Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dying Bites, D.D. Barant ****

Take Daybreakers and Fringe. Mix them together in a cross-dimensional blender, and add a smart-mouthed heroine. You'll have Dying Bites.

Sucked into a parallel universe, FBI profiler Jace Valchek's new boss, David Cassius (NSA boss, and millennia old vampire), tells her she has one option for a ticket home: track down a criminally insane human serial killer--who's murdering pires and weres. In this place, vampires (hemovores), werewolves (lycanthropes), and golems (Mineral Americans, is the PC term if you ask her new partner, Charlie Aleph) make up 99% of the population. Jace has a lot to process. And now she's now an endangered species, too.

Sometime around the 1300's, this world's history split off from our own. Over the centuries, the differences have increased. Were's run the Catholic Church, guns don't exist, Japanese Shintoism and African Sorcery are the two predominant belief systems on the planet, and magic is so common place that 'computer viruses' take on a whole new meaning.

"Charlie, how do you feel about scuba diving?"
"About the same way an anvil does."

The book is funny. Laugh out (embarrassingly) loud in public, funny. Jace has a smart mouth, and her partner, Charlie, can hold his own, too.

Dying Bites is told in first person present tense. I'm all for present tense. The Hunger Games, and Across The Universe? Extraordinary. For some reason, though, in this book I occasionally found it hard to follow. Not a huge problem, though. It's a really good, fun, story. I feel the urge to inform that this is NOT a PNR. I'm not sure why I assumed it was. The cover? The name? Huh. There's definitely sparks and a hinted future relationship, but it's not a huge deal, and just a small part of the story on a whole.

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