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Desmond is reborn again at 21 years old; the loss of his lover Tony is still a fresh scar for a more than 200 years old vampire, but he is ready for a new life; not only he has left the big townhouse in the Bowery, he has also decided he doesn't feel like living in the Dakota apartment like he did for the last years of his previous life. Desmond wants a "country" life, a property remembering him his native England, and the suburbs in New Jersey seem to be the right place.
With the new home, he also meets new friends, like Oliver, the curator of the local Historical society, and Denis, a young business associated; both men stir something in Desmond, but, like in the previous novel, I have to highlight that Desmond is not exactly a champion of diplomacy and tactics. If not for the fact that we know that Desmond is an ancient vampire, he is really behaving like the 21 years old trust fund boy he is pretending to be.
There is really a change in the mood between the two novels, the new Desmond is less "gothic", less dark hero; even the setting is lighter, from a gothic XIX century townhouse full of heavy wooden furniture, to a `20s country house with its Art Deco lightness. Change of life, change of home, and so also change of ending: Desmond, the novel, was nice, but it was sad for Desmond to end up alone. Not the same here, and actually, if the author is in the mood, this could be the nice beginning of the nice vampire suburban series.
Early on, during an intimate moment between Desmond, the protagonist, and his lover, Roberto Ballantine, the author unleashes the type of homoerotic scene that readers of this genry have come to expect. Although the Ballantine family existed, and their house, now owned by the Newark Museum, is described in the book in great detail, in his Author Notes, Dietz tell us the relationship between the two men is purely the product of his imagination.
The book's shift in time, back and forth, back and forth, can make the reader dizzy, but after recovering from the vertigo, one realizes that the ride is fun, after all. Mr. Dietz puts to good use his experience as a curator at the Newark Museum, and his expert descriptions of art and artifacts dating back to the late seventeen hundreds give his novel a historical angle that is both enlightening and entertaining.
"Vampire in Suburbia" is likely to generate a following among readers of vampire and gay novels. The sex and biting scenes alone will keep these fans titillated.Vampire in Suburbia (the Sequel to Desmond)
For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online
I read Desmond and was enchanted by Ulysses languid prose, but there were elements that meant I could not give it a 5* rating. Those elements have been lessened or removed from this sequel and I was again enchanted. The writing here was more confident, as I suppose was to be expected in a sequel, however, it is more than that the author really knows his character in Vampire in Suburbia. Desmond is a long lived vampire, he is also a detached vampire becoming lonely with his existence. This ennui applied to immortals is not new, and indeed it is a very human trait to apply to immortality, but Ulysses’ vampire ennui is practical rather than existential and that is why in this novel it works.
For one thing Desmond must regenerate on reaching sixty-five and become twenty-one again, a trait to be envied you would think. In order to fit back into life again this vampire becomes his own estranged son, each time. This is not without its problems though, as you must make friends with your friends again, as Desmond says,
Hell, having to live up to your father is one thing. Having to live up to yourself is incredibly annoying.
I loved this premise and it made me think and chuckle. There is a dry humour to this sequel, which I love and Desmond’s self-deprecation is not particularly common in vampires. In this sequel he buys a large home, Oakwood, in need of renovation and surrounded by a lot of land in a suburb of Newark. He knew the house when it was built and the people who had originally lived in it, and his knowledge through interest and actual experience helps him in having the house renovated to high, tasteful and original standards.Read more ›
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Unremarkable follow up to Desmond, slow, badly written gay porn, little plot or character development, but a sweet happy ending. Had hoped for so much more. Ultimately forgettable.Published 2 months ago by John McLay
Loved ,loved , loved the sequel! Great to visit with old friends & discover new - the descriptions of the Newark Museum were so spot on that they gave me chills. Read morePublished 12 months ago by david messner
However, the sequel to "Desmond" was even better. Here I was reading about Desmond and areas of New Jersey I could relate to and had actually visited and lived in or near. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Tony Sorrenti
I loved reading Desmond and was delighted to have my first Kindle book be the sequel to Desmond. Ulysses Dietz is a gifted writer and storyteller. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Artlover752
I think Mr. Grant is a gifted writer. Many gay fiction novels I've read lately have more sex than story and that is a shame really. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Book Worm
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