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Display Name: Craig
About me: Librarian at North Hennepin Community College. Inveterate reader and film-viewer.
Reading Interests: Mystery/crime thrillers, horror, science fiction, film criticism.

Craig's Book Lists
New Vampire Novels (8 titles)
More "new" as far as authors doing new things with the vampire. We've got a couple of vampire detectives, a depressed vampire, humorous vampires, vampire societies, etc. These aren't the "chick-lit" vampires that have been popular recently.

Craig's Comments    
Cover ArtUltimate comics Spider-Man. [Vol. 1]
by Bendis, Brian Michael
I really was prepared to hate this. I mean, how dare they kill off Peter Parker? But this was really good and has me wanting to read more. Miles Morales is a great new character and the possibilities for his story are endless. Really excited about this new direction.   posted Jun 5, 2012 at 5:28PM

Cover ArtFables. [10], The good prince
by Willingham, Bill.
Amazing comic that just keeps getting better from one volume/story arc to the next, with this the high point. No comic has ever given me a lump in my throat before, but this one did. Outstanding story.   posted Jan 14, 2010 at 10:10AM

Cover ArtFledgling : a novel
by Butler, Octavia E.
Shori looks like a 10-year-old black girl, but she's actually a 50-something vampire, a genetically-altered member of the Ina race who awakens with amnesia to discover the burnt remains of the commune where she was living. This is an excellent novel, very similar to Hubbard's (see below), with a great exploration of the Ina race and their symbiotic relationships with human beings. Shori comes under fire from renegades within the larger community who are worried about the mingling of vampire and human genes, allowing for Butler to bring in themes of racism and bigotry. Since this was her last book before her untimely death in 2006, we won't (unfortunately) be seeing a sequel.   posted Jun 26, 2007 at 11:48AM

Cover ArtThe Society of S
by Hubbard, Susan
Really enjoyed this one, a coming-of-age novel as a young girl being raised by a single father comes to grips with the fact that she might be a vampire. The 'Society of S' of the title are the "sanguinists," vampires who are conservationists and environmentalists (because, after all, as immortals, they have a stake in seeing the Earth endure). I would love to read more about these characters and this world.   posted May 31, 2007 at 7:18PM

Cover ArtVamped : a novel
by Sosnowski, David
Humorous look at the vampire life, set in a world where vampires are the majority and humans the minority, many of them raised on blood farms. Another very inventive look at the modern vampire and his troubles.   posted May 14, 2007 at 9:35AM

Cover ArtBride of the fat white vampire : a novel
by Fox, Andrew 1964-
The return of Jules and friends, this is also a very effective mystery novel as a series of vampire killings appear to have some connection to a real estate and re-development plan. Hope there's a third Jules Duchon novel someday.   posted May 14, 2007 at 9:34AM

Cover ArtFat white vampire blues
by Fox, Andrew 1964-
Excellent introduction to Jules Duchon, the "fat white vampire" of the title. Jules lives in a pre-Katrina New Orleans and gets caught up in a power struggle among rival vampire clans. All he wants is to be left alone. Very funny book.   posted May 14, 2007 at 9:33AM

Cover ArtAlready dead : a novel
by Huston, Charlie
Great first book in the Joe Pitt, vampire detective, series. Very hardboiled story of vampire life in a complex collection of different vampire societies. One even believes vampires shouldn't be in hiding, but should take their rightful place out in the open, alongside their human prey.   posted May 14, 2007 at 9:31AM

Cover ArtBottomfeeder : a novel
by Fingerman, B. H., 1964-
Very much in the vein of Huston's novels--follows the travails of an ordinary vampire who struggles to get along and remain under the radar, until he makes a new friend who teaches him how to enjoy being a vampire. Very imaginative and often funny book.   posted May 14, 2007 at 9:22AM

Cover ArtThe Ruins
by Scott Smith
This seems to be a book you either love or hate--for me, it just worked and effortlessly pulled me in to one of the more horrific stories I’ve read in some time.   posted Sep 7, 2006 at 9:44PM

Cover ArtPretty girl gone
by David Housewright
Another great local mystery by author Housewright. He does as good a job as any Minnesota author of combining a compelling story with plenty of local color. This is a great series and I’ll be looking for the next one!   posted Jul 3, 2006 at 11:25AM

Cover ArtThe Drawing of the three
by Stephen King
Finally got around to reading this one, after re-reading The Gunslinger three times over the years. I’m looking forward to continuing with the series. The "Detta Walker" sections got a bit trying to read, with all the cliched jive talk (which was sort of the point), but otherwise this was a pretty good book, though somewhat dated with its 1987 references. A good fantasy series should be more timeless.   posted Jun 14, 2006 at 10:24AM

Cover ArtFortunate son
by Walter Mosley
An excellent book, coincidences and contrived plot machinations aside. Mosley really is one of the greatest of American writers, not just of mysteries, but books in general. This one really moved me.   posted Jun 14, 2006 at 10:20AM

Cover ArtThe Book of the dead
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
I love these Agent Pendergast mysteries, but I can’t help feeling I’d like there to be a bit more meat to them. This one especially felt like a product to be consumed, rather than a book to be savored. Still, I’m hooked and will be anxiously awaiting the next one.   posted Jun 14, 2006 at 10:17AM

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