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Book Title: The World on Blood|
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The size of the: 26.49 MB
The author of the book: Jonathan Nasaw
Edition: Dutton Books
Date of issue: April 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780525940661
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“Hi, everybody. My name is Nick, and I’m a vampire.”
Yes, it’s a meeting of Vampires Anonymous, the central conceit of Jonathan Nasaw’s hip horror novel. In this moonlit world, blood is just another drug, the ultimate high, the ultimate aphrodisiac. And no one ever needs to die – just a little sip does the trick. Of course, there are drawbacks. There’s the killer hangover, and blood-abuse does make a person light-sensitive. Otherwise the lifestyle doesn’t seem too bad. True, vampires wake up at sunset, the stale taste of last night’s bleeder still in their mouths, and their apartments stink something awful, but there are compensations, like enhanced strength, speed and sensory perception. Not to mention the incredible sex. So why would anyone seek refuge in a sort of Nosferatu twelve-step program? Because, no matter how cool they look in their dark glasses, all vampires (or, as they prefer to be called, recovering blood addicts) run the risk of losing control. They call it going werewolf. And it gets messy.
Sadly, much of The World on Blood concerns itself relentlessly with the recovery rhetoric of VA meetings, which turn out to be just as numbingly repetitious as those of every other such organization. (Just substitute blood for alcohol or drugs or gambling or sex or Stephenie Meyer novels.) Vampires, apparently, are just as tediously screwed up as everyone else. So what could possibly get a plot like thus up and flapping?
Enter the villain – a traditional vampire bent on destroying the organization from within. It’s even easy to understand why the old boy is so provoked. After all, if there’s one thing that gets on the undead’s nerves, it’s sanctimonious ex-bloodsuckers who don’t drink anymore.
That’s it. The whole book. Nothing of the supernatural remains, and the conflict becomes that of reformed versus orthodox. Gushing with complications, like the queer vamp hero who agonizes over whether to become a sperm donor, the novel nevertheless seems curiously drained. After all, once these creatures of the night have been demystified, what’s intriguing about them? Their sex lives! (Or so the author appears to believe.) Mercifully, these are not the ascetic martyrs of, say, an Anne Rice opus, evolved beyond passion or brevity of expression. No, these are party monsters. Orgies, threesomes, bi-vampires in hot tubs: somebody is always sucking something. Plus they’re all such globetrotters. The story veers from bathhouses in San Francisco to voodoo rituals on the islands, and sex scenes occur in cars and boats, everywhere but in a coffin. One such sequence climaxes just as a private jet touches down in Dallas.
“Even the O’s are bigger in Texas, she thought wonderingly.”
If the Talamasca only knew.
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Read information about the authorJonathan Nasaw is the acclaimed author of Fear Itself and The Girls He Adored, both Literary Guild Selections. He lives in Pacific Grove, California.
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