Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: 'The Radleys' Not Your Usual Vampire Novel Review: Suffering from vampire fatigue? 'The Radleys' is fun, fresh contribution to the genre

"The Radleys" (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, $25), by Matt Haig: I know what you're thinking: "Oh dear, another vampire novel? Yawn." But there's something irresistible about "The Radleys," Matt Haig's novel about a family of vampires living in a quiet English village.

For one thing, Helen and Peter Radley are non-practicing vampires — they don't kill humans or animals for blood — and they're not only raising their teenage children, Rowan and Clara, the same way, but they are also keeping their true nature a secret from them.

(In Haig's creation, vampires can reproduce the way the humans do, as opposed to conversion by blood-drinking. This is one of several ways the novel flaunts conventional vampire lore.)

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