Monday, 23 January 2017

Review: Midnight Bites - Tales of Morganville by Rachel Caine

Midnight Bites - Tales of Morganville (Morganville Vampires)
Rachel Caine said this in her recent newsletters

MIDNIGHT BITES, the new Morganville Vampires short story anthology! It will bring together almost everything that I've written in short form about Morganville ... though I did leave out some of the original "diary" entries that appeared on an earlier version of the Morganville website, simply because they were just scenes and not stories, and were generally really short snippets. This is all short fiction, and it's been carefully organized into the timeline, so you can read from the earliest adventures (some of which belong to vampires) all the way through some post-Daylighters goodies.

MIDNIGHT BITES includes a total of more than 50,000 words of brand new content, which makes me very happy indeed (and I hope will also make you happy, too). From stories featuring our favorite bunny-slipper-wearing mad scientist to a mystery solved by police chief Hannah Moses, I think you'll find this is a diverse group of stories that will shine a little more light in the murkiest corners of Morganville.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of Caine's Morganville series so I had previously read most of the short stories that 
are featured in this book online. When the paperback was released with all of those shorts collected I knew I needed a copy. So I was delighted when I discovered there were extra stories included. 

Some of the stories are just snippets really. for example in Myrnin's Tale we get a glimpse in to Myrnin's family history. We see how his 'mad father' was treated, and even just as a child, being told that Myrnin faced the same fate. It was almost a relief when he was given the apprenticeship with Gwion.
Some of the stories, however, are longer. In Nothing like an Angel we are shown other defining moments in Myrnins history that helps to explain somewhat how he becomes the Myrnin we meet in Morganville. It was in this story that I truly felt like I was able to fully understand Myrnin, a character I have loved from the very first time we meet him.

One of my favourites from the collection was Whispers in the Dark, this one takes place sometime after Michael and Eve's wedding. In this one we see Michael truly let himself embrace his vampire nature.... and if i thought he would be able to hold on to his humanity i'd be up for more of it. He truly is a bad ass.

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