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Dhampir (Barb & J.C. Hendee, The Noble Dead Saga #1)

4 out of 5 stars

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Dhampir is a swords-and-sorcery fantasy vampire hunting story.  This is the first in a series of vampire hunting books in The Noble Dead Saga series and serves as something as an origin story for the protagonist.  For something with such an inherently violent premise, I would say that Dhampir is probably higher on atmosphere than on conflict, which may or may not please the reader.  The environment is masterfully depicted, and the setting is so detailed it really comes alive.  The story drags on a little, and the eventual final confrontation with the undead monsters is a little slow, but overall, the writing is good and the characters are strong enough that on balance I would recommend this book.
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Fledgling (Octavia E. Butler)

2 out of 5 stars

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An amnesiac, young, sexy, vampire awakens in a cave and searches for the reasons she was put there in this fairly uninteresting take on the overused contemporary sexy vampire genre.  I really wanted to like this book.  It starts off with a fairly engaging amnesia setup where you don’t really know what is going on, but soon degenerates into soporific vampiric political machinations and ceaseless reams of what I can only assume are author wish fulfillment sexy vampire pedophilia group sex fantasies.  I guess if you are into that sort of thing, then this book is right up your alley, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone else, as I found it equally tedious to get through and disturbing when I did.
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Blood Groove (Alex Bledsoe)

3 out of 5 stars

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Blood Groove is either trying to be a campy 70’s-themed sexy vampire parody or a serious sexy vampire thriller that just happens to be set in the 70s.  Honestly, I’m not really sure of the author’s intent, so at the point that one of the sexy vampires was shown to have an infestation of silverfish living inside of her, I decided to treat it as parody and this review will reflect that.  If you are looking for a non-farcical treatment of sexy vampires I would look elsewhere.  This isn’t really a genre in which I have a great deal of expertise, but I would be amazed if you can’t find something less ridiculous with more genuine characters.  As a parody of the genre, I thought it was funny (if unnecessarily dark) and I would recommend it for that reason.
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