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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)