Friday Face Off : Guess who’s back?  – Vampires – popular again?

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .  This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future’s themes are listed below – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.

I’ve added themes in below. For information, I’m trying out some new ideas so along with coming up with particular items for book covers I thought we could also look for certain elements contained within the book or that play a large part in the story – this really broadens things out because I have plenty of more ideas with this – I’ve gone for a few of the Tough Travel Themes (so a book with that theme – just choose any book – the theme isn’t necessarily on the cover, then compare covers), also, I’ve thrown in some genres and some colours.  Hopefully this will open things out a little and give us some more freedom to come up with new books.

This week’s theme:

Guess who’s back?  – Vampires – popular again?

Do you have a favourite.  Have you read either of these books yet – what do you think?

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October – Horror/Dark
14th Witches/warlocks
21st Tough Travel Tropes – Good vs evil
28th  Covers that are black
November – Scifi Month
4th Red skies at night – Covers that are red
11th Tough Travel Tropes – The gang
18th Genre – Swords and Sorcery
25th Genre – And they all lived happily ever after – fairy tales retold
December
2nd Tough Travel Tropes – Assassins
9th Tough Travel Tropes – Darklord
16th Genre – Grimdark (most recent/favourite, etc)
23rd Decadent and rich – a cover that is purple
30th Completions – a satisfying conclusion to a book or series
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Top Ten Tuesday : Halloween

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic :

Halloween Freebie

With the exception of one of my chosen topics (the adaptation – which I loved btw and highly recommend) all the books below have been fairly recent reads that have been read during the last 12/13 months.  I was going to go all old-school horror but decided I’d like to use this topic to look at some more recent reads that I’ve enjoyed and are perfect for this time of the year.

Haunting/Ghostly

Later by Stephen King

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Favourite Adaptation

Dr Sleep by Stephen King

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Vampire

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

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Creature Feature

Near the Bone by Christina Henry

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Psychological/Thriller

Come With Me by Ronald Malfi

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Gothic 

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell

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Slasher Style

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

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Fictional retelling of true crime

In the Garden of Spite (aka Triflers Need Not Apply) by Camilla Bruce

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Horror/Thriller

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

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Dystopian horror

The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier

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“But, oh, Mina, I love him; I love him; I love him!” #Spooktasticreads #Vampires

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As part of Wyrd and Wonder’s #Spooktasticreads I thought today would be a good time to shine the light on some Vampire stories.  I’ve not tried to capture everything here but have gone for a selection of some of my favourites.  Tomorrow I will be reviewing my most recent Vampire novel – Dracul by Dacre Stoker

  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker one of the earliest vampire stories.  A classic and a firm favourite.  Told in epistolary style this really is a must read.Dracula
  2. The True Blood series by Charlaine Harris.  The Sookie Stackhouse books are a great deal of fun.  They’re saucy and have everything from vampires and shapeshifters to fae.  I did kind of tail off a little towards the end but even so a series that’s well worth picking up.Dead until
  3. I am Legend by Richard Matheson.  This is not a book that you could ever class as fun – watching one man’s slow spiral into loneliness and madness is difficult – but this book is worth the read.  The ending – that is all.I am Legend
  4. Twelve by Jasper Kent.  This is the start of a series about the voordalak (vampires by another name).  Set in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars this is a series that spans time concluding during the final years of the Romanov family.  This is not a tale for the faint of heart.  Twelve
  5. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.  This is one of a few books where I actually saw the film first and whilst I can’t deny that Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Christian Slater were running around in my head during the read I still thoroughly enjoyed this.Interview
  6. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black.  A YA standalone.  Coldtowns are places where vampires, the infected and humans mix together.  Once you’ve entered you can never leave. Coldest
  7. Sunshine by Robin McKinley.  Set in an alternative universe where ‘others’ exist Sunshine is the main character who’s own special abilities lead to a partnership with her worst enemy.Sunshine
  8. Fevre Dream by GRRMartin.  Well, George Martin doesn’t do anything by half measures and his vampire novel is no different.  Think the antebellum era, The Mississippi and steam ships – then fill them with dangerous creatures and let the blood flow.Fevre
  9. Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffith.  Ahh, I loved this series – the two main characters are just so good.  Yes, there is a romance but on this occasion I can safely say I really didn’t mind at all.Vampire
  10. The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp – this book has so much going for it.  I had an absolute blast reading it, there are some nasty critters and the central character Sax is a total show stealing, over the top, antique dealing maniac.  The setting ranges from dusty chateau, damp and creepy cave to vampire laboratory and the action is pretty fast and furious.The fifth
  11. The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig.  Another unflinching book.  The central character, Coburn, is a vampire.  He’s been having something of a long sleep (not self induced) and when he awakens it seems like most of the population (and his food source) have turned full on zombie.   This is a fast paced, blood soaked ride.double dead
  12. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  OMG I loved this book and I’ve stolen the following description from Google Books because, well, it’s just spot on ‘combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey. Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires’.  Yes, read it.Certain Dark Things HC Mech.indd
  13. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – what can I say.  Stephen King is just ‘it’ when it comes to writing anything dark, spooky, creepy or down right horrific and Salem’s Lot is as you would expect – brilliant. Salem's lot

I expect there’s something here for everyone, ranging from fun to downright horror.  This isn’t intended to be an exhaustive list though, I haven’t read everything after all so feel free to share your recommendations with me.

 

 

‘My own brother, a goddamn shit-sucking vampire’

This week over as the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling looking at vampires:

VAMPIRES are increasingly rare on the TOUR.  They have been attracted over to the Horror Tour by offers of better pay.  Where they appear, you will find up to date Vampires wear expensive sunglasses and wish to drain you of energy rather than blood.

  1. Dracula from Bram Stoker – you have to have Dracula on this list he’s one of the originals
  2. Iuda from Jasper Kent’s Danilov Quintet – this is one nasty sucker (had to go there)!
  3. Fort from Generation V by M L Brennan – one of the younger vampires
  4. Joshua from Fevre Dream by GRRMartin – based on board a steamship that sails the Mississipi
  5. Eric from Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series – a rather fine specimen of towering viking vampireness!
  6. Stefan from Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson – how can you resist a vampire who rides around in a Scooby Van!
  7. Barlow from Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – that’s one vampire that scared the bejeebers out of me!
  8. Lestat from Ann Rice’s Interview with a Vampire – ‘ClaudiaYouve been a very, very, naughty little girl.’
  9. Constantine from Sunshine by Robin McKinley – a very good story, set in a world where vampires and humans went to war, Sunshine has a rare ability that she uses to help Constantine
  10. Quinn from Kathleen Tierney’s Blood Oranges – part vampire part werewolf

And I’m drawing a line under it as I could go on and on!!

The immortality of the immortals.

Posted On 10 November 2014

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Just on the run up to Halloween I read four Vampire books – all proving the popularity and diversity of this type of fiction.

I read probably one of the earliest stories written called The Vampyre by John Polidori.  This is no doubt one of the first stories in which the vampire is portrayed as an aristocrat travelling around and leaving bodies in his wake.  It’s only a short story but very readable particularly in terms of being groundbreaking.  Check out this very interesting piece (which is where I read first about the Polidori story).

My other reads were Fevre Dream by GRRMartin – which whilst I recognise may not be for everyone, as it is undoubtedly rather wordy, I really enjoyed it.  A very deep and well thought out book with plenty of atmosphere.

Generation V by MLBrennan – a series about a relatively young and not yet fully grown into his powers vampire who is still clinging to what semblance of humanity he has left in the face of adversity!  A great start to the series and one that I will definitely continue to read.

The Endangered by S L Eaves – a modern and fast paced story that retells the vampire vs werewolf myth of old and brings a new take to the tale.

On top of this there are countless other vampire stories – both from the romance and horror genres! Bram Stoker’s Dracula has to have a special mention just simply because I love it and there’s a reason it’s a classic – it’s damned good!

The other absolute must read is I am Legend by R Matheson – a fantastic tale with a wicked twist and another very important book in that it probably became the inspiration for the ‘zombie apocalypse’ genre.  BTW – in my opinion the book is undoubtedly superior to the film in this particular instance.  The film is okay as far as being a vampire movie goes, and very easy to watch, but for me it definitely loses something in translation by changing the ending!

Yes, there are loads more ranging from teenage angst ridden vampires (yes, I’m thinking of Edward) to Anne Rice’s Lestat and his tormented companion Louis (‘I was a newborn vampire weeping at the beauty of the night’).  YA vampires set in highschool grounds such as The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (dare I mention the rather lovely Dimitri??) and historical vampire novels that once again portray vampires as downright vile, nasty and evil characters – such as Jasper Kent’s Danilov Quintet.

Basically, vampires are here to stay (which actually sounds a little bit creepy doesn’t it!)  It seems we’re fascinated by them and they adapt and evolve as the years progress in order to ensure their longevity.

Imaginary they may be but their immortality in terms of the written word seems to be assured!

BTW – does anybody have a good sci fi book recommendation that involves vampires???

‘To make you a vampire they have to suck your blood. And then you have to suck their blood. It’s like a whole big sucking thing.’
Buffy – Welcome to the Hellmouth, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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