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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Zarahemla Books (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978797167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978797164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,093,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angel Falling Softly is more than a good read. It is a provocative meditation on life and death that will leave readers both satisfied and unnerved. It kept me reading, and it kept me guessing. -- Angela Hallstrom

One of the best Mormon novels ever written, proof positive that Mormon fiction is not dead. And even if it was, Woodbury has called it from its grave, bestowed it with immortality, and given it a mighty fine set of literary fangs. -- Stephen Carter, editor of Sunstone Magazine

It has vampires, love scenes, and is written by a Mormon author.  But it's definitely not part of the Twilight series.  It is, however, a good read. I would even venture to say that it's a great read. -- Blog Segulla

About the Author

Eugene Woodbury graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Japanese and TESOL. He has twice been a Utah Original Writing Competition finalist and is a recipient of the Sunstone Foundation Moonstone Award for short fiction. He lives in Orem, Utah, where he works as a free-lance writer and translator.

More About the Author

Eugene Woodbury graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Japanese and TESOL. He has twice been a Utah Original Writing Competition finalist and is a recipient of the Sunstone Foundation Moonstone Award for short fiction. He lives in Orem, Utah, where he works as a free-lance writer and translator.

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Good read if you remember that it is entertainment.
R. Honn
Angel Falling Softly was, to put it very, very mildly, a disappointment.
Joyce DiPastena
I cannot believe this book was placed in the 'LDS Fiction' section.
C. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sister-Kate-to-Jane-in-Spirit on August 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I consider calling Angel Falling Softly a mockery (of Mormonism, LDS doctrine, LDS culture) to be odd in the extreme. It is, in fact, a story about a woman's relationship with God; it is the furthest thing from a mockery. People who covenant with God are usually not squeaky-clean individuals carrying out squeaky-clean agendas with squeaky-clean results. Such men and women are real, flawed individuals who fight and argue and weep and (even) bargain with God. God, as He points out to Job, is big enough to take it; so is the God of Angel Falling Softly (nowhere in the novel does the narrator/author state that any of the characters know God's mind absolutely and are thus, automatically, carrying out God's will). Redemption doesn't happen easily. It doesn't happen over night. It doesn't happen in 236 pages, and it certainly doesn't happen without people making some fairly awful decisions to begin with.

SPOILER ALERT:

In fact, the book ends on a remarkably judicious note. Characters who were heading in a spiritually unhealthy direction, end facing in a spiritually healthier direction. I am not referring to Rachel, who pays a serious and heart-breaking price for her decision. What God thinks of that decision, the author humbly does not attempt to answer.

In conclusion, and getting to the vampire element of the novel, I consider the assumption that Rachel, for all her flaws and justifications, has "damned" her child to be faintly ridiculous. The original Dracula by Bram Stoker does link vampires to damnation and is about as replete with sexual imagery and allusions as a Victorian novel can be, but it hardly makes sense to refute the sexual link yet adopt Stoker's theory of damnation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bigelow on July 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Here's a collection of reviews from several well-respected authors and critics:

William Morris, founder of the literary blog A Motley Vision: Mormon Arts and Culture:

In melding the vampire genre with Mormon literary fiction, Eugene Woodbury has created a hybrid that is startling, fresh, insightful, and heartbreaking.

What's remarkable about Angel Falling Softly isn't just that Woodbury does something new with vampire themes or that he provides a complex, touching portrait of a Mormon mother desperately trying to save her terminally ill child. It's that he weaves these elements together with well-deployed literary allusions and quotations (often Biblical) that add substance to the questions raised about belief, redemption, desire, sin and death.

The novel is insistently literary while being solidly genre-based. What most amazed me is that he pulls it all off without violating the supernatural and metaphysical boundaries of Mormonism or of the vampire genre. He plays the two worlds against each other in a way that maximizes reading pleasure and says something new about the Mormon experience.

Angela Hallstrom, author of the novel Bound on Earth:

This tale of two women--one a vampire, the other a bishop's wife--is more than a good read. It is a provocative meditation on life and death that will leave readers both satisfied and unnerved. It kept me reading, and it kept me guessing.

C. L. Hanson, blogger and novelist:

Woodbury captures human relationships with realism and depth of feeling. He also paints a warm and homey portrait of Utah Mormon culture as seen from a sophisticated worldly perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brett E. Wilcox on March 19, 2010
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Angel Falling Softly contains extraordinary writing and fine storytelling. Eugene Woodbury's brilliance and depth of knowledge is clearly evident. However, mixing LDS fiction with vampire fiction limits its appeal to a narrow audience. Congratulations to Woodbury for pulling off this bizarre combination of genres with flair and fangs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Honn on January 1, 2010
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Good read if you remember that it is entertainment. Ethical vampires and true believing Mormans interact. Both come out smarter and more able to come to terms with life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Bahlmann on August 20, 2008
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Angel Falling Softly
By Eugene Woodbury

Vampires are people, too, with feelings just like us.
Well, almost.
Who says they should just hang out in the dark, remote region of Transylvania? Why not the suburbs of Salt Lake City, where they can learn the art of being a good neighbor, pay fast offerings, make passes at return missionaries, and bring children back from the dead?
Why not?
I've had the chance to read reviews of "Angel Falling Softly," both pro and con. I've had friends refuse to review it. I wondered whether I should, but in my musings, the prism turned, and I saw the story a little differently than I did at first.
When I began reading this book with the mesmerizing cover, it was hard to put down. No matter what I was doing, I felt drawn to it. I even saw a slender, white haired young lady jogging around town, and thought of Milada Daranyi. (Is that a cool name, or what?)
About halfway through my reading, I realized this book was no fence sitter. Either you liked it, or you didn't. I know card carrying Mormons who would slurp it up like ice cream and ask for more. I know other card carrying Mormons who wouldn't get past the first arousal-before-blood-taking scene, which had my toes hanging over the line of acceptability, but pulled back before I tipped completely over the edge.
This book is not for everyone. Definitely not for anyone who can't question the sanity of a bishop's wife. In retrospect, the vampire. Milada, stuck to her morals, even showing an improvement over her early life when she became a vampire through no fault of her own. She goes to neighborhood barbecues. She shows compassion toward the original owner of a company she buys out. She no longer sucks people dry. And she can quote scripture as well as the bishop's wife.
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