all night listening to the sort of machine music that makes your ears bleed and gibbering about the ‘Dark Enlightenment’.
I have written to the book’s author to complain, but received no reply. I am informed by his publishers that Mr Land has in any case disowned all his previous writing and decamped to Shanghai.
None too soon, in my view – but too late for Tricia, I fear.