**spoiler alert** Ein packender Thriller, in dem Fledermäuse die Hauptrolle spielen: als New York von agressiven Fledermausschwärmen heimgesucht wird,...more**spoiler alert** Ein packender Thriller, in dem Fledermäuse die Hauptrolle spielen: als New York von agressiven Fledermausschwärmen heimgesucht wird, stellt die Fledermausexpertin Nancy Joyce Nachforschungen üeber deren Herkunft an. Unterstützt vom Polizeibeamten Robert Gentry findet sie heraus, dass eine mutierte Riesenfledermaus auf dem Weg in die Stadt ist, um dort ihr Nest zu bauen. Zum Schutz hat sie tausende kleiner Fledermäuse im Gefolge, die sie per Ultraschallsignal kontrollieren kann. Diese Fledermäuse haben vor allem einen Zweck: die Menschen, die die größte Bedrohung darstellen, unschädlich zu machen.
Das Buch ist extrem spannend geschrieben, lediglich in der Mitte lässt das Tempo auf einigen Seiten nach, was einem aber eine kleine Verschnaufpause vor dem rasanten Finale verschafft.
Der Hintergrund der Geschichte - Gen-Mutation bringt Monstermutation hervor - ist nicht wirklich neu, wird aber auf interassante neuartige Weise umgesetzt und bietet Spannung pur. Die Charaktere sind vielschichtig gezeichnet; man erfaehrt viel ueber Vergangenheit, Beweggruende, Gedanken und Emotionen der beiden Hauptpersonen, was dem Roman eine zusaetzliche Dimension verleiht, ohne dabei jemals in eine kitschige Liebesgeschichte abzurutschen.
Eine spannende Geschichte, die man glatt in einem Rutsch durchschmoekert.(less)
I came across this book by accident, browsing the horror shelves of a great little genre bookstore in SF while on vacation. I did not like the flashy...moreI came across this book by accident, browsing the horror shelves of a great little genre bookstore in SF while on vacation. I did not like the flashy cover, though considered up close it really should have appealed to me, being scary and a little gory and all. But the summary had me convinced immediately to buy the novel. At home, I put the book away and did not touch it for some years, always glimpsing the cover and thinking "nah, not now, it's not time yet". So when I was looking for new reading stuff some days ago I found Afterage, and despite the cover (yeah I know, I really have a thing with that picture) I decided now was the time to give it a try.
I was sucked into the story right away and I couldn't believe I shunned this great piece of writing for such a long time just because of its exterior shell...shame on me! Of course, Afterage reminded me of I am Legend and other post-apocalyptic stories where a bunch of humans tries to survive the overpowering threat of some or other undead and always hungry things.
I liked that the author did not follow just one stereotype where all vampires are pure evil, where mankind survives because of some miracle performed by some spiritual savior, or because of a scientific genius inventing that special serum. Instead, the author manages to put in all of these varieties, and in such a brilliant way that it really works without seeming undecisive or "crowded" with differing ideas.
Also, you have to face several losses regarding characters you came to like, but imho that's just another example why it works so well - it's not just a comfortable little story, but something with substance which surprises and entertains and keeps you turning the pages at rocket speed.
Highly recommended not only to fan(g)s of the genre.(less)
Another book I desperately wanted to read since it first came out, but managed to do so only 10 years later for several dumb reasons: 1. delayed purcha...moreAnother book I desperately wanted to read since it first came out, but managed to do so only 10 years later for several dumb reasons: 1. delayed purchase until it was out-of-print - aargh 2. couldn't find an affordable used copy - grmph 3. let it sit on my shelf for fear it might not meet my expections Talk about missed opportunities...almost...
But back to the subject: My expectations for Candle Bay have always been high in the sky, due to its summary which got me hooked immediately, mostly positive reviews all over the web and my appreciation of other books by its author. As you may already guess from the rating, the book indeed met my expectations! *wipes brow*
I simply loved the creepy atmosphere created by the ever-present fog surrounding the Candle Bay hotel, as well as the weird radio DJ's paranoid warnings of things that may lurk in the dark.
The characters are well drawn, each with is own little quirks and secrets, and keeping the vampires very human despite their vampiric nature. Like Uncle Ori, who deems himself the godfather of the Darling family but is not taken too seriously by his relatives, who humour him anyway. Or the mischievous twins, spoiled brats who just want to have fun and never think of the bloody consequences. Just your usual everyday family madness...
The story itself was well developed and I liked the open end, leaving enough room for a sequel, which unfortunately was never released, but fortunately is not required either. I enjoyed and smiled at the references to other books, movies and persons as well as the measured wit in deadly serious situations (pun intended). As the cover suggests, the novel also contains some romance, but fortunately it is only a further ingredient and not the main course.
I guess the book Highly recommended, and not only to vampire aficionados.(less)
Several years ago, I purchased the 1992 mass market paperback edition, but somehow never managed to actually read the book (a sad fate it shares with...moreSeveral years ago, I purchased the 1992 mass market paperback edition, but somehow never managed to actually read the book (a sad fate it shares with large stacks of equally neglected books, as I have to admit ruefully).
Then, out of the blue, I was asked whether I would like to read and review an e-copy of the re-published novel. This was the opportunity to finally give the book its well-deserved chance to entertain and fascinate me, and now that I am finished reading, I wonder why I abandoned this book for so long (ok, there are several pratical reasons, but still...).
First let me assure you: don't judge this book by its cover! Or if you want to do so, judge it by its first cover from 1992 (Liquid Diet), which is much more fitting imho. I don't know whether the publishers made the right choice by selecting this new cover, which at first glance may attract a lot of teen vampire groupies, to put it mildly. However, those readers may be put off by the sometimes graphic scenes. On the other hand, readers that may enjoy the horror presented in this book might be prevented from giving it a chance at all...
The story itself presents vampires from a very original and different point of view - the creatures in this book are kind of split personalities, passing as humans by day and going on the hunt at night. While they don't necessarily have to kill their prey, this may happen during their coming-of-age phase, when their nightworld self is completely new and at the same time fascinating and horrifying. Also, the feeding is accompanied by sharing vivid erotic fantasies with the victims, who experience the greatest pleasure and are mostly unaware of the parasite feeding off them.
However, when Troy and Melissa experiences the awakening of their true nature, a whole town is put into chaos and subdued to their will. An investigation about the suddenly rising number in unexplained deaths uncovers an unbelievable truth. The outcome is both unexpected and surprising, and a very unusual happy ending, though maybe not for all mankind...
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)(less)
I guess this kind of story will always remain my favourite kind of fangtale: vampire novels where bloodsuckers still suck. Vampire Blood is one of tho...moreI guess this kind of story will always remain my favourite kind of fangtale: vampire novels where bloodsuckers still suck. Vampire Blood is one of those straight stories where you are well aware of the vampires' unholy motives, which definitely don't include any romantic inter-human affairs. Instead, the human female has to fight the undead by all means, which makes her far more likeable than any longing damsel-in-distress waiting for her pale hero. Also, she's just your average girl-next-door, not one of those modern vampire hunter amazons either, which seem to mark the opposite facette of modern vampire lit.
That's what I really like about this book: take some normal people you can identify with and let them face sudden unexpected unbelievable evil. No superpowers or -weapons included, no common knowledge about the undead world, just plain fight or die.(less)
Nach Dracula mein erster Vampir-Roman, und beide Werke haben mich gleichermaßen zum Genrefan geformt. Höchste Zeit, daß ich endlich einmal die ungekür...moreNach Dracula mein erster Vampir-Roman, und beide Werke haben mich gleichermaßen zum Genrefan geformt. Höchste Zeit, daß ich endlich einmal die ungekürzte englische Ausgabe hervorkrame und lese.(less)
Vampire Apocalypse: A World Torn Asunder is one of my favourite books ever. When I came across this book and read the summary, I immediately ordered a...moreVampire Apocalypse: A World Torn Asunder is one of my favourite books ever. When I came across this book and read the summary, I immediately ordered a copy to read. I had never heard of the author before, so I wasn't really sure what kind of writing to expect, and was open for any surprise. When the book arrived I started reading right away and I was so fascinated by the story I couldn't put it down.
The premise of the Vampire Apocalypse is that vampires rule the earth now and men are treated like slaves or cattle. But there are some humans left who still fight back against the vampires and gather to start a rebellion.(less)