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Worth Their Weight In Blood

Worth Their Weight In Blood [Kindle Edition]

Carole Jahme
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This extraordinary novel fuses Darwinian science fiction, Gothic horror and small-town low-life. It is a surreal, futuristic nightmare about the attempt of a young single mother to escape from the squalor of the actual into a "utopian" (but actually dystopian) world ruled by vampires. The unique and satirical use of cutting edge biological theory launches the reader into a hilarious and disturbing fantasy world.

About the Author

Carole Jahme - is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has a Masters in evolutionary psychology and a specialist interest in human communication. Jahme works as a journalist, author, broadcaster, performer and film and programme maker and she manages to synthesise Darwinian theory into almost all of her creative ventures. Carole started her professional life as a model, dancer and actress, she worked with Gerry Cottles Circus performing on the trapeze, tight rope, clowning, acrobatics and acted in movies, TV, radio and theatre, with the likes of Morgan Freeman and Robert Downey Jr, but the call of the wild, particularly the call of wild primates, and the study of human evolution, proved too seductive to resist -

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Publishing House cic; 1st edition (20 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00702Z3IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #661,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Premise 1 Jun 2012
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Set in a small town in 1990, Scarlet Fox is a twenty something, disillusioned, unemployed single mother. A troubled boy arrives and attempts to befriend her. The burnt remains of a family are found at a circle of Neolithic standing stones. Scarlet becomes haunted and obsessed by their memory.

Scarlet gets a night job at the new blood diseases laboratory and is pleased to study the lab's chimpanzee. She becomes intimately involved with a colleague. But when events take over Scarlet is horrified to discover there are both virtuous and diabolical vampires in town. She is confronted with the choice of becoming a vampire or dying. But she is unprepared for the traumatic loss she suffers in making the life-changing step.

There is another death and the police become suspicious of Scarlet. Love is the only virtue not covered by the virtuous vampires, which allows the vice of envy to establish itself. The troubled boy and a rogue vampire reveal their destructive nature. On the night of the Harvest Festival a jealous drunken rabble, attack the laboratory.

Over the years I have read a lot of horror, absolutely loads of the stuff. In fact, if you put a gun to my head I would probably concede that horror is my favourite genre. When you read large quantities of any genre I think that there is a tendency to become a little jaded after a while. I've mentioned in the past that when it comes specifically to vampire fiction that for me there needs to be a hook. There has to be some unique selling point that is going to pique my interest. Carol Jahme has managed to achieve that in this novel using the premise of vampirism through evolution, it's an intriguing concept. Imagine a world where vampires exist as an off shot of human development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth their weight in blood 23 Jan 2012
This daring and outrageously funny satirical novel is a brilliant fusion of evolutionary theory, social observation and science fiction to explore the search for alpha status and its limits.
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By Traymca
As an avid fan of all things 'horror' with a keen interest in science this was the perfect book for me!

The transformation of Scarlet from shamed single mum to someone very special indeed kept me wanting to read even when it was time to get off the train! This book mixes scientific knowledge around the evolution of humankind with mystery, romance and a touch of ethical consideration. I was able to learn whilst enjoying a damn good story!

The relationship between Scarlet and her mother played a key part of the story and I was able to emphasise with her many on so many levels. The development of the story towards its unexpected conclusion raised many questions within me from those of ethics to feminism ideals but not in a 'text book' way, more of a gentle nudge whilst engrossed in the fantasy...

The other key players in the story were well written with true depth and again I could imagine each and everyone of them as if I knew them personally...

I really cannot wait for a sequel to see what has become of Scarlet, Ruby, Helios and to learn more about the mysterious Roman... please start writing it Carole!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 23 April 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down, with every page I wanted to know immediately what happened next with Scarlet. Brilliantly written; with humour, terror and the day to day interaction between Scarlet and the various other characters, I felt like I was experiencing every moment with her. I would definitely recommend this book; the new ideas on vampires and their culture made the story different and a very interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying and original. 26 Oct 2012
By Oscar - Published on
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An absolute fantastic read. The author Carole Jahme creates this world that the reader can really imagine and I was sucked in to the story from the very beginning. Carole has really created something new here and she turns the horror genre on its head.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very original vampire tale 25 Oct 2012
By David Watson - Published on
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There are several different king of vampire novels out there. Some are meant to be scary, some lean towards the romantic side and some vampire stories can be considered urban fantasy. Just when I thought that I've read every kind of vampire book there is; one comes along that takes a different look at the genre, combining evolution and vampires. I'm talking about Worth Their Weight In Blood by Carole Jahme.

Life hasn't worked out as planned for Scarlett Fox, she went away to college and came back to the town of Radfield a single unemployed mother. She lives with her mother Red and daughter Ruby and feels like an outcast among the townspeople. Her luck starts to change though when in the middle of the night the Zomnifiers Blood Research Institute moves into town looking for new employees. Scarlett applies and gets a job taking care of a chimpanzee with a rare blood disease.

Scarlett has an interest in evolutionary psychology and is ecstatic to have a job studying chimpanzees, but she slowly finds out that something isn't right at the Zomnifier's institute. They only work at night, the chimp is afraid of the scientists and there is a skull on display with large canine teeth. Everyone at Zomnifiers is a vampire and Scarlett is faced with the decision to become one of them or her and her family will die.

There is a lot more going on in Worth Their Weight in Blood then the storyline. The book gets deep into evolutionary psychology and also gets into philosophy. My favorite part of the book was when Scarlett debated with the vampires weather they had souls or not. The vampires believe that they are better then the humans because they live longer and they do not have egos. Scarlett says that because the vampires can't self reflect they can't relate to anyone. They can't feel true compassion and because of it they have no soul. This part of the story is well told and the suspense builds as the vampires grow more agitated at Scarlett's claim.

Weather you like Worth Their Weight In Blood or not depends on what your looking for in a story. I liked all of the characters in the book. I enjoyed the relationship between Scarlett and her mother and hearing how Scarlett feels about the townspeople. She doesn't fit in and longs for change and to be better then she is, but when change comes she finds that she looses more then she bargained for.

I did think the story moved a little slow but because I liked the characters enough, it didn't bother me. What the story lacks in action it makes up for in great dialogue between everyone in the story. Also there are some horrifying scenes such as when Roman attacks someone on the highway and when Scarlett and Helios play "trouble with vampires" on a troublesome neighbor. The book also has a very steamy sex scene and a great battle in the end.

I also loved the two rouge vampires, Helios and Roman. Roman is a mystery and Helios is funny and manipulative. Despite the fact that they were not major characters in the book, I thought they were very interesting and would like to have learned more about them. Worth Their Weight In Blood is a very original character driven vampire novel and I'm hoping for more installments in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent horror story 9 Jun 2012
By Louisa Brown - Published on
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Like many vampire stories, this one is unputdownable, but unlike others I've read it's extrmely intelligent and perceptive. The reader empathises with the heroine, Scarlet, and feels her horror and fear as she gradually realises she's surrounded by vampires at her workplace, and when she herself turns into a vampire celebrates with her the freedom this gives her and at the same time comiserates with her as she realises she's lost her humanity and compassion for others. Throughout there is a terrific atmosphere, and many will recognise the constraints Scarlet feels that are imposed on her as a single mum living with her mother in a small town where every action she takes is recorded and marked up against her. It's no wonder she becomes a vampire so that she can liberate herself from all the gossip and the very real misogyny ingrained in the men with whom she has previously associated.

I look forward to Carole Jahme's next novel.

Louisa Brown
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