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Sue Owen -Paper Mustang
on May 05, 2012 :
I want to start off by saying I am not a vampire fan. I will never enjoy reading vampire books and I will never write one myself. Never. That being said, I almost turned Rebeka down because of her title. She convinced me to give it a shot and I have to say I am so very glad I did.
This isn’t a vampire book. In fact, vampires will roll over in their coffins (true or not?) when they read this. The author pretty much created an expose of vampirism. I completely loved it. I enjoyed the humor and tongue in cheek writing style of Harrington and laughed whole heartedly at some of the traits either revealed or shot down.
Anyone that has read a vampire book or just wants to know what is the truth needs to read this book. It is an eye opener and very fun to read. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 17, 2011 :
I found the preview interesting so I thought I'd buy it and check out the rest of it. I regret to say I was rather disappointed.
The way vampire origins are explained is unique, but perhaps a bit silly; a meteorite that mutates people's DNA immediately with its 'lifeforce', but then remains 'latent' for 2000 years to finally create 'vampires' is a little far fetched.
There are a lot of physical attributes that the author states that I find difficult if not impossible to accept:
The book states: "All vampires have incredibly pale skin, ...because our bodies produce little to no melanin." This is akin to albinism. Are we expected to beleive that these 'vampires' are essentially albinos and that they can blend so easily into society, and don't suffer some of the physical ailments that real albinos sometimes face?
The narrator also states that vampires use more of their brain than humans. The old saying that people only use 10% of their brain is a myth.
"Vampires possess approximately ten times the sensory receptors to that of an average dog." I assume the author means olfactory (scent) receptors as the narrator goes on to talk about the vampire's sense of smell. It is said dogs can smell 1000 times better than humans, so what would that make vampires? And the book also states that vampires could probably "hear a pin drop in the same room." How could any creature survive in such a noisy and scent filled world with such high sensory abilities?
The part about making vampires (from humans) is also not well thought out. The book states that the human must first be relieved of so much blood that they come so close to death that even a doctor might pronounce them dead and that they must be left this way for three days. There is NO WAY a human could survive for three days in this condition if simply left that way.
There's a lot more I could pick apart with this book, but I'll leave it as such. I know it is meant as fiction, and some logic should be suspended, but I think the author should have done more research to make it more believable. All these inconsistencies with reality make it difficult to read, there is only so much a reader can suspend the use of common sense and logic.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)