The Last Vampire series, new name Thirst. By Christopher Pike.
The original 6 books from the 90s, were put into a 2 book omnibus. & the name changed from The Last Vampire, to the Thirst. & a further 3 books done after that. There are another 3 books planned, that will finally end the story.
There was a movie deal in the works years back. Nothing as of yet has come of it.
I read the original books back in the day. & then bought a collection, still under the old name. & recently got the 3 new books.
I'm a big fan of Pike's books, & the Thirst are my favorite books of all time.
Its not your typical vampire story, & the little vampire lore that there is falls away as the books go one. I thinks thats why the name changed, to set itself apart from all the other vampire stuff in the media.
The Psychology of Time Travel - Enjoying it so far:
"In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.
Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike." - from Good Reads
Just finished Rivers of London - Lies Sleeping (book 7 or 8 of the Rivers of London series). Quite good and finally concludes the whole Faceless Man saga that has run from Book 1. Sets up the next series of books at the end. Be warned though that some of the side characters and references are to events that happened in the comics (which are not very good), they don't impact the story so it's more an irritation than anything else.
Most urban fantasy is generic, badly written cookie cutter drek that's barely any better than most YA books. Most of the genre just needs to die. But Butcher's The Dresden Files are fantastic, even if Butcher isn't the best writer. His books are consistently good though. Not reading them in order unfortunately as I'm picking them up as I find them. But everytime I do I want to watch the short-lived SYFY series again.
Re-reading Lumley's phenomenal Necroscope series again. Dark, messed up and seriously inventive. It's basically The Thing with vampires.
Still pretty early with this. A combination of occult detective stories. Pretty good so far.
So far it's better than the collection I read before it, which was an excuse to sell each writer's long running urban fantasy series. The bulk of that book was incredibly bad. I think I only remember one good story from it.
^ Finished Meg, included at the end was the Meg: Origins short story that also serves a prequel to Loch (so I had to buy that too). Started Meg: The Trench. Film seemed to be based on the first two books.
"Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him."
Just finished The Steinhoff Boys an account of the whole saga up to late last year. A fascinating read into the personalities and the basic timeline of what happened when, but not an in-depth primer on the various schemes and manipulations or a deep dive into the culture and relationships that has cost SA dearly both monetarily and in reputation.
House of God - the book that inspired Scrubs that was written in the 70s. Was also the basis for a film in the 80s. Just started but definitely far more risque than Scrubs or that film ever was.
The Relativistic Brain: How it works and why it cannot be simulated by a Turing machine
"In this monograph, a mathematician and a neurobiologist join forces to address one of the most crucial and controversial scientific questions of our times: can the exquisite capacities of the human brain be simulated by any digital computer? By combining mathematical, computational, neurobiological and evolutionary arguments, Ronald Cicurel and Miguel Nicolelis refute the possibility that any Turing machine will ever succeed in such a simulation. As part of their argument, the authors propose a new theory for brain function: the Relativistic Brain Theory. This theory accounts for decades of neurophysiological and psychological findings and observations that until now have challenged the dominant dogma in neuroscience. Altogether, this monograph contains the inaugural manifesto of a movement intended to emphasize the uniqueness of human nature while discrediting pseudo-scientific predictions that the replacement of humans by machines is imminent. In the authors' opinion, the misguided and misleading belief that digital machines can emulate all human behaviors defines one of the greatest threats that society faces in the future to preserve our way of life, our human culture and our freedom."