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review 2017-10-28 01:16
THEY THIRST Review
They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon

Because I was under the impression this novel is little more than a riff on Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, I avoided it for a long time. However, in the last year or two I’ve really become a major Robert McCammon fan and decided to finally give this 1981 epic horror novel a chance. Was I impressed!

 

Let’s address the elephant in the room: yes, this novel has a few slight similarities to King’s vampire novel. Amongst this novel’s wide and varied cast of characters is a Catholic priest and an eleven-year-old bookish boy with a horror obsession. And, of course, this story is about vampires taking over a set place; however, in contrast to King’s novel — an exploration of small town life — McCammon’s work is an expansive look at Los Angeles and the mechanics of vampires taking over an entire city. So do I think Robert McCammon tipped off King? No, not at all. This story is an original creation through and through.

 

So . . . of the two, which do I like more? Hard call. While King’s novel scared me more and feels a bit more cohesive, the characters in They Thirst are more varied and better written, I feel. And this story just has such an epic feel to it. King’s novel reveals in quiet horror; McCammon’s is anything but quiet. I think I will call it a tie.

 

But really, Robert McCammon deserves much more than being compared to Stephen King for the umpteenth time. He is a phenomenal author in his own right, and this novel is a marvel. I had a blast. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy and pulpy and totally ‘80s, but that’s its charm! If you’re looking for a spooky (and long) vampire novel to read this Halloween season, you could do much worse.

 

Read for ‘Vampires’ in Halloween Bingo.

 

 

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text 2017-10-27 22:05
Reading progress update: I've read 436 out of 565 pages.
They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon

There is an excellent chance I will finish this today. :) 

 

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text 2017-10-26 19:04
Reading progress update: I've read 94 out of 565 pages.
They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon

WOW. I am loving this. 

 

 

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text 2017-10-26 02:39
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 565 pages.
They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon

Reading for ‘Vampires’. This one has been on my TBR for years! Super excited. I was thinking of reading my signed first edition 1981 printing but decided against it. LOL. Am using an old thrift store copy. 

 

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review 2017-05-09 22:10
Welcome back Harry
The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel - Jo Nesbø

A top class thriller from Jo Nesbo and his antihero Harry Hole. Harry is now lecturing but is requested by the police in Oslo to head up a small team and help trace a killer who is using "vampire" techniques to attack and kill his victims. At a 538 page count this is a long and at sometimes complex book but for those who have followed Harry through his drunken alcoholic binges and failed relationships the book does not disappoint and once again we can see just why Jo Nesbo is revered as a writer of superior nordic crime fiction. Harry's relationship with Rakel and her son Oleg is severely tested when an incident occurs that nearly destroys his now settled domestic life....."He walked quickly past Rakel without looking at her, without a word of farewell. She was already sidelined, pushed from his consciousness by one of his two lover. Alcohol and murder." Returning to the pressure of fronting a murder investigation opens the way for the "demon" drink to once again present as a problem to our nonconformist cop..."He needed a drink. Harry didn't know where the thought came from, but there it was, as if someone had shouted it, spelling it out, straight into his ear. The thought needed to be drowned out quickly." So a good read with a central character haunted by the actions and events that had happened to him in the past.."Harry stared at the ceiling. The ghosts hadn't come. Maybe they wouldn't be coming tonight. You never knew....."

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