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Society of S

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Society of S

Just finished this book. I’m a little on the fence about it, although I certainly enjoyed it. The effort to bring vampires down to a real level (AKA more mainstream fiction) was interesting. I liked the characters a lot, which was a requirement because it’s completely character driven: Not much HAPPENS. It’s basically about a girl growing up, and her strange relationship with her father, and the mystery around their family. One gets the sense at the end that the author is JUST getting to the more interesting stuff about vampires and society, and you have to wait until next year to find out what exactly that is.

It’s the kind of book that deftly straddles genres: dark fantasy, mystery, and mainstream novel, but in that straddling leaves a vague dissatisfaction. Like a movie that appeals to all age groups. I felt the same way about “The Historian” last year, so if you like that one, you’ll definitely like this one. I certainly will buy the next one, but I won’t have a raving recommendation for people about this one. Trade paperback worthy, not hardcover.

Also, the cover is too sophisticated.  I like a little cheese with my literature 😉

  • Michael

    Sophisticated? Perhaps. Upon first glance, it does make me think of a trendy gift box you’d find at Macy’s. Fashionable, but mysterious. And it does lack an overly muscular man grasping an obvious phallic symbol and sporting gravity-defying hair. 😉 Hope you’re feeling better. 🙂

  • My mom is a HUGE vampire (and wereanimal) fan. Because of this my brother and I couldn’t help but be sucked into her obsession growing up, heh. One of our favorites is the Laurell K. Hamilton Anita Blake series. My mom actually works as a thematic consultant for the comic book Marvel is making of the first novel in the series, Guilty Pleasures.

    There was this vampire TV show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I liked a lot too…although you might not have heard of that one…

  • Josh

    I prefer my vampires platinum blonde and british…

    Mixing genres is a difficult task and is rarely done well. Each have their own audience and without something truly compelling, you’ll risk alienating either one or the other (if not both). I think I might be upset if I had read what equates to an extended prologue without having the next novel handy. But I’m also the guy who picked up the new season of Dr. Who because I didn’t want to wait 13 weeks.

  • HAHA Michael. IT TOTALLY looks like a trendy gift box! With a complimentary sachet! 😀 And new-age quote underneath: “Follow your dreams through the dark.”

    I’ve actually read several really good cross genre books mixing mystery and fantasy. I should make a list. Also, I recently got into Roman-Era detective novels that are fantastic. As for fantasy, I’m reading a great book now that kicks this one’s butt. I cant wait to post about it.

  • I like a lot of those hybrid vampire/werewolf novels. Did you read Sunshine by Robin Mckinley? That one was excellent. The Anita Blake novels were REALLY GOOD the first 4 or so. But…wow, are they bad now 🙁 The latest one wasn’t SOO bad, but…still bad. Having a love triangle turn into a octahedron is just…not my cup of tea 🙂

  • I know what you mean about the Anita Blake novels. The last really good one was Obsidian Butterfly. Since then the books have been all about sex. Chapter after chapter of descriptive hardcore sex scenes. The newest one was a step back into the right direction, though. I think if my mom didn’t work for Laurell, I probably would’ve stopped reading them a while ago.

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