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Laney Book Review

Last Thursday, I finished reading Laney by Joann I. Martin Sowles. Overall, I thought it was a good book. It’s not the best vampire related book that I have read, but it’s not the worst either. However, I have my problems and questions regarding the book. A little FYI, if you haven’t read the book, don’t continue with the review. I’m going to be talking about some spoilers.

I have three problems with the book. The biggest problem that I have with the story is that in the beginning, when Laney meets and gets to know Oliver, she reminds me of Bella from the Twilight series. It’s all about how Oliver is good-looking, and nice, and how she can’t concentrate when she’s around him, etc. I find it to be very annoying. My second biggest problem is the grammar. An example would be the author’s inconsistency when it comes to quotations. For example, on the bottom of page 169, she wrote: “‘You wanna know what’s totally ironic?’ He asked quietly against my shoulder.” However, three pages later, on page 172, she wrote: “‘So, can I go now?’ he asked.” The inconsistency is the capitalization of the “he” right after the question. It’s supposed be like it is on page 172, where the ‘h’ in the ‘he’ is lower cased. Anyway, my last problem is using the wrong word in the wrong context. An example would on page 261: “He was wearing a dark robe, loosely tied around his bloated waste, over a white undershirt and pale blue pajama bottoms and dark corduroy slippers.” The author used the wrong word. Instead of the word ‘waste,’ which is something you throw away, the author should have used the word ‘waist,’ which is the middle of the torso, which I’m guessing the author meant to use in the quote I mentioned.

Anyway, I have a ton of questions dealing with the book. Now keep in mind that I haven’t read the second book, so I have no idea if any of my questions have been answered, and please don’t answer them if it’s answered in the second book.

  • How do vampires like Oliver get the blood? Is it like in Rachel Caine’s Morganville world where the vampires get the blood from the blood bank? Or is it like how Mick from Moonlight got his blood, from a contact in the morgue of a hospital?
  • Why does the food that vampires eat have to be organic? Is that their bodies can’t process non-organic food like how humans can?
  • How is it that vampires don’t age in this book? Do they age like the vampires do in Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freaks books, where they age at a fraction of how humans age? Or is it like the typical vampire where they are stuck at the age that they were when they were turned into a vampire?
  • What about Oliver’s abilities? Do all vampires have some sort of individual ability besides those associated with being a vampire? Does it come with becoming a vampire? Or is it like Edward and Alice from Twilight, where the vampire had the ability when he or she was human?
  • How do the vampires know who has vampire lineage, like in Carter’s case? Do they have some who is in charge of recording family histories/lineages, like how Maharet from The Vampire Chronicles kept track of her family?
  • Do vampires try to keep their existence a secret?
  • How does the sun affect vampires? Is it like in Moonlight where sunlight hurts them, but doesn’t actually kill them? Or is it like the typical vampire myth where sunlight can kill the vampire?
  • Are the vampire covens set up like how the Mai from The Nine Lives of Chloe King where there is a coven leader for every major city?
  • Does a vampire choose who he or she turns into a vampire? Or is it totally random? If he or she can choose, does the vampire have to choose carefully?
  • Is the bonding smell tied to a specific person? Or can it be turned on by anyone? Will the bonding smell kick in when the vampire meets the person or vampire that he or she will bond with?
  • How does a vampire/human bond work? Will the vampire have to turn the human into a vampire eventually? Or is it like Arwen and Aragorn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, where the immortal being will have to live without the human once the human dies?
  • Why does the bonding end when the couple has sex? Why does it have been sex in general? Why couldn’t it have been something else?
  • Can two vampires have babies together? If so, would that make the baby a full vampire? And how does the pregnancy work? Is it like a normal human pregnancy, where it takes nine months, or will the pregnancy be sped up like Bella’s pregnancy in Breaking Dawn? Can the mother even handle the pregnancy if she can’t change?
  • In half-vampires, does it matter which parent is a vampire?
  • How do vampire slayers learn the vampire language? Is there a translator, or a Rosetta Stone of vampire language? Is it written down somewhere? Did they have a sympathetic vampire teach the language?
  • Where do vampire slayers get their weapons? Is there a person who specializes in things obtaining things like dragon horn, like how Bela from Supernatural did for her wealthy clients?
  • Why was Laney’s aunt not happy about Oliver? Did she know who and what Oliver was being Laney introduced them? If she knew about Oliver ahead of time, then how does she know him and in what context?
  • Was Oscar or Oliver involved the death of Laney’s mom?
  • Does Isaac know about Julz, Hayden, and the world of vampires and other mythology at all?


Anyway, I recommend it if you want an alternate to the Twilight Saga from Stephanie Meyers.

Laney

Jaime Campbell Bower As Armand

You know, I put up a video showing my ideal cast for the Vampire Chronicles. Anyway, as a result, there are other videos that show other people’s ideal cast. I watched several of those videos and I noticed that a lot of people, myself included, put Jaime Campbell Bower as Armand. I find it interesting that quite a few people did that. I mean, is there so few actors out there right now that are a bit androgynous and that could pass for a 17-year-old?





Top 10 Loved Vampires

I was watching E!’s show 10 Vampires We Love shortly after I came home from watching New Moon. The show was a countdown of the vampires that the people of E! like. I’ll include the list at the end of this post. Anyway, I have a bone to pick with who they chose to be on the list. I noticed that the list didn’t include, in my opinion, a variety of vampires, and the fact that all, except one, of the vampires are from movies or tv shows that came out within the last ten years. Anyway, what I mean by the lack of variety is that four of the vampires came from two different sources. I find it biased like how this post is. The reason that I have a problem is that they didn’t include other vampires like Henry Fitzpatrick from Blood Ties, Mick St. John from Moonlight or any of the vampires from the Vampire Chronicles or The Lost Boys. I don’t think it’s right to put a relatively unknown vampire like Santinico Pandemonium or Dracula from Dracula 2000 on a list like 10 Vampires We Love when there are better qualified vampires out there.

10. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
9. Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
8. David Boreanaz as Angel
7. Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton
6. Selma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium
5. Gerard Butler as Dracula in Dracula 2000
4. Wesley Snipes as Blade
3. Kate Beckinsale as Selene
2. Alexander Skarsgaard as Eric Northman
1. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

Henry Fitzroy

Mick St. John

My New Moon Experience

I got to watch New Moon on the day after the premiere, and I’m telling you, the whole experience was nuts. As soon as I sat down to watch the movie, and the New Moon title screen came up, the rest of the audience started to scream. I thought to myself, jeez, what a bunch of crazy fan girls. Now keep in mind that while I like the books and the movies, I will forever be a Vampire Chronicles fan. Anyway, again, everybody screamed when Edward and Jacob came on, as well as when Jacob took off his shirt for the first time. Now, I can understand why everybody was screaming when Jacob took his shirt off for the first time, but why for Edward? I’m sorry, but I think that Edward is a pasty-ass pansy. Anyway, overall, I think that the movie was ok. There were quite a bit of funny parts but I think the movie is just a bunch of notable scenes from the book that was just pieced together and made into a movie. I gotta admit though, it’s very Chris Weitz. I say that because it reminded me of the movie that he did before, The Golden Compass. Both The Golden Compass and New Moon were edited very similarly. Anyway, don’t let my opinion deter you from watching the movie.

New Moon poster

Armand/Marius vs. Bella/Edward

In my Lestat vs. Edward pictures post, one of the pictures that I mentioned had a reaction from Armand. It made me think. There’s a similarity between Armand/Marius and Bella/Edward relationships. The similarity is that Armand and Bella were both humans that were turned into vampires by their respective vampire lovers, Marius and Edward. I didn’t really realize that until I saw Armand’s reaction in that picture. I just thought that was interesting.

Armand and Marius

Bella and Edward

Lestat & Edward as Byronic Heros

I was looking up Edward Cullen on Wikipedia and I saw that it said that Edward was a Byronic hero. Because of that, I clicked on the link that explained what a Byronic hero was. Anyway, as I was reading the characteristics, it did sounds like Edward As I continued down the website, it mentioned that Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles and the Phantom from the Phantom of the Opera were Byronic heros as well, but I digress with the Phantom. That made me think about how much Lestat and Edward were alike in the sense that they are both Byronic heros. I think that’s the reason why I don’t like either character. I mean, it’s not that I hate them, but it’s just that they’re not my favorites characters from their respective series. Anyway, I think that’s the reason why I don’t like Lestat and Edward is the fact that they’re Byronic heros.

Edward

Lestat

Lestat vs. Edward Pictures

In my search for any Lestat vs. Edward stuff, I found quite a few pictures that made fun of Edward and the Twilight series or making fun of the fact the Twilight series “outshines” the Vampire Chronicles. The one that I found to be the most funny was the one where it showed Edward and Bella together in the first box, and the following three boxes showing Louis, Lestat, and Armand telling their opinions on the series. I found that Lestat’s and Armand’s reactions to be the most funny. Their reactions were classic Lestat and Armand. Anyway, the next one that I thought was funny was the one where Lestat as picking on Edward. I just found those funny. By the way, you can find the originals at this site.

Lestat meets Edward

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