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Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eagar
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Apr 13, 2011

it was amazing
Read from March 05 to April 13, 2011

Ooh, it's good! What a clever idea: linking vampires and vampirism to the very first mass murder - no, the first crime - committed on Australian soil. I know the story of the Batavia well, having researched it for my children's book, Crime Time: Australians behaving badly. (So do my students, who have read my book, so when they borrow this one I say, "You know the Batavia incident? Well, it's used for this novel..."). It's a particularly Aussie vampire story, with not only the historical background, but surfing and a small coastal town with its local characters and a little teen angst, as the annual music festival approaches ...

The four main mutineers from the Batavia are still around, including the cabin boy Jan Pelgrom, who was, in real history, spared but stranded on the WA coast. He's totally insane. They have Plans for the town's residents. There's vampire politics, starting from overseas, and reasons why the vampire union - whoops, the Society, aka Piravem - is just as keen to get rid of the murderous mutineers as the young heroes.

Love it!


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