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Patrick

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  • Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Poppy Z. Brite
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (50)

    Three stylish vampires arrive in New Orleans just in time for Mardis Gras, and then disappear again. While in the city, the group's leader, Zillah, meets and impregnates an adolescent girl. Fifteen years later, the child of that pairing, a boy who calls himself simply "Nothing" is living with adoptive parents in the suburbs, where he – like so many other teens – feels isolated and out of place. The answer is, his father is a vampire, leaving Nothing hovering precariously between worlds.

    Melissie says: "Love Poppy"
    "Only one likable character."
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    What disappointed you about Lost Souls?

    As this book introduces characters you can begin to like a few of them. Ghost is very kind and very odd, Steve cares for Ghost and seems like a good person but has some bitter feelings towards his cheating ex, and Christian seems good hearted but a slave to his lusts. Twig and Molochai can be found amusing but most of their antics are childish. Zillah is probably the antagonist, but in later chapters might be portrayed in different light because of Nothing. And Nothing, arguably the main character, is the most unlikable of them all. He whines, he lets himself be put in horrible situations, he makes bad decisions, and some how we're suppose to relate to him.

    As the story progresses you end up finding yourself liking only one character: Ghost. Every other story essential character, with the exception of a few minor characters, becomes an unlikable character. There's even a victimized character in it that makes you hate her.

    And there's not really any gay romance. Not what I would call romance, just sexual attraction. You don't feel like these characters are falling in love, if you can call it that. It's a lot like a bad fantasy someone makes up on the spot to have two people fall in love but not sure how to make it happen so they just mash them together and - POOF - love...?

    BUT I would like to try chartreuse and go back to New Orleans.


    What could Poppy Z. Brite have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make characters more likable, make me feel like they're actually falling in love, or buy me a bottle a chartreuse.


    What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

    His performance was good, and the only thing that really kept me going. His Ghost voice in particular is pleasurable to the ears.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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