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Beside the Darker Shore Paperback – July 7, 2011
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"Beside the Darker Shore is different. It is not your usual vampire tale. There is no sex in the book, per se, but it is one of the most powerfully sensual books I have read. When humans offer their blood to vampires, the eroticism of the bloodletting has no need for sex...While there are villains, they are not the stereotypical villains of vampire novels...For the pain each of these men brings to the other, it is hard to dislike any of them. Each is fighting for what he believes...these are characters that have not left my mind since I finished the book." Shelia, Two Lips Reviews
"Here is the most unusual and original vampire novel I've ever read--I know of nothing else like it, and I've read numerous novels in this genre...The story is so complex, you'll have to roll with it and take up the details by osmosis...The writing style is also unorthodox, with a narrative so rich in detail, words often seem to dance off the page. When it works, it's deeply evocative--I'm reminded of Poppy Z. Brite on steroids! ...You know how there are books that lull you to sleep? This one flips your brain's 'on' switch!" Aricia Gavriel GLBT Bookshelf, 5 out of 5 stars
About the Author
Patricia Esposito is a freelance editor, the mother of two daughters, and long-time married to "the boy next door." Her fiction and poetry have appeared in the anthologies Apparitions and Lights of Love, as well as numerous speculative and literary publications, including Scarlet Literary Magazine, Rose and Thorn, Karamu, Not One of Us, Hungur, Midnight Street, Byline, and Clean Sheets. Her fiction has received honorable mentions in Ellen Datlow's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Beside the Darker Shore is her first novel.
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I had trouble removing myself from the story to review this. I was captivated. I felt part of the world. So I write here how it would feel to me to be with the characters.
Arturo: I see him; he’s coming. An alluring, sensuous, dangerous vampire coming toward me and I can’t help opening my neck to him, feeling the teeth slide into my arteries to suck my life. This is my last breath, and I give my life willingly. The essence of my life—and it’s all right.
Alec: Beautiful and ethical, he is my hero. He works for the governor of this imagined town and I look up to him; we all do. I adore him, thinking it must be so difficult for him to maintain his ethics, fighting his own nature. Knowing it’s what makes me love him even more.
And Stephen: Alec’s offspring, who shuns what he is—I want to know how he feels. I know he is a product of Alec, a most beautiful boy, exquisite, half-mortal, who wants to be immortal. Unsettled Stephen, who can’t deal with his half-life, he follows the destructive Arturo, and yet I want to be friends with him, to understand what he’s going through. Stephen, out of reach, but I love him.
What captivates us? The flaws, the needs that we all share, the fascination with beauty and pleasure, the striving for morality despite our needs. Vampires: humans put to the test.
And because I am a vampire author myself of LIQUID DIET & MIDNIGHT SNACK: 2 VAMPIRE SATIRES and several more undead books on the way; I raise the bar pretty far up before I will give my "bats" up (seal of approval).
BESIDE THE DARKER SHORE by Patricia J. Esposito is not only such a great vampire book it is a great book too. It mixes romance, vampires, politics and steamy love scenes into a tasty mojo stew that I loved every drop. Highly recommended.