Elrod, P.N.: (02) Lifeblood

I started P.N. Elrod’s Lifeblood on Monday on the grounds that it was really short, and finished it Friday night in my post-NITA-collapse. [*] This is the sequel to Bloodlist and the second in the Vampire Files series.

Fellow readers, I ask you: does Jack get the crap beat out of him in every book in this series? I know this is a noir-homage kind of series, but if it’s a homage to that kind of story, then I’d like to know so I can avoid them unless I’m in the mood for something fairly dark.

Other than that, it was a perfectly good short read. By rights it should have been even shorter than it is, since as far as I can tell, the first two chapters don’t actually have anything to do with the plot (in which vampire hunters come after Jack, and Jack’s past comes back to haunt him). I am interested whether the author has a grand theory of the workings of vampires; some of the characters have been discussing how, for instance, a creature with no heartbeat can live on blood, and if eventually they’re going to come up with a theory, that might be fun to read about.

[*] NITA is the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; I went to a four-day training of theirs (sort of; it was run in-house but with their materials and one of their people leading the training) on, well, trial advocacy this week. It was very intense, a hell of a lot of work, and really draining. I do feel I learnt a lot, though I can’t say I cared for the way the program was set up. Don’t let TV and movies fool you—doing this kind of stuff the right way is damn hard and requires overcoming a lot of instincts you don’t even realize you have.

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  1. “Fellow readers, I ask you: does Jack get the crap beat out of him in every book in this series? I know this is a noir-homage kind of series, but if it’s a homage to that kind of story, then I’d like to know so I can avoid them unless I’m in the mood for something fairly dark.”

    Yes. Jack does get beat up badly once per book. You would think he would learn.

  2. So noted. Thanks!

    I’m vaguely interested in what happens to the characters, so I guess I will keep reading, but with caution.

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