I've read about a lot of different kinds of vampires, but never before encountered a story about a baby vampire. So there is a couple who after a misca...moreI've read about a lot of different kinds of vampires, but never before encountered a story about a baby vampire. So there is a couple who after a miscarriage adopt a baby who for some mysterious coincidence is available for adoption at the clinic right that moment. However, the people giving away the child are adamant about it being breast-fed, which is what Dana had in mind for her own child anyway.
The one thing that really got on my nerves while reading this book was the fuss everyone made about breast-feeding. Given the place and time the book was written, I assume breast-feeding was not too common then, but the author makes it sound like Dana's wish to nurse her child was something extraterrestrial.
Apart from that, the story dragged on for long stretches, never really gaining speed. Only at the very end things get interesting, when some light is shed on the origin of the mysterious baby child who has a special craving for Dana's blood. However, most part is a long-winded succession of feeding sessions and Dana and the baby sleeping all day. Of course, there are small signs indicating something unhealthy about the mother-child relation, but reading about it had me as sleepy as the young family.
Finally, when a conclusion is revealed and some light shed on the big how and why, it seems halfheartedly done and I would have liked to read more details about the little vampire's true family background.
Overall, Bloodchild was an OK read, but not remarkably so.(less)
A story continuing the famous fairytale of Snow White, telling what happened to her after they all lived happily ever after - a very ambitious project...moreA story continuing the famous fairytale of Snow White, telling what happened to her after they all lived happily ever after - a very ambitious project indeed, and one to raise enormous expectations. Unfortunately, the book did not satisfy my expectations, however much I wanted to like it.
For once, the author took the liberty to change a lot of details from the original fairy tale, which was a shame. I understand that it helped describe the character the author wanted Snow White to be, but imho it was the easy way out to just change everything that does not fit with the new story. Then why take Snow White as a template at all? But then, the author painted a picture of Snow White that just did not fit the image I have in my mind when thinking of the fairy tale princess and what she would be like in older age - surely not a whining and complaining widow defeated by grief.
Another aspect that bugged me throughout the book was the inconsistent and strange naming of characters. Within Snow White's kingdom, people where given german names, like the evil queen Arglist, which is very fitting. But several characters where given names that are not real words, and I wondered whether this was intentional or simply a typo, e.g. Artz for the obviously medically skilled dwarf (though I must admit, Arzt would have been ridiculous as well). Also, why take the trouble of using german words for names when Snow White herself remains the english translated name!? And prince Charming - how unoriginal is that one? Sorry, but each time a new name was introduced my hair stood on end.
I guess it was the connection and therefore unavoidable comparison to the fairy tale that spoiled this book for me. (less)