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Lost Souls | [Poppy Z. Brite]

Lost Souls

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

When Nothing runs away from home he meets up with none other than Zillah and his small troupe, Molochai and Twig. Together they go on a quest to seek out Nothing's favorite band, Lost Souls. Nothing is aided along the way by a psychic named ghost, and their relationship leads to the ultimate inner battle where Nothing must choose between his wild, vampiric heritage, or preserving his humanity to save the life of another.

©1993 Poppy Z. Brite (P)2010 CrossRoad Press

What the Critics Say

" Rather than horror, Lost Souls prompts disgust mixed with morbid titillation, but it will surely be devoured by genre aficionados. . " (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Melissie San Francisco, CA, United States 02-01-11
    Melissie San Francisco, CA, United States 02-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Love Poppy"

    So glad there is finally some Poppy Z. Brite on audible. Entertaining, edgy and visceral. Great read.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Cayora Denver, CO 05-01-11
    Cayora Denver, CO 05-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "So much fun!"

    This was my first exposure to Poppy Z Brite, actually. I'd previously avoided her out of a desire to avoid the cliches. But sometimes, cliches exist for a reason. Poppy Z Brite is like chocolate and absinthe for breakfast. Her work is dark and decadent and delicious. Chris Patton's reading was entirely competent and his voice is well suited for the teenagers in this story. I've already listened to this twice and I expect to listen to it again in the future. I only hope Audible acquires more work by Poppy Z Brite.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tye bellevue, NE, United States 07-15-12
    Tye bellevue, NE, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible narrator"

    Narrator ruins a good story! He mispronounces several word, and there are some odd background sounds. I loved Brite's stories, but this was almost painful to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Merlyns Daughter N.Y. USA 10-03-12
    Merlyns Daughter N.Y. USA 10-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One of my favorites"
    Would you listen to Lost Souls again? Why?

    This is a story I come back to every few years.


    What other book might you compare Lost Souls to and why?

    It's not like other vampire books because it's much darker and way less romantic.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

    Ghost is my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I highly recommend it. Beautiful language, very dark and capturing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Portland, OR, United States 05-02-12
    Tara Portland, OR, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Um, "Yay Audiobooks?"

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    "Great Story Unfortunate Reading."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What other book might you compare Lost Souls to and why?

    Interview With The Vampire, maybe?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It felt like he just did not connect with the material. All the sad and clever felt lost.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That is just it, I felt I should be crying during several scenes that felt like they were treated with sort of disdain and slid over.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Dallas, TX, United States 06-13-13
    Patrick Dallas, TX, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011

    My picture is a Unicorn farting... is there anything I really need to say?

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    "Only one likable character."
    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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    Pamela West Haven, CT, United States 08-29-12
    Pamela West Haven, CT, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "RUN AWAY."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is clinically depressed might enjoy this nightmare of a book.


    What was most disappointing about Poppy Z. Brite’s story?

    There was not one likeable character. Also, I am not a big fan of incest. Silly me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Chris Patton?

    Well, the only other one I listened to was "Five Fingers of Death," and that was a huge disappointment, too.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. Mostly irritated with myself for wasting my money on a book that is about the most damaged folks EVER.


    Any additional comments?

    The disclaimer that lets me know that there is no way that my negative review will be posted, so I know that this is a waste of time, and that other folks will be sucked into buying this book.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "A different take on vampires."

    This is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but I enjoyed listening to it very much.

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