Bloodwars (Vampire World #3) (Necroscope #8)

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Title: Bloodwars

Series: Vampire World, Necroscope

Author: Brian Lumley

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Pages: 944

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Nathan Keogh returns to his homeworld, with our world’s weaponry and some of our toughest ESP’ers in his entourage.

For it is time to put an End to the vampires, once and for all!

 

My Thoughts:

The official page count for the book is somewhere in the 800’s, but the kindle edition I was reading had almost 950 pages. I’m wondering if page breaks were inserted between changes of POV as well as chapter breaks.

That aside, this was a long book. And, sadly, it was boring. Boring enough that I won’t be reading any more.

I never liked Harry Keogh the Necroscope and I didn’t like his son Nathan the Necroscope either. I liked some of the supporting characters, but they were just that, supporting. The endless cycle of “kill ALL the vampires, oh look we missed some, oops, here we go again” is ok for a couple of books, but for 8? Not for me. I know the series has at least 7-10 more books, so I’m quitting while I’m ahead.

I’ll remember this series fondly for making vampires the monstrous embodiment of evil that they are.

 

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The Last Aerie (Vampire World #2) (Necroscope #7)

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Title: The Last Aerie

Series: Vampire World, Necroscope

Author: Brian Lumley

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Pages: 768

 

 

Synopsis:

Nathan and Nestor continue down their respective paths. Nestor to becoming a true Wamphyri and Nathan to become his father’s true heir, the next Necroscope.

Each coming into their powers for a final confrontation, which will of course, take place in the next book. Surprise!

 

My Thoughts:

This was a big book. It was convoluted, with multiple POV’s [mainly Nestor and Nathan, but also some from eBranch and the Russians] and multiple timelines. It worked, it worked very well, but it flowed together and it makes it hard to pick out particular things that stood out or were underwhelming.

Having just started in earnest the Complete Works of Lovecraft, I have to say, I wish I had read Lovecraft sooner because so many things I remember from earlier books and I’m sure in this one as well, have their roots in Lovecraft. Ferenzcy, the “essentials salts” to reconstitute a being, etc, etc. It would have made for a richer reading if I had already had Lovecraft under my belt. Thankfully, I am rectifying that now.

I am looking forward to the conclusion of this sub-trilogy but am not sure if I’ll keep reading the overall Necroscope series after that. I might try one of Lumley’s other series.

 

Blood Brothers (Vampire World #1) (Necroscope #6)

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Title: Blood Brothers

Series: Vampire World, Necroscope

Author: Brian Lumley

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Pages: 622

 

Synopsis:

Harry Keogh is dead. But before dying, he got it on with a Szagny woman who ended up having twins.

This sub-series, Vampire World, of the Necroscope series follow Nathan and Nestor on the Vampire World. One lusts after the power of the fallen vampires, the other trying to figure out what that wall of numbers in his head means.

 

My Thoughts:

This book, at 600+ pages, was a monster [hehehehehe]. However, it was mostly setup.

The first 10% was retelling the end of Deadspawn from another viewpoint than Harry’s and finding out that even when mostly dead, Harry is a real horndog. Letting us know that Harry’s line will survive.

The next 20% – 30% was retelling the Shaitan origin story. How the nuclear blast from Deadspawn sent him back and started the whole vicious cycle. It is more about the rise of the Vampire Lords than anything and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Filling in the history gaps.

Then another 10% – 20% [this is all just really rough guesswork, as I didn’t realize how things were going to be at the beginning and hence didn’t keep track really] is about how there is yet another group of Vampire Lords in yet another Mountain area. These vamps fight their primal urges and are basically ascetics. This leads into one of them going back to Starside to take over since the original vampire lords were all wiped out.

Finally, we get to Nathan and Nestor, the twin sons of Harry. We get a little bit of their growing up and then we really join them when the vampires return and attack. Both go their own ways. One to learn about his abilities, the other to become a vampire.

And there is a girl involved.

This was not nearly as depressing or perverted as Deadspawn. There were graphic descriptions, but they were short and not pages long, nor were they as monstrous as in the previous book. Felt like Lumley pulled back and it really improved the book in my opinion. This book passed muster and allowed the Necroscope series another chance at life for me.