Reviews and Blog Posts: vampires

Soulless, the manga. Vol. 1

by Gail Carriger

Reviewer Rating:
3

Lots of folks have raved about Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, so I thought I'd try the manga version of the first book, Soulless. In it, we meet Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a preternatural, meaning that she can suck the supernatural out of werewolves, vampires, and the like. Her versioin of Victorian...

Nice girls don't have fangs

by Molly Harper

Reviewer Rating:
3

Jane Jameson is not having a great week, she just got fired from her job as the local children's librarian and all she got for her severance was a gift certificate to the only chain restaurant in town. So here she is drinking away her pain with electric lemonades, but...

Tantalize : Kieren's story

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Reviewer Rating:
1

This is the graphic novel version of the book Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith, told from the point of view of the male character, Keiren.  Keiren's best friend Quincie has lost her parents and is struggling to keep their restaurant going with a new vampire themed design and menu.  The...

Etiquette & espionage

by Gail Carriger

Sophronia is rather unpopular around her home. Instead of being interested in being a proper lady, she's more interested in taking things apart to see how they work, using the dumb waiter to spy on people, and generally anything that doesn't require a curtsy. When her mother sends her to...

Sink Your Teeth into These Vampire Books

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Looking for a great vampire book to sink your teeth into this Halloween? These young adult novels are bloody good. Being without a good book is really scary!

Whether you are looking for a stand-alone read or a series to be enthralled by, novels featuring vampires are incredibly diverse. Ranging from romantic to deadly, vampires are as varied as the mere mortals who read about them.

VAMPIRES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BLOODSUCKING UNDEAD

From Bela Lugosi's courtly, cornball, heavily accented count to the angst-ridden teen leeches of the Twilight series, vampires have been an essential part of film history. Our fascination with them, experts suggest, has something to do with our fear of death and yearning for immortality at any price -- or maybe it's just cool to imagine an eternity of partying all night and sleeping all day.

Some version of the vampire myth has existed in nearly every culture; the first recorded account came from Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Since there was no explanation for disease or natural disasters, vampires were blamed. They were depicted as foul, bloated, and barely semi-human. It wasn't until John Polidori's 1819 novella The Vampyre that they began their transformation into the charismatic and nicely dressed entities that we know and love today.

Dead Witch Walking.

by Kim Harrison

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rachel Morgan is a cop, she is also a Witch. Living in Cincinnati in a world that has been devastated by a tomato borne virus that wiped out half of the human population, some people just didn’t get sick and it turns out it's because they aren't exactly human. Witches,...

Carpe demon : adventures of a demon-hunting soccer mom

by Julie Kenner

Reviewer Rating:
3
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Kate Connor is many things, mother, wife, chauffuer (soccer mom), best friend, and secretly retired demon hunter. Take Buffy and add fifteen years a touch more religious fervor and a conservative bent and you have Kate Connor. Her husband is a political mover and shaker, her daughter is a teen...

Dead Witch Walking.

by Kim Harrison

Reviewer Rating:
3

Rachel Morgan is a cop, she is also a Witch. Living in Cincinatti in a world that has been devestated by a tomato borne virus that wiped out half of the human population, some people just didn’t get sick and it turns out it's because they aren't exactly human. Witches,...

Modern Vampire Fiction

Modern Vampire Fiction

Are you looking for a modern vampire story to really sink your teeth into?

  • The Nymphos of Rocky Flats: A Novel by Mario Acevedo. PI Felix Gomez, an ex-soldier who became a vampire while serving in Iraq, uses his supernatural powers to solve mysteries that befuddle mere mortals.
  • Minion by L.A. Banks. Damali Richards is the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. Dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers.
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