Detachment Point by Paul Winters

October 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm (Reviews) (, , , )

 Detachment Point by Paul Winters is a quick, eerie story where someone’s death in no way ends their influence upon the world. Where a wife who sees her only option left to be raising an ax against her abusive husband (Del Kenner) once his back is turned, is unintentionally setting free his primal spirit and violent impulses to possess and take command of other people’s lives.

Taking command?

What exactly happens when a person dies? What say Del doesn’t ‘move on’ but instead sees his chance to live again trough someone else’s body?

And then, what would happen to that possessed person?

Peter Barnett is a happily married man anticipating a possible promotion at his job in a business firm. When he suddenly starts picking up the habits and attitudes of the former auto mechanic Del Kenner, Peter’s friends just get uncomfortable, not understanding why he acts and speaks so differently.

Is there any way for things to return to normal?

As useful as it may be to suddenly gain another person’s set of skills, would it be worth suddenly finding your mind latched onto a new style of behavior?

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New Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari

October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

 New Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari is the story of a girl who finds that surprisingly little about her life has to change when she becomes a vampire. She is also quick to learn that several of the ‘facts’ that people always claim when sharing superstition about vampires are nothing more than happy disinformation spread by the vampires themselves to stop humans from ever attempting their extermination when learning just how strong these un-dead are.

Emma lives alone and works nights for an advertising agency in New York city. One night (or early morning) as she walks to her home in Queens she manages to stop two delinquents that look to be trying to beat an innocent man with sticks and crosses. Her walking home is never peaceful; the next day she missteps into traffic and is killed by a car!

Except she isn’t quite killed, the man she saved the night before is really a vampire who turns her to prevent her death out of gratitude. From here on we watch as Emma gets pulled into the world of vampire politics, the different actions and laws of the differing clans. For one thing, she must prove herself worthy to stand among the Queens vampires by taking specific actions against their Brooklyn rivals.

As the story goes on, Emma finds her relationships with others (sometimes necessarily) changing. As her whole world is thrown upside down, it is interesting to watch how she intends to keep her life from getting any more out of her control.

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Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin Waldrop

April 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm (Reviews) (, , , , )

Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin Waldrop is the story of the young woman, Genevieve(Gen) after she has come to Alaska to live with her aunt Bev. Gen never knew her father, and when she first came to her aunt’s house it was simply for a visit. That changed of course, by the mishap of her mother sleeping back at home when the house burnt down in the middle of the night, leaving Gen with no parent.

Living among her classmates, she can’t help but hear local legends and be invited to ritualistic story-tellings. Tales that  seem to speak of werewolves and even vampires can’t really be anything more than superstition, right? Except, Gen soon learns that her new best friend’s beliefs may stem from a reason close to heart. And it’s somewhat hard to ignore that in answer to a shaman’s request that the campfire darken in the wolf-princess’s presence, causes the flames to unexpectedly go black.

It just kind of irritated me when the outsider-girl almost seemed to be proclaimed princess of an Inuit tribe. So, perhaps she’s truly related through her seldom-mentioned father’s blood, that could explain some other factors in the story that I hope will come to light within the sequel. Whatever the case, blood is important here; because remember, as legend says, vampires live among us.

As the supposedly mythical becomes less ignore-able as if it were nothing more than fiction, we hear of the horrible monster, Zane. It seems now, in this story, a werewolf can be turned by a vampire. The result? A  hybrid– a horrible creature that is to a vampire or werewolf what a vamp’ or ‘wolf is to a man. And, as the story plays out, Gen is left questioning whether Zane had something to do with the fire that took her mom.

I will say this book is not just a rip-off of Twilight; not any more than all stories about politics set in DC are all rip-offs of each other. It may share several of the same elements, but it has its own story and its own unique characters. Not to say that all Twilight-lovers will hate this or all Twilight-haters will love it; I just say it’s applaud-ably different.

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