Swann obviously isn't alone in his struggles. As more and more people become infected, the world splits into humanity versus vampire nation. While Swann tries to understand what is happening, Fayne becomes the leader of the vampires. In addition to starring in the series, Somerhalder is attached to direct. The actor previously helmed three episodes of The Vampire Diaries.
They were all great, so it will be interesting to see what Somerhalder can do behind the camera outside of the Vampire Diaries universe. View the discussion thread. Sign up for our daily newsletter Newsletter. Aug 16, See related. Legacies: first trailer for new Vampire Diaries spin-off. Ian Somerhalder. Her line of mutation is the medicine for the vampire virus. It's not pretty but with the "bad" mutations come the "good" ones that'll help protect society. With the ridiculous mix of vampire lore going on in V WARS, there is definitely something for every vampire lover in here.
From the scientific aspect which I found believable to the emergence of little known vampire species and the authors' willingness to deviate from the beaten and cliched path and the various effects it has on the world, V WARS kept me entertained from beginning to end. This is a serious Christmas gift for at least a couple of my die hard vampire-loving friends.
And I'm not talking about Twihards either. They can stuff it. These vamps would devour Edward whole, pound his granite glitter skin into eyeshadow and hand it out at strip clubs. Jul 11, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you rather read the book without any previews, please back out of this review. First, if you look at the title and think of Max Brooks' World War Z, please go easy finding parallels connections between the two books.
There are some. The main similarity between the two books is that they both deal with regular humanity finding out that a part of it has changed enough to present a threat. In World War Z, it is zombies who in no way can function or blend into human society. In V Wars, it is "vampires" and shapeshifters of many variations, many of which can co-exist with humans. Another is the use of different narrators presenting the crisis from a different vantage point. Both book do that. World War Z does it extensively. V Wars uses fewer narrators.
But the vantage points of World War Z are done by one author. In V Wars, several authors provide individual narrative streams. This multiple authors approaches work well for the most part. Russian "wurdalaks", loup garous, Chinese hopping vampire, Hispanic variations, etc. Most of the time the interleaving is consistent. But once in a while, there is glitch.
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For example, several times, it is mentioned that shapeshifters will retain the same mass in all their forms. But in one case, there is shapeshifter who can become larger and presumablely more massive in one of the forms. By the way, I particular like Jonathan Maberry's hand in this book. He has a great way way with descriptions and setting the mood. A significant difference between World War Z and V Wars is the scope covered of their respective "wars".
Brooks cover his "war" from star to its aftermath. V Wars is open-ended, covering the beginning of a conflict and stops with plenty of openings for sequels. Please, continue the series. I loved this book. Russian doesn't really have "w" sound. But American pop culture tends to render Russian v's as w's. Star Trek Ensign Checkov being one example. Maybe Americans associate v's with Germans. Jul 06, Pam rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal-read-in , read-in This book is a collection of stories by different authors that have to do with the V wars.
Each author adds their own spin on these vampires that are taking over the world. A virus escapes the ice and soon begins to turn people into vampires, but each person is different. It all depends on what kind of heritage you have as to what kind of vampire you will be.
The end of human kind may be upon us in this fascinating book, I received this book from NetGalley and IDW Publishing for a honest review. The end of human kind may be upon us in this fascinating book, but can the werewolves save us. I really enjoyed each authors story. They all tie in so well with each other you have to believe they all sat down together to write this. It is a new way for vampires to emerge from books and one that is truly amazing. I never thought that vampires may not be just bloodsuckers or picky eaters. I love how each author gave their version of vampires but still kept it all flowing so neatly.
If you love vampires pick this one up. It won't let you down. Jun 29, Drucilla rated it did not like it Shelves: m. Actual rating: 1. I had hoped this would be more like World War Z. You know, in a documentary format after the war had happened, but this was an anthology of people's stories as it was happening.
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I know I'm describing it weird, but it felt like all of these stories were building up to the war promised in the title and it just cuts off. It also didn't help that I didn't really care for any of the people in the stories. I will say I thought it was cool how what type of vampire you turned i Actual rating: 1. I will say I thought it was cool how what type of vampire you turned into was based on your ethnic origins. It made me look up the vampires of my cultural background. For those expecting war world z, look elsewhere, but if your looking for an original take on the vampire legends, and a mish mash of great fun to read stories, this is for you.
Sep 11, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: vampires , horror-twilight-zonish , 4-stars. I am just going to begin any review of a book by Jonathan Maberry with the disclosure that I am a bit biased. The description states- For readers who enjoyed W I am just going to begin any review of a book by Jonathan Maberry with the disclosure that I am a bit biased. The description states- For readers who enjoyed World War Z and Robopocalypse, along with two other books I have not yet read. I enjoyed both WWZ and Robopocalypse immensely, in fact the former made my top ten list.
However, I know a lot of people had a difficult time with WWZ and Robopocalypse got mixed reviews from those I know who read it. In addition, there are a couple of major differences between those and V-Wars. WWZ comes across as a documentary. It is a series of interviews.
V-Wars is not. It is straight up fiction. Robopocalypse is sequential. It jumps back and forth in time. Probably the major similarity is that V-Wars is also told from different points of view, but each point of view is written by a different author. This is the first time I have attempted such a book and aside from one or two issues, I really enjoyed it. In fact, I will eventually look up works by the other authors. Now to the story. V-Wars tells the events of vampires emerging, or re-emerging, into society. I know what you are thinking The vampire thing has been so overdone, how could any vampire story be different?
Trust me, this one is. Okay, I am guessing. I haven't read all vampire novels ever written, but I think this really is a new take. First, the premise is everyone carries the vampire gene; it's just inactive. Second, there are different types of vampires. Numerous in fact, based on ethnicity, even region. That was a stroke of genius, in my opinion. How many different legends have you heard about vampires?
Maybe there is a reason for that and it doesn't have anything to do with inconsistency. If there are all kinds of different people with varying physical attributes, personalities and abilities, why wouldn't logic dictate that vampires would be the same? I'm not going to get too much into the story. I think those two details are enough to tempt you. If you enjoy vampire novels, I am confident you will enjoy V-Wars.
And by the way, I really like the Twilight jab and the Eliot Spitzer reference. Or should I say Carlos Danger? I will never be able to hear Spitzer's name again without thinking of John Oliver's Carlos Danger bit. I actually downloaded a ringtone. Now to a few of my issues My biggest issue is in chapter 6 when DeCandido portrays a fanatically fundamental religious group. I'll give you one guess what 'ethnic' group they belong to- that's right, they are from Iowa- backwoods, inbred hicks because ALL religious fanatics are white country folk who work farms, were fed Mountain Dew in their baby bottles and play banjoes.
And just to be true to the stereotype, DeCandido attempts to reproduce their unique vernacular. For example, he uses y'see about a dozen times in the few pages of the pastor's speech and he ends -ing words with -in'. This reminded me of a high school classmate who said all you have to do to speak Spanish is add an o to the end of every word.
Unfortunately, DeCandido is inconsistent. I started marking the -ing words that were not altered. Someone who really speaks that way, does not mix it up. Big Charlie's scene takes place in the Bronx. Where is the attempt to reproduce that accent? If he had written other sections, would he have attempted to reproduce other accents?
I doubt it. But country bumpkins are fair game, right? Because there are no other types of religious fanatics to be found in the United States. And all religious fanatics speak that way. Everybody knows that. Like I said, I really enjoyed the story, but this type of inconsistency and yes, hypocrisy, drives me nuts. It perpetuates the stereotype that all country people are uneducated, illiterate and racist. Just as he did not include the numerous 'uh's that seem to be prevalent in a lot of speech today, there was no need to do the whole hick vernacular thing; DeCandido still would have made his point by writing normally.
Scott Nicholson and Heartsick Again with the stupid hicks. What the hell? Now in all fairness, Nicholson doesn't make the mistake of attempting a stereotypical accent, but he makes the lead male character a dyslexic, racist, misogynistic, wife-beating, high school dropout: In a way, women were like Injuns, always wanting a little more than they were due, or else expecting equal treatment when they surely didn't deserve it.
Again, because only white country bumpkins are wife-beating, misogynistic, high school dropouts. You never find any of those in the inner cities. I loved this particular short story even though it is not an ongoing storyline, and the twist at the end was wonderful. But can we please give the poor country folk bashing a rest? It really becomes quite tedious after a while. Editing Who edited this? There are a lot of editing, or maybe more accurately, proofreading issues. Some sections seem to be worse than others. I didn't notice quite as many in Maberry's sections as I did in others. So did each author use his or her own editor?
I couldn't find that info in the ebook but I did order a hardcover copy, so I'll check to see if it is only the ebook, although based on the errors, I am guessing it is not. I don't usually mention editing unless it is distracting. It was. There were periods missing after sentences. There were spaces missing, combining two words. Sometimes there was an extra word, i.
However, unless that is one of your things, it probably will not make a difference in whether or not you like the book. The story really is that good. Bottom line, I highly recommend V-Wars. May 03, Nona rated it liked it Shelves: horror , multiple-author-anthology , vampires-take-over-the-world , read-in Here's the thing: I like horror fiction, and the bulk of horror fiction being published these days is about zombies, so even though I'm not a huge fan of zombies, I'm going to end up reading about them.
But given a choice between a zombie apocalypse and a vampire apocalypse, I'm going to pick the fangs every time. So I was pretty excited when I first heard about this book. While Jonathan Maberry is probably most strongly associated with the kind of zombie fiction that's more like action-adventur Here's the thing: I like horror fiction, and the bulk of horror fiction being published these days is about zombies, so even though I'm not a huge fan of zombies, I'm going to end up reading about them.
While Jonathan Maberry is probably most strongly associated with the kind of zombie fiction that's more like action-adventure than horror, he also wrote a story called "Family Business" anthologized in The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology that really impressed me. There are some things I really liked about this book. The book itself is quite nice, with heavy though a tad bright stock and the dust jacket graphics reproduced on the binding.
In an era where books seem to be more cheaply made every year I have to give kudos to IDW. As they are mostly a comics publisher I would imagine they are used to working with higher quality materials, but I still appreciate it. While several authors contributed to this volume it is in a shared world, with a plot device that makes for a very multicultural approach, which a few of the writers did take advantage of.
It's just a shame that the roster of writers here doesn't reflect any of that cultural diversity. Overall though, there's nothing in the storytelling itself that particularly stands out. Most of it is from the point of view of the newly changed, with a range of predictable emotional responses.
The quality of the writing is decent enough, but it just didn't touch me. Overall, I'm glad I bought a used copy. It's possible that I'm an old fuddy-duddy who will think everything falls short of what is for me the vampire apocalypse gold standard, the HWA anthology Under the Fang. Those writers were not restricted by a shared world, and while not every story hit it out the park, several did.
Outside of that anthology F. Paul Wilson also wrote a great vampire apocalypse story, "Midnight Mass", but then he expanded it to novel-length, and the best parts of the story were relegated to the sidelines. But I like to remain hopeful. I've stated before that I love me some vampires.
Especially scary vampires. Jonathan Maberry is also one of my favorite horror authors currently writing, so when I saw this book by Maberry, with contributions by other writers I enjoy, like Nancy Holder and John Everson, I knew it was a must-read. I'm glad to report that my instincts were dead-on. This book is great, and so much fun. The structure of the anthology is one of the best I've seen in a multi-author book. Each writer is allowed to have I've stated before that I love me some vampires.
Each writer is allowed to have his or her own style and story, but all of the stories relate back to the larger work by Maberry and weave in elements and characters of his tale. Maberry writes in his signature style: the events leading up to a supernatural crisis, with medical and military storylines playing a large role in his plot. He breaks the events into chunks, giving us the countdown to, and time elapsed after, the V event. The other stories are sandwiched between Maberry's overarching narrative, so we know that we'll always come back to that central plot.
None of the stories here are weak. Each author has a strength and unique voice, and those add up to a rich experience. Readers see the Vampire Wars as they play out across the country, and even around the world: on the talk show circuit, along the Mexican-American border, on an Indian reservation, in the Bronx, in Chinese gangs, in the backwoods, and in Europe.
I think what I appreciated best about the world building is the way that a multiplicity of vampire archetypes are at play here. This is really a vampire aficionado's dream. Vampires run the gamut of classic western vamps, to flesh-eaters, to psychic vampires, and everything in between. They're called by their cultural names, and are even sometimes pitted against one another.
Anyone who enjoys vampire horror from Carmilla through Anne Rice maybe not Twilight fans so much is sure to have a great time with this book. Mar 01, Lisa Delaine Youngblood rated it liked it Shelves: read-for-tayshas A group of related short stories chronicling the beginning of the V Wars, this collection chooses to tell the tale through the points of view of several characters.
The melting of the polar ice caps has released a virus that can activate "junk DNA" to change the carriers into a variety of vampires, werewolves, and other previously believed to be mythological creatures. While the idea of these changes hardening back to long ago folklore is intriguing, the format of the book is needlessly complex. The short stories are broken into pieces that interweave. These breaks, however, add nothing to the story itself. The storyline written by the author is incredibly inventive.
I found that I simply wanted to read that story in its entirety. I am a fan of unusual formatting and even framing concepts in novels, but I feel interweaving stories must serve a purpose. I listened to the shorts stories which were read by various readers, some much more melodious than others.
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Two of the readers were so good that I found that I was always upset when their stories were interrupted by other short stories. Sep 08, Elizabeth Inglee-Richards rated it really liked it. I have to say I grew up with shared universe books and so I was happy to see one that included so many of my favorite authors. I was not disappointed in the least.
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May 04, Spencer rated it liked it. V-Wars is a collection of stories by a handful of authors, they are all of a shared universe and tell parts of a larger story. An ancient virus is unleashed turning many into vampires, although what kind of vampire depends on your ancestry. The idea is pretty cool and works quite well… unfortunately the stories vary massively in quality.
Some were engaging and a lot of fun while others were as interesting as watching a presentation on the history of cement whilst hungover. Jan 08, Marielle rated it really liked it. Dec 31, Tarl rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , vampire. This was an odd reading experience for me. I had picked this anthology up as part of a sale on a whim. I really had no interest in it from the bland cover to the lackluster blurb on the back. But, due to the excellent price as well as the fact that I wanted something with vampires to read, I decided give it a go.
Starting off, I wasn't impressed. Looking back, I believe it was because I had expected a certain something from the book that wasn't there. The stories seemed lacking, the characters un This was an odd reading experience for me. The stories seemed lacking, the characters uninteresting. But I kept reading because I don't like giving up on books, and the formatting of this anthology intrigued me.
And that's one of the interesting things about V-Wars You have multiple stories by different authors that are broken up into parts which are then scattered around in the novel. So while you may start off with say, Junk pt 1, you will then move onto another story and eventually come back to parts 2, 3, etc of Junk later on. It makes for an interesting mix of stories and keeps the subject matter fresh in the reader's mind. About a third of the way through the anthology, I realized this wasn't the anthology I had thought I had purchased.
Instead, it was something different, and more so, something amazingly creative. Not only are the writers really good at their craft, but unlike pretty much every vampire novel out there, this one dealt with a large variety of vampires. No two stories are alike in the vampire they represent, and with each breed comes a different story about the person who turned. When I finally closed this book, I was excited, fulfilled, and wishing there was more. I want to go back and reread the book with my newfound understanding of the anthology and to actually enjoy the book as it should have been when I first opened it.
Maberry has brought together something amazing here. It's unique, in both subject and formatting. The writing is excellent and enjoyable. At no point do any of the stories actually fall flat. Instead they build to the final climactic story where the full horror of the situation is revealed. It made me wonder what it would be like to be part of that world, and where my own morality would lay with the virus and its victims.
I definitely recommend picking this book up. Don't go into it expecting World War Z , because it's not, and nowhere does it come across as being the same kind of book. Rather, it's a different take all together on an outbreak situation, and one that is distinct in a genre full of generic vampires. It's worth every penny, and I feel bad that I actually paid a sale price for it rather than full. Well worth every penny. May 02, Cassandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: to-review , received-for-review , sciencefiction.
There has to be no question on their originality take and involving characters. V Wars is a vampire novel. Albeit honestly a humongously original one at that. Michael Fayne labeled patient zero in our modern world in V Wars happens to be the first individual to contract what many politicians and doctors as well as psychiatrists call the I1VI virus-Vampire virus- and now he's known as the first vampire. We are thrown into Michael's world of while at first apparent normalcy becomes quickly discord.
In blackouts, he happens to slaughter women in moments of close encounters. Letting it go on longer without knowing what is going on he also infects others from a far. That is how V Wars is built up. The changing of stories and narration of other people that have contracted the virus as well are featured too. Get this though there are many types of vampires. Some of which we are repugnant fur balls and other cadaver-looking people. Vampires are based on how a person may perceive vampires and also by the genetic origins culture that people come from.
So we have a difference in vampire species with many much like ethnicity. The V Wars premise overall is that they the vampires are hunting us. The vampires aren't the only ones waging war in hunting. Werewolves emerge too and thankfully they are not hunting us.
In the end, the extermination of the human race relies perhaps on whether we can actually consent to some truce between humans and vampires considering they are much stronger than us. V Wars had quite an intense angle because it actually had the entirety of the novel built on input from various authors who will, of course, bring a fresh take on things on vampire and werewolf characteristics.
Its a mix of distinctive styles of writing which comes together seamlessly. Many readers will surely find stories or a story that they at least favor. Not only that but in general V Wars had quite an amusing tenor in its conclusion that a reader will no doubt find to their liking. V Wars has some nods to 30 Days of Night and the prestige of being all of its own a collaboration of authors who managed to create something utterly fantastic.
Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Vampires, Werewolves, Horror Dec 08, Darren Vincent rated it liked it Shelves: I want to give this book four stars. It has vampires and parts are written by Jonathan Maberry, and that is usually enough for me. But I just can't do it. Maybe I just don't get books of collected short stories.
I kind of expect all of the stories contained to carry on some sort of overall narrative; even if they are written by different authors, I want there to be an introduction and a conclusion to the story. In this book, you get somewhat of a genesis of the virus and its spreading, but I want to give this book four stars. In this book, you get somewhat of a genesis of the virus and its spreading, but it ends in the middle of what I perceive to be a much larger story. It is open-ended and I didn't care for that. Where does it excel? I love the many variations of vampires in the stories and how the book as a whole seems to embrace every incarnation of vampire in every book or movie and say that they can all coexist without the traits of one negating the traits of the other.
The blending of myth and fact is handled very well. It even reaches out to other creatures of myth and welcomes them to the club as possible variants of what created vampires in the first place. I just really like that it didn't try to lay down the end-all-be-all set of rules for what a vampire is, how he was created and what his abilities and weaknesses are so as to scoff at everything that came before it. Some of the stories were better than others, but that is to be expected.
Others didn't really seem to advance the overall plot at all while others cleverly wove in characters and events from others. It was all a bit confusing, but it rewards those who pay more attention. I think I could have paid more attention myself. I just kept waiting for the final story to either wrap the book up with a cure for vampirism, displays of tolerance for vampires in our midst or a declaration of all-out war. Instead, it just felt like all of the authors decided to put down their pens together.
I loved the idea, not necessarily the execution. V Wars is a compilation of vampire stories edited by Jonathan Maberry. I'm a huge Maberry fan, so I was plenty excited to pick this one up. The Good The authors in this anthology provide new additions to vampire legends while detailing old lore.