- File Size: 292 KB
- Print Length: 59 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JCP Books, LLC; 2 edition (December 18, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OF7OHM
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Rebirth (Channeling Morpheus 5) Kindle Edition
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Starting smack in the middle of the most uncomfortable of situations, Michael at his home for the first time in a couple years with Bill. Not only is there the awkward fact that Michael feels guilty for skipping out on his family and leaving them with no knowledge of where he was or if we was even alive, there is the immediate fact, felt in the constant tension hanging in the air, that Michael doesn't belong in this family. It's an incredibly real situation, not romanticized or sugar-coated in any way, but gritty and unbearably awkward. Still, the quick and impulsive decision to stop home has Michael wishing to tie him and Bill to some sort of community or family, and they find that when Michael is finally accepted into a discreet online forum, and they find a commune of sorts that just might work.
The encounter with Michael's family sets up the rest of this story, which I always like to think of as "which one of these things is not like the other?" It's honest and real that Michael doesn't fit in with his own family. Later, when the two of them approach the vampire commune there's something so right about it that it seems wrong. It's almost too perfect, or maybe just a dirty veneer of the perfection that Michael is hoping for. Every time, even knowing the ending already (which I will not get into, because that is something that should definitely be a surprise), I feel like something is just a little bit off-kilter with the story, the people, the whole situation which almost seems scripted. Yet, I get lulled into the story just like they are and I start to care about the people. If you've read this story then you know what I mean -- how much of an affect that has in retrospect. That is the very reason why this is my favorite story of the bunch. Not only is it the most explosive story that constantly leaves me reeling, but Michael and Bill are so settled into the routine of their relationship by this point, even though they're making it up as they go along, still drifting, but they're a real team, and I love that.
There really isn't a whole lot more to add, other than that this story has stuck with me for a long time, a lot more than the others did and it remains true today. Just like with the other stories, there is a lot of skill and craft in the writing in Rebirth -- the interpersonal relationships, how we feel about characters, what is shown and what is concealed and how the difference is sometimes very carefully written. It is a mark of an author who has hit her stride in the series and also of a story that has been finely honed.
This is probably the most informal review I've ever written, so I'll just keep running with it. I suppose that's because this story always leaves a lasting impression and ends up tying in so nicely with the ones that came before it. I wish that more stories were this carefully crafted. I wish that I could wipe my brain and read it again for the first time :) If there were ever a story in this series that I was going to give the highest rating (not like I already did or anything!) it would be this one. So, before I blather on even more, I'll end by saying that I think I'll go read this again.
This installment had quite the punch, and I was on the edge of my seat reading it. (Or...edge of my e-reader...) By the end, Wild Bill has revealed a new side of himself to Michael, and Michael is figuring out more of what he learned in part 4, Tainted.
Things wrap up well here (i.e. no cliffhanger) but are not wrapped up, since Michael and Wild Bill's story continues for five more installments. You do see a neat evolution in these first five parts, from first meetings to chasing after each other to forming a more established relationship, and dealing with everything that it entails, especially when one partner is a vampire.
This is probably my favorite of the series so far--an incredibly tense (and scary) installment. Next up is part 6, Brazen.
REBIRTH - This while book revolves around family. Not every family is healthy, so it is sometimes necessary to create your own. I sometimes forget that Michael is still so young. He really could use supportive parents. But that's not going to happen, and while I'm sad for him, I'm happy he has Wild Bill.
If you're afraid of novellas, dislike short stories, DON'T WORRY! BE HAPPY! This series contains 10 novellas that draw you deeper and deeper into the quirky relationship and lives of Michael and Wild Bill!
I've now reread this whole series twice and I'm itching to re-immerse myself again in this WILD RIDE! :-D
It's surprising how complete each novella is unto itself. There are continuing plot lines, but still each book contains it's own very unique and developmental episode in the lives of Michael and Wild Bill!
As all Jordan Castillo Prices books this one is smart, gripping and very enjoyable. I recommand all of her books and am a bit surprised that the Channeling Morpheus series seems to be not as popular as, say, PsyCops. People - don't miss a treat!