Wednesday, June 3, 2009

30 Days of Night by Steve Niles

When it comes to vampires, there is a whole list of who has written about them, dating back hundreds of years. If we are to travel through the history of the vampire in the English speaking world, we will still hit on names from John Polidori, Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and even the very recent Stephenie Meyer, with works like “The Vampyre” (see my review), Dracula, Interview With the Vampire, ‘Salem’s Lot, and the Twilight series. Among these people also belongs the great Steve Niles, creator and writer of 30 Days of Night, as well as many sequels. I was curious about all the hype this series was receiving, and picked up the first book.

In the town of Barrow, Alaska, the sun sets for 30 days straight, due to the extreme northern location of the town (Barrow happens to be farther north than any other town in America). The unexpected consequence: Barrow becomes a safe spot for vampires. This violent vampire classic deals with the resulting confrontation between the vampires and Barrow’s sheriff.

The pace of this book is as fast as they come. This had one disappointing side effect, in that I felt like there wasn’t a lot of meat to this. It took about an hour to read, just blew by, and I sat there thinking that for two hours entertainment, I could pay the same price and go to a movie. Besides the very small amount of content, this book was entertaining. I will probably be picking up the second book. Don’t expect a great story, solid characters, or a long tale, but look for fun and a quick horror fix.


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