Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just your typical vampire family

In the words of Stanley Hudson from "The Office," “How many freaking vampires am I supposed to care about these days?” The answer: well that’s a toughie, but can I add just one more to your radar? Actually, it’s a family of vampires. The Radleys by Matt Haig. *Add in your own “deep movie trailer voice:* In a world where vampires live among humans, two average teenagers are about to discover who they really are—intense, huh? Actually this book is coming out soon and is by the same British guy who wrote The Dead Father’s Club—a personal favorite for my Mentor’s Reader display. So the premise is the same but different: Two vampires fall in love and decide they want to live like regular people—meaning no killing people to drink their blood. Flash forward a few years, and you have a typical family living in a typical neighborhood. Except, for the Radley’s, husband Peter, wife Helen, son Rowan and daughter Clara, something just doesn’t feel so typical. That’s because it’s a bit difficult for vampires to go without blood. A dramatic misstep has the Radley’s questioning their decisions, and soon they are all on a journey of self discovery. Throw in sections from “The Abstainer’s Handbook” (abstaining from being a vampire), and you get a fun, funny, but also dark and probing novel. Yes, it seems like everyone is hopping on the vampire bandwagon these days, but that has to be because they’re so fun to read, right? I guess it’s fantasy that people who don’t like to say they like fantasy will read because it’s so accessible. And, well, they’re just freaking everywhere, so it’s hard not to stumble upon them every once in a while.

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