This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. I'm still trying to work out (in a good way) what really happened at the end. I'd love to talk a...moreThis is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. I'm still trying to work out (in a good way) what really happened at the end. I'd love to talk about this one with somebody.(less)
I really enjoyed The Historian despite the somewhat lame ending. My favorite part of ghost stories is always the trip to the library, and this book is...moreI really enjoyed The Historian despite the somewhat lame ending. My favorite part of ghost stories is always the trip to the library, and this book is basically one big long library trip. The story is also undeniably creepy. Every person they meet seems to have something to do with Vlad, whether for or against, so the suspense comes from never knowing if someone will betray or help.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is basically Twilight if Twilight had plot and a heroine who called Edward on his shit.
The world has four kinds of creatures in...more**spoiler alert** This is basically Twilight if Twilight had plot and a heroine who called Edward on his shit.
The world has four kinds of creatures in it, humans, witches, vampires, and daemons. Our Bella is a witch named Diana. Diana does not like magic because her parents were superduper witches who went off to Africa (they were anthropologists) and got themselves killed by evil spirits or something. So Diana blames magic for their deaths and she doesn't like to use it, even though she is crackling with the stuff. Instead, she's become a slam-bang tenured academic historian specializing in the bridge between science and magic. In practice that means she gets to read a lot of crumbling books in the Bodleian at Oxford, which is where she finds the MacGuffin. She makes a routine request for an under-read alchemical text and finds to her surprise that it's bewitched — the visible text is a spell and underneath there's something else. But being as she hates magic, and being as this is a magic thingumbob, she chooses not to read and sends it back to storage where (apparently) nobody else is capable of borrowing it.
On her way out of the library she Meets Cute. Cute is vampire Matthew who initially cares more for the MacGuffin than the Mary Sue. Matthew is basically an Edward — he sneaks into her apartment looking for the book and COINCIDENTALLY watches Diana sleep. Anyway, Matthew acts all controlling but unlike Bella, Diana calls him on it, and I choose to keep reading. (I did wonder why she keeps seeing him at all once he proves he's a jerk, but the story finesses this by claiming vampires have fantastic mojo.) --
The book kept me turning the pages. It is definitely one to read for the lulz. I kept saying O RLY? O RLY?!! to my empty bedroom. I mean this is a book that takes the kitchen sink approach to fiction writing — we got the Knights Templar, the haunted house (which can make rooms pop out of nowhere when the house anticipates guests are arriving!), the Congregation that keeps nonhumans from human notice but has its own secret agenda (and forbids vamp/witch romances). We got witch-vampire genetics by way of Anne Rice's Taltos books. There is an oubliette! And someone is thrown in it like the Talamasca did in Taltos! The possibility of hybrid vampire-witch children arises. Diana is pretty much the Mary Sue to end all Mary Sues. I can't wait for the next book.(less)