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If you could sum up Less than Human in three words, what would they be?
Not exactly vampires
What did you like best about this story?
Every time I thought I had figured out what would happen next, the author did something better than anything I had imagined. I am frankly tired of the same old vampire stories, but this is not one of them.
Which scene was your favorite?
The crucial showdown pool contest was my favorite, but I don't want to give too much away. It doesn't go at all the way I had expected, and that's a good thing. Gambling with a vampire pool hustler - well, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" played in my head the whole time.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I actually needed to take breaks and mull things over. I did fall asleep once while listening, but my dreams were especially strange; you might not want to do that.
Any additional comments?
Do not dismiss this as just another vampire story. It's just a scary, creepy, compelling story with Western elements, mythic elements and an extra helping of pool hustlers. Both the writing and the narration are exceptional, and the styles are very well suited to the story. For example, the author used a lot of similes that wouldn't have worked in an ordinary story, but they helped to set the proper mood for a creepy tale in the (Old and New) West.
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Less Than Human is a novel about vampires, but it is not the normal vampire tale we've all become accustomed to. If you're looking for a story about the common, romanticized vampire variety, look somewhere else. These vampires are mean and gruesome. Earl and Steven are a unique duo of wicked bloodsuckers who love a bit of pool hall hustling. When Steven's very significant pool cue is stolen, the pair is set on a gory collision course with John Warrick, himself a pool hustler but also, and more importantly, a psychic.
Gary Raisor takes us to Texas and back in time to the old Wild West providing Earl and Steven's back-stories and making this a really original setting for a vampire story. There are mythic elements, there are rats, rattlesnakes, and feathered serpents, there are cowboys and Native Americans. It is a gruesome horror story but the author skillfully blends the terror with a good dose of humor.
It took me a little while to get into the story, as there are plenty of characters to keep up with, and the story initially felt a bit disjointed. I had a feeling I got lost and had to catch up with the plot, but as you get further into the story, it all becomes clear and comes together nicely. Saying that, I was at no stage able to predict what would happen next, so Less Than Human will surprise you with its twists. The epilog was a really nice touch I thought and brought the story to a satisfying, clever ending. Along the way, I also learned a lot about playing pool. Gary Raisor's descriptive passages were very vivid.
Bryan Reid's narration was superb. He clearly defined each character making it so much easier to keep up with the large cast. His scary tone was particularly disturbing, perfect for a horror story. He also had a great way of delivering the humorous lines. There were no issues with the production.
I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys classic horror stories and also to listeners who are looking for an offbeat story with refreshingly different characters.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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