I went through a phase in my very early twenties that would now be called goth...but 26 years ago it was just called weird! In a span of about two weeks of unemployment I read about 8 vampire novels including The Hunger, Salem's Lot, Dracula, etc, one of the best reading periods of my life! The book that started it all was finding a used copy on an old bookstore shelf of Anne Rice's 'Interview with the Vampire'....I still remember reading late into the night until the sun came up and my initial and abiding love for the world and the characters....so....now we have this new interpredation of the novel and I was so excited to see it, but I have some problems with it....
While the novel holds up, I think the naration is not true to the story and actually ruins significant subliminal parts of it. This is, to my mind, a great 'American' horror novel - so, the British tone and feel by Simon Vance is off key. Also, this is a novel of eternal youth at the pinical of it's strength and beauty - the 25 year old Louis done by Vance makes Louis sound 45-55 years of age and that throws that sensation out the window. The accents are wrong, and as someone that loves Louisanna and New Orleans, I was very disappointed to lose that slow and beautiful accent of the French American Creole culture - it's part of the beauty and facination of the novel and it's not here. It is why so many tourists and fans of the novel still flock to NOLA to experience a wee taste of the sensations of reading Rice.
I am sorry for those who will only do the audio in this instance and miss all the things that make the emotions and imagination run wild when reading it in book form.
I am sorry for the person that only listened to 45 minutes and gave up - boy, did they miss a wonderful read!
I am sorry that the very talented but mis-cast Simon Vance did this naration.
I am not sorry that so many new readers will be absorbed into the wonderful and imaginative world of the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles - welcome!
Tanith Lee is to fantasy what Siouxsie Sioux is to punk. A darker beauty.
My first experience of Tanith Lee was finding a copy of Red As Blood back in the early 80's at Forbidden Planet in NYC. I remember sitting on the floor and scouring the shelves for a special book...money was tight and I wanted to pick just the right book and that was it! It began a life long love of this amazing writer...
Tanith's work is dark and sensual. It has a grace and beauty that is purely imaginative. Her writing is like poetry...strong on imagery and ideas. She creates moods and dreams.
I was happy to revisit this world and I thought Susan Duerden's narration was good for this particular series, but I understand why others didn't quite get it - I think they are more familiar and comfortable with modern narration, but this it more like classical myth story telling, so I do believe strongly she is what this piece requires for the proper tone. This series has the feel of old myths and legends and the point of view from the darker side has a fascinating appeal.
Tanith Lee's books are hard to find in the USA, so I hope this helps bring her to a wider audience...she writes so beautifully.
Really looking forward to the rest of the series and anything else by her that Audible adds in the future.
Maybe..if prepping for a sequel.
There is something wonderful about the older monster stories...whether written as far back as the early 19th century, or the 50's and 60's, or even during the last gasp of good horror in the 80's. These stories solidly focus on character and plot...not inane slasher blood and gore, which is why I really enjoyed this. This is a full on adventure with a back story, strong characters, lots of action...and what has been missing from Bond of late...sex. This is secret agents and pretty women that can shoot and fly planes and hero's giving Nazis their comeuppance! Our hero is a werewolf with the heart of Lawrence Talbot, and the sex appeal of James Bond, circa the Sean Connery era - which works for me! This is a rollicking good story - hell, it's a lot of story, stories within stories with a few more adventures thrown in...and I enjoyed it all! It may not be my favorite read of all time, but it sure was a fun way to keep my mind occupied for a few days while doing chores! And I would definitely come back for more fun with Michael Gallatin! He's a hairy beast of a man! Woof!
This is a classic story done several times in the film format, and not always successfully.
I found it funny that the intro criticizes Carpenter's screen play, because the things that Carpenter elaborated on (not really changed) were things I felt were missing from the story or didn't quite make sense as far as reactions and timing. Who watches Popeye during a crisis or lets a murderer get off with a slap on the wrist and a 'just don't kill anyone else, ok?" And while, yes...the Carpenter version is a bit gory, the novel version never really 'GOES THERE' if you catch my drift. Characters will walk into a room and say something like "It's messy when they melt." as though they are talking about the snow on their boots....so, Carpenter is head and shoulders above the novel for bringing this original horrific idea to life. Also, his beginning and end are pure genius compared to the novel.
If you are a horror fan, you must of course add this to your 'read' pile - it's well worth it. If you are gonna to watch a film version, stick with the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell vehicle - it's also a classic. And once you read the book, do watch the film - it's great fun, with many a classic line. My absolute favorite, which makes me burst into uncomfortable, stress reliving laughter, every single time, being....
..."I know you gentleman have been through a lot....but when you find the time....I'd rather not spend the rest of the winter...TIED TO THIS F**K**G CHAIR!!!"
It's just done so much better and more sensibly done than the novel! lol.
This one suffers from a few of the issues I repeatedly have with Stephen King. A lack of editing and a ridiculous ending.
And please don't read any further if you are going to read this anyway...I don't want to spoil this one for you and there are spoilers ahead....
The novel has very strong characters and what seems to be the building of a great story....but then....unfortunately, HP Lovecraft's influence makes a bizarre surprise appearance and ruins everything. I'm not a fan of the 'Cthulhu Mythos'. I find it all rather ridiculous and that is the feel of the end of this novel. It goes right off a cliff into a sea of the absurd. The end of the story makes no sense and is not satisfying in any way. The idea of the afterlife as a hellish alternate dimension would seem to me, to not lead to the unfortunate people that have glimpsed it to rush into the murders of those they love and suicide..., I mean really, wouldn't the last thing you'd want to do be to actually get there faster?
To say that this story is akin to Mary Shelley is a huge insult to the genius of 'Frankenstein' and the moral questions it raised and continues to raise in the 21st Century.
Unfortunately, the ending of this book does not do justice to the wonderful characters within it. Oh well, those 14 hours are gone forever, but I will of course be back for the next one! Hell, it could be the next "Full Dark, No Stars", "The Stand", or "Misery"...with King, you just never know and I respect that he does try different things.
I remember watching the film version as a kid and being utterly bored to tears and then watching it again as a teen and nodding off...I simply could not make it past the cavemen. When the book came up as a 'Daily Deal', I thought 'Ok...let me see if I get it better in book form'....and I did! Maybe I was too young before, but now I thoroughly enjoyed it - especially the caveman bits! Go figure.
I've turned out to be a very well read adult, as well as, a complete cinephile, so reading this was a real treat. I had fun connecting all the dots in my head to other works....this must have been a huge influence on Ridley Scott for 'Alien', movies and books like 'Contact' and so many others. This was definitely a masterwork of imagination.
There is a wonderful intro by Clarke at the beginning that was entertaining and wonderfully informative.
And on the whole....I just solidly enjoyed the book. Great narration for Hal. Maybe it's just Kubrick that puts me to sleep.....movie time!
Within the 1st 1/2 hour a child is murdered...within the next half hour a child is graphically raped in a bathtub while watching her mother murdered.
The book should have a warning - for the life of me I cannot figure out why an author would have written that scene for entertainment value. I'm not a squeamish person - I love my Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Joe Hill, etc., but there is absolutely no justifiable reason to put a graphic rape scene of a child into anything and call it entertaining...it's repellent. Richard Laymon is a degenerate, no talent, low life, hack. Period.
Also, graphic shock value does not mask some of the worst prose I've ever read. There are ways to show the evil of a child murder....but it takes a better writer. Laymon should pick up a copy of Stephen King's 'It' and study, or try reading Bram Stoker's Dracula - there's a scene in which a baby is murdered, but the writing is so good you are heartbroken instead of completely and utterly disgusted by both the writer and the book.
Such unbelievably bad writing....terrible, terrible, terrible.
I just barfed in my mouth a little having to think of it again. ugh....
This series is among my absolute favorites. The female lead is smart and strong and not that pretty - in fact, she's a plain little thing with attitude and real smarts...and I like that! Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguila is exactly what she wants to be and makes no excuses....a very good role model after the Twilight/Bella 'save me save me' sad excuse for a heroine. You can get behind Adelia and root for her wholeheartedly. She's awesome.
The author has written a book that some may find very odd and think is historically inaccurate...but...it's actually far more accurate than we Americans have been taught in our limited educational system. There is a strong emphasis on a world that was more influenced by Muslim and Jewish culture than we have been led to believe and for that I give Ariana Franklin great respect.
Ariana Franklin is the pen name for the author and journalist Diana Norman. She was a very intelligent woman and she has handed that same trait over to her characters.The novel is dark, clever, humorous and beautifully written. The characters jump off the page and into your heart...don't be surprised if you find yourself immediately seeking out the next in the series when done...and the series just gets better and better....
Not for the faint of heart - some bits are graphic...but this is a novel about a child murderer during the middle ages - a very violent time. The weaving of historical characters is great fun - her Henry II will always be the one I think of when he is mentioned - he comes to life in her hands - fab. Great narration as well.
Spoiler Alert! - sadly, the author passed away in 2011 leaving not so much loose ends - the characters are pretty much set, but a sense of a cancelled adventure that I really really REALLY wanted to go on....there were gonna be pirates! and each time I begin a new series I hope it will be even half as good as this one was.
I keep hoping that Masterpiece Theatre or HBO will make a series.....a girl can dream...but only if they let me cast it!
Characters to follow.
This will make a very good series for anyone that loves Victorian mysteries. Well drawn characters - and by this I mean they are multidimensional and differ significantly from each other - something oddly lacking in many books. The best writers can always make you answer a question about a characters personality...like Ron Weasley hates pastrami or Sherlock Holmes doesn't know the earth revolves around the sun, etc. Well .... that's how these characters are written - which I loved! These characters range from smart to funny, to persnickety to sloppy...it made for a real connection with them. A solid story and a great escape into fog, mystery and murder.....so happy it's become a series.
From the beginning of the book, where the example is a car manufacturer, I should have know this was not what I needed.
This book is for people with medium to large companies or organizations with actual marketing departments that specialize in on-line presentation...which then makes me wonder - who the hell is reading this book exactly? If you have a staff specializing in the material, you don't need the material.....it's like a book about the essentials of basic hair cutting written for Vidal Sassoon. Would you hand your web design company 'Google for Dummies"?
If you are a small business and you are trying to figure out the simple (or intricate) ways in which you can be more exposed on google - this won't really help you. If you are trying to understand the rankings on google and how they work - this will not help you. If you are trying to understand SEO - this will not help you...in fact, in the middle of the book the author finally explains that she will not be helping you with SEO (search engine optimization) at all, and that she thinks it's useless for your staff or web designer to even consider it. what?
I'm sure this must work for some one. There are a million examples involving large corps & organizations, but no common sense hands on advice here for the struggling small business trying to effectively complete on line.
now...if you are Miramax and you want to promote your next film online effectively this is for you! but somehow....I think Harvey Weinstein is already paying people to do that for him and doesn't need this book....
The title should be more specific regarding who the book is intended to help.
Tim Curry was fantastic - and even though we all know it - don't we all love to revisit it? So much fun!
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