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Many years ago, Howard Jacobson wrote a brave retelling of Genesis called "The Very Model of a Man". This book is in the same spirit, if leaning a little more towards the paranormal. This is unique and compelling reinterpretation of the story of Christ takes place through the eyes of Mary Magdalen, who is decidedly not what she seems.
It helps if you're fairly well versed in the New Testament - especially the Gospels - because it's only then you truly appreciate how clever the author has been with his retelling. But you certainly don't need to be a biblical scholar or religious to appreciate this lateral take on the story.
Although a little short for my taste in audiobooks, it is the right length for the story and the narration is excellent.
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Would you consider the audio edition of This Is My Blood to be better than the print version?
Actually, I just might. I tried reading alternately from my Kindle copy of the novel at certain points when I wasn't around my laptop to listen to the audiobook. The writing is heavily evocative and is only amplified more by the performance of Pip Ballantine. With the epic vibe of the story, listening to it as opposed to reading it gave me that nostalgic feeling of watching those classic Biblical films of the mid-twentieth century.
What other book might you compare This Is My Blood to and why?
The subject matter is quite different, but I was reminded a bit of Anne Rice's "Servant of the Bones." Blending vampyric tropes with deities seems to suit both authors.
What does Philippa Ballantine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Philippa Ballantine proved herself a consummate narrator, tapping into the tone of the material and drawing out as much tension and empathy when needed for each scene.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No one in particular. I don't normally go for ancient history as a backdrop in my fiction, so it was a wonder I was so engaged with the story--again all credit going to David's writing and Philippa's narration. For me, I was won over with the idea of Mary Magdalene as a vampire created by Lucifer and destined to be Jesus Christ's ruination. That's pure gold.
Any additional comments?
The story doesn't bog itself down with weighty amounts of exposition. The story moves very fluidly even during the quieter moments. And any Christians with concerns of a horror novel involving the Lord and Savior, need not be, as David Niall Wilson does an admirably job in telling his story without playing fast and loose with biblical scripture. Well, save for a couple minor things, but that's still nothing to quibble over.
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