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Bites (Vampyres of Hollywood) by Adrienne Barbeau
This is a fun little book to read if you like fantasy, horror, or that
sort of thing. It's the second book in a series, but you don't have to
have read the first book to get what's going on. Adrienne Barbeau is an
actress and horror movie (and TV!) veteran. I used to love her when I
watched "Maude" on TV in the 70's. Her character was very unusual in
that she was not only a liberated, well-spoken, educated woman, but she
wasn't whiny or needy or really messed up. That was very hard to find
back then, especially on sitcoms. She was "normal" and yet a strong,
independent woman. I always liked that about her, even though I was too
young to really know what those words meant.
The first book, Vampyres of Hollywood, Miss Barbeau wrote with author
Michael Scott, but this second one she wrote all on her own. She also
wrote her autobiography. She does a fine job on "Love Bites", and it's
clear that she has learned her craft.
The book is about an ancient vampire, Osvanna, who is also a Hollywood
movie producer and actress. She has many friends that are both human and
vampire (mostly the latter), including old movie stars that are now
vampires, like Orson Welles and Rudy Valentino. She is dating a cop,
Peter, that she met in the first book. They fight against evil creatures
that threaten her or kill humans.
In these books, there isn't a whole lot of difference between vampires
and werewolves. The vampires can shape-change, too, and not just into
bats. It's a little different, in that respect, than most vampire books/tv
The book is kind of like Jackie Collins combined with Anne Rice (only a
lot easier to read). It is fun and has a lot of sex, mystery, and
romance thrown in with the vampire stuff. I look forward to reading her
You can also catch Ms. Barbeau on "General
Hospital" right now on ABC.
Read my Interview with her!
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