Fun vampire fiction! Apr 6, 2007
Blood Books Vol 1, the omibus edition of Tanya Huff's first two "Blood Ties" novels, is a good, fast read in that genre of vampire/detective fiction that so many of Buffy lovers enjoy. There's a bit of angsty romance, what seems to be a fairly realistic depiction of mid 1990s Toronto, the requiste monster mash (heroic vampires, well-meaning but misunderstood werewolves and a frustrated would-be demon lord), but the primary strength of these stories is in the attention given to fleshing out the details of the lives of the ex-cop/private investigator, Vicki, the very Catholic vampire, Henry, and the Vicki's former partner and sometime lover, Mike. Themes of law and justice, ethics and rote social response or religious belief are explored. In Mar 2007, Lifetime TV debuted an hour-long serial entitled "Blood Ties," starring Christina Cox, based on the series.