**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)
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)
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)
I accidentally found this title when I was searching for new books by Stephen King, who wrote the foreword of this book. I never before heard of Jack...moreI accidentally found this title when I was searching for new books by Stephen King, who wrote the foreword of this book. I never before heard of Jack Ketchum, but the description sounded promising, so I thought I'd give it a try. And never was I disappointed - this book takes you in a stranglehold and never lets go until the end. About the story: the girl Megan is hold captive in a cellar and tortured by some children from her own neighborhood. David, who narrates the story, is watching the abuse and only very late he gathers up enough courage to help Meg. While reading along you always wonder why nobody intervenes, and how kids can be so cruel. Though at times you are rejected by the brutality you can't stop reading, always hoping David will rise and rescue Meg from her torture before it's too late. This book will haunt you for a long time after and it is definitely not for the faint of heart.(less)
This is easily the worst book I've ever read. Usually I am very tolerant regarding first books by new authors, they may have some more typos, the writ...moreThis is easily the worst book I've ever read. Usually I am very tolerant regarding first books by new authors, they may have some more typos, the writing might not be as impressive yet, or the story is not too elaborate. But this book takes the cake - it is a real treasure trove full of typos and the worst grammar which makes your eyes and brain hurt. Commas are sprinkled over the pages like confetti, sentences miss some basic parts like the verb or noun - take a red pencil to the book and you could simply hatch each page completely.
Not to mention the story, which - once you learn how to make sense of the author's senseless babble - starts out promising, but then hurries to loose theme and reason to detailed but senseless descriptions of blood and gore. I don't mind some good hardcore horror, but the author sacrificed the whole story to his splatter orgy.
Want some examples? Ok, here we go. To lift the mood, here is my favorite funny typo: "...the perforation of the vampire's heart with a steak."
Another nice and subtle one is the description of taking a person's head of: "decapitating the head from the body" or "decapitating the head from the shoulders". Without this saying the same thing twice over I never would have known the meaning of the word decapitation.
Some flaws in the story: at the beginning, the local police is glad that the FBI is taking over the investigation of the gruesome murders, but at the end the sheriff rants about their unnecessary interference.
...Spoiler Alert!... What annoyed me most: when the vampire learns that his daugher was kidnapped by the killer, what does he do? Race through town to find and rescue her, maybe locate her by some telepathic bond or something? No, of course not - instead he starts a killing spree, going from house to house, murdering each human in the whole town, and taking all the time in the world doing it. Maybe the scent of blood befuddled his mind so much he simply forgot about his beloved daughter?! No wonder she is long dead by the time he finds her.(less)