Reviews and Blog Posts: vampires

Tantalize : Kieren's story

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

DPL Rating:
1

This is the graphic novel version of the book Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith, told from the point of view of the male character, Keiren.  Keiren's best friend Quincie has lost her parents and is struggling to keep their restaurant going with a new vampire themed design and menu.  The...

Etiquette & espionage

by Gail Carriger

Sophronia is rather unpopular around her home. Instead of being interested in being a proper lady, she's more interested in taking things apart to see how they work, using the dumb waiter to spy on people, and generally anything that doesn't require a curtsy. When her mother sends her to...

Sink Your Teeth into These Vampire Books

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Looking for a great vampire book to sink your teeth into this Halloween? These young adult novels are bloody good. Being without a good book is really scary!

Whether you are looking for a stand-alone read or a series to be enthralled by, novels featuring vampires are incredibly diverse. Ranging from romantic to deadly, vampires are as varied as the mere mortals who read about them.

VAMPIRES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BLOODSUCKING UNDEAD

From Bela Lugosi's courtly, cornball, heavily accented count to the angst-ridden teen leeches of the Twilight series, vampires have been an essential part of film history. Our fascination with them, experts suggest, has something to do with our fear of death and yearning for immortality at any price -- or maybe it's just cool to imagine an eternity of partying all night and sleeping all day.

Some version of the vampire myth has existed in nearly every culture; the first recorded account came from Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Since there was no explanation for disease or natural disasters, vampires were blamed. They were depicted as foul, bloated, and barely semi-human. It wasn't until John Polidori's 1819 novella The Vampyre that they began their transformation into the charismatic and nicely dressed entities that we know and love today.

Dead Witch Walking.

by Kim Harrison

DPL Rating:
4

Rachel Morgan is a cop, she is also a Witch. Living in Cincinnati in a world that has been devastated by a tomato borne virus that wiped out half of the human population, some people just didn’t get sick and it turns out it's because they aren't exactly human. Witches,...

Carpe demon : adventures of a demon-hunting soccer mom

by Julie Kenner

DPL Rating:
3
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Kate Connor is many things, mother, wife, chauffuer (soccer mom), best friend, and secretly retired demon hunter. Take Buffy and add fifteen years a touch more religious fervor and a conservative bent and you have Kate Connor. Her husband is a political mover and shaker, her daughter is a teen...

Dead Witch Walking.

by Kim Harrison

DPL Rating:
3

Rachel Morgan is a cop, she is also a Witch. Living in Cincinatti in a world that has been devestated by a tomato borne virus that wiped out half of the human population, some people just didn’t get sick and it turns out it's because they aren't exactly human. Witches,...

Modern Vampire Fiction

Modern Vampire Fiction

Are you looking for a modern vampire story to really sink your teeth into?

  • The Nymphos of Rocky Flats: A Novel by Mario Acevedo. PI Felix Gomez, an ex-soldier who became a vampire while serving in Iraq, uses his supernatural powers to solve mysteries that befuddle mere mortals.
  • Minion by L.A. Banks. Damali Richards is the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. Dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers.

Vampires

What is it about vampires that so enthralls us? Vampire films continue to rise in popularity and it seems their stardom truly immortal. Which vampire film is your favorite?

Vampires on TV

The international fascination with vampires has impacted TV programming as much as it has movie production. The most popular job for a TV vampire? Private Detective. Can you pick out the three TV shows listed that feature a vampire gumshoe?

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