In Brian Keene's cult-classic, Earthworm Gods, global super-storms decimated the planet, eradicating most of mankind. In the midst of this ecological nightmare, the remnants of humanity fought against a supernatural menace in a war that ranged from the rooftops of submerged cities to the mountaintop islands jutting from the sea.
Now, the battle continues. As the last of the mountains sink beneath the waves, the survivors make a desperate final stand. But the worms aren't the only enemy they face. The world-wide ocean is host to a legion of monsters, each more terrifying than the last, and mankind is vastly outnumbered by these new horrors. Adrift at sea and struggling to stay alive, the surviving members of the human race cling to a thin strand of hope. But their possible salvation may be worse than their looming extinction...
Earthworm Gods II: Deluge - This is how the world ends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I remember on an off chance years ago buying the paper back The Conqueror Worms aka Earthworm God's and was just sucked in and amazed at Keene's story telling abilities. It reminded me of Clive Barker and Stephen King when King could write real scary stories before he changed his direction as a storyteller but it especially reminded me of Barker who I idolize as an author when it comes to horror and the supernatural. I never dreamed we would get a sequel to the Conqueror Worms though what sequel I had heard about were all done in short story form and I never searched them out because I do not like to read short stories it's like getting a little bit of chocolate and not enough sugar if that makes sense. But that's just me as a reader short stories are not my thing but then Brian Keene puts those short stories together to make this pretty decent little ditty and from the get go it's a blast. I have a phobia of water as it is and to read about a world swallowed up in water and Cthulu...
As much as I loved Earthworm Gods (it was actually called Conqueror Worms when I read it for the first time) I enjoyed the sequel even more.
Because Keene has come a long way since he wrote that first book. Many other great books followed, and, even more, the Keeneverse is much more fleshed out now. As someone who has read almost everything the guy has written, minus the really hard to get limited editions, I loved how he ties this fantastic story in with his other works.
I am a bit in awe of how massive (and consistent) his mythology has become. I read somewhere that someone has mapped it all out and keeps track of all the references and cross connections and I believe it. There are tie-ins to a dozen other works.
Ok, back to EG2.
Picks up right where EG (or CW if you read it a while ago) left off. We blend some old characters with a bunch of new ones and we are finally sat down and told exactly how bad the situation,...
A strong sequel to one of Keene's better books. Originally published on his website for free, I do not know whether it was changed or improved since this free version but at times it feels rushed, like one might expect. Could have used some editing in parts. He uses the word "denizens" constantly and I'm pretty sure that the name of a minor character changed from "Mark" to "Sylva" half way through the book.
Nontheless, it is a fast paced read with little fat. For the most part it is well written, though a few horror cliches slip through the net (I find it hard to believe that good writers still use the "he heard a scream then realised it was his own" cliche but it is here). The monsters are creative, if a little silly and the ending feels rushed. It was also very easy to spot who would survive, who was there to make up the numbers and be killed and who would make a gallant sacrifice to ensure the survival of those expected to survive.
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