- Publisher: Warner Books Inc (Mm); Reprint edition (May 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446326119
- ISBN-13: 978-0446326117
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lifeforce Paperback – May, 1985
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Wilson's plots never move briskly, but they often make up for it by being intellectually engaging. The Space Vampires is a quick and interesting read, contrasting extraterrestrial criminals with the more common garden variety found on Earth. Discussions abound on predation, and the precise nature of sex in general.
Filmed as Lifeforce in '85, the movie retained the basics of the plot, but went inexplicably overboard in directions Wilson wisely avoided. It is still a watchable movie, but not as good as Wilson's original novel.
However I was pleasantly surprised. While the movie wasn't bad, and was visually stimulating (especially the female "vampire"), the book is much better. It contained more detail and contained many significant plot threads that were omitted from the film. If you have a chance to read this book, do so. I also enjoyed The Mind Parasites, also by Colin Wilson.
Verdict: Colin Wilson challenges Arthur C Clark
Rating: 83 out of 100
Recommended for: Vampire film fans, who want academic insights into the phenomena. Maybe Rupert Giles' (Buffy the Vampire) favorite book.
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Loved the campy horror movie from the 80s...who knew it was based on such a dark and well written story. This is a surprising little gem of a novel... Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by JCD
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