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I was hovering between 3-4 stars on this one, then realized i was looking forward to getting the next book enough for it to be a 4 star.
The narration started off a bit iffy, but quickly improved. The "vampire" angle has been approached with an original take, and I enjoyed that. Its becoming hard to find good "Gothic" Sci-fi/fantasy lately without wading through masses of poorly written erotic chic-lit with the cover a cross between Fabio and Boris karloff.
This is as advertised. A Military/vampire hunter theme, centered around a single likable character, written almost in a Horatio Hornblower fashion. All good things in my opinion.
Post Apocalyptic, vampires, traitors, corrupt politicians, guns and battles there is something for everyone if you don't mind your fantasy novels pushing the bounds of credulity (Oddly enough, some people want more realism in their fantasy novels.)
I enjoyed it, and i especially enjoy the fact that its 7 books, aka no waiting on the next one.
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I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT
Lots of different elements in this book make for an interesting concept. A western with vampires and aliens. Knight says this is the second book he wrote and the first to get published. I wanted to like it as the competing subjects matters, seem interesting when you think about it. I also like that the story takes place in the Ozarks, where I live. My town is even mentioned as a border town. Unfortunately, it does read like a first attempt. The above phrase happens often, a character knows something is going to happen, but he can not explain why he knows. This is a novice way of getting around difficult situations. The world building, which should have been the best part of the book, was done through lecture. It was like sitting in a college class listening to a professor describe Vampire Earth 101. I don't want to be told, I want to be shown.
THEIR BRAINS ARE AT THE TAIL END, KIND OF LIKE THINNER HERE.
In different places we see glimpses of Knight's imagination. He has the ideas to put together a top notch novel or series, it is just a shame a publisher or editor did not force him to work harder and longer to come up with it. Hopefully, like many other writers have done, he will get better and better through experience. Sometimes getting published or popular early in your career can be the worst thing to happen in the long run. It could stifle his growth as a writer.
As far as the narrator, I don't know if it was him or just the way it was written, but at the end of each sentence where these long pauses. The result was to make the book sound like a child's letter. Hi, how are you. I am good.
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I greatly enjoyed this novel, which surprised me. To explain, I don't normally like vampires and dislike fantasty fiction in general (excluding the works of Terry Pratchet), and as such I've always avoided novels that include vampires for such reasons - that and a dislike of bloody details that usually seem to fascinate these authors. This novel, however, manages to capture a world inhabited by vampire like monsters but not focused on these demons directly. Cast in the mould of the Warhammer novels, the book focuses on the military in a sci-fi setting, but manages to pull off a more engaging world than the far future of the warhammer universe (which I do like as well). It manages to efficiently explain the world the novel takes place in, and the descriptions of events and places is of a high quality. The novel has convinced me that the Vampire Earth series it worth trying out in its totally.
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If you could sum up Way of the Wolf in three words, what would they be?
Not about vampires
Who was your favorite character and why?
Valentine of course, well in this one anyway. As the series progresses Ahn-Kha is mine and a lot of fans favourite but he doesn't appear in the 1st book.
Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and E. E. Knight (Introduction) ’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Mr Knight is to be quite honest, a brilliant writer but a god damned boring talker and this doesn't change in any of the other books in the series, that said, it is nice to hear the writer giving a little insight into the story and giving you little teasers of what is to come.Christian Rummel on the other hand is a voice genius, at times you'll be sure there is more than one person reading, especially with the female voices and he also gets accents spot on, which is more prominent in the later books, when you get to Tale of the Thunderbolt you'll see what I mean.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No tears for me in any of the books so far, but I have laughed a few times, at lucky escapes and even more at the lucky Mr Valentine with the ladies, he does seem to have a bit of the James Bond going on, he has got lucky in every book so far, every time a different woman, lucky fella :)
Any additional comments?
When you see Vampire Earth, you immediately think, "not another vampire series", but this is not another vampire series at all. Yes there is an alien race, the Kurians, that kills humans to kind of "drink" their blood, but this is more about combat, camaraderie and doing the seemingly impossible just to survive than anything else and you won't find any love struck teenage girls going gooey over this type of blood sucker, of this you can be sure!
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