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The Vampire in Free Fall Paperback – February 12, 2010
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About the Author
Jim Hull received a degree in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz, after which, like many a budding artist, he promptly became a ne’er-do-well, and for years he has worked in the performing arts. In the manner of some of his fellow vampires, Jim also pretends to be respectable – in his case, by writing and lecturing in the Los Angeles area. His first book, ARE HUMANS OBSOLETE? explores a future where machines do all the work.
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The concept is very interesting, and for those of us who are not monster purists it doesn't matter if it clings to the center line of vampire lore. My only complaint was that the book was actually too short. I wanted more explanations of some of the events that the author explains with too little detail. There are lots of fascinating lateral stories within this story that I wanted to explore.
Give it a try. It's a fast read delivered in quick bites which make the reader turn the page for just one more little chapter . . and another . . and another.
This book is fun and fast. I liked it!
An "Invisible Man" for the suck and trickle hordes, Hull writes of vampire Christian running through the streets, a vigilante, a modern trumpeter of the newest human (or inhuman) rights; akin to Alan Ball's depiction of a small Creole town in the HBO series "Trueblood." Jager's character was most amusing, a Billy Bob Thornton type with some kind of crazed, wanna-be Charlton Heston ax to grind. I veritably enjoyed when Christian began to realize newly learned vampire truths such as what the sun will do to his skin, what effect drugs will have on his vampiric strength, or that his Vietnamese creator's reason in making him was of the most obvious sort, patriotism of course. Did I recall defending this novel as superior to "Twilight?" I may need to revise. Certain parts beg for a mommy vampire, if only to help her poor, befuddled teenie biter become a more instinctual blood-savage. But before writing this off as `just another vampire book,' Hull shows that even in death, humanity won't leave you alone and Christian ends up working for the living and ultimately defending himself from the label 'monster.' This leads the reader and vampire to question what truly makes a monster? And that is where Hull redeems the story and quiets any unsavory lingering thoughts while suggesting this novel may have a more ongoing relevance.
"Overhead curved the Milky Way, its stars and coal sacks girdling the sky like celestial bunting (pg 184)." I expect great things from any author, vampire-inspired or not, who can weave words like that.
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