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Jim Hull received a degree in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz, after which, like many a budding artist, he promptly became a ne’er-do-well, and for years he has worked in the performing arts. In the manner of some of his fellow vampires, Jim also pretends to be respectable – in his case, by writing and lecturing in the Los Angeles area. His first book, ARE HUMANS OBSOLETE? explores a future where machines do all the work.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450577245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450577243
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,147,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Hull received a degree in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz, after which - like many a budding artist - he promptly became a ne'er-do-well, and for years he has worked in the performing arts. Jim also pretends to be respectable - in his case, by writing and lecturing in the Los Angeles area.

You are cordially invited to post reviews of his books, including THE VAMPIRE IN FREE FALL and ARE HUMANS OBSOLETE? at amazon.com.

Jim bloviates on his blog at: http://jimhull.wordpress.com

Contact him with your comments or questions at: jimhull@jimhull.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Meyer on March 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sci-fi, vampiric monsters roaming the streets out for my own blood? With global warming and the overrun of natural disasters I thought I had enough to worry about. Jim Hull reminds me there is a spacey world out there in "The Vampire in Free Fall." A world of monsters who can conquer even when we thought ourselves unconquerable, because well, man was there first. I sometimes questioned who Hull's audience was, thinking it too much like an action movie treatment to be the next big thing for the "Twilight" groupies, and not quite highfalutin enough to reach cult status like such film classics as "Irma Vep." I was quickly reminded of Anne Rice's tales and shut the droopedness of my hanging jaw. I know what you're thinking...vampires are hot right now. Well, vampires have always been hot, from Nosferatu to Buffy, now let Jim take a stab at this generation's dark-dwelling creatures before we go down forever in history for making our red-lipped revolutionaries into no more than lotharios turned loverboys with good intentions. Yes I mean you, "Twilight" crowd.

An "Invisible Man" for the suck and trickle hordes, Hull writes of vampire Christian running through the streets, a vigilante, a modern trumpeter of the newest human (or inhuman) rights; akin to Alan Ball's depiction of a small Creole town in the HBO series "Trueblood." Jager's character was most amusing, a Billy Bob Thornton type with some kind of crazed, wanna-be Charlton Heston ax to grind. I veritably enjoyed when Christian began to realize newly learned vampire truths such as what the sun will do to his skin, what effect drugs will have on his vampiric strength, or that his Vietnamese creator's reason in making him was of the most obvious sort, patriotism of course. Did I recall defending this novel as superior to "Twilight?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dancing Doctor on August 31, 2010
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Not that that's a bad thing in this instance...
After reaching my saturation point with Vampire stories, I was surprised to find this variation-on-a theme, with the twist(s) that made me realize, maybe there may be more to be read about the topic! I was consistently amazed throughout, to watch how Mr. Hull adeptly traversed the universe (literally!) with his title character, and showed the reader versatility and knowledge as writer of fantasy - quite a departure in scope! Hopefully, this is a prequel, and more adventures await!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrprez on May 31, 2011
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I typically do not read fiction books but I decided that this book seemed interesting enough. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a chance! I took my time reading it and thoroughly enjoyed every page. The story is an absolute blast. One could easily read this book in one day. I will definitely recommed this book to my friends.
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This book completely surprised me. I don't mean the content surprised me, I mean the entire enterprise. I read Hull's last collection of essays, "Are Humans Obsolete?," and while it was well-written and thought provoking, it didn't rock my world view. "The Vampire in Free Fall" may, in fact, be a reference to the author's state of mind while undertaking this ambitious task of bringing fresh blood to a genre that has been glutted of late with all manner of dreck ranging from tolerable to execrable. Hull has managed to do something that I would have bet money couldn't be done-- he has created a character and a time and a place that are authentically unique. Other reviewers have noted here that the book is a "page turner." That's because you can't believe some of the things you're reading and you can't wait to discover more. But, that's almost beside the point. What's extraordinary about "The Vampire in Free Fall" is that he has something new to say about a topic that we reasonably assumed had been exhausted, and Hull manages the even more extraordinary accomplishment of saying it in a glorious, voluptuous manner. If you are only familiar with the author from previous works, this book will be a revelation. He casts loose the bonds of semantics and finds (like his protagonist) that he has new unfettered powers, and he revels in pushing them to their limits. An American soldier turned into a vampire during the fall of Dien Bien Phu? I have never read anything like it. Nor, does Hull belabor the subtext. (What an apt metaphor for the men and women whose lives were changed irrevocably by that war.) He has more important blood to spill, and he does it in the most arresting and believable style I've read in a vampire novel in forever.Read more ›
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If you're looking for a fast paced, fun read, this book might well provide you a satisfying escape into the world of fiction. When an American soldier in the Vietnam War is turned into a vampire, he quickly adapts to his new "life." He's recruited by a secret organization and becomes the James Bond of vampires, killing and thieving without question until he's ordered to kill a female vampire. Falling in love, he risks his own existence to send her to safety.

Over the next three hundred years his human morality seeps back into him and finds himself on quest for justice. One can only find so much fulfillment in material possessions. Lots going on in this story, and the pace seldom slackens. Surprisingly, the story takes the vampire into outer space where he befriends a sentient robot and protects him from the plotting of a ruthless politician.

My disappointment with the story is that vampires have sex which violates vampire lore and negates the ultimate pleasure of blood drinking. The loss of sexual function, as with the inability to eat normal food and to withstand sunlight seem to me to be sacrifices of losing humanity in return for immortality. Though perhaps it is meant to tie in with one of the points of the story that humanity is not necessarily something bestowed upon a one by genetics as much as by their actions, no matter if a being belongs to the family of vampires, Homo Sapiens or robots. And in turn, a monster can be a human.

Other than that my only other complaint is the story seems a bit unresolved, perhaps setting the stage for a sequel. Wanting more is better than wanting less. Overall, a very enjoyable read with fast cars, super powers and lots of action!
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