By Steven Vivian
The useless too have hopes...
And one of the hopeful lifeless is Alex Resartus: obtuse professor, imprecise novelist, schizophrenic...and vampire.
As an obtuse professor, he bewilders and frustrates his bored scholars; as an imprecise novelist with a once-promising recognition, he wants to get better his artistic powers, yet his shattered brain stands within the method. As a schizophrenic, Alex's brain is "broken", and during this most original novel, A SELF-MADE MONSTER, Alex plans to reorganize his damaged brain with complete blood. For Alex's distinct quirk - either his blessing and his curse - is that he is taking at the characteristics of his sufferers in so much mind-blowing ways.
Alex sees the bright and socially backward scholar, Edward Head, as his savior: Edward's disciplined and strong brain is simply the tonic Alex must rejuvenate his inventive powers. yet Alex isn't the just one with hopes. The dwelling between him have their very own hopes. Edward¿s hopes are carnal. He wishes either Holly Dish, an amalgam of sweaty undergraduate daydreams, and Claire candy, a returning grownup coed who's either cool and mysterious. Holly and Claire too have their very own hopes, as does the fast and cynical Jimmy Stubbs, who hates to check and likes to drink beer and scheme. The hopes of every personality intersect and at last violently knot - generating a twisting climax that leaves a few characters lifeless and others approximately to have fun with an surprising monetary windfall.
By turns violent and humorous, A SELF-MADE MONSTER is among the most unique vampire novels ever released. It strips away the drained clichés and pink prose of the vampire tale and replaces them with dead-on characterizations, a galloping plot, and a brand new perception of the vampire itself.
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