Hands down, one of the best vampire novels I've ever read. Hats off to Valancourt once again. One more thing: I know I tend to get overly enthusiasticHands down, one of the best vampire novels I've ever read. Hats off to Valancourt once again. One more thing: I know I tend to get overly enthusiastic about these old books, a feeling I know is not shared by everyone and I apologize about babbling so, but seriously, I can't help it. I know when I've got my hands on something good, and well, this one definitely is among the cream of the crop.
There are just some books that make me feel like I've been wrapped up in a cocoon of perfect happiness while reading them, and this novel is one of those. Not only is The Delicate Dependency a fun story with a number of unexpected twists and turns, it also has that Victorian-style pulpy aesthetic that I love so much. Once I started reading it, I was beyond happy that it turned out not to be your average vampire novel, but something that moved well beyond the same old same old and into the realm of just pure reading pleasure.
What's lovely about this novel is that there are so many twists and turns here that as soon as I thought I had it figured out, everything changes, and then once I thought I had it sorted "this time", I was happily and completely wrong. And as I said earlier, the novel has that amazing Victorian ambience complete with elements of that pulpy aesthetic that I just love -- an old dark house with lots of secrets, a very well-sequenced set of pursuit-and-evasion scenes that I think I held my breath through, and much more, all leading up to a stunning conclusion.
I was happy as a little clam curling up with my succession of chai lattes and this novel , which is so very different and actually more satisfying than any other vampire novel I've read in a very long time. Readers who are looking for the standard sinking of fangs into the neck may not find this one to their particular tastes, nor will readers looking for yet another vampire romance likely find satisfaction here. Talbot has written a fine, intelligent book here, but most of all, it's just plain fun.
Obviously, very very highly recommended if you enjoy older, forgotten books like I do. This one definitely has my name on it. Caution: do NOT read the intro first, and whatever you do, do NOT read any reviews that give away the show. I'm not even going to go into subtext here because it will wreck what happens, and the fun is most definitely in watching things unfold.
The synopsis of this novel sounded like something right up my horror-reading alley, and it had potential to become a definite s brief plot etc: here.
The synopsis of this novel sounded like something right up my horror-reading alley, and it had potential to become a definite spine chiller had I not felt like I was reading a twisted Japanese version of the movie Poltergeist. Not only was this book a "been there, done that" sort of thing for me, but it moved at a snail's pace -- while some weird things happened, they did so sort of piecemeal, with a lot of space in between which for me only deadened any sort of creep factor I was looking for. Acknowledging that it did have its moments, these were not enough to make the sense of horror at all sustainable over the course of the novel. By the time the "last thirty pages" came along, which were supposed to have readers "holding your breath" according to the back cover blurb, I was just ready to be done and to leave the Kanos to their fate. I'll also say that there was a major opportunity to make this a stronger horror novel that was missed and if anyone wants to talk about it after reading, let me know. (view spoiler)[It has to do with the so-called "dark secret" alluded to on the dustjacket blurb (which actually, everyone except the Kanos' neighbors knew about already so it wasn't actually a secret at all - who writes this stuff?) and a certain memorial tablet and shrine that somehow forgot to be taken care of... (hide spoiler)]
Once again, I see that I'm the proverbial fish swimming upstream against the tide, since this book seems to be making horror readers everywhere happy people. I really, really wanted to like it, but the truth is that it just didn't wow me. I had decided to read a more modern horror story to prove to myself that I wasn't a one-trick pony taking pleasure only in vintage chills, but it just wasn't the right one for me. That doesn't mean it might not be someone else's cup of cha, but in this case, it just wasn't mine.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Does anyone in the US want this book? I just discovered that it's this month's selection of the Politics & Prose bookstore's signed first editionsDoes anyone in the US want this book? I just discovered that it's this month's selection of the Politics & Prose bookstore's signed first editions club, so I don't need two copies. I'll give it to you and pay postage. Let me know. ...more