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Burden Kansas by Alan Ryker
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Apr 01, 12

bookshelves: sf
Read in April, 2012

Not really 'sf' but I don't read enough horror to be bothered creating a horror shelf. I'm reading Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" on my phone in spare moments, and I'm in love with that book's sparse evocation of a dry and dusty southwest devoid of hope and redemption. "Burden Kansas" is nowhere near so bleak, and I suspect it suffered a little in comparison (heck, what wouldn't?).

Whereas most vampire books are 99% plot (chase chase bite bite chase chase bite bite) and 1% gimmick ("oh, he can be a detective in NYC!"), this is about 60% plot (what's going on? bites! chases! bites!) and 40% setting. The Kansas farming life, and the protagonist's bleak life within it, was engagingly drawn. While ultimately not enough to turn this short novel into any classic or substantially memorable work, that setting sufficed to elevate it just enough above the baying clawing scrabble of the crowded vampire genre that I can safely say, "I liked it".
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