I Respectfully Disagree with the Author on Genre
Late Bite is a book that defies genres which the author, John Matsui, would easily agree. It is listed in thriller and suspense sub-genres and on Goodreads, the author has described it as in the horror genre. While I do agree that it is a paranormal, fantasy, action and adventure, and possibly crime novel, it is not a thriller and certainly not a horror. Now I could discuss technical details of why I disagree with the author on choice of genres, but the main reason is: no nightmares.
Yes, horror and even most well-written thrillers give me nightmares. I did not have a single nightmare while or immediately after reading the novel. Simple as that.
The Rest of the Story.
Now back to the actual book review, now that we’ve put the issue of genre out of the way. This is a very interesting novel about vampires. This is not another Twilight. This is a unique take on the age old vampire story, and I loved it.
This novel appealed to my scientific background with a discussion of a novel approach of how vampires, or creatures mistaken for vampires, may have evolved. It has been a long time since I’ve read a story with such an original idea. The story is compelling, engulfing, and entertaining from the beginning to the end.
The Characters, a Vampire or not.
The story is narrated by Al Hamblyn, nicknamed Hamburger, who has been given the unenviable duty of defending Dragul Mangorian, who has been accused of multiple break-ins, rape and murder. Through the story, you learn about the history and origin Dragul’s race as well as the humanity in Dragul. Hamblyn and Dragul are both likable characters, yet for different reasons. You, the reader, almost pity Hamblyn and through Hamblyn’s eyes you understand and develop empathy and understanding for Dragul.
In a world full of similar vampire stories, this is an original tale that will keep you guessing from the beginning to the end. That’s why I read novels, to be surprised, to be entertained, and to learn something. This book met all three of my criteria for why I like to read. This is certainly not your average vampire novel.
Not your Typical Horror or Thriller
I’m very glad I took a chance on this book, though it is described as a thriller or horror. Again, I respectfully disagree with the author on genre, but his genre choice does not detract from the enjoyment of this novel. If you don’t like thrillers or horrors, definitely give this novel a try.
I’m going to start placing my reviews on several book selling sites. I already place on Amazon and Goodreads (which does not sell books, only discusses them). Which sites do you frequently order your books from? iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. If there is a site that you do want me to post reviews on, please leave them in a comment below.