Lost Souls

by POPPY Z BRITE | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by Liftaren of Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on 3/28/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Liftaren from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Bok om vampyrer som utspelar sig i New Orleans. Språket och känslan är mörk och fuktig, som jorden i en grav : ) Har personligen lite svårt för sån här pseudogotisk litteratur men det hela är framställt på ett tämligen sympatiskt vis.

Journal Entry 2 by Liftaren at on Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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Bakom ett elskåp...

Journal Entry 3 by adeps from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Bakom ett elskåp...

Journal Entry 4 by adeps from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Thursday, April 13, 2006
Even if gothic, wannabe vampire-dreams aren't my favourite to read, I must say I liked this one. There sure is some twisted charm about it, like the beginning of chapter 23.. :)
I like Brite's style and atmosphere, and even if the characters are nihilistic, arrogant and just a bit too gothic, I eventually started to like some of them.

Journal Entry 5 by adeps from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Sunday, April 16, 2006
(yes, I’m using the Idiots Guide)

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Liftaren - Göteborg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
adeps - Göteborg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
carriehhh - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
SaschaBWk - Marburg, Hessen, Germany
Morgaine77 - Münchenstein, Baselland, Switzerland
Lobodyke - Bardstown, Kentucky, USA
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aunt-sophie - Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
perryfran - Rockville, Maryland, USA
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Journal Entry 6 by adeps from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Thursday, April 20, 2006
I mailed it yesterday, April 19th, 10 am, and now it’s on its way to England.

Journal Entry 7 by carriehhh from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 22, 2006
I got the book today, thank you! And as it's currently the only thing on my TBR list, I'm going to start it straight away!

Journal Entry 8 by carriehhh from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 29, 2006
Hmm. I have never read anything like ‘Lost Souls’ before and, although gothic vampire-y novels are not normally something I would pick up myself, I thought the story was quite interesting – and scary! Although the blurb said it was a ‘sensual’ novel, I was surprised by the amount of sex in it as I had never really thought of vampires as something erotic; but I suppose, when you think about it, the whole ‘praying on virgins’ thing that we perhaps associate with traditional vampires implies that blood lust is a sexual fetish as well as a means of nourishment.

What I did enjoy about this book was the fact that it turned on its head some traditional notions of vampires, which updated the story more, but I found it very hard to relate to any of the characters as most of them seemed quite self-obsessed and towards the end of the novel, I have to admit that I didn’t really care anymore!

‘Lost Souls’ (or should it be ‘Lost Souls?’?) was published in 1992 and on the front of the novel, author Poppy Z. Brite is heralded as ‘a major new voice in horror fiction’. It would be interesting to know how successful she has been – has anyone else read any of her other novels, and if so what did you think?

I managed to finish this pretty quickly but unfortunately we have a Bank Holiday Weekend here in the UK so the Post Office won’t be open again until Tuesday, but I’ll post it on then!

I hope everyone else on the list enjoys reading it and I’m keen to read your opinions!

Journal Entry 9 by carriehhh from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 2, 2006
I posted the book this morning... I hope it reaches Marburg safe and sound!

Journal Entry 10 by SaschaBWk from Hamburg - Barmbek, Hamburg Germany on Saturday, May 6, 2006
Safe and sound in Marburg. I have to finish one other book, than I'll start this one.

Journal Entry 11 by SaschaBWk from Hamburg - Barmbek, Hamburg Germany on Monday, May 15, 2006
I love vampire stories and 'Lost Souls' has (almost) everything a good vampire story needs. Darkness, romance, desire, and lots of blood. (For a vampire lover I have a little dirty secret: sometimes I can't stand to read abuot severe bloodloss, my imagination is just to vivid and I have to stop reading for a while and recollect myself.) At its core 'Lost Souls' is a dark coming-of-age-story and conveys the message that growing up is not so much about loss of innosence but about taking responsibilty for ones choices.

Edit: Uups, entered to early. I just want to add what I didn't like about the novel. It is the lack of engaging female characters. Anne is just a pain in the behind, and other women make to short an appearance to be of any interest.

I already have the next address and the book is on its way now (May 15.).

Journal Entry 12 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Arrived safely in Switzerland. Might take awhile though until I get to it, since I have - as usual - tons of bookrings here... :-)

Journal Entry 13 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Friday, June 2, 2006
Intense. Gothic. Dark. Scary. Bloody. Gory. Gross. Poetic.

That was really an intense read. So intense that I had some weird dreams during the time I was reading this book... At times it reminded me of the movie "Lost Boys". There were moments where the story grossed me out so badly that I had to put the book away. But there were also rather poetic moments.
How come, though, that most of the characters were homosexual or at least bisexual? Why is it that so many Vampire Stories take place in New Orleans? (I'm thinking Anne Rice and Sherrilyn Kenyon...)
Me, too, I missed a strong female character.

Thanks for sharing this different type book of the genre adeps. I'll pass it on to Lobodyke during the next few days.

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Journal Entry 15 by Lobodyke from Bardstown, Kentucky USA on Monday, June 26, 2006
This arrived in the mail today ~ thanks! I'll start reading it as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 16 by Lobodyke from Bardstown, Kentucky USA on Thursday, June 29, 2006
Gosh, I'm not sure what to say about this book that hasn't already been said. There was little too much blood-letting and violence for me, plus the character Nothing just made me feel very sad most of the time. That being said, however, it was mostly an enjoyable read. I definitely enjoyed the oddball group of Zillah, Twig, and Molochai (why is it that so many vampires are named Molochai?). I agree with SaschaBWk that Anne was "a pain in the behind". So as not to spoil the story, I'll just say that I wish she had done something about what happened to her, instead of simpering and chasing someone else to compensate.

Journal Entry 17 by Luintaurien from York, Nebraska USA on Thursday, July 20, 2006
Got it today. Thanks. Will read andpass on ASAP.

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