Tomoiya’s Story: Escape To Darkness by C.A. King

It’s amazing how many variations there are on the vampire mythology. In this one, the Golden Vampires cry diamonds like the fairies’ midwife, Queen Mab, who appeared in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, then later resurfaced in the mini-series Merlin.

Tomoiya’s Story combines that quite old mythology with a space faring society in a tale that seems somewhat unanchored in time.  If many ways, this could represent the origin story for much of vampire mythology; although the space opera context would create a future-past conundrum.

Regardless, Allaynie’s Story as it leads into Tomoiya’s Story is chilling but not how you would probably expect. The real villains here aren’t the vampires but the media. King nails their role in no uncertain terms:

“News – the fastest way to spread fear and hate. Journalists circled like vultures – thinking they were somehow doing their world a service. In reality, all they do is play into the hands of men with well-constructed plans….”

Excellent read. I look forward to reading more in this series.

Sanguine Starscapes by Justin Bohardt

The perfect book for readers undecided between paranormal and space opera – Vampires in Space!  Justin Bohardt answers the question of how vampires would survive, and feed, in a future world in which man had departed for the stars.

While novella length, Sanguine Starscapes is actually a collection of short (dare I say it?) “bite”-sized stories, each describing a different possibility.  Bohardt’s creativity really shines with concepts like the Drake Formula and the idea of a “ship’s therasan, a brilliant and expensive combination of psychologist and escort.”

Half the tales are wickedly creative, the other half are just plain wicked. “Starvation” is particularly cringe-inducing.  A worthy read for any aficionado of vampire lit!

Ignoring a smattering of typos, this is great!

Vampire Love by Brigitta Moon

“Any mosquitoes in your room? Unsettling dreams? Sweet nothings in your ear?”

Questions you should probably ask yourself when checking in to a castle feared by locals, accessible only by miles of walking, and known only to outsiders drowning in grief and desperately trawling the Internet…

Vampire Love is a fun paranormal short by Brigitta Moon.  It starts slow, then builds. I found a few of the early descriptions slightly awkward, as if the author was still struggling to find her voice.  As she finds it, that early crawl quickly climbs to racing pace.

When the story picks up, it moves quickly and unexpectedly.  VERY unexpectedly.  Definitely worth the read.  [Just FYI – this is clearly intended for adults. Expect “adult” material. It’s related to the plot, and not grossly graphic but you should be aware that it’s there if you find that kind of thing objectionable…]

 

Language in the Blood by Angela Lockwood

An excellent introduction for a new style of vampire. I love the premise described by the title. As someone who has now butchered Spanish for 145 consecutive days with duo lingo, I have to admit that I read that section and thought -if only!

I enjoyed the back and forth of Cameron’s afterlife and look forward to the next installment. The European setting was nice although I always trip over the French references while reading. There were also a few really obscure words from time to time that even Wikipedia couldn’t puzzle out – sarnies? minging? Bint?

Overall though, a well written and engaging book.