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THE RADLEYS By: Matt Haig January 17, 2011

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     The Lycan Librarian has always felt the less one knows about a book before they read it, the better. This selection was found at the library and only half of the book jacket’s  first paragraph was read. So discovering that the family members were all  vampires turned out to be a happy surprise, despite the fact that had the librarian known, she would have returned the book to the shelf  unread. But this novel, which takes place in a quiet suburban English town, proved to be a delight. Haig’s vampires are so normal, that despite their pale skin, Clara’s violent illness when she gives up meat, and Peter’s nausea when it comes to garlic, it took this reader forty-four pages to realize what they were. I love that the vampires aren’t sexy, but that’s due to their being “abstainers,” and they do change when they partake of blood again. In between chapters, the reader is given a number of charming excerpts from THE ABSTAINERS’ HANDBOOK.
     Once Clara makes her first kill, the vampires become more of what can be expected, but by then, the reader is smitten with them. The Lycan Librarian, as you well know, loves British novels for their quirkiness and quietness, and this book is no exception. Before too much of the plot is exposed, allow me to simply say that if you have a thirst for a fun and different vampire tale, add this one to your must-read list.



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