Jul. 6th, 2009

juushika: Drawing of a sleeping orange cat. (I should have been born a cat)
Title: Those Who Hunt the Night
Author: Barbara Hambly
Published: New York: Ballantine Books, 1988
Rating: 4 of 5
Page Count: 296
Total Page Count: 81,908
Text Number: 234
Read For: reading gothic novels, mentioned by [livejournal.com profile] cupcake_goth, borrowed from the library
Short Review: James Asher, an Oxford professor and retired spy, is the ideal detective in a case of murdered vampires—except that Asher has no ideal that vampires exist. Conscripted into service by the vampire Simon Ysidro, Asher, aided by his wife, must discover the murderer before falling prey to the vampires which he now knows haunt the streets of Victorian London. Those Who Hunt the Night is an atmospheric and indulgent historical vampire murder mystery. It's intelligently plotted and fun to read, but not particularly remarkable—except for the suspenseful and surprisingly complex characters and the vampire/human relationships. It may not be a work of art, but this is a solidly enjoyable novel and better than I expected, and I recommend it.

Long review. )

Review posted here on Amazon.com.

For the record, it's possible the most uninspired part of this book is the title—but the good news is that it's largely irrelevant (other than the obvious vampires thing).

This is my 200th Amazon review! And it seems only yesterday that I passed the 100 mark... (Actually, it was over a year ago.) Oddly, We Have Always Lived in the Castle was going to be review 200, which would have made both 100 and 200 some of my favorite books ever. Unfortunately I'm procrastinating that review (it's hardest, sometimes, to talk about the books I love most), so instead 200 is a good-but-not-great not-a-favorite.

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