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V Special Edition Hardcover – September 23, 2003
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Reading this book I was left befuddled, especially the first section, which I found a repetition of what I read maybe several dozen times in different books or websites. However the authors of the book are blessed with a sense of vision that leads further than that; in the second half of tne book the writers revitalize a vampyre lifestyle (IRL romantic-metaphysical vampyre as opposed to a cinematic vampire). Michelle is obviously the most inspired of the bunch, if I have identified her submissions to this book best. They are all pretty sincere about it, no doubt.
I think the future does remain interesting and promising for these vampyres after reading this book. Everybody in the scene had expected the lifestyle to be on the return, curving back into insignificance or campyness, but the message this book proclaims loudly is that the 90s are *not* over, that this pseudo-gothic romance-of-the-night lifestyle is still alive, that it isn't just hogwash of dressing up and going out and playing messing other people's minds and feelings, thank you, but all about self-growth, independence and predatorial pride in an ever-more draconic word.
From that perspective the book would be a starting point, and little else. It promises more to come and I sure hope they can deliver.
Downside of the book is that it does remain somewhat coloured by the legacy of vampyric movements we might have seen in the 90s. They don't bring anything new in their pseudo-lutheran declaration of freshness and renewal.
The upside is that the people behind the book actually seem to know whaty they are talking about, instead of just parrotting blood-fiend party line and oneliners. They sure have to surmount a barricade of allready established cliche's, prejudice and camp but if they deliver, as said, in sequals to this fairly well-concocted book, they might well be on the road to becoming Kult, Underground and Trendsetting.
If you ever wanted to know what it's like to be a vampyre this is the book to read.