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The Golden [Paperback]

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Deviating from traditional tales that feature lonely vampires who prowl through human society in search of victims or solace, this account of vampires flourishing in their own "inhuman society" takes place in the year 1860, when their centuries-long breeding experiments have finally produced "The Golden," a mortal whose blood is perfect and powerful. Mobilized by the news of this discovery, aristocratic vampire clans arrive at the looming Castle Banat, where they plan to partake of the sublime blood. To their shock, the guests find that The Golden, a young girl, has been brutally murdered and her blood already drained. The story also follows the Inspector Michael Beheim---a recent vampire---assigned to track down the killer. Recounted in full 19th-century literary style with gothic elements and foreshadowing, the inspector navigates his way through the vampire world and the crime therein.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.03" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Golden Gryphon Press
ISBN  193084638X  
ISBN13  9781930846388  

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More About Lucius Shepard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lucius Shepard is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and has also received the Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards for science fiction writing. His work has appeared in "Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Playboy, "and" Spin. "He is the author of "Green Eyes, A Handbook of American Prayer," and" Life During Wartime, "and the collected stories in "Two Trains Running." He lives in Vancouver, Washington.

Lucius Shepard currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.

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2Books > Subjects > Horror Fiction > United States
3Books > Subjects > Horror Fiction > Vampires
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Not Free SF Reader  Sep 25, 2008
Old fashioned murder mystery.

Although the detective and his suspects are vampires.

A project to build something really tasty in the direction of people to drink from has ended in a murder.

A detective i called in by the vampire family with capital F involved to try and work out what is going on.

Vampire politics, not so much fun if you are stuck in the middle of them.

3.5 out of 5
Absolutely riveting!! Where's the sequel?  Feb 21, 2006
I can't believe there hasn't been a 2nd book published after The Golden's ending!! It begs for a sequel...I need to know what happens in the East! Anyway, I loved everything about this book, from the prose to the setting to the characters to the story. It was a gritty, dark, gothic, sensual, harrowing, creative journey that pulled me in from the beginning. From "the Mystery" to the Patriarch, from the dark castle to Alexandra, it was a great vampire read. I loved how Mr. Shepard hinted at various powers the vampires had, showing us some but only imagining others. A great read that I recommend to any fans of vampire novels, the supernatural, the gothic setting and overall dark fantasy/horror.
What?!  Sep 10, 2005
I honestly have no idea what The Golden was about. I remember some irrelevant "mistery", I recall some ultra-cliche ancient vampire called The Patriarch, some interesting writing style which often spawned pointless paragraphs, and the thing I remember the most is that I really liked to book cover. And its the only thing I truly liked about this book... except the writing style... at times.

Oh and it feels as if the writer really wanted to write about sex, but didn't have the courage to actualy go into details so he settled for kid-friendly descriptions of his fantasies.

As for all else... one thing is certain: Lucius Shepard ain't my writer of choice and I sure won't be buying any more of his works.
A who-dunnit with Vampires  Oct 22, 2002
I found the plot and images entertaining enough to keep my interest throughout the story, but I couldn't help thinking that I was really reading a murder mystery instead of a horror novel. The basis of the story seemed like the classic 'a body was found in a room where all of the windows and doors where locked from the inside'. The only difference being that some of the cast of characters where vampires.

That being said I really would give it a 4 star rating as a pure mystery novel. I was guessing until the end and I thought all of the loose ends were very neatly wrapped-up. It is just that as a pure horror novel that I would only give it a 2 star rating. I suppose my 3 star rating is the average of the two.

The writing is stellar, the plot isn't  Sep 18, 2002
My original comparison for this book was Gene Wolfe writing an issue of Marvel Comics' "Tomb of Dracula." This is not a "mean" comparison. I tend to use Wolfe when I want to compare a someone to the pinnacle of excellent writing in a genre (I compare Wolfe himself to Borges or Shakespeare, depending on how effusive I'm feeling). And, as far as comics go, I liked "Tomb of Dracula." But, on the other hand, I am damning Shepard with faint praise as well. Although The Golden has some excellent writing in it the novel ultimately strikes me as unfulfilling. There's a lot of wonderful visuals and high language, but underneath that, it's still a comic book This is also well worth reading if you are a Shepard fan. But I'd hesitate to recommend this blindly.

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