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Just Finished…Being Human

So…a YA book about vampires – sounds familiar? Well, you’d be wrong! 🙂

Being Human takes the interesting perspective of Tommy, the recently turned vampire. The novel is written from his first-person POV, with only five chapters (incredibly long and semi-interior monologue in style); the chapters cover five distinct stages of his vampire life and experience.

In the world of Patricia Lynne’s vampires, when a human is turned they remember nothing of their former human life – nothing really of their human selves or values – which is why they often return and kill their own families it seems. When Tommy does exactly this, it is only some inante recognition of the special bond he shares with his twin brother Danny that stops him from killing him as he does their parents.

In the early stages of the book, I struggled to like Tommy – he’s heartless, unhuman and is quite blunt. Oh yes – I forgot, that’s because he’s supposed to be that way! He is a vampire after all. Once I got into this, he actually was quite cute and funny – certainly when he was trying to get his head around the intricacies of human/teenage life as his twin experiences it. As you see the new relationship develop with Tommy and Danny, you really see what the novel is about: the examination of what it is to ‘be human’. Tommy asks and examines the questions throughout the book, that we often overlook in everyday life, but that are absolutely necessary in making us what and who we are. I’ve seen this done quite similarly in sci-fi, with books like Human Is?, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and more recently Cinder – it was well done in Being Human.

The examination of various types of love – twins, family, children, romantic – is also very nicely done: the relationships feel authentic and give a greater depth than some other vampire books I’ve read. The main focus of Being Human isn’t a romance, but a family bond which trumps survival, human nature and vampire instinct.

Overall Thoughts: A well-considered vampire book, with interesting elements and world-building for a ‘post-knowledge setting’ where humans are aware of the existence of vampires. The examination of humanity as Tommy actually goes through the process is interesting and well-thought out: many novels I’ve read with human-esque vamps begin way after they’ve already embraced their human side. Enough action and blood for a vampire book, but not actually the main draw in this case. Good stuff!

TGIF Look Back – 4th May

Welcome to TGIF Look Back it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following questions with some Friday feeling…do one or all, whatever you feel like because it’s Friday 🙂

FUNNY – What made you laugh this week?

READING – What were you reading this week?

INSPIRED – What inspired you this week? 

DONE – What were you mainly doing this week?

ANGEL – Who was your angel/star of the week?

YUCK – What made you go ‘ewwww’ this week?
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My TGIF Look Back…

FUNNY – Hmmm… not much I can actually put on here in detail without getting in trouble, but although it’s been busy at work this week I’m appreciating working with some lovely people who help make the day go faster 😀 FM!

READING – I’m nearly done with Zed by Stephen Herfst and my ‘Friday Find’ for the week is Being Human by Patricia Lynne, which I’ll be reading soon. Next book on my TBR list is Last Stop This Town by David Steinberg. If you’ve not taken a look at the Indie Author Event on Aside from Writing yet, head over as you could win copies of all these books on the blog!

INSPIRED – I’ve been good this week and got caught up on some blog posting for Aside from Writing; some really interesting posts coming up in June from what I’ve seen.

DOING – It’s been work again this week I’m afraid – but with a long weekend to look forward to I might get sorted with some editing! Oh joy…

ANGEL – Two for me this week Tony and Stephanie – the lovely peeps who are joining the blog team over at Aside from Writing – looking forward to working with you guys and seeing more of your stuff 🙂

YUCK – Seagulls are big birds, but it still amazes me how giant their poops are…just wish they wouldn’t ‘amaze’ all over my car while I’m parked at work.
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So…how’s your week been?  🙂