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World On Blood (New English Library) Paperback – 21 Nov 1996
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About the Author
Jonathan Nasaw is the author of three previous novels. He lives in Northern California, USA.
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This book was exhausting and infuriating while being well written with a great premise...it just didn't capture me.
TWOB was written from several point of views - that of the main character Nick Santos, his reverend, James Whistler, Lourdez Perez, and other minor characters. Maybe this is what lost my interest.
I've enjoyed books from several perspectives before, but Nasaw didn't allow me to feel connected to any one of the characters. This was extremely frustrating, as I tried so hard to connect and feel attached to any-friggin-one.
The pregnancy situation was also bizarre and unrealistic. There is no freaking way I would look at an attractive addict and say "hmmm, great genes for a father." Really?! I mean, I love me some good crazy books with no realistic component however this book was meant to be based in our world - without any "real" paranormal elements. That being said, a lot of the novel didn't unfold organically.
And for those of you who haven't yet read the book - these "vampires" are more like glorified meth-addicts. I loved the idea behind the "realistic vampire." It was unique and fresh - but again missed the mark in a way that I can't exactly place my finger on. Maybe it was the baby blood thing? The lack of violence? The odd relationships and unexplained characters?
That being said, I adored the last three chapters and they alone made me want to read the next book - if only my library has it available. I finally felt a connection with some of the characters, even if I didn't understand a lot about them, and I am compelled to find out whether or not Nick's baby is a vampire...but I may just google it.
I found this a depressing book full of very self indulgent characters. In the end I didn't really care what happened to them. Let them overdose on blood and make the world a better place. Nasty I know, but that's the effect this book had on me.
It gets 2 stars for an original idea, but I wouldn't read any more about these people again given the choice.