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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel (original 2020; edição 2021)

por Grady Hendrix (Autor)

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"Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster"--
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Título:The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel
Autores:Grady Hendrix (Autor)
Informação:Quirk Books (2021), Edition: Annotated, 424 pages
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Avaliação:1/2
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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix is a 2020 Quirk Books publication.

Dark, gross, and creepy, but wildly entertaining and fun!
The book was set in the 1990s, and features Patricia Campbell, housewife, and mother extraordinaire. She’s raising two children, cares for her live- in mother-in-law, while her husband, Carter, tries to make a name for himself as a star psychiatrist.

She’s super busy, but decides to join a book club, only to find she doesn’t have the time to read through the heavy literature she’s assigned.

After a disastrous meeting, Patricia is drawn to a different book club- one that reads trashy true-crime stories. Patricia is far more invested in these dark, lurid tales and gobbles them up with relish, along with her friends, and fellow book club members, Kitty, Maryellen, Grace, and Slick.

But when Patricia becomes the victim of a bizarre incident, that leaves her with a severed earlobe, the circumstances brings a new resident into their midst named James Harris. James is a bit of a charmer, if a bit inept, and has a condition that keeps him indoors during the daylight hours.

But for some reason, the sight of James is quite upsetting to Patricia’s MIL. At first, Patricia is stunned by this reaction, but soon realizes her MIL is holding a dark secret in the dark recesses of her mind… and somehow James is the key that will unlock the mystery.

But when Patricia realizes what is going on with their new arrival, she is met with staunch resistance- especially from the men in the community. As she tries to move past all the trauma, she realizes her children may in danger, she steps up to the plate, ready to take drastic matters to save her kids and her community…

As I have stated in years past, the horror genre is a hard sell for me these days. Instead of making myself immensely unpopular amongst fans of the genre, I will just simply say that I prefer something creepy and atmospheric over disgusting blood and gore- and that seems far and few between these days.

So, usually, when the calendar roles around towards October, I’m relegated to old classics or Stephen King books I read years ago, that may have some gross out stuff in it-but also has a plot- and a little value to the story, and I know what to expect.

I’ve been fortunate this year, in finding a few newer horror novels that fit my criteria. This book got lots of press a year or so back, and I see some valued reviewers gave it positive ratings- so I decided to give it a try.

Well, I must say, this is one of the best newer horror novels I have read in ages!! Yes, it has some passages that made me want to cover my eyes and might give someone nightmares or make some readers feel a little queasy. But those parts are in context with the lore of vampires, and horror novels in general, and to be honest, the gory bits were not as graphic as one might expect, and not at all that gratuitous, in my opinion.

What makes this book so good, is in part due to the 1990s nostalgia, which was super fun, but mostly it’s a homage to the ladies- Patricia in particular, whose character develops in depth and grit as do some of her book club cohorts.

Purists will find a fair amount of traditional vampire lore- such as the vampire requiring an invitation, etc., but it is also a wholly unique set-up.

It could easily have gone into eye-rolling cheesy camp territory- 🧀🧛‍♀️- and its format seems predisposed for such a scenario, but I thought it was very clever, indeed!

Though, it is obvious that not everyone will appreciate his style, I think Grady Hendrix gets it, really. He’s raising the bar on the horror genre, giving a respectful nod to tradition, but avoiding clichés, which could mean a wider appeal, moving to a more mainstream audience, and a long overdue touch of class.

* I liked both Book Club lists at the end. Marjorie's list did have some good selections. But, of course, Grady's suggested true crime list was of great interest, as well! ( )
  gpangel | Oct 15, 2021 |
No. No. No. Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meets Dracula was such a bad hook. I did not see any of thesr women as strong/vulnerable women like those books/films. 2 stars for Turpin as narrator who can do no wrong. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
看到一半已經很期待最後打滿五星了,結果後三分之一畫風突變成了主婦爽文,我邊看邊冒出這是什麼絕望主婦五十度灰劇情的滿頭問號,甚至可以想像出改編成劇時出現主婦們橫著列成一排手挽手迎風撩髮的爛俗畫面⋯⋯(tho說出要離的那一瞬間實在讓人拍手稱快)

前三分之二敘事可圈可點,中段懸念吊得非常足,滿地下室老鼠看得我寒毛倒豎一次,林中樹皮刮臉皮刮得只剩顱骨讓我倒抽一口冷氣一次,追蹤車牌又讓我倒抽一口冷氣一次,情節安排雖幾乎全部都落入俗套但又能寫得驚險刺激。關鍵情節中對老鼠和蟑螂描寫得細緻入微且讓人身臨其境,收起尖牙用蟑螂腿來形容,躲貓貓又詳盡描寫蟑螂鑽耳,我差點看得瘋掉……不由得讓人懷疑作者是不是和蟑螂有著不少不可言說的過去(。

當然更值得稱道的是作者對丈夫們的形象塑造,各色濃郁得嗆鼻的爹味躍然紙上,將家庭主婦在生活中的各種困難面向大致寫了個遍,尤其是把 Patricia 遭到丈夫冤枉時那種憤怒氣結委屈描寫得出神入化,看得我整個人火冒三丈血壓直飆300(x)對男性的吐槽之多甚至讓人很難相信出自男作家的手筆,respect

不過最可惜的是書後沒列個書目索引55555 ( )
  puripuri | Sep 9, 2021 |
Hendrix does it again. Takes a rather tired trope and, while being respectful to it, also manages to inject some fresh life into it.

This really is much more the story of the Southern Book Club and, in particular, Patricia, however, the vampire here is very obvious. You'll see him hiding in the shadows immediately.

Hendrix's genius is to build the dread, not the shock, in this one. This suspense is the kind where you absolutely know the shitstorm is coming, there's no way to stop it, and you know exactly who's going to bring it, and it's pretty awful. In the best way.

So, every scene Harris is in, you see the manipulation. You see the strings he's pulling. You damn well know what he's doing...

This is a fun book. Like all the Hendrix novels, it's not a classic of the genre, but it's absolutely solid and entertaining without falling into the horror genre trap of stupid characters doing stupid things to drive the story forward, or just falling into silliness. Hendrix has enough love and respect for the genre to ever resort to that.

And for that, I thank him. Good stuff here. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
There was not a boring or anti climatic moment in this book. It was very hard to put down.
A refreshing take on the vampire tradition. ( )
  marysneedle | Aug 30, 2021 |
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