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The Vampire Genevieve

(The Vampire Genevieve #1-4)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Evil has a new enemy... one of its own. Meet Genevieve Dieudonne. She's beautiful, powerful, resourceful and courageous - and over four hundred years old. In the dark forests and cities of the Warhammer world, she and her unlikely companions battle the forces of evil and insanity. However, the vampire blood running through Genevieve's veins means she must constantly fight ...more
Paperback, 763 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Black Library (first published 2005)
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Riju Ganguly
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The most difficult task for an author is to re-invent a character (or a type), and yet remain true to the genre. Lots of superhero/heroine-s need "re-boot"-s simply to remain relevant in an increasingly complex world, with shades of grey creeping in everywhere. Kim Newman (using a pseudonym here) accomplishes that task with his vampire heroine with great elan, and in the process delivers some immensely enjoyable stories that belong to different stylistic categories (adventure, horror, murder-mys ...more
Benjamin L.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not Recommended

I don't think I have ever been made to feel as disappointed- or cheated - by a book before. Oh - I've bought and not enjoyed books before. Sometimes I don't like characters, or just don't like the writing style. That's fine - the book just isn't for me. That's okay, I'll move on.

But The Vampire Genevieve was different. The Vampire Genevieve contains 4 books, though only two are novels, the other half being collections of novellas and shorts, and in my naivety i had assumed they
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a struggle to read and the more I read the more I wanted to just give up. I was hoping for so much more with this (I've previously read Ulrika the Vampire, another Warhammer book) after reading other vampire stories of Warhammer and was very disappointed. I thought it was falsely advertised as I believed that I was getting a book about Genevieve but most of the stories in it she wasn't even in. I gave it 2 stars just purely because there was a couple of stories in it I did enjoy but oth ...more
K.T. Katzmann
Nov 28, 2016 marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
I can't finish this book.

Don't get me wrong, it's wonderfully written with great characters and a living world. I can't finish this because of Drachenfels (Warhammer).

The first book breaks so many stereotypes of gaming fiction. It takes the tired cliché plot and skips over it to get to the interesting part decades later. It’s witty, poignant at times, and filled with much deeper characters than I ever saw in Dungeons & Dragons novels.

And that ending.

The ending chapter is so perfect, so emotional
(Feb. 5, 2010)
The first book ends about page 174.
Not fluff.
Mild to moderate gore, and surprisingly not because (most of it) of the vampire!
Most of this first book is not about the vamp, but another character. It's a bit long winded in some places.
I need to remember to replace the batteries in my dictionary and put next to reading spot before continuing, lol.
I've yet to read the Lord of the Rings, but I believe the prologue here is something like that. Meaning it starts with a bunch of chara
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of all the Warhammer novels and short stories by Yeovil that contain Genevieve the Vampire. In some of the stories she does only make an appearance, but the stories are all good, imaginative fantasy stories in their own right, and they all fit together. Finishing this collection felt like finishing a novel - with everything tied up neatly, and satisfyingly. It took me a while to warm to the Genevieve character herself - I personally preferred Detlef Sierck, her larger-than-l ...more
Richard Tran
I was expecting a bit more from this book after reading The Von Carstein Trilogy. It feels like it's a bit of a waste that you have a 600+ year old vampire and only explore a period of about 50 years of her life. I personally was expecting a story that spans multiple generations.

This book is an Omnibus that combines a few novels and some short stories together. While the novel was a typical fantasy affair. The short stories is where the book really shines. They're based on the minor characters a
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kim Newman’s Warhammer Fantasy fiction stars an alternate universe version of Genevieve, from his Anno Dracula works. This collection has all the wit and sly references you would expect from the Anno Dracula world, set in the darkly compelling world of the Warhammer Fantasy RPG. Although, I’m somewhat disappointed in myself for taking so long to get that “Filthy Harald” was a riff on Dirty Harry.
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
The lightest and funniest Warhammer book I've ever read. Genevieve is kinda in the background.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2015
So, here's another secret-that-isn't-a-secret: Jack Yeovil is Kim "Anno Dracula" Newman. Most folks who have heard one name or the other already know this, but in case anyone coming into the series doesn't know that, the foreword is credited to Kim Newman. It reminds me of how Stephen King continues (sporadically, yes, but still...) to use the Richard Bachman name, even though the general public not only already knows this, but the books also have his real name and his pen-name on the covers (se ...more
Eric Barnum
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much vampire stuff out there. It falls into camps. You've got the sexy licenstious vamps. You've got the power-hungry vamps. You've got the sciency vamps. You've got the ugly disgusting "it's a demon! kill it!" vamps. Then, there is Genevieve. She reminds me of Anne Rice's Pandora a bit. Beautiful, demure, passionate, restrained, and refined... she does what I think I might do were I turned into a vampire: test life to its limits and enjoy the opportunity to do things I would have never been ...more
Andrew Leask
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A pure dip into nostalgia for me, doubling up as research for the WFRP Altdorf book. I love Drachenfels and Beasts in Velvet, especially the latter, and it's nice to have the novella Genevieve Undead and the short stories too.

What's weird is the order; they're neither in chronological order by story or by publication. No idea why.

There's some bizarre cognitive dissonance as the Warhammer world featured differs somewhat from its latter form (such as their casual attitudes towards warp stone and
Daniel Nicholls
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly great! Funny, romantic, clever. A wonderful journey over three novels and five short stories. I recommend it.
Alfonso C.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandonados
Lo he dejado por la página 112, me estaba pareciendo soporífero.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A collection of the stories Kim Newman has written featuring Genevieve in the Warhammer world. I love the character of Genevieve when I've come across her in Kim's Anno Dracula books, but had no idea she existed in this world as well. She's different and there are 'explain-a-bit-about-warhammer' moments, but the writing is playful, the characters believeable and the emotional involvement as powerful as ever. I love the interactions and relationships between Genevieve, Detlef, Vukotich and their ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Collecting all four of Jack Yeovil's Warhammer novels, this omnibus edition is well worth the price. Yeovil is known for his darkly disturbing, yet cynically humorous, style, and it is in full display here. The characters he creates in these novels are for the most part excellent, especially Genevieve herself. The way she is portrayed makes her impossible not to love, and its hard not to get frustrated when she is left out of a tale. You do not need to have any knowledge or interest in the Warha ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was interesting. That more or less covers my feelings towards this book.

Anyone interested in finding out where warhammer came from should pick one of these up and if you are relatively new to the lore but do know the canon of the end times you will be amazed how things changed troughout the years in the warhammer fantasy canon.

Vampires in both true death and half death versions(can resist sunlight, no magical powers) and they are more or less accepted in the empire! what the hell? There i
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own
Enjoyed this a lot more than i thought i would, especially after reading the cliched ridden prologue to the first story. My main reason for picking this up was that i really enjoyed the first 2 books in the Anno Dracula series & a different reincarnation of Genevieve is obviously the main(ish) heroine of this Warhammer omnibus. As others have said, she does not appear in all the stories & has a fairly passive role in others.
It's nice to have this omnibus & be able to read the novels/short stori
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer
I enjoyed this series about a vampire in the Warhammer world. Though some of the stories deal with other characters in the various short stories, I rather enjoyed them despite the fact that Gene wasn't in them. It was also nice to see old characters from other books (such as Konrad) show up for small parts. All in all, a good book, and one I recommend if you like the Warhammer world and things that go bump in the night. The writing was pleasant though I did find that some stories definatly did f ...more
Apr 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: The Undead
If I hadn't made a commitment to myself to review every book I read none of you would know that I read dreck like this. Genevieve is a badly written collection of notes from Jack Yeovil's other novels(hopefully they're better). I only bought it because I was getting on a plane for 12 hours and Genevieve is nearly 800 pages long. As you can imagine I didn't finish it but instead spent my time perusing the Skymall catalog and watching bad movies that I wouldn't even consider renting.
David Rodriguez
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While being far from bad, this book doesn't feel like its actually in the Warhammer world. Karl Franz knows she's a vampire but is oddly cool with that? Seems doubtful. Still, it's an ok read with some stories being better than others. For Warhammer vampire goodness I strongly recommend the Ulrika the Vampire series over this.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
Puede sonar raro, pero Genevieve sale relativamente poco en esta recopilación.

Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido Melissa. Es un personaje que es capaz de poner el contrapunto cómico a cualquier situación sin que resulte extraño. Es una vampira de milenio y pico que fue convertida siendo una niña de doce años. Y se nota mucho.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Without doubt the best series of 'sharecropper' game fiction ever written.

Sure, it's like being the world's tallest midget...but it's so rare to come across 'work for hire' junk like this that's written by someone who's actually invested in the material it's like a small miracle.
Sandy Lezon
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short novels about the vampire Genevieve who I met reading Vampire Wars
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Didn't like the first story at all and almost gave up on the book, but most of the others were pleasantly surprising.
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Good unclean fun. Kim Newman is far and away the best writer ever to work for Games Workshop.
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, warhammer
eh. not great. weak book, but good to wet your thirst. has elements that appear in other books. so a nice tie in or background book for other references. you don't lose anything by not reading it.
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"Jack Yeovil" is a pseudonym used by author Kim Newman.

Newman's pseudonymous novels, as Jack Yeovil, play elegant games with genre cliche--perhaps the best of these is the sword-and-sorcery novel Drachenfels which takes the prescribed formulae of the games company to whose bible it was written and make them over entirely into a Kim Newman novel.

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