Three stylish vampires arrive in New Orleans just in time for Mardis Gras, and then disappear again. While in the city, the group's leader, Zillah, meets and impregnates an adolescent girl. Fifteen years later, the child of that pairing, a boy who calls himself simply "Nothing" is living with adoptive parents in the suburbs, where he - like so many other teens - feels isolated and out of place. The answer is, his father is a vampire, leaving Nothing hovering precariously between worlds.
When Nothing runs away from home he meets up with none other than Zillah and his small troupe, Molochai and Twig. Together they go on a quest to seek out Nothing's favorite band, Lost Souls. Nothing is aided along the way by a psychic named ghost, and their relationship leads to the ultimate inner battle where Nothing must choose between his wild, vampiric heritage, or preserving his humanity to save the life of another.
©1993 Poppy Z. Brite (P)2010 CrossRoad Press
" Rather than horror, Lost Souls prompts disgust mixed with morbid titillation, but it will surely be devoured by genre aficionados. . " (Publisher's Weekly)
The narrator gave an excellent performance, and I think Brite has a very descriptive and evocative writing style. I'd be tempted to try another story, but I didn't enjoy the narrative here quite as much as I thought I would.
Predictable, and unfortunately rather dull.
No -- the ending seemed to comfortably (though very conveniently) round things up.
I may have come to this book too late. It was full of graphic and gratuitous sex scenes, to the point that they became annoying and largely irrelevant.
So glad there is finally some Poppy Z. Brite on audible. Entertaining, edgy and visceral. Great read.
"So much fun!"
This was my first exposure to Poppy Z Brite, actually. I'd previously avoided her out of a desire to avoid the cliches. But sometimes, cliches exist for a reason. Poppy Z Brite is like chocolate and absinthe for breakfast. Her work is dark and decadent and delicious. Chris Patton's reading was entirely competent and his voice is well suited for the teenagers in this story. I've already listened to this twice and I expect to listen to it again in the future. I only hope Audible acquires more work by Poppy Z Brite.
"One of my favorites"
This is a story I come back to every few years.
It's not like other vampire books because it's much darker and way less romantic.
Ghost is my favorite character.
Great book. I highly recommend it. Beautiful language, very dark and capturing.
Narrator ruins a good story! He mispronounces several word, and there are some odd background sounds. I loved Brite's stories, but this was almost painful to listen to.
"Great Story Unfortunate Reading."
Interview With The Vampire, maybe?
It felt like he just did not connect with the material. All the sad and clever felt lost.
That is just it, I felt I should be crying during several scenes that felt like they were treated with sort of disdain and slid over.
"My favorite book"
I have loved this book since I was 15 and still love it at the age 30
"Great book, not so great narrator. ..."
Great book, to bad the same can't be said about the narrator. Also would be nice if more of her books were available on this rather than just the one.
"Only one likable character."
As this book introduces characters you can begin to like a few of them. Ghost is very kind and very odd, Steve cares for Ghost and seems like a good person but has some bitter feelings towards his cheating ex, and Christian seems good hearted but a slave to his lusts. Twig and Molochai can be found amusing but most of their antics are childish. Zillah is probably the antagonist, but in later chapters might be portrayed in different light because of Nothing. And Nothing, arguably the main character, is the most unlikable of them all. He whines, he lets himself be put in horrible situations, he makes bad decisions, and some how we're suppose to relate to him.
As the story progresses you end up finding yourself liking only one character: Ghost. Every other story essential character, with the exception of a few minor characters, becomes an unlikable character. There's even a victimized character in it that makes you hate her.
And there's not really any gay romance. Not what I would call romance, just sexual attraction. You don't feel like these characters are falling in love, if you can call it that. It's a lot like a bad fantasy someone makes up on the spot to have two people fall in love but not sure how to make it happen so they just mash them together and - POOF - love...?
BUT I would like to try chartreuse and go back to New Orleans.
Make characters more likable, make me feel like they're actually falling in love, or buy me a bottle a chartreuse.
His performance was good, and the only thing that really kept me going. His Ghost voice in particular is pleasurable to the ears.
"Could not finish it. It was just that bad."
The characters, the plot, gratuitous sex where it isn't needed, incest, lengthily boring descriptions of things were it really wasn't needed.
No. He was horribly wrong for this book, but also, just not very good in general
There are plenty of good vampire books out there. This just isn't one of them.
"Pearl Scented Purple Prose"
This was a fun idea but I can't say I liked the book. Just too...well..much. I love me a good vampire book and am not adverse to a bit of drippy dialogue when the need arises but this was above and beyond the call of purple prose. The reader wasn't very good either. I felt like Keanu Reeves was reading it in his Bill and Ted guise. The readers style didn't mesh with the ambiance (dripping as it was).
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