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Drawing Blood [Paperback]

Poppy Z. Brite
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

6 Oct 1994
Zach is a computer hacker who looks like Edward Scissorhands, and Trevor, a comics artist, is traumatized by his father's murder of his mother and brother 20 years previously. Both on the run from their pasts, they end up as lovers in the town of Missing Mile. By the author of "Lost Skulls".

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (6 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140238719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140238716
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decadent and compelling. 7 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was the first book that I read of Poppy's and I have been hooked ever since. I found this book explores the most raw emotions of the characters laying them open for the reader to devour. I found it amazing how she could move the characters so swiftley from the deepest dispair to the hights of passion and love. After finishing the book I found that I really cared about the charaters and felt that the writer did to. I was very pleased to find that she cought up them in a compilation of short stories called Are You Loathsome Tonight? So I recommend that if you enjoy/ed them as much as me and want to know whats happening 10 years on get a copy of this asap. Drawing blood is the most well thumbed book on my shelf and I think everyone should buy 2 copies so they have a spare for when the first falls apart!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive 8 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
i picked up this book because i was bored one day and a week later i'd read it twice through. The writing style is completely addictive, dreamy and poetic, and afterwards you don't really feel like reading anything else (hence re-reading it). The characters are unusual but believable and the poetic descriptiveness of the writing transports you into the story more fully than most. After reading other horror authors, reading PZB is like diving into a cool swimming pool on a hot day. However, this book does contain some graphic sex scenes so don't read it if u object to that. not in a trashy way though, it doesn't take away from the book at all and the characters involved are really sweet. All in all a book that is likely to be re-read over and over again (I'm up to my fifth time and it would be more if I hadn't lent it to someone last year who hasn't yet given it back). Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mind-blowingly beautiful and terryfying! 22 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'd only read Poppy's Courtney Love book before but even though I'd enjoyed that I wasn't prepared for how good Drawing Blood would be! I started it as a bedtime read and ended up gettimg no sleep that night as i just couldn't put it down - i fell in love with the main characters and, like others have said, the love story between the beautifully tortured trevor and zach overrides the horror element of the book. If you're into dark fiction and homoeroticism, buy this book and cherish it - i haven't been able to read anything since as it's still too fresh in my mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cartoon life 26 Dec 2003
Format:Paperback
This book centers around the two boys whose lives are missing that special something..............trust and love. Trevor McGee lost his family in a brutal murder while still a small child and at the hands of his cartoonist father, he lived through the torments of his mind only to find himself forced to return to Missing Mile. Zach Bosch is a computer nerd with his own disastrous childhood behind him and now he's running from the FBI after being caught out with his hacking exploits.
This book is wonderfully rich and varied with each character, no matter how minor their role is, being an individual that seems to live and breathe from the page. Admittedly the first time I read it I was decidely ambivalent towards it but after a break of 18 months I returned to it and this novel is simply amazing.
If you've never read any of Poppy Z Brite's work then this is an excellent starting point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars almost ridiculously beautiful... 20 Oct 2000
Format:Paperback
Having been completely overawed by Brite's wonderful first novel, 'Lost Souls', I devoured 'Drawing Blood' within hours. What can I say? Poppy's writing is near beyond belief. The only complaint I could ever make is the raw deal her few female characters often end up with, and not just in this novel... Apart from that, this book is utterly brilliant. Involving two gorgeous main characters who fall horribly perfectly in love (I'm so jealous!), this book is not so much a horror story, as a story unafraid to explore the often unthinking cruelty of the human race and the darkness that lies within our minds...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars escape into a magical world 3 Sep 2001
Format:Paperback
this book is brilliant, you will forget where you are when you are reading it and long to know more. the character insights are bewitching and the storyline magical. more like this please.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neuromancer meets Necroscope? Not quite... 27 July 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Whereas Lost Souls? represented a fresh take on the (by now) anemic vampire genre, Drawing Blood (something of a sequel) adds nothing new to Brite's canon. It has the feel of contractual obligation. The main action takes place in Missing Mile (though the inevitable New Orleans crops up), using characters and locations linking to the earlier book. Unfortunately, well defined and interesting characters such as Mollochai, Zillah, Twig, Steve and Ghost are sorely missed. The two male protagonists, Zach and Trevor (how can anyone call one of their heroes Trevor?!) fail to elicit any real interest or sympathy, and even the fairly explicit sexual acts fail to sustain any conviction. Brite also seems poor in her characterizations of women (Eddy is superficially delineated though key to the denouement). Is she capable of writing heterosexual erotica? The shock-horror elements and psylocibin trip are well done however and Poppy Z is in clearly in her element here.
Brite's prose, wonderfully lucid, original and atmospheric in Lost Souls? here takes on an overblown and purple hue. The use of the author's voice becomes quite intrusive and she never seems to let her characters speak for themselves. The description of hacker culture is impossibly dated and laughable; and the references to Lucio Fulci, ganja, Jazz, cartoon culture etc. are impoverished attempts to be hip. The attempts to penetrate various subcultures are superficial and unconvincing. The book is too derivative and overlong to be really enjoyable - a bit of editorial liposuction would have improved the flow and readability. Brite's legion of fans will no doubt disagree, but there's little here to hold one's attention. Lost Souls? and Exquisite Corpse are more enjoyable, more original, and have moments of genuinely disturbing horror, whilst exploring male love and sexuality, and its potential connection with violence, more effectively.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I borrowed this book from a friend and enjoyed it so much i had to have my own copy, deep and disturbing but thoroughly enjoyable
Published 18 months ago by suzydoll
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most dynamic
I already have Lost Souls and was aware this would only be a loose sequel.

But I hadn't expected it to be as less dynamic as it was. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by Evangelevence
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the buy
In 1972, underground cartoonist Bobby McGee murders his family in Missing Mile, North Carolina, leaving only five-year-old Trevor alive. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2007 by Amy Connolly
1.0 out of 5 stars an unbelievable mess of a book
I picked this up after hearing Poppy Z.Brite's name used in conjunction with other 'shock' writers such as Bret Easton Ellis and Matthew Stokoe, and I have to say I was deeply... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2005 by G. D. Budden
4.0 out of 5 stars A good grasp
Drawing Blood shows vast improvement on Lost Souls, her first novel, in that there is an unmistakable ring to it. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars genius is all i can say
I loved "Lost Souls", but this is even better. It's definitely the only PZB novel that had me sniffling at the end! Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2002 by "pzb_freak"
1.0 out of 5 stars One dimensional, tired
.. This book is as flat as the poor Coyote at the bottom of a cliff. The anti-heroes have been scrubbed in far too harsh a carbolic soap to hold attention let alone draw sympathy... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find.
A few years ago I picked up this book, having never read any of poppy's books or even horror before. After opening the first page I could not put it down. What a fatastic book. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2001 by porter_charlie@hotmial.com
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