- File Size: 375 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Subterranean Press (March 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BWF8WHK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I definitely recommend this as a book that takes the idea of being a vampire seriously. It's fascinating to watch a protagonist who has reinvented himself so often that he no longer even thinks of himself as having a real identity. Every inconvenience is one he's dealt with before and that gives him a calm that others can find unnerving. I liked seeing how he dealt with social situations, especially when he knows someone wants something out of him but he decides to cultivate the friendship anyway, because nothing else takes away the boredom of existing for so long.
I love Elizabeth Bear's alternate history America, peopled with magicians, werewolves, and vampires. I have read all of her stories/novellas in this loosely arranged series. She has a beautiful writing style and creates very relatable people and creatures. As well as telling a good story along the way! I really wish that she would write some more in this world.
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I adore this series and am sad that this could possibly be the last we see of the wampyr (sic) with a heart. There are so many layers to this world that intrigue the reader. Can you recognise our own real world parallels with places and events in the story? Do you feel for Sebastian as he struggles to maintain a sense of humanity we know he will eventually lose? Do you feel his sadness at the loss of his companions, his human 'court'? That though he inspires affection in those he chooses to share his life with, he is always doomed to end up alone again? I could go on. And on.
This is a must read. I just want to know how Elizabeth Bear crams so much emotional resonance into such short works?