THE LAST VAMPIRE. Hardcover – 2001
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I'm reading "The Last Vampire," and loving every page. Strieber's creative ideas of human herds and his own spin on vampire history and behavior are compelling and throught provoking. I can't help but notice that the character Miriam in "The Last Vampire" appears to be precisely and deliciously written for Deneuve. I'm chalking this up to character visualization, since so many people liken Miriam to Deneuve. This gets me to thinking that there might be a film in the works, or at least the beginnings thereof. A little net searching turns up the fact that the movie rights have been sold. But, and here's the kicker, Deneuve and Sarandon, who made "The Hunger" movie adaptation a MAJOR success, aren't being considered for the movie adaptation of "The Last Vampire"? Miriam Blaylock is over 3000 years old, but Catherine Deneuve, born in 1943, is too old to play her? Miriam's youth is supposed to be timeless. In case Hollywood hasn't noticed, Deneuve is timeless. What is the problem with Hollywood and older actresses? I can't imagine why the film industry would fail to consider the cult fan base for this project.
The book retains the style of it's predecessor, The Hunger, of seven years ago. The same colorful writing style, amusing descriptions, and suspense is consistent in both books. Surprising turn of events and an intriguing storyline continue to develop throughout. I read them back to back and could barely tell that there was such a span between the two books.
Based on the apparent outcome of the book, I would have liked to have more of a history of the Keepers and how they originated and developed throughout time. Perhaps Mr. Strieber will provide additional books at some later time. If you liked The Hunger, then you should read this sequel.
Then it all went to hell. I can only speculate that Strieber became lazy: how else can we explain the glaring inconsistencies in the story? At one point Mirian suggests that there are some 100 or so Asian vampires. Then the number is, oh, about sixty. Finally, the Asian coven is destroyed with the death of, oh, seventeen of the "pure bloods." And the entire European vampire population is decimated by killing a handful of vampires in Paris and, off camera, Berlin. Gee, after fifty thousand years you might think there would have been a few more. Finally, the entire vampire population of the United States is also destroyed (again, off camera).
But wait...there's more (or, in this case, less). Wondrous as it is, Strieber's mythology postulates that all pure blood vampires are ageless. In this case, all pure bloods would be newborns. How can it be that some are young and some are older (Rice completely avoids this conundrum by not having any pure bloods: since her vampires can not have sex, all vampires are, in Strieber's nomenclature, "blooded")?
There are problems as well with Miriam: sensitive at first, she becomes, as the novel progresses, both ruthless and cruel. Paul Ward is abruptly transformed from a clear-headed vampire hunter to a puppylove slave to Miriam.
What a shame. There is so much to admire here: the Book(s) of Names; the language of Prime; the suggestion that vampires are "from the stars" and gained control of Earth (and human evolution) some fifty thousand years ago. Delightful.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Am I the only one who noticed that the author seemed to have changed his mind about the storyline of the "Hunger" by the time he wrote "The Last Vampire". Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by Angelique
This book struck a horror into me that none of Anne Rice's novels ever did--they exposed the god-like role vampires played in human life. Read morePublished on April 13 2003 by LatinaView
I found that the book "The Last Vampire" was somewhat confusing and disappointing. Where is tells you one thing in the first book, "The Hunger" it tells you a different story in... Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002
This is the first novel I have read of this author, I just happened to pick up as I love Vampire Novels. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Karina
I'm sorry to say that I was totally disappointed with this book. I am a fan of the vampire genre and it takes an awful lot for me not to like a book, but I didn't enjoy this... Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by mayfayre
I bought this book from the Science Fiction Book Club because I love reading vampire stories. The book was very boring at first, but when I got thru the first 100 pgs. Read morePublished on March 5 2002 by keiko
The one thing that really bothered me most about this book is the author couldn't keep any of his facts straight. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002
Where to begin. First of all, the cover jacket describes Paul Ward as an Interpol agent, but he is CIA in the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002