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They Thirst (1981)

av Robert R. McCammon

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A vampire turns Los Angeles into a city of the dead in this novel by the New York Times-bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Swan Song.   The Kronsteen castle, a gothic monstrosity, looms over Los Angeles. Built during Hollywood's golden age for a long-dead screen idol with a taste for the macabre, it stands as a decaying reminder of the past. Since the owner's murder, no living thing has ever again taken up residence. But it isn't abandoned. Prince Conrad Vulkan, Hungarian master of the vampires, as old as the centuries, calls it home. His plan is to replace all humankind with his kind. And he's starting with the psychotic dregs of society in the City of Angels.   The number of victims is growing night after night, and so is Vulkan's legion of the dead. As a glittering city bleeds into a necropolis, a band of vampire hunters takes action: an avenging young boy who saw his parents devoured; a television star whose lover has an affinity for the supernatural; a dying priest chosen by God to defend the world; a female reporter investigating a rash of cemetery desecrations; and LAPD homicide detective Andy Palatazin, an immigrant who survived a vampire attack in his native Hungary when he was child and has been hunting evil across the globe for decades.   Palatazin knows that to stop the Prince of Darkness, one must invade his nest. He knows it's also a suicide mission. But it's the only way to save the city--and the world--from vampire domination.   "Suspenseful, exciting, and visceral," They Thirst is one of the earliest novels by the versatile author of such masterpieces as Boy's Life, The Wolf's Hour, and the Matthew Corbett series (Kirkus Reviews).  … (mer)
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I did not finish this at 10 percent. I got nothing to say besides the writing hurt my head. I either love Robert R. McCammon or I don't. This is definitely one of the ones I don't love. There is too much thrown out and none of it makes much sense. This is a shame though because the prologue was so freaking good. And then when it moves to LA I just started to feel overwhelmed. Since I only got up to 10 percent I can say that the characters are too many and the book should have just been vampires. Instead it just jumps around a lot and I had no idea what was going on.

These seem to be vampires as we have known them in older horror novels (Dracula) and not the Twilight and Discovery of Witches vampires. I still cannot get over vampire yoga. Seriously? So that part was good. I just thought that the writing was a bit much and I didn't have a character to really follow to anchor the story. This book read to me like "Swan Song" though with vampires which caused me to drop it quickly.

I really could not deal with another long read this weekend (this is 531 pages) so gave up around page 55. I did skim to the end and woo boy, that ending was just odd. And also borrowed heavily from "The Stand." So now I get why other reviewers were complaining about. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Reading this book was like time travelling back to the 1970s. I loved every second of it. The vampires are the powerful bloodsuckers with delusions of taking over the world. The ordinary people in the story have no cell phones or means of instant communication. They have no recourse when they are faced with a nonresponse at the end of a telephone ringing and no one to answer. There isn't even a machine to take a message. Much scarier world back then.

They actually say things like "Oh, he got a color tv and he thinks that the government is taking over his brain waves."

A color tv. As opposed to buying a black and white tv.

The police use one of those giant tape recorders when interviewing subjects. The reporters write out their reports on a Smith Corona typewriter. Sit-coms, silk shirts, gold chains and DISCOS!

When I grabbed the book from my digital library I had no idea that it had a first publish date of 1981, so it was clearly written in the late '70s. If people ever want to know about what life was like in the 1970s, they can read this book.

It's a great book for a vampire book from that period. It's seriously classic. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Purtroppo la storia di questo libro non mi ha preso per nulla... infarcito di centinaia di pagine assolutamente inutili che nn donano nulla al racconto..... e dire che solo le prime 30 pagine valgono almeno 4 stelle!!! ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
Purtroppo la storia di questo libro non mi ha preso per nulla... infarcito di centinaia di pagine assolutamente inutili che nn donano nulla al racconto..... e dire che solo le prime 30 pagine valgono almeno 4 stelle!!! ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this. It was nice to have vampires be just straight evil. I picked up the audio book of this and the narrator, Ray Porter, did an amazing job. This is the first book I have read by Mccammon and I look forward to reading more. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
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It was midnight in Topanga
I heard the DJ say
"There's a full moon rising
Join me in L.A...."
—Warren Zevon
I'd kill for love
I'd kill for love
As sure as there's a God above
I'd kill for love
—Rory Black
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Very thin and very tall,
Moving, mingling on the wall,
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A vampire turns Los Angeles into a city of the dead in this novel by the New York Times-bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Swan Song.   The Kronsteen castle, a gothic monstrosity, looms over Los Angeles. Built during Hollywood's golden age for a long-dead screen idol with a taste for the macabre, it stands as a decaying reminder of the past. Since the owner's murder, no living thing has ever again taken up residence. But it isn't abandoned. Prince Conrad Vulkan, Hungarian master of the vampires, as old as the centuries, calls it home. His plan is to replace all humankind with his kind. And he's starting with the psychotic dregs of society in the City of Angels.   The number of victims is growing night after night, and so is Vulkan's legion of the dead. As a glittering city bleeds into a necropolis, a band of vampire hunters takes action: an avenging young boy who saw his parents devoured; a television star whose lover has an affinity for the supernatural; a dying priest chosen by God to defend the world; a female reporter investigating a rash of cemetery desecrations; and LAPD homicide detective Andy Palatazin, an immigrant who survived a vampire attack in his native Hungary when he was child and has been hunting evil across the globe for decades.   Palatazin knows that to stop the Prince of Darkness, one must invade his nest. He knows it's also a suicide mission. But it's the only way to save the city--and the world--from vampire domination.   "Suspenseful, exciting, and visceral," They Thirst is one of the earliest novels by the versatile author of such masterpieces as Boy's Life, The Wolf's Hour, and the Matthew Corbett series (Kirkus Reviews).  

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