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review 2015-04-26 16:25
Not for Me
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children - Lee Thompson

A book which I ultimately just decided wasn't for me. The overall novel wasn't outside the sort of thing I look for in a horror novel, but the plot unfolded a little slowly for my tastes and there were other problems. It felt like it should have been a short story. The characters also didn't appear to be plausible within the context of the various situations. It was like: "You know that I think about it later over this cup of coffee, I should probably have done something about those four dead and mutilated girls I saw them just burying in the woods after I got whacked on the back of the head, and while I'm on it, I wonder what's up with my relationship with Kat and what about that brother I killed." Just doesn't ring true, like what or how real people would do or react to a particular fact or situation.

Characterization is key in a novel like this where the novel is mostly driven by their reaction to the outre elements when they are introduced. The setting here is a so-called typical town, not one of the levels of purgatory where you would already expect more unnatural behaviour in people. Robert McCammon and Stephen King are masters of this subgenre, and even Gary Braunbeck and Muriel Gray do a better job of this when they dip into it. I just ultimately didn't buy the inner thoughts, actions, or dialog and therefore the characters became something two dimensional who didn't involve me in the decidedly eerie goings on.

I'm sure there are plenty who will be entertained by this novel and presumably the rest of the Division Mythos novels, just not me.

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review 2014-08-30 00:00
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children - Lee Thompson This is one deep, dark tale. Starts as a murder mystery and then spirals out of control into complete chaos, as supernatural entities invade the small town of Division. Secrets will be revealed and lives will be shattered. Nobody is safe. Not even the dead.

I am a big fan of Lee Thompson. Lee doesn’t mess around in any of his stories. They are always emotional and well drawn out. I think that Lee gets a perverse joy out of putting some of his characters (and readers) thru the emotional wringer. And I mean that in a good way.

Solid 4+ Stars! Highly recommended!
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review 2014-01-06 00:00
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children - Lee Thompson So far I’ve read 5 powerful and completely gripping novellas by Lee Thompson, Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children is a full length novel and my favourite to date, in fact I enjoyed it so much it’s easily in my top 5 best reads.

The first story of the Division series to be set in the town Division, we follow the compelling character John McDonnell as he takes an early hour’s walk through the valley trails called the Devil’s Garden, he hears a girls scream and stung by adrenaline rushes to assist, and in the moonlight John’s knocked out cold. On waking he finds he’s not alone, help has found him but the discovery of four dead girls and the ensuing cover-up, means life will never be the same again Division.

Mike Johnston returns to Division, his Mothers on death’s door in hospital and there’s an aberrant young woman living in the family home, something’s not right and she knows far more than she should, life’s about to get interesting again for John’s best friend.

Division is a place of secrets, a place of ghosts and it’s about to become a place of shocking discovery as death walks hand in hand with the furtive.

This is a wonderfully dark and totally immersive read, there’s top notch writing here, if you've never read anything from Lee then I highly recommend you start now. Some cracking quotes, one of my personnel favourites being:
‘Life is more than pain, more than letting go, more than holding on to what we think the world should be. We don’t know who we are until we dig through all the layers we’ve accumulated to protect us over the years’ and another ‘Usually one person is the glue that holds things together. All we can do is love them like they deserve. Appreciate their heart and honesty’.

There’s a lot of feeling in this, dark as the story is, what consumes you is the characterization, they all have a story, the whole town it seems and it’s the most absorbing thing I’ve read in a long time. There are also numerous completely unexpected twists and turns, this town and these people certainly have some murderous secrets and there are some prodigious revelations here, done perfectly. Highly Recommended.
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review 2012-03-19 00:00
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children - Lee Thompson Nursery Rhymes 4 dead children is a great mystery story and a great fantasy/horror story but it is much more than those things. It is the type of book that I think of when I use the term "literary horror."

Two old friends are brought together in a perfect storm of tragedy that may have been caused by or perhaps may in turn be feeding a demonic intrusion into the town of Division. Magic, both dark and good, runs deep in this town and through generations of its inhabitants. We are witnessing the result of years of evil acts which have thinned the boundary between this world and the realm of demons as well as taken its toll on the children who grew up in this town and were in many ways used as pawns. No character is without his or her scars; no soul remains unbattered. Each person carries his personal losses; but it is how they bond together in mutual pain and need that brings out the message in this book. As one character explains, they seek to be a redeemer---that is what I feel the message of this book is: that from pain, sacrifice, even horror, it is possible to defy and defeat seemingly insurmountable odds, and that love and loyalty can bring redemption to all those with the courage to seek it.
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