The Book of Common Dread Nobody in Princeton suspects Vincent DeVilbiss to be anything harmful than a charlatan psychic with an exotic name but technology has done a lot for the assimilation of the modern vampire Tinted conta

  • Title: The Book of Common Dread
  • Author: Brent Monahan
  • ISBN: 9780312093495
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nobody in Princeton suspects Vincent DeVilbiss to be anything harmful than a charlatan psychic with an exotic name but technology has done a lot for the assimilation of the modern vampire Tinted contacts hide amber eyes, sunscreen deflects harmful rays, and the anonymity of catalog shopping has made it possible to move beyond the traditional cape Yet even with theNobody in Princeton suspects Vincent DeVilbiss to be anything harmful than a charlatan psychic with an exotic name but technology has done a lot for the assimilation of the modern vampire Tinted contacts hide amber eyes, sunscreen deflects harmful rays, and the anonymity of catalog shopping has made it possible to move beyond the traditional cape Yet even with these modern devices, DeVilbiss is losing ground in his mission to retard the scientific and spiritual advancement of the human race At Princeton University he faces the direst challenge of his five hundred years He must destroy an ancient and heavily protected cuneiform scroll, being translated for the first time, before its apocalyptic powers are turned against him and all the overlords of the underworld Athwart his path is Simon Penn, a young rare books curator, who is in love with the alluring and tragic woman DeVilbiss has targeted to help him get access to the manuscript Piecing together DeVilbiss s identity, Simon must extinguish this seemingly unstoppable emissary of doom This is an extraordinary, thought provoking novel, and a brilliantly successful entertainment.

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    1. Ah, vampire stories, very popular nowadays. The Book of Common Dread is such a story, but it has a few things going for it: first, it was written in 1993, thus placing a safe 12-year barrier between it and the sparklecaust of '05. Second, the author wrote it with the specific intent to stay away from vampiric cliches, vowing instead to use new ideas and freshen up the dusty genre. For a novel that proudly proclaims its vampiric nature, it actually plays subtly on this in the story itself, a show [...]

    2. I've been a fan of vampire fiction ever since I first read Bram Stoker's Dracula when I was a kid. Thus started a somewhat long period in my life when if I needed something good to read all I had to do was hunt down a book about vampires. Unfortunately the recent influx of poorly written asinine vampire fiction ended that illustrious period. Fed up with a lack of quality vampire fiction, and longing to feel the joys of my past, I purposely searched for a book I might have missed published before [...]

    3. Brent Monahan writes a story about a vampire who was only a half-step from human, augmented by an elixir that also required human blood to activate its chemistry. This made the story much more interesting than emo/tortured/sexy/moping teenage vampires or stories that don't stray from the settled "rules" about vampires. My review misses a 5-star rating only because of some typos which took me right out of the story, and the ending paragraphs that annoyed me intensely when they failed to give prop [...]

    4. I was browsing the library shelves looking for another book when the title caught my eye, and the jacket sounded interesting enough that I checked it out. It's been awhile since I picked something where I haven't heard of either the book itself or the author, or had it recommended to me, because my to-read list is already so long. This time I am very glad I did. It's hard to figure out what genre this book actually is, since it pretty much hits the high points of several. It has vampires in it, [...]

    5. It's the time of the season to read spooky books about vampires and the like. The vampire in this book, Vincent DeVilbiss, is somewhat different from the ones we usually see in books. He is a true servant of the underworld but his daylight encounters have caused him to see humanity in a different light.Simon Penn is a librarian at Princeton University but still has not found his life's work. After he breaks up with his materialistic girlfriend, he rents a room from a beautiful but mysterious cow [...]

    6. This is by far the best book I have read in the modern (post-HP Lovecraft) horror genre. The story is actually original, which is extremely hard to find in the vampire genre. The characters are all likable in their own very different ways and their interactions are well written. I would actually place this more in the "Mystery" genre, as there Monahan does an excellent job of introducing and building up the mystery behind those in charge of the vampire underworld. I've ended up reading Common Dr [...]

    7. This was tough to get into. I persisted, and it was well worth the effort. The library copy I was reading convinced me that I wasn't alone in thinking that some of the vocabulary was a little well, unusual, I guess. Someone had underlined a fair number of words throughout the book. I knew what the words meant, but I wondered if the underliner was intrigued or struggling. Definitely sits at the literature end of the scale. Dense, and somehow sparse as well. Thorough, rounded, complete. I liked it [...]

    8. I enjoyed Monahan's unique interpretation of classic vampire lore, their strengths and weaknesses, and what gives them their superhuman abilities. I can sense a well-crafted mythology behind the glimpses given the reader in this particular tale. A nice change from Rice and Meyer. On the other hand, while I like a seductive vampire as much as the next girl, after a while all the sex got a bit unnecessary.

    9. One of the most unique and enthralling twists on the vampire mythology I have ever read. Never have I seen a story that makes you assume it is about one small part of the mythological world then completely obliterates that assumption and opens up an enormous plot that you, not anyone else, could ever imagine. The fact than Monahan did imagne it baffles me and causes my mind to cower in the corner of my head, shivering in awe of the sheer creativity demonstrated in this book.

    10. 11 books/2010Ug, why can't I read a better than ok book lately? I had fairly high hopes for this one. It was an interesting take on vampires, the characters were not cardboard cut-outs. But then the ending, with the doll, and the devil . . .bleck. I still feel lost. Lots of holes in the plot.

    11. Yep, need that half star. The vampire in this book didn't seem like much of a threat. But on the other hand, the hero didn't seem very effective either. The ending hints at a sequel, that I'm not going to bother trying to find out if it exists or not.

    12. My favorite quote from this book (which I still remember, 15 years later), is:"Don't call someone an asshole; call them an earlobe. At least an asshole serves a purpose."

    13. Its OK. I'm only going to finish reading it out of curiosity about how it may end and not an overwhelming need to read it.

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