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The Time of Feasting (Renquist Quartet) Hardcover – October 15, 1996


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From Publishers Weekly

If Don Corleone and his Family sported fangs they'd fit right into this tale of a New York-based vampire clan whose members are embattled by both outside authorities and one another. For centuries, Victor Renquist has instructed his nosferatu in the discreet art of living inconspicuously among humans and of camouflaging their intervals of Feasting as the handiwork of serial killers or the atrocities of war. In the brood's current Lower East Side enclave, known as the Residence, Renquist's authority is challenged by brash Kurt Carfax, spokesman for the young generation of vampires, whose reckless impatience with the patriarch's cautious tactics has drawn the attention of both the police and Gideon Kelly, a defrocked priest who recognizes the clan as a force for evil. Farren invests his undead with pulsating life, endowing them with primal energies and volatile emotions that can overwhelm the civilized personas they cultivate. His mortals, by contrast, are lifeless and underdeveloped: his cops are predictably inflexible nonbelievers in the supernatural, and Kelly is a cliche who sees his one-man fight against evil as his only hope for personal redemption. Wisely, Farren limits their roles to serving as catalysts for pyrotechnical scenes of vampire death and destruction. The result is an uncommonly brisk dark fantasy that cannily exploits both our tolerance of alternative lifestyles and our anxieties about the folks next door.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Farren's (Back from Hell, Tor, 1993) creations live somewhere between Stoker's Dracula, where everything from garlic to crosses deters vampires, and Rice's vampires, where only sunlight kills them. Nosferatu, the politically correct terminology for vampires, are not satanic in the manner of Dracula, and not as sophisticated as Lestat. Renquist, a 1000-year-old nosferatus, is the new leader of a New York City-based vampire colony. Every seven years, during the time of feasting, nosferatu go on feeding frenzies. In the meantime, the colony survives on stolen hospital blood and the occasional discreet kill. Carfax, the youngest member, shuns tradition and, like a juvenile delinquent, goes on a killing binge that endangers the entire colony. A fallen priest, Kelly, discovers their lair and true nature. He is joined by a police officer, McGuire, as well as a group of Voodoo practitioners. Meanwhile, Renquist races to stop Carfax. A thoroughly enjoyable macabre thriller; recommended for most public libraries.?Georgia Panos, Johnson Cty. Lib. System, Kan.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Renquist Quartet (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031286213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312862138
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,885,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FLASH1369@aol.com (Myles Griffin) on June 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
'The Time of Feasting' by Mick Ferran was a great vampire novel that did not use the same elements of many other vampire novels. For one thing, it took place in the center of a modern urban city, wheras many (I'm not saying all) take place a few centries ago in some little village. I'm not critisizing the ones that do, though. Ferran included historical background in the novel, which gave it a fantastic effect. The detail and imagery that he used was great. Feran created terrific characters and and plot, and wrote it so well, you didn't want to stop. He kept in mind that the story took place in the city, but gave some of the older characters that same century old feel. All of this and more, and still managed to make this urban vampire tale have a semi-gothic feel. Excellent read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book right in the middle of reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and it really is a good book. It is filled with a new group of vampres that have more problems then The Vampire Chronicles. It deals with a blood thirst that they must hide from the mortals of New York City, but when a rogue vampire decides to go against the rules the main body of Vampires has to kill him and get out of New York. Then throw in a drunk priest that thinks he's chosen to kill all evil and you have a great adventure on your hands. The imagrey used was excellent and I would like to see a sequel....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is the worst vampire book ever written. Not only was it very poorly constructed, it was full of impossible situations, coincidences, and other general baloney. The ending was rushed and smacked of sheer laziness on the part of the writer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Having read a lot of books - both old and new -- in the vampire genre, I can say that I found this to be strictly middle-of-the-road. It certainly isn't the worst but it's a long way from the top ten.
The story isn't very origional but then again there isn't much origional about vampires anymore. The writing was good; sound and evocative. Unfortunately there was little to no charactor development. You just didn't care one wy or the other about any of them, good guys or bad. Also there were contradictions all over the place. For instance, why could vampires at the Residence get up during the day if necessary, yet Cynara was unable to move at her hotel room? Lots of loose ends, too. Obviously left for the sequel. Hope it's better!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
this is the book for you!
Woah, what a stinker. Poor Mick, it must really hurt knowing you're such a poor author. Graphic, extraneous (and idiotic) descriptions of violence do not a good novel make. But unfortunately, that's the least of the reader's woes. This book contains nothing in the way of character development, plot development or believability. But don't worry, Mick writes with small words so that you won't be distracted by those unimportant ingredients. There are a few moments in "The Time of Feasting" where the author seems to be doing something interesting. Strangely enough, all those spots seem familiar - mainly because they were stolen from other authors, as any fan of Anne Rice or Poppy Z. Brite can tell you.
The main character (such as he is) is the author in a thinly veiled disguise. But please, ignore the man behind the curtain. When Farren takes your hand and tells you that the vampire Renquist (read Farren) is irresistible to women (who fight, wine, and moan over him for no apparent reason) you're supposed to blindly believe it. When Farren carefully explains that, although Renquist spends most of the novel whining, complaining, and being an all around SOB, you're supposed to blithely ignore his actions and realize he's actually the concerned, mature, polished individual Farren wants you to think he is. Although Renquist seems to enjoy torturing, humiliating, and debasing women in particular, and vampires in general, Farren wants you to believe that he's the type of person *everybody* should strive to be. And just wait until the ending - you'll love it! It's actually WORSE than the first 300 pages of the book (if that can be believed.)
Without a doubt, "The Time of Feasting" is quite possibly one of the worst novels I have ever had the misfortune to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While I was expecting a good book from all the great reviews I instead found a very mediocre book Don't get me wrong it was interesting to read once but it just wasn't anything I hadn't seen done before (or done better) in other vampire books
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Sims on January 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is obvious that Farren's work in the film/television industry greatly aided him in creating a plot that was fast-paced and full of action, as well as crisis. The need to feed after a seven-year fast; as well as a upstart vying for the control of a coven of vampires from its thousand-year-old master; as well as two female nosferatu wishing to "bond" with said master--all these events do push the characters toward action. In the midst of this, a defrocked-priest running around with stakes, trying to kill the members of the coven does attest that Farren definitely knows how to turn up the heat on an experience.
Unfortunately, that's about all the book offers. Characters are left flat and underdeveloped (once again like most pulp film and television today). We come away not really knowing whom we should root for or whom we should boo--or even really caring. Unfortunately, Farren missed the basic rule of fiction (in whatever genre or medium): we must care about the characters before we get involved in the plot.
The other true weakness in the book was the u.f.o. origin of vampire on earth. It gives a completely absurd take on what continues to be one of our most interesting and long-lasting folk tales. In the midst of attempting to create a mood of sensuality, history and class, Farren gave the book an Ed Wood twist that doesn't aid it at all, but kept me groaning and rolling my eyes each time it was mentioned.
So, if you're looking for great vampire reading, keep looking. If you need a book to fill some empty days or nights, it's worth that much--if you can get past all the typo's, editorial mistakes and missing words riddled throughout the book.
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