I've read the original Carmilla years ago (definitely have to re-read it sometime soon), so I don't have a word for word comparison ready. Anyway, I r...moreI've read the original Carmilla years ago (definitely have to re-read it sometime soon), so I don't have a word for word comparison ready. Anyway, I remember Carmilla being a very cumbersome read, which of course is caused by the old language. On the other hand, that is what also defines the gothic charm of this story and enables the reader to lively envision the past times.
While this new version of Carmilla keeps a lot of the original story, it adds a some modern language and several new twists, especially the addition of characters known from Dracula. Now there are two possible ways to regard this approach: either condemn it as a mutilation and exploitation of some great classic novels, or as a fresh and modern tribute to them. Personally, I am not a fan of remakes, because the majority of them fail miserably.
Regarding this retelling of Carmilla, I found that while the implementation of modern language made reading a lot easier, it bereaved the story of its unique personality. As for adding characters of Dracula to the story, I at first thought that was a fascinating idea, but found that the impact on the plot was too negligible to really make me care.
Overall, the story was an ok read, especially towards the end, but honestly I was bored too many times to call it a truly fascinating read. While I can forgive the original work for its long-winded writing which is justified by the time it was written in, the new version has no such excuse. I think it would have benefited from some radical shortening instead of preserving everything. Imho, the author's quite noble intention to keep as much of the original work alive as possible may at the same time have hindered him from creating something truly outstanding.(less)
The second part of this series is every bit as thriling as the first. As I now was already familiar with the many characters and plots which were intr...moreThe second part of this series is every bit as thriling as the first. As I now was already familiar with the many characters and plots which were introduced in part one, I could really concentrate on and enjoy the turn of events. Again, the author cretaed unexpected twists and fresh ideas, taking the reader on a fantastic journey into his fascinating strange world of immortals, which is always good for a surprise with the turn of each page. While I still struggdle with often lenghty descriptions and mass of details, reading is book felt much more comfortable and at home than the first. I am curious how the saga will continue and finally end. Recommended!(less)
After the first quarter or so, I was completely overwhelmed by the seemingly endless number of new characters that popped...moreThis book was truly amazing.
After the first quarter or so, I was completely overwhelmed by the seemingly endless number of new characters that popped up with each turned page. Somewhat dispirited, I soon gave up on trying to keep apart the overflowing number of characters, specifics of different immortal species, intrigues, murder conspiracies, deceptions and treacheries. That way reading became quite relaxed, and I could truly concentrate on and enjoy the action that was going on.
Further into the book, recognizing names and getting to understand what was going on, a very complex and elaborate plot was revealed where all tiny bits and pieces suddenly fit in.
I marvel at the author's imagination and his inventiveness, especially regarding the creation of a whole new bunch of immortals with very interesting cravings. My favorite characters definitely were Junger and Jagoda with their weird artistic streak, and I appreciated the related level of blood and gore.
My only true criticism is the way one is overwhelmed with details in the beginning, which might put off potential readers. Maybe the author wanted to show his vast creativeness to grab the reader's attention right from the start, but in doing so overshooted the mark by far (and completely unnecessarily). Some details should have come in later to give readers time to fully grasp each new information before being thrown the next one.
However, this first installment in a new series leads a very promising way into the immortal world of the Living Night.
(I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)(less)
As I understand, this short story shows just a tiny glimpse into the vast strange world of the author's full-length novel. However, it contains too mu...moreAs I understand, this short story shows just a tiny glimpse into the vast strange world of the author's full-length novel. However, it contains too much bizarre information, making it hard to keep track and make sense. While I recognize a very unique and fascinating universe unlike everything I've read about before, this short story is more confusing than introducing. It seems the author threw in so many different information for this limited number of pages, there was no space left for any surrounding explanations. As a short story, it doesn't work so well because it misses a central theme to concentrate on, and instead presents to many different angles in a sequence of events and characters.
While all chapters are of course related, I think the reader, who has not (yet) the background information to grasp the concept of the Black Hole Butterfly universe, is let down with too many questions.
However, there are so many intriguing new ideas that I will definitely check out the novel, because despite of its chaos Pearly Incognito shows great potential for a stunning original story. And I'm sure then we will be properly introduced and get enough time to make ourselves comfortable in Pearly's world. (less)
There's something special about the combination of the western and horror genre which never fails to grab my interest. Sheep's Clothing is another per...moreThere's something special about the combination of the western and horror genre which never fails to grab my interest. Sheep's Clothing is another perfect example for this genre mix.
A wounded stranger arrives at the town doctor's doorstep, telling a story about bloodsucking creatures and that one of them has come to town to feast on its citizens. Soon, the doctor is joining the fight against the monster to save his town from being devoured by evil.
While usually I criticize that a book is overly long, with Sheep's Clothing it was just the other way round. I wish the author would have filled in more descriptive details to flesh out the plot's frame. I missed some unique rough edges to provide individuality and memorability.
Also, the townsfolk were too eager to believe in vampires. While I understand that during that in the past superstition was quite common, I was surprised that it didn't take any convincing at all to make people believe that a vampire was walking among them.
However, the author's writing was excellent, which made reading the book a pleasure and I enjoyed the experience.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)(less)