Where to start with The Lesser Dead, or as I like to call it The Babysitters Club: Hellish Vampire Edition.
“He gets away with it because he’s strong.’
‘This is the story of mankind.’
What’s it about? Imagine being a 13 year old forever. That’s reality for Joey Peacock. Joey and his little family of vampires live in the underground tunnels of the New York subway, where they mostly keep to themselves, feeding without killing. His ‘life’ is pretty carefree, going to clubs, watching soap operas, but he finds himself struck with a whole lot of responsibility when he finds a group of murderous vampire children, and a parrot.
What I thought? So in a nutshell. It’s fantastic. The back of the book says “As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz.” Well, I’ve never read Dean Koontz, but I reckon this is probably right. But there’s also something a bit Salinger-ish about it too.
“Happiness is the province of those who ask few questions. I remember, even before this was visited upon me, how I envied those who eagerly did what they were told: those who married without complaint at father’s behest; those who looked up rather than sideways in church; those, in short, who honestly believed in God, good kings, and righteous wars.”
Right from the first page were told that were dealing with an unreliable narrator, but the narration is so perfectly frank that it makes it hard to believe, even thought you’re plainly told straight away. The writing is absolutely captivating and perfectly constructed for the purpose of this book.
I would have to say this is the best book I have read so far this year. If anyone had told me that I would be this impressed by a vampire book, I wouldn’t have believed you. And that’s not to say vampire books are awful, I wouldn’t have picked this up if I thought that, but they’ve never really blown me away. This is a truly unique vampire story. I will definitely be reading everything Buehlman writes.
I rate it 5/5 stars (obviously)
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