Five-star review of vampire novel Beside the Darker Shore from GLBT Bookshelf
By Aricia Gavriel GLBT Bookshelf
is the most unusual and original vampire novel I’ve ever read – I know
of nothing else like it, and I’ve read numerous novels in this
genre...The story is so complex, you’ll have to roll with it and take up
the details by osmosis. I can image the author trying to fathom how to
set up this scenario via a conventional backstory. It would have been
virtually impossible, and the alternative would have been to dramatize
the whole shebang, ending up with a novel bigger than The Lord of the
Rings. So roll with it, let osmosis happen…"
writing style is also unorthodox, with a narrative so rich in detail,
words often seem to dance off the page. When it works, it’s deeply
evocative – I’m reminded of Poppy Z. Brite on steroids! Occasionally,
the unorthodox nature of this 'freeform' narrative can be a mite hard to
follow – sometimes it’s not clear who’s doing and saying what – but
overall, the novel’s voice is so fresh, I was beguiled to the end...It’s
complex, as I said … you’ll need to concentrate, because you won’t be
spoon-fed. You know how there are books that lull you to sleep? This one
flips your brain’s 'on' switch!"
Five stars out of five, highly recommended.
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