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The Space Vampires Paperback – December 1, 2009
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The surviving astronaut is a far more intelligent character and makes a good psychologist and detective - trying to understand what has befallen him and what is yet to follow. He travels Europe researching vampiric legend, is tempted by the heady thrill of sadomastic domination, and eventually confronts an extraterrestrial being with luciferian traits. Like fallen angels, the energy vampires seek to regain their former state of glory, a classic case of the end justifying the means.
The book's ending is far more satisfying than the film's despite the latter's fun Hammer-horror feel, great Mancini score, and Mathilda May's glorious body. Enough to stir even the most space-frozen soulstealer to acts of volcanic passion...
Intelligent and lovecraftian work of Sci-fi and horror fiction melded nicely by acclaimed author Colison Wilson. This one gives readers a unique and very refreshing approach on the vampire legend as these creatures have visited Earth before to create maps for humans mainly the greeks and even create the legends of vampires, succubi and other monsters of lore. But the core of this novel is that vampirism does exist as we are all vampires who drain energy from other things and the creatures here aren't like your father's vampires told in Bram Stoker or Ann Rice, these creatures have no fangs and suck only energy/youth/lifeforces out of beings instead.
It's a story about discover and what if there was other life out there beyond our world, it is also a philosphil tale about what could be evolution's true link.Read more ›
The material itself is almost tantalizing. During the entire short book you could feel that something interesting lurked beneath the story we actually have before us. Unfortunately, that possible story never comes out. The writing is incredibly dated and stiff. Conversations are primarily of the ludicrous variety that make you physically wince occasionally. Characters are basic and flat (I kept forgetting who was who, outside of Carlsen and Fallada).
Anyway, I did not enjoy reading this book and thank the Nioth-Korghai that I am done with it.
As always, the book is better than the movie, and if you are a big fan of the movie, as I am, (most straight men should be), then I highly recommend the book it was based off of. The most intriguing element for me is the scientific explanation of vampires, and examples of vampiristic creatures such as the moray eel. The origins of these creatures are not explored at any great length, but the detailed scientific elements make the story believable. The explanations of vampires in this book remind me of H.G. Wells' 'First Men in the Moon' when Cavort is explaining the scientific basis of cavorite to Mr. Bedford.
This is also a short book and an easy read. There's nothing too groundbreaking here, so I won't give it five stars, but it is still an enjoyable read. Anytime I meet people who are fans of science-fiction, I always point them to 'Space Vampires'.
Another thing that disappointed me was that the publisher clearly couldn't care less about the quality of their work. It looks to me like this book was scanned from a paper copy and auto-formatted into a Kindle file, and there are so many errors it's incredible. Nearly every single set of quotation marks, for example, end up as 'single' quote marks instead of the required "double" quote marks. No doubt I'm quibbling, but if the publisher doesn't care enough to fix little mistakes like that and give the book a halfway decent cover, why should I care?
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This novel was adapted as a terrible movie in the 80s under the title Lifeforce. The actual novel is much better than the movie despite having a somewhat cheesy sounding title.Published 4 months ago by Ricky Kimsey
Better than the movie version, Lifeforce, however it is a guilty pleasure of mine. Would love to see a movie more based on the actual book.Published 7 months ago by pagansoul
I began the book expecting a familiar tale involving evil creatures like Count Dracula. Instead, the story was so much more than this. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. G. Hancock
Extremely good except for the last minute ending (contrived) I would have given it 5 stars.Published 9 months ago by DJ
The story line is fascinating enough: vampires from space! However, the narration is sketchy and at times feels like the author has forgotten that he's telling a story, and jumps... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book, but, honestly... the movie based upon the book ("Lifeforce") is a more-interesting adaptation. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nightrider
Excellent Sci-Fi. I read Colin Wilson as a yourh, starting with "Philosopher's Stone"
Read and enjoyed this book (The Sci-Fi film "Lifeforce" is based on it),... Read more
Colin Wilson was a bright light in literary criticism. He exploded onto the scene with The Outsider, a study of the literary history and function, both thematically and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer