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The Vampire Genevieve (Warhammer) [Paperback]

Jack Yeovil , Kim Newman
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20 Oct 2005 Warhammer
Evil has a new of its own. Meet Genevieve Dieudonne. She's beautiful, powerful, resourceful and courageous - and over four hundred years old. In the dark forests and cities of the Warhammer world, she and her unlikely companions battle the forces of evil and insanity. However, the vampire blood running through Genevieve's veins means she must constantly fight the urge to surrender to the evil within her. "The Vampire Genevieve" collects together all the tales of Genevieve and her unlikely companions into one volume. It contains the four fabulous novels "Drachenfels", "Genevieve Undead", "Beasts in Velvet" and "Silver Nails". Jack Yeovil is a pseudonym for popular nevelist Kim Newman. The Genevieve books were first published by Games Workshop in the late 1980s and quickly gained a cult reputation amongst Warhammer and fantasy fans alike. Now all four novels are available in a superb value collected volume.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (20 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844162443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844162444
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Newman is always a treat - The Guardian Engaging, breathlessly clever - SFX Strong and highly atmospheric fantasy - Starlog Jack Yeovil keeps up the high standard of excitement and entertainment - Enigma Most imaginitive writing; recommended - Interzone Yeovil excels at the macabre and grotesque - Yeovil delivers a tale with bite and just a little humour that will keep you gripped from the moment you enter his world until you're spat out breathless and hungry for more at the end - Enigma

About the Author

Besides his contributions to the Games Workshop Warhammer and Dark Future series, the seldom-seen Jack Yeovil is the author of a single novel, Orgy of the Blood Parasites, and used to fill in occasionally as a film reviewer for Empire and the NME. Kim Newman seems to have Jack under control at the moment, but the stubborn beast flesh occasionally comes creeping back.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly uneven, but still brilliant. 31 July 2007
Have you heard the one about the brave prince, the dwarf, the wizard, the vampire girl, and sundry other characters on their heroic quest to rid the world of the evil magician? Of course you have, which is why that part of the story is dealt with in sixteen pages at the start, under the heading "Twenty Five Years Ago". What dominates all of the work of Jack Yeovil (actually Kim Newman, noted film critic and possessor of positively Dickensian facial hair) is that he knows the clichés, and knows you do too. Instead of relating the quest, he tells the story of what happened after, seen through the backstage drama of putting on a play about the quest. And so you find yourself reading a novel about a play about a legend based on the "real" event, which - naturally - is not what everyone thought it was in the first place. "Drachenfels" is not just a great Warhammer novel, but a great work of Fantasy that anyone interested in the genre should read, and anyone critical of the genre should at least consider reading.

The rest of the impressively thick book is taken up with other tales, with the quality varying from just-above-average to brilliant; but although bound under the name of Genevieve, Yeovil's vampire heroine barely appears in some stories in this collection, and is completely absent from others, which - along with the fact that many of the stories are presented out of chronological sequence - gives the book considered as a whole a rather disjointed air. Still, "Beasts in Velvet" is a cracking murder mystery, and even the most conventional (and thus least interesting) story, "The Ignorant Armies", is still a good read. The last story in the collection - "The Ibby The Fish Factor" - wraps the whole thing up with a light-hearted and, for the Warhammer books, remarkably up-beat note.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Warhammer novel to start out with... 26 July 2014
By Abs
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Right, so where do I start?

Given that the entire series is supposed be centered around Genevieve, and this entire omnibus is titled after her, we sure don't get much of her at all... What you can gather from her character is that she is smart, attractive, cunning and yet still falls victim to run-of-the-mill vampire desires, other than that, we don't get much of her personality, let alone much about her at all which is a shame since what we do get of her is likable at least. I don't understand what the idea was behind having her take a backseat throughout 80% of the combined novels, but it doesn't leave a good impression on the reader.

On the topic of the protagonist, I have to say that I REALLY dislike how so many novelized female protagonists, including Genevieve, get forced love interests, especially when the love interests aren't remotely interesting or likable. This is a huge problem because, as the main character, you want them to be paired with a strong supporting character that at least has some redeemable qualities, sadly, that isn't the case in this novel and many other fantasy novels with female protagonists. If any authors ever read this, please DON'T shoehorn in silly characters that no-one will care about, seriously.

Apart from all of this, we jump back and forth quite a lot on many different characters, some of which are very hard to keep track of because there is never any time spent to develop their personality, you just sort of forget that they existed and when you jump back to them, it feels hollow and, for lack of a better term, weightless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 24 Feb 2009
I was hoping for something dark, sexy, and memorable. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil is all this and so, so much more. For any fan of gothic horror or the Old World of Warhammer this book is an absolute must.
It goes way beyond the pastiche of mere fantasy and smashes bloodily onto the stage of great drama, making pulp from my wooded preconceptions, and kissing them with un-death into something re-born altogether more visceral.
This book has a permanence and poetry which Shakespeare himself would have been flattered to be compared with!!
The author made a mockery of my fleeting attention span, forcing me willingly into an immersive submission to his graceful quill. I'm sure he shames my crude attempts at impressing you with how good this book is by its sheer mastery of purpose.
The story is properly epic and at the same time deeply personal, moving comfortably from the themes of good and evil to their outward expression in all the varied characters like a literarily brimming river of unbridled red ink.

There are several delightful instances in this book where characters and situations that will be familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of popular culture crop up. I won't spoil any of the surprises but there are knowing (and usually hilarious, frequently inventive) nods to a range of genres, specific books and plays, and even films.
In fact, real wit is a keynote of this omnibus - when Jack isn't being directly funny, it's because he's too busy being intelligent instead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Richly enjoyable collection!
The most difficult task for an author is to re-invent a character (or a type), and yet remain true to the genre. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by RIJU GANGULY
5.0 out of 5 stars Move aside other vampire series!
Having read these books many years ago as a separate series I have since re-read them multiple times. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2011 by Matthew Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Excellent book, a really good read found I just couldnt put it down. Highly recommended for all warhammer fans and fantasy readers in general
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by Leele
4.0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Genevieve
These books are fantastic. Kim Newman/Jack Yeovil (the same person) basically got me into Games Workshop and the Black Library with these books. Read more
Published on 26 July 2010 by SFF fangirl
5.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up.
i have just got bored of playing video games .and i thought why not start reading few books? this is my first novel and i must say i am very impressed with it . Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by S. Ahmed
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow.
To be honest, i thought Genevieve would be more of a heroine, perhaps a little more capable as the main hero. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2009 by R. Niewiadowski
2.0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Genevieve
I was very disappointed by this series of short stories. Pretty much everything I felt about this book has been summed up by 'Mike the Mason' in an earlier review. Read more
Published on 10 April 2009 by Blood God PHD
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Written back in the days when warhammer was still a fictional world and not a marketing concept genevieve really is a book that puts things to life. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2009 by T. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark fantasy... at its darkest!
This was the first Warhammer fiction I'd bothered to read and, believing it would be the generic fantasy version of pulp fiction that most of the D&D stuff I'd read was, I figured... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2008 by R. W. Merriman
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusually original collection.
In the Games Workshop fiction library, few books are as compelling and memorable as Jack Yeovil's compilation of stories set in the 'ye olde worlde' land of the Empire in the... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2008 by Tom Chappelow
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