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More Sookie Stackhouse!

More from the True Blood omnibus from my library. I’ll just be going through the Southern Vampire Mysteries for the near future so I hope you like them.

I certainly liked this one. A change of scenery meant more world building, including the expansion of ‘supes’ to include the usual cast of supernatural beasts and a few obscure ones. Which is worth quite a few points in my book. We also encounter what will probably be one of the big bads of the whole series: the Fellowship of the Sun, a psycho-Christian vampire-hating group that leave a very disturbing impression on the reader.

That’s the short version. He’s the long version.

…and another one!

I picked up the True Blood Omnibus at my local library. It was a lucky find as I could now review the first three Southern Vampire Mysteries for free.

The novel series starts rather slow but the world building is still excellent. The parallel between fictional discrimination against vampires and real world discrimination against LGBT+ people is very well portrayed. Sookie and Bill have yet to grow on me at this point and the story can feel a bit slow but, for a first novel, it’s a good way to dip your toes into Bon Temps for the first time.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

A well-known classic…

So, here we are, at last. The source of all the decadent seductive vampire stereotypes.

Or, is it?

I happily found that some of those stereotypes were somewhat deconstructed in this book and it’s the only book I’ve reviewed so far to ask the important question: just why do vampires exist anyway?

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

…and a story that takes us all over Europe.

I wouldn’t say this is my favourite book as there are some very flat characters and very dull chapters but the history and culture of all the European countries is utterly fascinating. Especially all the differences in vampire mythology. Read this by all means but make sure you have plenty of time set aside. This is certainly the longest book I’ve reviewed so far.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

A Japanese story to add something new…

I now round off my transfer of reviews from The Corner of Laura with the first review I’ve done. From here on, I’ll be posting all new reviews so don’t forget to follow me.

The best thing about this book is easily the world-building. The post-apocalyptic setting, a rich history of previous vampire dominance and all the other creepy AF monsters besides. The story is at heart just another damsel-in-distress plot and the tough, no-nonsense heroine weakens over time in comparison to an all-powerful broody hero.

That’s the short version, here’s the long version.

Announcement: Improvements to the reviews

After months of saying I’d do it and letting other things get in the way, I’ve finally drawn some pictures for my reviews. I don’t think they’re good enough to warrant such a delay but I’m so fed up of seeing them bare so I decided to finally do some, regardless of quality, and open them up for constructive criticism. So, here they are:

The Drop:

Blood drop small

Appearing at the end of every review to denote a score out of ten. This is the one I’m happiest with. It was a lot bigger but I shrunk it down so it wouldn’t take up the whole page.

Character:

Crow character_001

Not sure if I should put a few more details on the person profile or not.

Research:

Crow character research_001

I was going to have a pile of books but, since I’m using books on another picture and I do nearly all my fact-checking online, a laptop is more fitting.

Originality:

Crow character originality_001

Yes, I am aware of the irony of using one of the most cliched images as my symbol of originality. Don’t bother pointing it out.

World Building:

Crow world building_001

Not sure if it’s clear but the symbol is supposed to be of a globe fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle. I might try and make the world bigger.

Story

Crow story_001

This was the last one I did and, yes, it does look a little rushed as a result. I might change the placement of the bookmark in future. It looks weird where it is.

So, there you have it. My new review graphics. Don’t be afraid to let me know what you think.

I’m going to finish transferring my reviews from this site to my review site today so don’t forget to follow this site to get all new reviews every fortnight.

…and the book with too many plots

Betrayed is the second book in the House of Night series and, sadly, the author hasn’t learned from many of her mistakes. There’s a little scattering of character development but there’s too many plotlines and the whole book just feels messy as a result. Don’t even get me started on the love-square around the main character. I don’t know which boy is worse: the creep, the dumbass-in-distress or Mr-Too-Perfect.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

The book with an unfocused plot…

This is a nicely developed world with ‘animators’ (legally recognised necromancers) as well as vampires with a large variety of groups and opinions on them. The main character provides a good narrative voice too. Unfortunately, the book took way too long to explore this and lost track of the plot. Not to mention, the romances just felt plain uncomfortable.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

…and the book with three stories.

Sorry this one is late. I was away last weekend and didn’t get back until late on Monday so I decided to delay this review until this weekend.

These three stories, co-existing in the same universe, are love stories at heart but, to me, only one of the couples has a genuine connection. While the Night World is a fascinating world and the different cultures of different supernatural beings is interesting, the cliche and formulaic storylines really bring the book down and the copious happy endings make it boring by the third story.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

The book with two stories at once…

I picked this up in a charity shop without knowing anything about it and liked it a lot when I first read it. If you like books about Antarctic expeditions and the Crimean War, this is certainly a good book for you. It certainly presents a few unique ideas about vampires and how to cure it but, storywise, it falls a little flat. Trying to tell two stories at once does carry that risk.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.