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  • By Jim Hull
    Jun 2, 2010
    "Sassy." Sassy is what comes to mind when I think of Thomas Cartiel, the narrator and hero of the vampire-cum-bondage adventure LEATHER MOON by Domenick Lourdes. Also "chatty." And "loquacious." And "verbose." Yet Thomas Cartiel wins me over with his cheerful, energetic, honest personality. Think of any number of characters by Robert Heinlein who just have to tell everything that's on their minds. Exasperating, but lovable. Thomas is transformed into a vampire by accident, and then he must come to terms with his newly thirsty self, trying not to slip into the temptation that all vampires face, that of simply feeding greedily on any and all human victims they can find. He enlists the aid of a secret organization of good vampires that operates literally from underground -- along with the help and friendship of several humans -- as he attempts to reconcile his new nature with his gay proclivities and the bondage shop he owns in West Hollywood... More > called "The Pit." Standing in the way of his success are a couple of vampire meanies who try to take advantage of him for their own nefarious ends. I should point out that some of the episodes in the book are very adult, so be forewarned. In fact, the sex scenes are more vivid than the violence. Did I mention chatty? I did, didn't I? Thomas and his scribe, the aforementioned Mr. Lourdes, have a tendency to record their narrative using extensive parentheses -- on average, one such remark every other sentence (sort of like this, as an extended comment that might just as easily have been edited out with no loss to the narrative flow). And will they stop this tendency for correct punctuation (especially the use of question marks that appear at the far end of yet another unnecessary parenthetic comment, so as to confuse the reader)? I think not. Many highly successful writers have fallen prey to this sort of logorrhea -- Heinlein, especially in his later years; Asimov, also in his final books; Jean Auel (the "Earth's Children" series) and Stephenie Meyer ("Twilight"), both of whom are so popular, their publishers seem afraid to edit them at all. So Cartiel and Lourdes are in good company. At least their novel is merely 200 pages or so, not the thousand-page behemoths of, say, Heinlein or James Michener. And, despite the wordiness, LEATHER MOON does move right along. And here's the twist: I want to know more! Thomas talks too much, but he's ever so charming and interesting, making you want to buy him another round of plasma just to have him tell more of his adventures. Next up for me, then, is LITTLE BITES, a collection of shorts involving Cartiel and friends.< Less
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September 25, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.85 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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