Vampiric Reads: My TBR (Part 2)


Welcome to part two of my vampire TBR. If you missed it, check out part one. There are plenty more I intend to get to in the hopes of expanding my vampire library. Let’s get going.

Vivia by Tanith Lee. As with all of Lee’s vampire stories, this sounds gorgeous and different from the bloodsuckers we’re used to. Funny story about this one. I actually received it from a friend who is utterly terrified of vampires. She started reading it not knowing it was about that, then immediately chucked it in my direction. I still haven’t read it, but I need to prioritize it.

Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon. I’ve heard great things about Sturgeon, and while I’ve read a couple of his short stories, I’d like to delve deeper. This is the work by him I’d like to tackle the most. Even the title itself is haunting, and it seems like he approaches this topic from an interesting angle. I’m definitely on board.

They Thirst by Robert McCammon. Based on the summary, it sounds fairly typical. But even then, it also sounds brutal and dark, and we all need more vampire books of that ilk. Also, knowing McCammon, he’ll make the story his own. It’ll probably be compulsively readable and memorable, so I look forward to it.

The Farm by Emily McKay. Goodreads lacks a synopsis for this one, but the gist is a dystopian where vampires rule and humans are cattle. In some ways, it sounds like it follows the YA formula as we follow a rebellious human. But then again it also sounds like it’s going to be a dark, frightening trip. I have high hopes for this one.

The Passage by Justin Cronin. I believe we’re looking at “zombie” vampires here. Which… there’s a reason I Am Legend wasn’t on my “vampire books you have to read” list. Because those are barely vampires at all. Still! This has some epic, science fiction qualities that seem very promising. I have it on good authority that this whole series is great, so I’m still counting it.

The Hunger by Whitley Strieber. Of everything I’ve listed, this might be my most anticipated vampire read. It promises to be equal parts horrifying and romantic, with a bit in common with Anne Rice’s vision of vampires. With Strieber’s lovely, unique writing style, I imagine this will be a haunting piece.

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler. I’ve heard so much about Butler, and I want to read something by her. I’ve heard this isn’t the place to start, but for me, perhaps it is. I love science fiction, but I really love horror, so this might be my perfect gateway. Also, it sounds like a distinctive spin on an old tale.

And that’s it! My spouting about vampires is finally over. For now. Until I read some more and can tell you all my thoughts about my TBR reads as I whittle away at them. Thank you for reading, and as always, happy geeking!

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