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This book is a splendid mix of vampires, sorcery, and alternate history, set at the beginning of the 20th century, mostly in the English colony of New Amsterdam. I thought I had gotten over vampires about ten years ago, but really, I was just looking for well-written ones. Sebastien, an eccentric ancient vampire who likes to be friends with his humans, is the best vampire character I've met since Queen of the Damned, if not better than that lot. The star of the book, however, is Detective Crown Investigator Abigail Irene Garrett, a woman who does what she wants to do within the framework of her own moral code. She and Sebastien work together to solve supernatural mysteries, despite the limitations imposed by vampirism being illegal where they live.

I have no complaints. :)

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ztrooper
Feb. 8th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing you've already checked out the Anita Blake, Vampire hunter books by Laurel K. Hamilton, and the Dresden Files stuff by Jim Butcher?

Alternate earths w/ nasty boogums, with detectives that have their own codes. 8)

nayad
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
It's been a few years since I read any Anita Blake stuff, but at the time, for some reason, I couldn't get into it; I should probably give it another chance. I have the first of the Dresden Files books on my shelf (I know, I'm running late), and I hope to get to it this year since I'm not distracting myself with shiny new fiction purchases.
darius
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
New Amsterdam was great stuff, yes.

I liked the first half-dozen-or-so Anita Blake books -- the tension and attitude and Blake's character arc towards becoming one one of the monsters -- but gave up on the series at Blue Moon.
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Aug. 20th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
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