Radleys, The

Rating: 
4

 

Matt Haig puts a new twist on vampire stories in "The Radleys" (Free Press, $25). The Radleys are a British family living at 17 Orchard Lane, in a small community of "normal" people. Peter is an overworked doctor. His wife, Helen, is cold and detached. Their son, Rowan, is plagued with rashes and is being called a freak at school. Animals run from Clara, their teenage daughter, and she has become a vegan in hopes of making the animals like her. As a result, her health is suffering. 

When Clara goes to a teenage bonfire party, and a boy attempts to force himself on her, she reacts in an especially violent way.

As a result, her parents are forced to tell their children that they are a family of vampires. They live by the "Abstainer's Handbook," a guide for vampires to live without killing for blood, satirically based on addiction guides.  Afraid of the police, they call in Peter's brother, Will, who refuses the abstainer way of life and lives like an evil vampire superstar. He has his own secrets, and what follows is a battle to save the Radleys from him, and for them to be able to continue their way of life. References to Lord Byron and Don Juan as vampires make the story even more interesting.

This is a nice family tale complete with suburbia, repressed desires, deceit and redemption. This book is fun and easy to read. Vampire fans will love it.

 

-- review by Betty Lytle

 

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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