- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (January 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1329661826
- ISBN-13: 978-1329661820
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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The vampire trend in books is still out there, and Jennifer Ott's take is quite different from the usual modern, YA versions. Desperate Moon is well rounded with oodles of philosophy, medicine, politics, and sex. These are shown through the experiences of Katerina, a 600 year old vampire, and then along with Dr. Siegfried Andrasko. We begin in 1800s Eastern Europe. Katerina’s old husband dies and she and her maid servant, Hilde, set out on travels from their quiet town.
Katerina remarries, a handsome young Prussian Colonel and then meets Dr. Seigfried Andrasko at a ball at their home outside Prague. Seigfried becomes a physician-psychiatrist to her, both listening to Katerina’s history and studying her medically. He’s something of an eccentric character who understands what she truly is and is more interested than frightened.
The novel examines interesting ideas like Katerina experiencing the feelings/natures of her victims, and Seigfried’s medical study of her blood as well as a look at all the repeated experiences of humankind that do not change over Katerina’s long life.
I really like the theme that Katerina and then Seigfried are interested in bettering the condition of humanity in discovering cures for diseases. When you think about it, vampires live very long lives and so should come to know a lot more than the average human being about pretty much everything. Why not do something good for mankind with it?
Fav quote pg 366
“… but the world does not want cures. They are quite content with their fears.”
The character of Katerina is well written, her sombre acceptance of the world’s ills for 600 years displayed in her sangfroid about things that would turn regular humans upside down such as unfaithful spouses.
Overall, the writing is of a passive style but pleasant though it left me feeling kind of melancholy. The book is quite long and there is some repetition of the sad state of mankind. There are a few anachronisms. The ending is short but interesting and hopeful. I would recommend this for the fans this is a thoughtful, East-European-flavour odyssey into the mental workings of vampires, as well as a nostalgic, historical type read.
This review originally appeared on my blog
I was given a complimentary copy of DESPERATE MOON from the author, Jennifer Ott for my unbiased view of the book. No other compensation took place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Katerina is a well-developed character. Albeit, one with many conflicted emotions about immortality and humans.Read more