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Kilpatrick has done a first-class job of selecting and editing 23 stories and 1 poem of the undead, all by Canadian writers. Her introduction is an informative summary of the development of vampires in popular entertainment, and the stories themselves are vignettes of vampires in the early-twenty-first century. The backgrounds and characters vary, but all the writing is of very high quality. The authors include Rebecca Bradley, Tanya Huff, Steve Vernon, Michael Skeet, and Claude Bulduc (whose story is translated from the French). Excellent work all around. --Frieda Murray
"The intriguing Vampires appearing in Evolve all share a common link to the iconic character Dracula" -- Dacre Stoker
"Vampire fans-this is a must read" -- Parajunkie, Blog with Bite
"With stories from genre veterans Kelley Armstrong and Tanya Huff, as well as a slew of newcomers, EVOLVE: VAMPIRE STORIES OF THE NEW UNDEAD is a worthy anthology for vampire lovers." - Quill and Quire
Really enjoyed the many different styles of writing in this book. Fantastic authors in their element in this genre. If you enjoy the many different takes on vampires from fluff to gore, a great read to sink your teeth into.
There was a time I liked vampires. Incubus, Succubus, Spike. Then it came. You know what I'm talking about. At times, I feared that I would go stark raving mad if I had to hear about or read another story with either "sparkles" or "Sookie" in it. I bought Evolve several months ago at a vendor's table here in town. The cover art is what struck me to pick it up. The cover is stunning, capturing the "demon inside" part of the vampire myth. I enjoy a good anthology on occasion, as it exposes me to authors that I have never heard of, and yet write things I might enjoy. Evolve has added several authors to my "must read" list. While the anthology is classed as "horror and dark fantasy," it really isn't what I'd class as horror. Don't get me wrong; there are some horror stories. In particular, I made the mistake of reading "All You Can Eat, All The Time" by Claude Lalumiere before supper. However, most of the stories focus on the day-to-day culture of vampires in our society. A few were quite funny. Many sported "Canadian Endings" (not happy ever after, not even happy right now; just plain acceptance of life and circumstances), which I enjoyed seeing. No surprise since nearly all of the authors are Canadian-born. I enjoyed the touches of Canadiana, such as Kevin Cockle's "Sleepless in Calgary." I didn't enjoy all of the stories. I'm not a fan of present tense nor second person (i.e. You walk into a room), unless it's in a choose-your-adventure novel. Still, I enjoyed plenty of the stories, with "Learning Curve" (Kelley Armstrong) and "The New Forty" (Rebecca Bradley) at the top of my list. It was great to see Tanya Huff contributing to the anthology as well. I highly recommend picking up this collection if you are a fan of vampires and want to see a new take on the supernatural beings.
Great book. I haven't read short stories in years and usually don't have an affinity for them, but I was happy to read some vampire short stories, especially since they're about evolved vampires. There's a story type for every vampire fan. There's first person, third person, and even second person. There are men and women authors. There are male, female, senior citizen, and teen protagonists. Each story offers a new take on vampires, and I love it.
My favorite is "Red Blues" by Micheal Skeet. It's written in second person and as I was reading I was beginning to see myself as the protag. It's very well written. My second favorite is "Soulfinger" by Rio Youers and is also well written. I loved it. My least favorite is Sleepless in Calgary, but it does have one of my favorite vampire evolutions, unfortunately, I just couldn't get into the story itself. "Learning Curve" by Kelly Armstrong was a fun and interesting read.
The stories are very well-written, except one and it because I couldn't get into the non-standard writing style; it was hard to understand what was happening or what it was about. There's also a poem, but I didn't read it since I don't like poetry. There was only one story that was a standard vampire story, but for the most part the stories are very well-written by skillful authors that bring to life a world of evolved vampires. I definitely recommend it.
Love! Evolve is a collection of short stories that any fan of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" would applaud. It keeps true to the traditional vampire ideals, while giving readers something completely new all at once. You won't find the same old cliché plotlines in these tales, but mesmerizing stories of the new undead with a classic touch. An anthology any vampire fan would love.