Item description for Saint-Germain Memoirs by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro...
Focusing on Saint-Germain—one of the genre's most memorable vampires—this collection follows the dark immortal from ancient Greece to the present as tales of his timeless life are recounted. Also included is a brief essay by the author about her world-renowned vampire, with an Introduction by Sharon A. Russell.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2008
Publisher Elder Signs Press
ISBN 1934501018 ISBN13 9781934501016
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More About Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is best known as the author of the Saint Germain novels, including "Dark of the Sun," "A Feast in Exile," "Night Blooming," "Midnight Harvest," and the classic "Hotel Transylvania," A Grand Master at the World Horror Convention and an International Horror Guild Living Legend, Yarbro lives in Berkeley, California.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro currently resides in Berkeley, in the state of California. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro was born in 1942.
Reviews - What do customers think about Saint-Germain Memoirs?
A nice addition to the Saint Germain tales May 19, 2008
This group of stories covers the range from short story to novella. I've been reading Yarbro's Saint Germain series so long, it seems like catching up on old times. I love her attention to historical detail. Although, it may put some off, I find her use of correspondence to advance the story intriguing. I doubt this book would appeal to those that aren't familiar with the series.
One of the short stories regarding a destitute widow in ancient Greece I had read in another anthology. I still find it an interesting tale. We are all familiar with the great historical figures, but this story highlights those that aren't in the spotlight.
One of the longer pieces involved a series of letters as Rogerio tries to locate his master. Although, the exchange was a little tedious towards the end, the letters really gave an interesting background as to how difficult information was to find.
The novella in the center was an interesting tale set in Padua during the Renaissance. It highlights the difficulty of reconcilling the views of the church with the emerging studies in science.
In another tale you see how Saint Germain has learned to blend into contemporary times. It's interesting to see how someone with centuries of experience deals with the modern day media.
This is just a sampling of the entries in this anthology.
New Saint-Germain collection is uneven, but satisfying May 12, 2008
I've read nearly all of the Saint-Germain novels, so I can't gauge how a reader with no previous experience of Yarbro's character would experience the stories in *The Saint-Germain Memoirs.* However, as I read them, I sensed that I was picking up on a lot of subtle hints and details that required extensive background information to appreciate.
"Harpy" is a good example of a story that is full of meaning for those who already know Saint-Germain, but may be puzzling to new readers. Although the story presents an interesting character study of a historical person rarely given much thought--I can't say who without spoiling the twist ending--it took me a while to pin down the time period based on the descriptions. I also remained uncertain, by the story's end, as to why Saint-Germain picked out this woman for assistance.
"A Gentleman of the Old School" is one of the very rare Saint-Germain tales set in the present-day. This story concentrates much more on its mortal characters, with Saint-Germain appearing as a wealthy man of mystery who feeds an eager female reporter some clues in a serial murder case. As in the other modern-day Saint-Germain stories, however, Yarbro's hero doesn't quite seem to fit in the post-Y2K world.
I found the novelette "Intercession" to be the weakest of the five pieces in this collection. It consists of a series of letters written by Saint-Germain's manservant, Rogerio, attempting to free his master from imprisonment in the 17th century Spanish New World. The point--that in such historical times even a wealthy person could be unjustly imprisoned indefinitely without hope of redress--is made long before the story ends. "Intercession" demands that the reader imagine how Saint-Germain must be feeling, without ever hearing his voice. This can be an effective device, but in "Intercession," it simply doesn't work for me.
The novelette, "Lost Epiphany," doesn't actually tell a story, but it delivers a highly entertaining account of how Saint-Germain maneuvers his way among several groups of colorful and hostile antagonists. Despite his vampiric state, Saint-Germain possesses few supernatural powers. He survives primarily through his own resourcefulness and his long knowledge of the human psyche. Set on a pirate ship in the early first millennium A.D., "Lost Epiphany" is an ingenious object lesson in how an immortal might survive a crisis without any of the deus-ex-machina tricks that are usually associated with vampires.
The central novella, "Tales Out of School," set in 14th century Padua, is rich with historical detail, colorful and interesting characters, and true human drama. Containing all the core elements of the novels, it is complete as is: any longer, and it would be over-stuffed and lose its strong narrative threads. It is worth the price of the book alone.
I'd recommend *The Saint-Germain Memoirs* to readers who already are familiar with the character and the series. Readers who are completely new to the character might want to "catch up" on Saint-Germain's history at Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's website. For those who have wondered: this is *not* a reprint of the 1983 collection *The Saint-Germain Chronicles*. Three of the stories in *The Saint Germain Memoirs* were published in anthologies in 2003 or later. "Tales Out of School" and "Lost Epiphany" are new for this collection.
St Germaine Memoirs Jan 14, 2008
For fans of St Germaine, this book provides the back story to a number of his adventures, and for those who aren't familiar with his story, it provides a nice entry point to the series. While it's more a companion piece than a stand alone, it was a great read.
Excellent shorter Saint-Germain stories Dec 23, 2007
Unlike most of the Saint-Germain stories, these stories are similar to small snapshots of his life, from Ancient Greece to present-day Canada. The first story The Harpy is a small but excellently-turned story about family members who suffer in a famous man's shadow. The next story, Lost Epiphany, was more choppy, I thought it needed a bit of lengthening, and it seemed to be a fragment rather than a complete story. The third story, Tales Out of School, was more in the fashion of CQY's longer works, and I found the descriptions of the embryonic University of Padua very interesting. The next story, Intercession, was chilling, especially when you realized how important the legal concept of Habeus Corpus has come to be for us. The final story, A Gentleman of the Old School wasn't one of my favorites, although it was interesting to see that Saint-Germain has survived to the modern day. There just wasn't a lot of plot, I felt.
I did have a few nitpicks with this book. The production values were a bit sloppy, but the press isn't Tor but some smaller independent one so I guess that is to be allowed for. I was confused by some of the dates given in Intercession; I think that they were mistakes uncaught before printing. I would also think that several of these stories would do better if we had a bit more information to flesh out the plot, so to speak.
If you like the Saint-Germain series this is definitely a book to get. If you are new to the series, start with Hotel Transylvania: A Novel of Forbidden Love and become acquanted with the series before reaching for this one
Is This a Reprint Or An Original Work? Nov 21, 2007
I am wondering if this is a reprint of the earlier short story book she did some years ago?