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Blood Infernal – James Rollins Book Review

For the past two months she had scoured the Vatican Library, searching for the truth behind the Blood Gospel’s last prophecy: Together, the trio must face their final quest. The shackles of Lucifer have been loosened, and his Chalice remains lost. It will take the light of all three to forge the Chalice anew and banish him again to his eternal darkness .

The skeptical part of her—that part that still struggled with the truth about strigoi and angels and miracles unfolding before her eyes—wondered if the task was even possible. To reforge some ancient chalice before Lucifer broke free of Hell?

It sounded more like an ancient myth than an act to be performed in modern times. But she was a member of the prophetic trio referenced in the Blood Gospel. The three individuals consisted of the Knight of Christ , the Warrior of Man , and the Woman of Learning . And as that learned woman, it was Erin’s supposed duty to discover the truth behind those cryptic words.

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David Mitchell * Slade House Book Review

Death’s life’s only guarantee, yes? We all know it, yet we’re hardwired to dread it. That dread’s our survival instinct and it serves us well enough when we’re young, but it’s a curse when you’re older.”

I picked up this book only due to the fact that it was written by Cloud Atlas’ David Mitchell and I wanted to see what else he can write. I was purely amazed by the concept until I found out it’s connected to another one of his books that I now have to read to be able to make a whole picture.

So far, the book appeared to be a collection of stories about disappearing people who had the misfortune to become victims of two vampyric twins (brother and sister) who were using a new technique called an orison. Every story in the book is told from the victim’s POV and they all happen nine years apart and they all have one connection to another (with the exception of the house and the twins).

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Salem’s Lot * Stephen King (Or the best vampire book since Dracula)

“The town knew about darkness.
It knew about the darkness that comes on the land when rotation hides the land from the sun, and about the darkness of the human soul”

Vampires are so over-rated or so people think. We’ve had Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Strain, The Summoning, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and True Blood.
They weren’t even close to the amazing Dracula.
But “Salem’s Lot” comes pretty close. I’ve read it in two consecutive nights and by the end of it, I was stealing glances towards my hotel window, I was desperate to go and buy a cross necklace to hang around my throat and I was definitely afraid of vampires. Not the slightly effeminate types that seem to appear nowadays, but of true monsters that lurk in the dark and require blood and lives as subsistence.

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The Annihilation Score * Charles Stross

I love starting a book which confuses me from the onset! I started reading and I was thinking that maybe I fell into an alternate universe where this would make sense.

Read this and tell me what you think:

Bob and I are operatives working for an obscure department of the British civil service, known to its inmates—of whom you are now one—as the Laundry. We’re based in London. To family and friends, we’re civil servants; Bob works in IT, while I have a part-time consultancy post and also teach theory and philosophy of music at Birkbeck College.

In actual fact, Bob is a computational demonologist turned necromancer, and I am a combat epistemologist. (It’s my job to study hostile philosophies, and disrupt them. Don’t ask; it’ll all become clear later.) I also play the violin.

A brief recap: magic is the name given to the practice of manipulating the ultrastructure of reality by carrying out mathematical operations. We live in a multiverse, and certain operators trigger echoes in the Platonic realm of mathematical truth, echoes which can be amplified and fed back into our (and other) realities. Computers, being machines for executing mathematical operations at very high speed, are useful to us as occult engines. Likewise, some of us have the ability to carry out magical operations in our own heads , albeit at terrible cost.

Yep, I was confused. I did a quick search to see what I was getting myself into and it appears I picked a book that’s book 6 in a series about the Laundry – the British secret agency that fights supernatural threats. 

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The Strain (Book 1) – by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan

These days it seems that if you want to make a quick buck, you write a vampire story. I’ve seen the TV show “The Strain” and I found it compelling for the first few episode due to the very specific Romanian-based vampires they used.

“What you fought was a dead man, possessed by a disease.’ – Setrakian
‘What–like a pinche zombie?’ – Gus
‘Think more along the lines of a man with a black cape. Fangs. Funny accent. Now take away the cape and fangs. The funny accent. Take away anything funny about it.’ – Setrakian”

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The Summoning * Bentley Little

If you like vampire stories and have read a little Bram Stoker here, a bit of The Strain there, (even Anne Rice counts) then you’ll know that the fascination with the undead continues to make a good horror read.
Mix in some Chinese legends and you’ll get a twist. A vampire that is not deterred by crosses and even wants to make his own church! But he is afraid of Jade and Willow.

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Evernight (Book 1) Claudia Grey

Vampire-Academy-poster-vampire-academy-15999884-1000-1200If you are looking for a vampire romance in the same class as Twilight or Vampire Diaries, you have come to the wrong place. Claudia Grey’s book is a lukewarm romance with a predictable twist and a lot of padding. The first half of the novels centers about a young girl entering an elite academy due to her parents being teachers there. She decides to run away on her first night there but she encounters a teenage boy who convinces her to turn around and give the school a go.

It didn’t phase me so much as a Hogwards re-try more like a Vampire Academy prequel. She falls in love with the first guy who showed attention to her and does not understand why he won’t acknowledge her during school hours. She then finds out that he is an outcast and getting into fights often did not want that dark light to shine upon her. Oh, so Gallant. I was nearly yawning at this point…

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Stephen King’s Sisters of Eluria Book Review

“The Little Sisters of Eluria” is a prequel to the first volume of the Dark Tower saga.
It was originally published in 1998 in a collection called Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy. In 2002, it was collected and included in King’s Everything’s Eventual.

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Oh Dracula, unlikely hero

O, Dracula, unlikely hero! O flying leukaemia, in your cloak like a living umbrella, a membrane of black leather which you unwind from within yourse and lift like a stripteaser’s fan as you bend with emanciated lust over the neck, flawless and bland, of whatever woman is longing for obliteration, here and now in her best negligee.

Why was it given to you by whoever stole your soul to transform yourself into bat and wolf and only those?

Why not a vampire chipmunk, a duck, a gerbil? Why not a vampire turtle?

Now that would be a plot

Excerpt from The Good Bones by Margaret Atwood

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Cassandra Clare * Mortal Instruments Book 2 * City of Ashes

City of Ashes is the second installment in The Mortal Instruments series, an urban fantasy series set in New York written by Cassandra Clare. The novel was one of YALSA’s top ten teen books for 2009. Reading it now, though, over a 6-months span of picking it up and putting it down, I can’t see why it was ever famous. The book is a bore-lake, a bore-kingdom and the writing is laconic and the dialog stale.

I had trouble digesting the book like I do others as the plot was not advancing fast enough and the themes from the first book were present in the second but with a slightly more detailed approach: The inter-sibling incestuous love, the unrequited gay romance, the friendzone that Simon is in, vampires and werewolves and warlocks.

Valentine comes back and ooooh! they will barely organize themselves and only by the end of the book they will confront him! And it was really hard as Valentine summoned a Fear demon (sorry, THE fear demon) who was able to kill people why showing them what they most feared. And guess what? Jase feared for Clary’cause he loved his sister too! (Incestuous little SOB, kinda reminded me of Angel Sanctuary if you have seen the Anime/Manga).