- File Size: 3121 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Tra edition (October 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 9, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A7H2GQM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 Kindle Edition
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Vampires have ruled humanity since the 21th century, after humanity initiated the last world war. Now their time is coming to an end, humanity is reasserting itself, and specially trained humans are needed to kill the various monsters, mutants, and vampires that still prey on mankind.
D (the only name he is given) is such a hunter. D is a dhampir, the off-spring of a vampire father and a human mother. With his tremendous supernatural powers, D agrees to help young farm girl Doris fend of the ammorous attentions of Count Magnus Lee, one of the few vampires to rule his domain.
First, the unpleasant truth. This isn't a particulary well-written book. There is the caveat that this is a _translated_ work. However, I suspect that this was a pretty literal translation. Stylistically, Kikuchi seems to be heavily influenced by 19th century European works as well as early 20th century pulp ficion--many of the turns of phrase, elaborate description of setting, reminded me of an imitation of H.P. Lovecraft imitating Charles Dickens. Kikuchi has an interesting tendency to editorialize about the qualities of his characters: the villains are evil, he states over and over, and the heroes are good. Consequently, the character development is enough to keep the action going.
This may sound negative, but it's not meant to be. So the stuff ain't Shakespeare.Read more ›
First off, criticizing a work of fiction for its lack of use of meter is like criticizing a poem for not having a plot. Since when does prose concern itself with meter?
Second, the book's premise is presented upfront: it's a story of a vampire hunter in the far future. To pick up the book after knowing that, read it, and then complain about what you got is nonsensical. If the concept of this book peeks your interest, you will enjoy the plot. Kikuchi does a fantastic job of setting up tension, delivering what was promised, and posing a new crisis for the characters to respond to.
Also, Kikuchi does not use Deus Ex Machina in every chapter, and I honestly have no idea where that remark even came from. The characters are always in control of their own destinies. Never does a divine force save them from an undesirable situation.
There are times when the narrator does ask a question to the reader. I don't see how this is a negative, though. There is more than one way to tell a story, and more than one type of narrator an author can implore. Kikuchi uses the type of narrator known as "the storyteller." It has a fairytale feeling to it. If you've read any Neil Gaiman, you know the type of narrator I'm talking about.
I was very impressed with this book, and I graduated with an English degree. Anytime you criticize a book, you have to do so on its own ground. Vampire Hunter D is presented as a sci-fi/fantasy/horror book that is meant to be a fun read. And that's exactly what it is--it's a page turner. If you're thinking of buying this book because you're intrigued by the concept, characters, setting, and plot, you will not be disappointed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting world setting and different from your usual vampire bookPublished 2 months ago by NeuGhak
If you are a fan of the comics, but you would like more behind the D material, this is a good way to broaden the D universes for you; an extra shade of Dhampir.Published 4 months ago
A fantastic read. I wish someone would make a miniseries based on this book. I enjoy the anime movie version, but so much interaction between the characters is left out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Totally worth the read. Amazing characters, amazing book, amazing seriesPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
One thing the other Kindle reviewers did not mention - why is the text grey and not black???? Makes it harder than hell to read, and adds NOTHING.Published 9 months ago by nkp
D is complicated and mysterious. He keeps you guessing with his interactions with people. A great read for anyone that enjoys supernatural and dark fantasy stories.Published 9 months ago by Raul Gonzalez Jr.
Vampires done the way they should be, scary, dark, menacing. Vampire Hunter D attempts to create the atmosphere of fear and paranoia of dark age mysticism and put it in a post... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jonathan S Cooper
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