Friday, February 5, 2010

Blood Groove: By Alex Bledsoe



When centuries-old vampire Baron Rudolfo Zginski was staked in Wales in 1915, the last thing he expected was to reawaken in Memphis, Tennessee, sixty years later. Reborn into a new world of simmering racial tensions, the cunningnosferatu realizes he must adapt quickly if he is to survive. Finding willing victims is easy, as Zginski possesses all the powers of the undead, including the ability to sexually enslave anyone he chooses. Hoping to learn how his kind copes with this bizarre new era, Zginski tracks down a nest of teenage vampires. But these young vampires have little knowledge of their true nature, having learned most of what they know from movies like Blacula.
Forming an uneasy alliance with the young vampires, Zginski begins to teach them the truth about their powers. They must learn quickly, for there’s a new drug on the street—a drug created to specifically target and destroy vampires. As Zginski and his allies track the drug to its source, they may unwittingly be stepping into a fifty-year-old trap that can destroy them all . . .

Blood Grove is just plainly a bad book. I like Tor a lot and I have a lot of friends there, but I have no idea what inspired them to publish this piece of trash.

Blood Grove tries to combine somewhat of a narrative fiction look at the 70’s and vampires. All it turns into is a giant escapade of sex, unoriginal ideas, and the tarnishing of a genre. While that seems harsh, the book had poorly crafted supporting characters, an unoriginal idea, and a plot that moved at a snails pace.

Of course while I am trashing the book, I feel obligated to point out I did enjoy the character Barron Zginski. I found him unoriginal yet interesting, and if the entire book had been in his point of view I may have been able to look past the poorly constructed plot and unoriginal ideas. But alas it was not.

All in all this was a terrible book that I hope you never have the misfortune to read.


Publisher: Tor

Published: April 28, 2009

Price: $13.95

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