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Sweeter Than Wine: A Story of Love, Sleuthing and Vampires Paperback – July 13, 2011
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But I digress. Having established myself as a vampire-hater, I can say that L. Neil Smith s Sweeter than Wine is one heck of a great read. I like his vampire. It s definite science fiction, not fantasy, and is of the hidden history variety, where vampires are among us, and we don t know about it. Usually, this sort of thing is really a strain on your skeptical bump, but the world Smith creates is downright believable, making you nod you head and say, sure, this could very well be happening.
All of Smith s stuff has, as it very well should, a Heinlein flavor, but this book more than most. The protagonist has the air of Heinlein s competent man, who knows how the world works, and has developed an ethical code to cope with it more of a challenge than most of us have, given his special peculiarity. He s like Lazarus Long, but with a personality. And in keeping with both the vampire tradition and the Smith tradition, there are some shootouts, interesting information about weaponry, a lost love story worthy of Japanese anime, and a villain. Whoa, this is a real villain he makes Voldemort look like Heinz Doofenshmirtz. This guy will give you the willies.
The why aren t we all vampires by now problem is solved, neatly and not at all in a contrived way, and we are treated to some education on police procedure, biology, history, and paleontology. Not bad for a short novel.
One more thing: I read it in one sitting. I haven t done that since Mother Night, about half a century ago. So it also qualifies as a top-notch page-turner. It s a vampire story, sure, but Crime and Punishment was a detective story. --Rex F. May
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My only gripe is that, at 150 pgs, the book is way too short. If their is a sequel, I hope that it will be longer.
If you want a short novel with an interesting spin on the vampire mythos, you can't go wrong with this one. Highly Recommended.
I needn't have worried, the plot is enthralling, the characters intriguing, and the ethical concerns delightfully creatively resolved. (Although I can see the Lady on the cover having some challenges adapting to the 21st century, and the mores of her new "friends.")
Along the way we find out what happened to the Neanderthals, and... (oops, sorry no "spoilers")
Needless to say, I want to see more about these people. This is a problem as "El Neil" has several other "Irons in the fire." I just hope he lives long enough to finish even half of what's in the pipeline.
Treat yourself to some new possibilities that are "Sweeter Than Wine"
I don't know how to classify Sweeter Than Wine, not "just" a vampire novel or a detective book or a love story, it's all of those and more.
Glad I took a chance on this based only on my respect for the author. Doesn't read like my other favorites by L. Neil Smith (read Probability Broach for a good start on those), many other authors can't seem to change their style even when changing genre. This one manages to be L. Neil without being a copy of his other books. It's not a recycled story with vampires substituted for another stock character.
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It's great to read L. Neil Smith's writing again. It's been too long since he's written anything new. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Walter White
Nice different take on the genre. Smith brings his own perspective to a genre away from his usual, and succeeds -- very glad I finally read it!Published 21 months ago by Erik Wingren
L. Neil Smith has done it again! His style is entertaining and engrossing. His characters come alive(or undead, in this case). All in all, a great read.Published 23 months ago by F. Crean
Good modern fantasy with more a scifi feel than an Ann Rice feel.
It treats how a practical modern person would deal with vampirism and life.
But you'd never know it's one of those books written in one month - I enjoyed Smith's move slightly off the scifi-libertarian path into the vampire genre.Published on February 22, 2013 by DrPat
Not at all what I expect from Smith. Ended abruptly -- as if he realized he had met his publisher's requirement for word count and then quit.Published on February 21, 2013 by mkb
If you're familiar with L Neil Smith's work (especially The American Zone) you'll know what to expect. Good, fast moving Liberterian fiction. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by Steve Irvin