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Liquid Diet Paperback – Nov 1992

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Diamond Books (Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557738130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557738134
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,981,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William G. Tedford was born in June of 1942, one of five children. He has lived in Davenport, Iowa his entire life, three blocks from where he was born. He dropped out of school in his senior year, acquired both a high school and college GED with the Army Air Defense Command, and proceeded to spend the next thirty years building combines and tractors to finance a wife and five children of his own. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 3 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
Having not expected much from this book, I was pleasantly surprised to find a novel twist on the traditional literary vampire. I thought the ending was a bit weak and rushed, though, which was disappointing after having enjoyed the rest of the novel. It's not as skilled an effort as Anne Rice's Lestat, but it's still worth a read.
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Surprising and unique 19 May 2014
By misspider - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Several years ago, I purchased the 1992 mass market paperback edition, but somehow never managed to actually read the book (a sad fate it shares with large stacks of equally neglected books, as I have to admit ruefully).

Then, out of the blue, I was asked whether I would like to read and review an e-copy of the re-published novel. This was the opportunity to finally give the book its well-deserved chance to entertain and fascinate me, and now that I am finished reading, I wonder why I abandoned this book for so long (ok, there are several pratical reasons, but still...).

First let me assure you: don't judge this book by its cover! Or if you want to do so, judge it by its first cover from 1992, which is much more fitting imho. I don't know whether the publishers made the right choice by selecting this new cover, which at first glance may attract a lot of teen vampire groupies, to put it mildly. However, those readers may be put off by the sometimes graphic scenes. On the other hand, readers that may enjoy the horror presented in this book might be prevented from giving it a chance at all...

The story itself presents vampires from a very original and different point of view - the creatures in this book are kind of split personalities, passing as humans by day and going on the hunt at night. While they don't necessarily have to kill their prey, this may happen during their coming-of-age phase, when their nightworld self is completely new and at the same time fascinating and horrifying. Also, the feeding is accompanied by sharing vivid erotic fantasies with the victims, who experience the greatest pleasure and are mostly unaware of the parasite feeding off them.

However, when Troy and Melissa experience the awakening of their true nature, a whole town is put into chaos and subdued to their will. An investigation about the suddenly rising number in unexplained deaths uncovers an unbelievable truth. The outcome is both unexpected and surprising, and a very unusual happy ending, though maybe not for all mankind...

(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)
Wonderfully innovative fantasy story 5 April 2014
By Kalli - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In Liquid Diet, William Tedford expertly juxtaposes fantasy and fact, constructing an innovative horror story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Tedford draws on traditional legends and myths to create new monsters, reviving and reinventing classic ideas. In doing so, he creates fantasy elements that are simultaneously believable and novel, fresh and familiar. His monsters are fantastically well constructed and portrayed, and I love the way he integrates science and history with fiction. It gives the story a sense of realism that heightens the horror and provides a sense of immersion that brings the characters vividly to life.
The characters, human and monster alike, are similarly well developed. A large number of people share the spotlight, and each is unique, lifelike, and distinctive. Every character has an individual voice and personality. The central characters have fantastic character development, and it’s fascinating to watch the events unfold alongside them, to see how they cope with all of the challenges and changes that are brought about during the course of the novel.
Tedford’s writing itself is what brings the whole story together, with vivid descriptions and excellently paced narration. He does a fabulous job of maintaining suspense throughout the book, sprinkling foreshadowing throughout the story and gradually building to every big plot point. The pace at which Tedford reveals secrets about the characters and monsters is excellent. I love the kind of book that keeps you guessing, where things happen that you would never expect, but after you’ve reached the conclusion, you can go back to the beginning and see exactly how it was building to the end from the very start. Liquid Diet is a perfect example of such a story.
All in all, Liquid Diet is a fabulously innovative story, with lifelike characters and excellently portrayed fantastical elements. I definitely recommend it… although you might not want to read it right before you go to sleep!
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