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by Whitley Strieber

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ISBN:
0739419978
ISBN13:
978-0739419977
Author:
Whitley Strieber
Publisher:
Pocket Books; Unknown edition (1981)
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Pages:
357 pages
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1416 kb
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1969 kb
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Genre Fiction
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Rating:
4.8

The Hunger (1981) is a novel by Whitley Strieber. The plot involves a beautiful and wealthy vampire named Miriam Blaylock who takes human lovers and transforms them into vampire-human hybrids.

The Hunger (1981) is a novel by Whitley Strieber. The novel is unusual in that it deals with the practical considerations of vampirism, such as the difficulty in obtaining victims and concealing frequent murders.

Whitley Strieber has done more than recapture the magic that made him a modern master of horror literature - he has surpassed himself. This is a wonderfully imaginative book, one that defies the reader to put it down. With a sensual ascent to an erotic crescendo, this vigorous sequel restores the vampire’s power and mystique. Strieber’s luxuriously soulless realm of the undead is disturbingly plausible. Also by Whitley Strieber.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Eternal youth is a wonderful thing for the few who have it, but for Miriam Blaylock, it is a curse - an existence marred by death and sorrow. Because for the everlasting Miriam.

Miriam’s memories are horrific. Whitley Strieber has a way of coming up with some truly creepy and unsettling ideas about eternal life that made me shudder. The whole idea that these vampires are not able to die, no matter what happens to their body is truly ghastly if you think about it. Miriam is a monster, changing humans into vampires, knowing full well what will happen to her lovers. Yet Strieber always sympathizes with his I read this book as a teenager, and it still sticks in my mind. Miriam’s memories are horrific.

Not a book I would probably pick up today, but in high school I watched the movie (largely because of the tiny part with Bauhaus, but hey, it's got Bowie and Deneuve, too) and that led me to this. The book cover of the version I read was at least a little bit less ridiculous. He is also the author of the vampire novels The Hunger, The Last Vampire, and Lilith's Dream, and is the new host of his own radio program, Dreamland, founded by Art and Ramona Bell.

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Whitley Strieber (1945–) is an author best known for his book Communion (1987) in which he alleged experiences with otherworldly entities

Whitley Strieber (1945–) is an author best known for his book Communion (1987) in which he alleged experiences with otherworldly entities. Strieber was a successful New York Times-bestselling author at the time Communion was published, leading to accusations that Strieber was engaged in a literary hoax

In the new book, Strieber returns to his youth to recount a summer he spent in a " secret school" in the woods near . Whitley Strieber's vampire classic, The Hunger, reinvented the genre and created a truly eternal heroine in Miriam Blaylo. The Hunger (Hunger, by Whitley Strieber.

In the new book, Strieber returns to his youth to recount a summer he spent in a " secret school" in the woods near his childhood home.

Город: Many worlds, theoretically. Подписчиков: 20 ты. себе: If I was an intelligent machine, I would deceive you.

Eternal youth is a wonderful thing for the few who have it, but for Miriam Blaylock, it is a curse - an existence marred by death and sorrow.

The Hunger is a mesmerizing tale of a Vampire that has existed for thousands of years. Miriam Blaylock's thirst of the Hunger and the love of suitable companion is largely what drives her through the centuries. She offers her chosen mate immortality, and all of the powers that come with the transfusion of her blood. What her mates do not know is that they are not truly immortal, but will last only several centuries.

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Reviews:
  • Watikalate
When I started reading this novel, I was very impressed. The writing, the characters, the story, the historical flashbacks, the imagination and creativity, the unique spin on the vampire theme. It seemed to be all there and I was engrossed. I would be flooded with thoughts after reading a chapter, drawing interesting analogies between things in the novel and things in life. This, I thought, was actual literature. I was delighted. But about midway through chapter four the first of two things happened, which was a really tacky sexual scene. It was just silly and unnecessary. Total cheese. While my excitement about this novel was consequently deflated slightly, I was still hopeful and thought maybe this is just a single, anomalous blemish. I read on. And, indeed, the rest of chapter four continued to engage and impress me. Then the second thing happened: a rapid decline in all those qualities that had so impressed me earlier in this novel. The writing ceased to impress me. I became less engrossed in the characters and the story, as they began to seem more flat and contrived. The flood of interesting thoughts and analogies stimulated by the first fours chapters dried up entirely. The main thought I had from chapter five onward was how could something so impressive for nearly 100 pages so suddenly become mediocre for the remaining 150 pages. With that nagging thought in mind, I often found myself imagining that the author had spent a year crafting the first four chapters and three weeks just banging out the rest of the chapters to meet a publishing deadline, as it seemed to me that the author surely must have invested much less thought in the writing, the story, the characters, the flashbacks, etc., in these later chapters. I loved the first few chapters, but I was thoroughly disappointed with the rest of the novel.

The Hunger by Whitley Strieber (William Morrow & Company, 1981).
  • Nikojas
I purchased the book because I like the film starring Katherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, and David Bowie. The book was entertaining in a dark way, similar to the movie. I have to say the movie producers selected actors who are physically very similar to the descriptions of the characters in the book. The book, as expected, reveals more of what lies beneath the surface of Miriam Blaylock and Dr. Sarah Roberts. I enjoy time travel and historical fiction, and this story includes the 20th century life of Miriam as well as insight to her life in past centuries. The book has a 1970's- 80's feel -- I would have probably related better to the characters if I had read the book in that era. I gave the book 3 stars because I liked it, but the characters didn't touch me enough to rate 4 stars. I reserve 5 stars for books that have a strong or lasting impact on me, or that make me care so much about the characters that I miss them for weeks after the book is finished.
  • Yllk
First off, the changes from book to film aren’t just about telling a story visually. They are substantial to the point where it’s not even a question of which was better. Each can be judged on its own terms. The film has much greater style, but in terms of substance and coherence, the book wins.

The Hunger is really something different. Vampires (and the word is never used) are a separate species. A human transfused with vampire blood can become LIKE a vampire but eventually he or she will resist the vampire blood and the result will be both constant hunger and rapid aging. It’s part vampire story and part medical thriller. There’s no magic involved or even hinted at. As in the film version, Miriam is a vampire. Her lover John is a transformed human. John, is aging. Unlike the film version, she doesn’t go to Dr. Sarah Roberts to help him. She doesn’t realize the importance of Roberts’ work until it’s too late for him. But she does discover that Roberts’ work may hold the key to making human transformation permanent. Roberts’ may have accidentally created the mutation – the origin of her species – through her primate research on sleep and aging.

It’s well-plotted and works as page-turning fiction. It’s also very much character driven, without having any of the trappings one usually associates with “literary” fiction. It’s accessible. We get inside Miriam’s head and while it’s clear she doesn’t think like us, she’s not a demon.

Those are some of the accomplishments of the novel, yet it’s far from perfect. While Miriam is well-developed, the other major characters are a bit less so. Sarah’s significant other, Tom in particular, is clunky characterization although their relationship and love for each other is more sharply drawn than in the movie, and more significant.

The writing veers from sometimes very good to occasionally awkward and near cringe-worthy – especially with some of the erotica. Interestingly, there’s no explicit sex scene between Sarah and Miriam as in the film, though there is a very charged and inappropriate physical examination, which was a highlight. While I did find The Hunger to be a page turner, sometimes I skimmed pages to get to get to the good stuff – and by good stuff I don’t necessarily mean the hot stuff. I skipped the parts that readers don’t like.

Plot holes? Sure, a few, but they go by fast.

However, one major plus in the book’s favor, as compared to the film, is the ending, which I won’t spoil here, except to say it made more sense much than the movie ending although it left a major hole in terms of the possible exposure of Miriam’s species. Strieber, by the way wrote his own sequel many years later, which per the Amazon reviews appears to have been a disappointment.

As for the original, is it worth reading? If you like vampire novels and/or medical thrillers, then the answer is yes.
  • Dobpota
So far, I'm enjoying the book. I really liked the movie by the same name, and many of those reviews mention the book. Rally artfully done movie. The book is out of print but I was able to get a used one in very good condition on amazon.
  • Avarm
I read this whole book to in 5 days or less based on the movie and he has other works great to own
  • Westened
This book changed my life. More like, defined it. I was introduced to it when I was 14, and was completely amazed by it. Miriam's perpetuating fortitude throughout time was incredible. It was really the most amazing love story to me. As I passed into my teenage years, this story continued to tie in with my social structure, being an avid fan of Bauhaus, Joy Division, and other death punk bands and their spinoffs. I bought the movie soundtrack and even had a poster of David Bowie playing the role of John. If you ever wondered what people who dress in all black could possibly read, this is probably on the list.
  • Preve
Based on the photo of the book I thought I was buying I thought I was getting a copy with a dust jacket. That wasn't the case and no where in the description did I see that I wouldn't get a deist jacket. But the book itself was in great condition.