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- Print Length: 34 pages
- Publication Date: May 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ZLE650
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Blood Born: A Blood Calling Series Novelette (The Blood Calling Series Book 0) Kindle Edition
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As in all this author's work, a thoroughly original take on an overdone horror genre proves refreshing and thought provoking. The first person narrative voice has the original tone that I have come to expect in all his work and the tale it tells grips the reader immediately. There are plenty of satisfyingly scary supernatural elements but this is also a "real" novella with developed characters and themes of familial love and friendship.
My only complaint about this novella is that it is so short. This quibble is addressed by the "teaser section" for a longer novel, Blood Calling, however, which further develops the author's vampire concept. Although it is not a direct continuation of the story in Baby Teeth, it is apparently the first of a series; one hopes to meet the characters from Baby Teeth again in the future.
As a voracious, and thus inescapably somewhat jaded, reader of the horror genre, I highly recommend Baby Teeth as well as the author's other books. I own them all and am now eagerly awaiting the next.
Baby Teeth is the witty story of a man who loses everything. His wife and newborn child die during labor, yet he finds out later that the culprit was a vampire, and that his child has accidentally been turned. Unable to let his heritage die, and having no one else in his life to love, he takes in his baby and hides him throughout the day, feeding him at night, all while struggling to create a new life for himself. The novelette is told in the past/present style, juxtaposing past events with his current decision--telling the story as the baby comes thumping down the hallway, opening doors, trying to get to his father. This is a very well written story, showing the complexities of the human psyche, and I really enjoyed it! Four stars!
Like his previous work this story is very character based following a father trying to maintain a shell of his previous life by caring for an infant who has become a vampire. The father is torn apart having to make the decision between continuing this hollow existence or facing his infants death by ending his undead infants life. I can say little more without giving away details of the story but it makes a captivating read. I curled up on the couch expecting a horror story and instead got something else. Something thought provoking. Something that stirred up feelings deep inside. It's one of those rare books that I actively wanted to discuss it with other people afterwards.
Any faults the story had were minor. Only two small things brought me out of the story. Why the father chooses to dig up his son in the first place eludes me? It seems an odd thing to do without any real explanation of what drove him to do it. The second thing that got to me was how often the father as narrator talked about how things changed over the years. The first time felt natural grounding us in a time and place. The second time felt natural grounding us in his character as a man having reached the century mark and looking back at how things changed. By the third time it was annoying. That often may have worked in a full length novel but was a bit too often for a novellette. Of course these two flaws are minor hiccups in an engrossing story that is so good they are easy to dismiss.
Apparently this novelette takes place in the same world as an upcoming novel Blood Calling. You get the first chapter of Blood Calling with this novelette. As a teaser this story is genius, because while nothing about the preview chapter screamed out to me, I intend to purchase it when it comes out based on the strength of this novelette alone. I guess nothing says more for the strength of this story then that I look forward to purchasing the next one.
This novelette is professional quality. It must have been painstakingly edited as it is free of typos or other errors. It is properly formatted and grammatically correct. The writing is top-notch, pacing excellent. The subject matter is handled in a unique way and the book is well-plotted. I couldn't put it down. I actually would fall asleep at night reading it, trying to stay awake to see what happens next.
I look forward to reading more from this talented author. I give Baby Teeth 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to fans of the horror genre.
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