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Blood is Thicker Than Water [Paperback]

Wynette A. Hoffman
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31 Oct 2002
Blood Is Thicker Than Water The Reilly Vampire Chronicles - Book One Romance, laughter and gunplay result when siblings, Amy and Paul Reilly, discover that vampires are real and you can haunt your ancient relatives. Add a meddling goddess, witchcraft, and a vampire feud and you have a fast-paced fun read with lots of sex, violence and family loyalty.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Alien Perspective (31 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972109803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972109802
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,515,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Judge this book by it's cover 8 Nov 2005
I bought this book from based upon the good customer reviews and the quirky descriptions. I thought that anything that makes a stab at reinventing vampires was worth giving a try. But what I can say - I can only suggest that those persons in America reviewing the book were either related to the author or had not been exposed to any decent literature, ever! The book cover is a clumsily renditioned computer graphic - one of the worst covers I've ever seen and so reflects accurately the content.
The only characteristic of the protagonists is smugness. The wisecracks and humour are forced. The action is lamentable. There is no more plot in this book than there is an Anita Blake - vampire hunter book once the sex has been taken out.
If you want decent female fantasy horror, etc read Kim Harrison or any of her ilk but do yourself a favour - don't buy this book. I regret buying any book that I cannot finish and look forward to dumping it to a charity shop as soon as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like this book 13 Jan 2006
By A Customer
I did like this book very much. Yes, I had difficulties reading it the first time around, but in later readings it only got better. And I´m waiting for later installments.
This book is the writers first book, and it shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very surprised, excellent story! Could not put it down! 30 Sep 2003
By P. Daverso - Published on
I am in the process of reading the last page of this book, and I was surprised how much I liked it. I have read the southern vampire series, all the Anita Blake books, Anne Rice, Tanya Huff and many lesser-known authors. I have been reading vampire novels for 19 years, and I have rarely found books that pique my interest as much as this book. And the LENGTH of the book is a definite plus. I love long books that keep up the action and the suspense. It can be hard to pull off. (See Anne Rice's The Witching hour as a long book that was painful to read!)
The characters are fun. The story is entertaining! I wish the cover art could have been better. All in all, I am hoping she writes the second book fast so I can read the continuing adventures of the Reilly family.
I think this story has been swimming inside the head of Wynette for a very long time, and the characters show this depth very well. As another reviewer stated, "Move over Anita!"
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, but it has a few flaws. 11 July 2003
By R. Kelly Wagner - Published on
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This is not your average vampire book. It definitely has some plot elements that are unique to this author. It was quite enjoyable; what kept me from giving it five stars is the lack of proofreading and copy-editing.
Let's see, BunRab's usual analysis of vampire books:
Is it part of a series? It claims to be the first one in a series; the back page says that Book Two is "coming soon."
What's the author's main genre? I haven't read anything else by this author; she doesn't, as far as I know, write any other types of fantasy or science fiction, nor murder mysteries, nor in the romance genres. This book has some romance features in it, but is definitely not a romance per se.
Vampire powers: Does daylight kill these vampires? Direct sunlight does; indirect (e.g., being awake but inside during the day) doesn't. Do the vampires have any supernatural powers? The usual ones of supernatural strength, and being able to make people not see them. Also, telepathy occurs in most of them. In addition, they have the power to create "thralls," humans who have tasted some of their blood and are therefore longer-lived and faster-healing than other humans. Oh, and they can also enthrall dogs!
Do the vampires need to drink blood? Does it have to be human? Yes, and yes. Most lines of vampires exist only on blood, and need to feed every day, therefore; the line of vampires, or clan or family, whatever you want to call it, that are our main characters are unusual in that they can still eat regular food, and can get up to 2/3 of their sustenance from regular food, needing only about 1/3 of their intake to be blood.
Does drinking the blood have to do with sex? Are vampires a metaphor for humanity's sexual fears? Yes, and no. Drinking blood can involve sex, and apparently is better for the vampires if it does, but they can feed without it, and can leave the humans not remembering that they were fed on. Vampires actually have personalities of their own, and are not merely dark, brooding and evil- although some other families than our heroes' do seem to specialize in evil and death, it isn't a requirement for being a vampire.
The book is not deadly serious (pardon the pun) but has several touches of humor. There are sibling squabbles and long-standing family jokes, there are amusing moments in the Pagan shop that Paul and Marcie run; even a few of the vampires and thralls have senses of humor. The tone is not entirely different from Laurell Hamilton's earlier books, before they turned entirely to sex. There are serious and deadly moments, but also light-hearted ones.
Now, if only someone would run off a second edition, in which the lack of commas in many places got fixed, while some of the run-on sentences with too many commas got turned into separate sentences, or at least had a few semi-colons added, and if the occasional use of "hadn't of" were fixed, and the kind of word substitutions that spell-check doesn't catch (too for to, it's for its, and so forth) were corrected by a human proofreader (or a vampire one, for that matter- just not a computer one!) I would be even more satisfied with the book.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bite into something different 21 July 2003
By Bryan Fields - Published on
Out of fairness, I need to say up front that the author is a friend of mine from high school; if that relationship invalidates my review in the eyes of some, well, they can bite me. ;-)
So much material has been produced about vampires that vampire books are, to me, in danger of becoming cliched out of existance. I was concerned that I would discover my friend's first work was trapped in a morass of Anne Rice-induced soporific angst and autoerotic Narcissism; I was delighted to find nothing like that on these pages, thus saving me from having to resort to giving feedback like, "Well, it's not as bad as the 5th Star Trek movie."
I found this to be the most wacked vampire novel I've read since Jody Scott's 'I, Vampire'. The character development and presentation is very good, the sex is hot without being tawdry or discomforting, and the whole novel is indeed full of witty banter and snappy pop culture references. I can happily say that I honestly look forward to the next one - even if she makes me pay for that one, too.
The proofreading errors are an issue. There are some grammatical missteps. On the whole, though, there is nothing unforgivable, and major publishing houses are subject to bad hair days in typsetting as well.
The next book in the series is set in Las Vegas - which has to be the perfect city for vampires. Highly transient population, 24-hour everything, international cuisine arriving on every flight...
I can hardly wait.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't expect to like it this much 16 April 2003
By Moe811 - Published on
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Amy Reilly is definitely a wild child, after a night at an S & M club gone really bad, she nearly dies, she takes a good look at her life and sees a need for a change. She is a bit agoraphobic with good reason. She doesn't know whether the vampire that attacked her at the club realizes that she is still alive, and she intends to stay that way. Her two roommates out at a club run into her attackers and another vampire and his thrall and the secret is out. Amy's life definitely takes a new turn when she is "saved" by Lorcan the vampire. The new vampire's thrall seems very familiar to Amy and she doesn't know why. The subplots of Amy's brother Paul and his pregnant wife Marcie, and Jake the thrall and Amy's best friend Sophie are equally interesting. I can't wait to find out more about the "faerie godmother" who reappears throughout the novel. An unexpectedly good read.
After reading the advisory on the back of this book and the first chapter, I wasn't sure whether I was going to like this novel. I was wrong. In spite of some objectionable ideas, the book was hard to put down. The characters are particularly well drawn and the action never stops, I will definitely look for the sequel.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake lovers read this book 27 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on
I am always looking for a good book of the genre. This is one is great..It has alot of action, romance, everything and great characters..I can't believe this is the only book this woman has written. Try this book and then tell your friends. This woman deserves to be more widely known..If you like Laurel K Hamilton and Charlaine Harris you will like this book..
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