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Crabs on the Rampage

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1981.

The fourth in Guy Smith's big-selling crabs series, this is also one of the weakest of the eventual six. Obviously churned out to answer the publishing company's plea for yet another crabs novel, it is little more than a sequence of crab attacks, mostly written in lengthy italicised passages, which naturally provide the author with plenty of opportunity for extreme gore. A few years is all the respite Cliff Davenport gets before he receives the inevitable call: the crabs are back. Starting in the Wash, they are soon spotted moving inward along many of Britain's rivers, eventually taking over the Thames docklands. Davenport soon identifies a cancerous growth that is eating away at the crabs from inside, and speculates that they are heading for somewhere inland to die, in a similar way to the mythical Elephant's Graveyard in Africa.

Any fan of graphic gore sequences will have a field day with Crabs on the Rampage, but anybody looking for a plot and a set of decent characters will be sorely disappointed. Not only does Smith sleepwalk through the 150-odd pages, but he doesn't even think up a new way to dispose of the crabs: he merely lets them die off by themselves. This means that nobody human has any role to play here at all, the only true characters being the crabs themselves. What makes this book even more disappointing is that Smith had a number of crabs novels outlined in detailed synopses that would have been far better than this. For crab addicts or die-hard GNS fans only.


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