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Book Title: Vanitas: Escape from Vampire Junction|
The author of the book: S.P. Somtow
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: December 1st 1995
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Reader ratings: 7.6
ISBN 13: 9780312855130
Format files: PDF
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Vanitas is the final book in S. P. Somtow's Vampire Junction/Timmy Valentine trilogy, and it's a great finale for the series (though Valentine, the second book, will always be my personal favourite).
If your idea of fun vampire fiction is the Twilight series... this is not the book for you. Vanitas (and the trilogy as a whole) is real horror fiction, and while S. P. Somtow's lyrical, poetic style never fails to move me, there are some truly graphic and gory scenes in this book. All of which are completely appropriate for the story Somtow is telling, but I consider myself a veteran horror fan, and there are still parts of this book that make me cringe.
That said, the history, psychology, philosophy and, yes, opera, that Somtow mixes into Vanitas and its predecessors make it so much more than just a bloody horror story. If you're a fan of thought-provoking fiction, I highly recommend picking up Vampire Junction, the first book in the series, and seeing what you think. If you can handle the horror elements, it's very much worth it to see the skewed mirror image of our world that Somtow paints so deftly in these novels.
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Read information about the authorCalled by the Bangkok Post "the Thai person known by name to most people in the world," S.P. Somtow is an author, composer, filmmaker, and international media personality whose dazzling talents and acerbic wit have entertained and enlightened fans the world over.
He was Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul in Bangkok. His grandfather's sister was a Queen of Siam, his father is a well known international lawyer and vice-president of the International Academy of Human Rights. Somtow was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and his first career was in music. In the 1970s (while he was still in college) his works were being performed on four continents and he was named representative of Thailand to the Asian Composer's League and to the International Music Commission of UNESCO. His avant-garde compositions caused controversy and scandal in his native country, and a severe case of musical burnout in the late 1970s precipitated his entry into a second career - that of author.
He began writing science fiction, but soon started to invade other fields of writing, with some 40 books out now, including the clasic horror novel Vampire Junction, which defined the "rock and roll vampire" concept for the 80s, the Riverrun Trilogy ("the finest new series of the 90's" - Locus) and the semi-autobiographical memoir Jasmine Nights. He has won or been nominated for dozens of major awards including the Bram Stoker Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the Hugo Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
Somtow has also made some incursions into filmmaking, directing the cult classic The Laughing Dead and the award winning art film Ill Met by Moonlight.
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