Manikin (Channeling Morpheus 3) Kindle Edition
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"... vampires are as individual as humans..."
That singular realization completes the fade to gray altering Michael's black and white prospective and leaves him questioning his own moral compass. Encountering a deranged vampire, Marushka, who kills for the sadistic joy of it, confirms to Michael that his decision to kill vampires is for the greater good. But when he is labeled a serial killer by Wild Bill, he must again question the fine lines between right, wrong and in between. Marushka, Michael and Bill all kill repeatedly and methodically, Marushka gets off on killing, Michael kills as a form of vigilante justice and Bill is simply surviving. Juxtaposing the "bad" serial killer, Marushka, against the "good" serial killer, Michael, and the "conflicted" serial killer, Bill, provided for a subtle commentary on the varying degrees of right and wrong, while enhancing the horror atmosphere of the series.
Though the sexual encounters now have to share the center stage, doesn't mean they are now a device of the plot rather than a driving force to it. The tasteful crudeness in the sex continues, but is mixed with more sentiment than Wild Bill would like to admit. Wild Bill begins to take on more complexity and depth that doesn't go unnoticed by Michael. And though the nature of the sex invokes more emotion in some ways it is kinkier, introducing blood play and the erotic element of hairless freshly shaved skin.
When I started this series, I expected some sexy vampire smut with a sensational horror backdrop. What I have found is a story much smarter. Manikin confirms that Price can make a series out of Wild Bill and Michael's journey together. If the stories continue in the vein of the first three - a series that will be added to my favorites list.
* Don't miss Heaven Sent (Channeling Morpheus No. 3.1). It is not offered on Amazon, but available to download for free at Jordan Castillo Price's website.
There is a very good reason for that being the case. It's superb.
Think all vampire stories are the same, but different? Think again. This is totally different, in a GOOD way.
I'm actually reading Channeling Morpheus again for the fourth time. I enjoy it more each time I read it.
The characters are brilliantly written. Wild Bill is quite simply, THE hottest vampire of all time. He really is. He's tall, gorgeous and a total smartass. Basically, he's my perfect male, personified. *THUD*
And Michael may be young; but he's alluring, captivating and HOT! He manages to captivate Bill from the start - even if Bill can't admit it to himself. I absolutely love the way their relationship develops. It's a pleasure to spend time with them.
I can't get enough of these two together. The dynamic between them is like an electrical current. They are a powerful force - in every possible way.
The series is dark and edgy; but it's also filled with wry humor, and it's a pleasure to witness their relationship develop - which makes it a delightful read. The reason I chose the word 'witness', is because that's how BRILLIANT JCP's writing is. I'm completely drawn into their world.
I can't even describe how much fun it is to 'hang out' with them. But believe me, you're in for a WILD ride!
Manikin (CM 3) is told from Michael's point of view, and this one is really 'full on'. It starts out SO creepy! It's incredible.
**Potential spoiler alert**
I slid my tongue over his and caught it on his fang, and the taste of my blood mixed with the taste of Bill's mouth. He made a small sound that could have been pleasure or pain.
He flicked his half-smoked cigarette out the window with stunning accuracy. His fingertips brushed my face, gentle touches I could hardly feel. I slipped my arms around him and pulled him closer. I was tough. He didn't have to worry about breaking me. ~
This series is my absolute favorite, and I have read most of the vampire series out there. It gets my highest recommendation.
This, the third in the series, had something that I liked more than the other. I felt very intrigued by Marushka, I think she could have been such a greater characters than she was, I wished I could know more of her, I liked her very much and I hope I will find characters as interesting as her in the next parts of the series.
It was interesting, It was a fun book to read, and I will keep reading the next but I’m not expecting a deep connection between Wild Bill and Michael, I don’t think that’s where the story is going, but it was surely a nice story to read.
MANIKIN opens with possibly the most creepy scene I've ever read. I felt everything Michael was feeling as I read it. Beautifully horrific! What I liked most about this book is it is the first time I really feel Michael and Wild Bill are a team. A dysfunctional team, but a team none-the-less. I mean what's a vampire doing hanging out with a vampire hunter anyway unless they are both seriously twisted? Again, top notch writing.