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Lily Wight

     Updated 18/01/2014

     It is nearly a decade since the launch of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga so New Moon, the second book in the series, may already seem like old news to the next generation of teens.  Let’s take another peek under the cover…

     The Twilight Saga becomes increasingly derivative as it seeks for ideas to expand upon its potentially intriguing but ultimately restrictive central romance.

     Things get off to a promising start with Meyer adding a third-party to her ongoing variations upon the classic and reliable “Beauty and The Beast meets Romeo and Juliet” yarn.  Replacing static lust-object Edward with the earthier and charismatic Jacob makes for a more mature and complex romance, whilst the Native American Shapeshifter lore feels original and fresh.

     There is also some vastly improved prose. The stormy build-up to Bella’s…

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Lily Wight

     Updated 11/01/2014

     It is almost a decade since Stephenie Meyer’s genre-busting archetype-twisting début novel Twilight was published.  Now that this much-loved yet contentious saga is definitely over and RPatz and KStew have gone their separate ways (or have they?) perhaps it is time for a reassessment.

     Fans of hardcore horror and esoteric gothicism will feel vaguely violated by this dilution of Vampire Mythology for the Young Adult market but Twilight heroine, Bella Swan is as clingy as a Spider Monkey 😉

     Unfortunately Twilight’s magnificent PR campaign will forever be superior to its subject and style – melodramatic teen diary destined to alienate literary-minded adults.  It also commits the unfortunate crime of being a mere introduction to better things to come.

     Heroine Bella details her chores one minute and snipes about her perfectly nice and…

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      If you checked-in for yesterday’s post you will already know that Sherlock Holmes is Dracula’s only significant rival when it comes to literary characters with the most big and small screen adaptations to their credit.

     An alternative world mash-up featuring Robert Downey Jr.’s movie detective versus the BBC’s Benedict Cumberbatch (with an army of self-styled “Cumberbabes” in tow) would be quite a spectacle.  In the meantime I’m recommending the Stephen Spielberg produced Young Sherlock Holmes as the perfect accompaniment for a Father’s Day afternoon nap.

     The arcane and occult plot-stylings undoubtedly influenced Guy Ritchie’s Twenty-First Century Holmes reboot and (although plaudits go elsewhere) Young Sherlock Holmes is a film that utilised groundbreaking CGI effects; just check-out the stained glass knight in one of the movie’s many not-so-family-friendly moments!

     Indiana Jones meets Gothic Victoriana…

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     Welcome to the wonderfully audacious and wickedly macabre world of Resurrection; the realm of Requiem, Vampire Knight.

     Nickel Editions Franco-British collaboration features the dark imaginings of Pat Mills (Sláine) and the art of Olivier Ledroit (Black Moon Chronicles) in a wildly addictive graphic novel series best avoided by the faint of heart!

     Volume 1 begins as Nazi war criminal, Heinrich Augsburg is reincarnated as a vampire in an ingeniously inverse Hell dimension; landmasses have switched places with seas of flame and cursed residents grow ever younger and forgetful.  Heinrich’s quest to be reunited with his lost love refuses to pander to any conventional ideas of supernatural romance as war, violence, treachery, occult science and good old-fashioned sexual deviancy tussle for page space.

     The Vampire Knight series (also known as Requiem Chevalier Vampire) is magnificently rendered in such exquisite detail that it demands repeated browsing and there are numerous historical and movie references to discover among the lush design and proliferation of ideas.

Mills’ and Ledroit’s work belongs to an adult audience with a taste for extreme Horror-Fantasy.  The humour is cynical and the banter often falls flat so there is little light relief but it seems churlish to complain when graphic novels simply don’t come any better than this.


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     We have reached the third book in Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula (or Red Reign) series in which each novel, although uniquely different, is consistently strong.

    This time the action relocates to a super suave Rome on the cusp of 60’s cool; an era of glamourous movie stars, paparazzi, familiar super spies and legions of the un-dead.

    Newman’s light style and knowingly referential wit bring charm but also surprising depth to a serial killer mystery that unites some familiar characters.  The setting is vibrant and there is an insightful sensitivity to the handling of female characters during a period sometimes tinged with misogyny.

    Back in 2012 this reviewer hoped for a further sequel to this series and it seems Mr. Newman makes wishes come true!  Anno Dracula IV: Johnny Alucard is ready and waiting to be read. 

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     Updated 16/10/2015

     The Bloody Red Baron (1995) is the second novel in Kim Newman’s superlative and ever-expanding Anno Dracula series.  Newman continues to weave effortlessly both history and fiction to conjure a world in which Dracula – formerly wed to Queen Victoria – has joined forces with The Kaiser to bring terror to Europe.

     The shift in time and tone may surprise some readers expecting more of the first book’s Victorian gothic.  Book two is a World War I novel that successfully captures the tropes of military fiction whilst broadening its appeal with genre-mashing wit and just the right amount of girl power so you won’t miss those smog bound cobbled streets whatsoever.

     A running theme of genetic experimentation and weird science ensures that the series becomes increasingly pertinent and there is plenty of action too as Newman’s cinematic prose turns aerial dogfights into something captivating and unique.  Have you shelved your old copies of Twilight yet?

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Lily Wight

     Updated 16/10/13

When bookshops are heaving with Twilight knock-offs it’s a travesty that this superb novel is out of print in the UK  and had to be sourced secondhand, from overseas.”

     At least that is what a certain reviewer (ahem) said the last time they considered Kim Newman’s superlative Anno Dracula – the first book in a truly diverse, enlightening and remarkable series.  Since then Newman’s twenty-two year old vampire novel has received a  well deserved new edition and relaunch to go with its brand new sequel, Johnny Alucard (2013).
     Part Dracula sequel, part alternative history, Anno Dracula is a tour-de-force of literary and historical research enlivened by Newman’s light touch and rich detail.   Fans of The Age of Empire will enjoy recognising and sourcing the characters and events which are effortlessly woven into an…

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