(four out of five stars)
Review ofChanneling The VampireeBook by Gary Morton (Canadian writer) This eBook is grossly under-priced at $2.99
I really wanted to give this book five stars, just because of how fresh and imaginative it is. (See "Criticisms" to see why I removed a star). "Channeling The Vampire" is a fabulously exciting, putting a very new twist on the old fashioned violent vampire genre. Sure people can be bitten by the most hideous sort of rotting vampire known to the imaginations of humanity, but they can also be more gently wooed by a metaphysical vampire that wants to possess them - and once that spirit-vampire enters a human's body, that person can be made to commit heinous violent acts driven by a scorching blood lust that burns the throat.
Each chapter in the beginning of "Channeling The Vampire" presents a new main character in a fascinating new setting. Yet the further one reads, the more each story begins to weave into the other and, in the end, not every channeler, new age guru, Satanist, deviant business man, teenaged gang member, sorcerer, cop or psychic actually survives.
#1 - Personal bias. While historical books have demonized bats, those vulnerable mammals prove vital to the survival of agriculture (our own food sources) and to our escape from blood-born diseases. That's thanks to the flying bat's habit of eating numerous invasive and flesh-biting insects. Even fruit bats are good for the earth with the way they help in reforestation. My plea is for readers to use common sense while reading Morton's violent portrayal of the needless slaughter of innocent bats. In truth, very few species of bats will ever harm any mammal - and if harm ever comes it's most often due to some sort of bacterial or viral disease that was passed from one mammal to another.
#2 - Morton overuses the word "said." Even when a character asks a question, he or she "said" the question (they didn't ask it). This style of writing becomes a bit tedious when reading extensive dialog.
#3 - Morton depicts Wiccans with a confusing mix of bias against them as well as a certain tolerance for their religion. Perhaps Canadian Wiccans are different from Americans - but I did not relate to how the author depicted that group; not at all.
WHY I'M GIVING THIS BOOK FOUR VERY POSITIVE STARS
#1 - I've never read a vampire book quite like this one. I related to most all of the characters and felt highly entertained, especially in the first 18 chapters. While my interest waned a tiny bit for a couple of chapters after that, perhaps due to so much blood and violence, my fascination picked up again long before the ending.
#2 - The author seems to have extensive experience with the new age movement. He clearly knows his stones and crystals. While this book was not dogmatic or overly religious, it presented a very fun look into such phenomena.
#3 - This book is action packed. It also presents a lot of reading variety. In some places I felt like I had stepped back into a dusty old western novel and then in the next chapter I might find myself in modern suburbia with street gangs.
#4 - Great read. I look forward to reading Morton's next installment.
Review by: Tami Jackson
(author of Ravena & The Resurrected)
Character Blog: Vamchoir