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Book Review: Vampyres of Hollywood August 4, 2009

Posted by battysgirl in Books, Reviews.
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Vampyres of Hollywood

Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott

Date: July 8, 2008—   $13.68 —  Book

Three and a half stars (of a possible four, of course)

 

 

 

 

 

From Publishers Weekly
Actress Barbeau and bestseller Scott (The Alchemyst) give a novel twist to one of the hoariest clichés of vampire lore in this compulsively readable dark fantasy. Secret vampires in the film industry have concocted vampire myths and disseminated them through horror movies to mislead superstitious humans (e.g., real vampires can walk by day). One of the biggest bamboozlers is Ovsanna Moore, a seductive centuries-old vampire currently producing and acting in B-movies with titles like Vatican Vampyres. When humans and vampires in her studio entourage begin dying spectacularly gruesome deaths, Ovsanna knows that someone is specifically targeting her. Since it’s just a matter of time before investigating detective Peter King uncovers Ovsanna’s vampire pedigree, she must solve the mystery or die and resurface somewhere else. Alternate chapters from Peter and Ovsanna’s limited points of view build narrative tension. Briskly paced and full of fang-in-cheek humor, this novel is one of the more entertaining recent works of supernatural noir. (Aug.)
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Review

From Publishers Weekly

Actress Barbeau and bestseller Scott (The Alchemyst) give a novel twist to one of the hoariest clichés of vampire lore in this compulsively readable dark fantasy. Secret vampires in the film industry have concocted vampire myths and disseminated them through horror movies to mislead superstitious humans (e.g., real vampires can walk by day). One of the biggest bamboozlers is Ovsanna Moore, a seductive centuries-old vampire currently producing and acting in B-movies with titles like Vatican Vampyres. When humans and vampires in her studio entourage begin dying spectacularly gruesome deaths, Ovsanna knows that someone is specifically targeting her. Since it’s just a matter of time before investigating detective Peter King uncovers Ovsanna’s vampire pedigree, she must solve the mystery or “die” and resurface somewhere else. Alternate chapters from Peter and Ovsanna’s limited points of view build narrative tension. Briskly paced and full of fang-in-cheek humor, this novel is one of the more entertaining recent works of supernatural noir. (Aug.)

From Batty’s Girl

A very enjoyable read and I think if I knew more about classic hollywood movie stars I might have given this a full four stars!

I think the end was a bit rushed and maybe they’re just leaving it for a sequel (although everything was wrapped up nicely) and there is clearly an end to the story.  Osvanna was a very sensual character but the book wasn’t overly sexual or nasty (no true sex scenes to make any one blush).

Loved it!!

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1. Mel - August 5, 2009

See I can recommend decent books even though I don’t remember doing so. LOL


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