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The Darkening Dream Paperback – January 14, 2012
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"Wonderfully twisted sense of humor" -- Kirkus Reviews
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Having received an email from Andy to review his novel, I was a bit hesitant at first. Vampires aren`t generally on my reading list, but how many spoiled apples did I have to go through before I finally gave up? With each word he typed though, I became more and more curious. He revealed the fact that he was co-creator of Naughty Dog, and when I finally saw the cover for the novel I just couldn't turn it down at all. How could this man, this creator of games such as Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, create a novel about vampires to hold my attention. Not to mention he added Egyptian gods to the mix. A weird mix but yet I set off on the journey.
The Darkening Dream treats us to a dark story about a girl named Sarah who stumbles into some trouble because of these visions she's having. With the help of Alex, a Greek Immigrant and her twin friends, Anne and Sam, she sets off on this terrifying adventure against an elderly vampire, a demon-loving Puritan warlock, Egyptian gods, all in the name of saving the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. While the plot-line might seem a bit of random and something on the path of comedy, it is the complete opposite.Read more ›
There are two things that may bother some readers (three if you dislike horror). One is that religions play a huge impact in both the story and in the characters' daily lives. This is the first book I've read in a few years that has a Jewish main character, so I did appreciate the fine details in how being Jewish separates Sarah from the other characters. The second thing is that the characters in this book do come off as sexist at times. But considering this book is written before Women's Suffrage, where females have less rights and freedoms than males, this is completely normal for the time period.
I do not read too much historical fiction. In fact, the only time I do it is when it is tied tightly to the horror genre. I can tell that the author put a lot of energy into making this book historically and religiously accurate. At times, this does make the scenes "wordy". Plus both Alex and Sarah are well versed in Greek history, among other things, so there are quite a few facts mentioned throughout the story. As all of the information is relevant and the horror happens often, it never does feel like a "info dump", which I appreciate.Read more ›
While I've read vampire novels with added historical fiction before (and, truly, Salem is almost a trope as a mystical setting), I found the addition of religious elements to be both fitting and novel. Mr. Gavin expanded the role that religion typically plays in vampire lore beyond the "true believer" warding off the bad guy with a cross. Particularly interesting was the inclusion of Jewish mysticism, not only because it's something I haven't seen done before, but also because in doing so the book winds up touching upon some deeper, unsettling conflicts between different religions, in addition to the drama otherwise occurring. Most importantly, the addition to these mystical or religious elements doesn't distract from the action, but rather adds another layer of subtext. All in all, I found it very-well researched and interesting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ugh, I really can't believe anyone thought that this was good writing. It was formulaic, the dialogue was stilted, and the overall storytelling was just awkward. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Valerie
This is a very interesting take on horror lore with vampires and Egyptian deities plotting to take over the world. The book is quite different to many vampire horror books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Victor
I gave this book 5 stars because Andy Gavin's writing is perfection! He knows how to lay out the story to pull the reader along, interested and full of wonder. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kay Z.
It kept me interested in that I hoped the questions I had about the reasons for killing a young boy, the esoteric Jewish rituals, and the meaning behind all the other demons might... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nancy Heitzig
Frankly, I'm tired of vampire lovers, and vampires and zombies (god, please, give it a rest), but this was not only strangely charming, but also intriguing.Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
I find it hard to sit here and think of what I need to say about this story. I originally picked it up on a whim based on the story synopsis, and that the cover actually looked... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
The setting made this book. I loved every single thing about it. All the characters were unique and engaging and the storyline moved at a good pace. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
So two things I don't like about darker or horror genre books. Vampires and religion. And both come into play with this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anthony Barranco