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A Taint In The Blood is Steven Stirling’s new novel loosely based on Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Story of O, by Anne Desclos. The estates of Stoker and Desclos should sue.
Stirling is generally a good, well researched author who has worked in a variety of speculative fiction genres. I have read most of his novels and have enjoyed them immensely. This most recent work is the exception. Apparently he has decided to jump on the vampire bandwagon with a vengeance, and has created a work of supreme awfulness. Todd McLaren has narrated all of Mr. Stirling's work that I have listened to, and again usually does a very good job. In this reading he sounds embarrassed from time to time. No wonder. Save your money or credits and pass this one by.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Vampires, soft porn, characters who are wealthy beyond all reason, and a damsel in distress. Good formula to make some bucks given today's fad in the above. Unfortunately, not anywhere near S.M. Stirling's best so it just lies there in the crud with the Twilight books and others like them. Ann Rice did it better 20 years ago. It could be an explanation of the Nantucket occurrence in the change series, but there are some contradictions to be overcome. If you get it, don't go in with your expectations very high.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book gets mixed reviews for a good reason. A type of book you'll either love or hate - like all good literature it provokes a response, and for that Mr Stirling can be very pleased.
Yes, it is violent. Yes, it is uncomfortable. And yes, very much an 'ADULTS ONLY' book. But that simply defines an audience.
In terms of genre it is nice to have a novel that portrays a dark side of the undead rather than the chaste teen fantasies of much current writing. Power corrupts, and this is a novel which portrays that.
I look forward to the next instalment