Jack Yeovil - The Vampire Genevieve

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The Vampire Genevieve: Gothic Warhammer Fantasy at it's Vampiric Best!

Jan 22, 2008
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Pros:Great style, great characters, great fun!

Cons:One of the books doesn't really have Genevieve.

The Bottom Line: This book is a great treat for fans of fantasy fiction and vampire stories. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!


In the distant realms of Warhammer, darkness, death, and the encroaching hordes of mutated evil threaten the lives of every citizen. Through the years, one individual has survived, thrived, and sought love, peace, and revenge…

She is…
The Vampire Genevieve!



Genevieve Dieudonne has lived in undeath for over 400 years…fighting the urge…trying to keep her dark side at bay. Her curse also becomes her strength at times, allowing her to join with friends and fight the evil that haunts her world…a world of vampires, werewolves, orcs, goblins, wizards, and other creatures that go bump in the night.

Written by Kim Newman under the nome de plume of Jack Yeovil, The Vampire Genevieve is a series of stories that surround a part of the unlife of Gevenieve Dieudonne. Orignally written in separate books, The vampire Genevieve is a compilation (omnibus) of four Genevieve related novels: Drachenfels, Genevieve Undead, Beasts in Velvet, and Silver Nails.

Style
The style of these books is very gothic. The descriptions, tone, and feel are more similar to Victor Hugo then to R.A. Salvatore. This style made the books really stand out while I read them. The writing style is quite passive, with events and actions happening around the protagonists and written about more as on observation then always as a direct participant. I found this style works great for dealing with how an ancient vampire may see the blur of time.

The Book
Most of the stories are homages to classic literature, including The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera, classic tales of werewolfs and vampires, and many more that I am sure I missed. It is obvious that Kim Newman is a fan of these styles of stories, and it really shows through. I found reading through this take of these classic stories (usually with a twist or two thrown in) from the perspective of a vampire rather interesting.

The standard fantasy quest is how the book starts, with a group of adventurers going to defeat the powerful villain Drachenfels, then the story quickly jumps ahead 25 years later to see how that all went in the long run, when a commemorative play about the adventure is being staged. How does being part of a famous troupe of adventurers go? How does a vampire handle adoration, love, and those who ignore? These are interesting questions that are investigated and lovingly written about throughout the stories in this book. The life and times, loves and losses, and adventures of Genevieve and those around her are quite captivating and a treat to read!

Probably the lowest point, or so I thought at first, of the book comes from the novel Beasts in Velvet in which I didn’t realize upon first reading that Genevieve wasn’t really a character. Beasts in Velvet took characters and locations around Genevieve and made interesting short stories there. On there own, they are good stories, but I was disappointed for a while as I kept waiting for Genevieve to show up. After reflection, though, I realized that I quite liked these stories on their own merits, and they hold up nicely.

These stories are set in the shared fantasy world of Warhammer. Originally a setting for a tactical fantasy miniatures game, it has grown into an empire of novels, minis, and a role-playing game. The world is designed to be dark, gritty, and scary, with heroes constantly trying to halt the inevitable onslaught of chaos-twisted evil. I generally prefer my fantasy a bit lighter, but I really enjoyed the Genevieve stories.

Final Recommendation
This book is a great treat for fans of fantasy fiction and vampire stories. The style is pretty unique for modern shared-universe fantasy and the characters and situations have interesting parallels in classic literature, with modern twists and turns. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

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Details

Author: Jack Yeovil
Publisher: Games Workshop
Release Date: 20 Dec 2005 (America)
Format: . Paperback book.(768 pages)
ISBN Number: . 1844162443
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