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Midnight Blue: Sonja Blue Collection (Sonja Blue #1-3 omnibus)

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White Wolf proudly announces the return of Sonja Blue, the powerful and intriguing vampiress chronicled in Sunglasses After Dark and In the Blood. This third novel in the popular series becomes available for the first time in this trade paperback omnibus collection containing all of the award-winning Sonja Blue novels in their entirety.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by White Wolf Publishing (first published 1988)
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TheFountainPenDiva
Outside of the fact that the vampire as hero has gotten WAY too overdone, my other complaint is that there just aren't enough female vampire heroines out there to balance the testosterone. It's almost sexist how female vamps get short shrift in popular literature. I mean come on, what's not to like about being forever young without the use of botox, never gaining weight, and being able to have as many lovers as one could ever want without getting a nasty STD or pregnant?

Hence, one of my favorit...more
Chris
I first read Nancy A. Collins in The Vampire Sextette, and loved her. I got the Sonja Blue collection right after.

It's sad that Collins gets overlooked as people go for the vampire as romantic hero books. She shouldn't be. The Sonja Blue novels are dark and violent, but more real in that sense. This isn't your child's twilight vampire. This isn't your romantic seducer. This is a predator. They bite. This is an adult vampire novel.

Additionally, the series is nice because Blue is a conflicted woma...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Aug 10, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: if you like kick-ass female vampire slayer stuff
This is NOT your typical brooding romantic vampire story. Ohhhh, no. This is a gritty urban cyberpunk trilogy that starts off with a young woman left for dead after a vampire attack.
Back in the day, she would have died, only to climb out of her grave a shambling, dull-witted revenant. But here, thanks to modern medicine, she survives. Kind of. But - with all the extra vampire goodies like enhanced strength and night vision, and her brain at full strength, just... traumatized.
She's going to brea...more
Jessica
An interesting take on the vampire genre. Sonja Blue is a vampire hunter... and also a vampire herself. She struggles to keep the human part of her alive, while battling the dark "Other" within. The duality is quite interesting.

Over the course of the three novels in this "horrorpunk" series, Sonja searches for her maker, the powerful ancient vampire who raped and (almost) killed her two decades ago. She doesn't mind ridding the world of a few other vamps and other evil creatures along the way.

I...more
David Watson
Last but not least I want to mention Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection by Nancy Collins which was released in 1995. This book is a compilation of three novels(Sunglasses After Dark, In The Blood and Paint It Black) that follow the adventures of the living vampire Sonja Blue. Sonja was only 18 years old when she was raped and fed on by a vampire. She was left on the street to die but miraculously she survived, sort of. She becomes a vampire but she never died, making her a living vampire....more
Cláudia Rocha
Quando ultimamente as prateleiras das livrarias estão recheadas de vampiros sensuais, "perigosos" e um tanto "xoninhas" (sendo o Edward de "Crespúsculo o expoente máximo de "vampiro xoninhas"), é refrescante encontrar criaturas que, apesar de sensuais e inteligentes, são realmente monstruosas e com uma humanidade a rondar a inexistência.

Certo que o género em questão é datado. O Horror Punk esteve em voga nos anos 90, até alguns dos principais autores do género (entre os quais a Nancy A. Collins...more
Paula
Kick-ass female vampire/vampire slayer. What's not to like? Dark, dangerous, at times violent...and nobody sparkles.

That's a pretty short review, and I know it doesn't do this collection justice (Midnight Blue contains 3 of Collins' 4 novels featuring Sonja Blue). Collins' series has been described as "a gritty urban cyberpunk trilogy," and I'd say that's pretty accurate.

Sonja was 18 years old when she was raped and fed on by a vampire. She was left on the street to die but she survived, sort of...more
Chris Laskey
Mar 25, 2009 Chris Laskey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire/horror fans
I had my kids read this after the hullabaloo over Twilight series. I'm old school I guess and like the vampiric tale to be a bit dark. You'll be hard pressed to find darker than Sonja. Been a while since I read it but I certainly enjoyed it. Not high literature and it is is what it is but the author is inventive and her stories evolve the character and were creative. I give her credit to not just simply grind out stories to appeal to her fan base and thereby diluting the strength of her take on...more
Nathaniel
A refreshingly 80s/90s punk rebellion take on the classic vampire tale. Great writing and imagery, great characters, excellent dialogue. One I like to revisit every couple of years.
Karen Mahtin
This book includes the entire Sonja Blue trilogy. I like the character Sonja and I found one of her boyfriends to be super-likable. These books are a bit too violent and focus a bit too much on humans' bad side than I'd prefer. The first book was a bit hard to get into, as books often can be when they're introducing a new "world" with new kinds of beings in it. The vampire stuff was pretty ok, in terms of the different kinds of powers that vampires happen to have based on circumstance and what o...more
Colleen
This is a great trio of books collected for convenience: Sunglasses After Dark, In the Blood and Paint it Black.

Sonja Blue is not a typical vampire. She's really only about half-way there. She's technically still alive, but technically drinks blood. She tends to come back to life after being shot, only to complain that her perfectly good leather jacket now has a hole in the back. She hunts ghouls, talks to ghosts, fights werewolves, and despises vampires. She also has a personality identificati...more
Tawnya
Again, a VERY different kind of vampire novel. Female protagonist is different. Language, violence, and moderately graphic sex ( although not frequently).
Francisco Becerra
Funny vampire tale in a world of shadows very much like the World of Darkness. It is not much different from others of its genre, but is very entertaining.
Mouse
Sonja Blue is the original punk vampire story that has never been equaled. Where some stories, hit at the beast lurking to pounce, Nancy Collins puts you right there with a young woman learning to live with the monster she has become.

She's a tangible character that tries hard to make something positive out of her situation but the reader is never allowed to forget that she's not completely in control. This ads an extra dimension to every relationship Sonja has, but you'll never know if she's goi...more
Jakey Fizzo
I recommend it to anyone who likes reading about vampires.
Erika
Nancy Collins is a fabulous author and while she does not write as often as this reader would like, her books are absolutely amazing. This particular book is obviously a collection of several of her previous books. While I loved this book from cover to cover (and have read it at least 20 times), it may not by suited for all readers. It does have some off beat, graphic (so to speak) violence in it that might put some readers off. This author is definately not afraid to dig deeper and darker then...more
Jamie Mae
KICK A** ANTIHERO!
I loved the main character she's crazy, vengeful and destructive with a sweet side which also doesn't take any crap from anyone. I was drawn into her world of vampires, the ogres tobacco demons and zealots. I read a lot of vampire books but this was the 1st dhampire book I ever read. The way she was infected was so unique and bleak.
I owned the 3 books individually and bought the omnibus because they were falling apart from the # of time I read them and loaned them out.
Every v...more
Deirdre
Sonja Blue was made into a vampire but wasn't killed. She has the urges of a vampire for blood and the strength. She has a need to find the man who made her into a vampire and to wreak a revenge on him.

It's full of the angst of the typical Wolf Vampire and with an underlying plot of change for the world. Sonja is very alone in the world and she is quite a hard person to like.

It contains the books Sunglasses After Dark; In the Blood and Paint it Black. The best are Sunglasses after Dark followed...more
Cindy
I was mesmerized into reading yet another vampire/vampire slayer story. It must be that bat flitting around the balcony. Sonja Blue is a cranky punky nasty girl vampire, out to crack some nightmare skulls. Lots of fetishy scenes, but a bit too violent for my taste. The oppressiveness of the idea that the world is actually more mean and evil than it seems bummed me out a little too. One book has been done as a comic book, that I haven't looked at yet. I'll see how my stomach's feeling before I do...more
Dave
Jul 04, 2012 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes a thrilling story of horror!!!
Recommended to Dave by: A clerk at a bookstore
By far my favorite series ever. I have yet to read any of the others besides these three, as these are so good!!! I am reading this again for around the 8th time. I love the characters, they all have distinct personalities and awesome depth. I also love the way that the real world and real people are used. (just altered a bit) Its an extremely fun and exciting book that moves at a perfect pace. If you want to read a great vampire series, this is the books for you. Have fun meeting Sonja.
Kimberlee
I lent out my copy of this book over 10 years ago and never got it back. I could not remember the name of the book or the author, so I could not find it again. While killing time in the used book store the other day this book was faced out, so I recognized the cover, and instantly bought it.

It was as good as I remember. In these vampire novel hungry times, this is the only one I'll re-read and pass along. No happily ever after Mary Sue ending, just the way a book like this should end.
Naberius
I have worn out one copy already (damn that glued binding!). How many times have I read this? 8? 10? Never gets old. There's something about Collins' writing here that always draws me back to the story. Blue's character is fascinating, and Collins really tells some good stories. A perfect book to read when you're feeling like giving a sharp smile to someone.

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Eloy
I started reading Nancy A. Collins' "Sonja Blue" books as a teenager when I was big into Anne Rice. I was looking for more vampire fiction and was completely caught off guard by Collins' vision of the genre. This book was my introduction to it. I have been a Nancy A. Collins fan ever since.

Gritty, brutal, unforgiving. If you're a fan of horror and vamp fiction, and you're looking to get away from the Shakespearean sparkly types, start with this book.
H. Anne Stoj
I believe I read this almost fifteen years ago. Certainly before the entire "vampires are hip" thing that's going on. From what I remember Sonja was tough, focused, and remote. And much cooler, says the memory, than Laurel K.'s Anita Blake. (I still feel like removing an eye for having read those, much like I'm feeling now with the whole Twilight series.) I'll have to re-read it to figure out if I still like Sonja Blue. Hopefully I'll still like it.
Latharia
I will admit that I read only the 2nd and 3rd book in this bound volume, as I have read the first book as a stand-alone novel many times in the past dozen or so years. I found the 2nd and 3rd books equal to the first in most ways, and it was nice to see the story rounded out a bit more -- more information about Morgan & Pangloss, plus just a better development of Pretender society.
Tony
Midnight Blue collects the first three of the Sonja Blue vampire stories/novels by Nancy Collins. While I wasn't too fond of the last story, the first two, SUNGLASSES AFTER DARK and IN THE BLOOD were quite wonderful and bloody reads. If you really liked the first few of the Anita Blake novels (but not the soft porn later novels), give this a try.
A.
Feb 03, 2010 A. marked it as to-read
Recommended to A. by: LambdaSF/K
**Collins, Nancy. Angels on Fire
***Collins, Nancy. Dead Roses For a Blue Lady
***Collins, Nancy. A Dozen Black Roses.
***Collins, Nancy. Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection
These are all "Sonja Blue" novels. Vampires are truly predators, but
Sonja is a bit different. So, she runs around killing other vampires.
Aliza
I thought this book was interesting if your a fan of true blood its almost like that in a lot of ways. I can tell you once you pick it up your never going to want to put it down. I thought it was a cool twist that she wasnt fully a vampire and how she slayed other vamps. SO i defffinetly give this book two thumbs up !!!
Heather
I can forgive sloppy fact retention in an author. I can forgive a voice that is less than confident but still interesting. I can forgive cliche story arcs that are old and tired but still fun. I can't forgive all of those things and an ogre that sexually abuses children. It's too much. It's trying too hard.
Obisbooks
This is 3 in one, and I've only read the first, Sunglasses After Dark. It's the story of Sonja Blue, vampire/vampire hunter. Interesting history of vampires, the Pretenders, but a bit dull at times. It was more Sonja's history which was sort of interesting, but there wasn't as much plot.
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Nancy A. Collins (born 10 September 1959) is a United States horror fiction writer best known for her series of vampire novels featuring her character Sonja Blue. Collins has also written for comic books, including the Swamp Thing series, Jason Vs. Leatherface, Predator: Hell Come A Walkin and her own one-shot Dhampire: Stillborn.

Collins was born in McGehee, Arkansas, United States. She lived in N...more
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