“V Wars” by Jonathan Maberry (IDW, 2012)

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V Wars is an interesting effort edited by Jonathan Maberry, bestselling author of Patient X and The Dragon Factory, bringing together a number of authors writing their own stories set in the same world where there are vampires.  Sometimes characters cross over, and occasional plot lines are intertwined, but for the most part each author is writing their own, individual story.  The result is a book that while not as cohesive as a complete novel written by a single author, features a number of interesting viewpoints in a world where vampires begin to take over.

Maberry’s own story, “Junk,” which continues in a number of parts, sets the stage for V Wars with the first of the infected from his perspective as he deal s with the changes of becoming a vampire and the growing lust and hunger that can only be satiated by fresh blood.  It is unclear how or why certain people first turned, but it is thought to be a virus affecting “junk DNA.”  In this world your heritage matters when you become a vampire, as all the folklore and history of vampires is true in a sense; the vampires we are all familiar with from Bram Stoker are for those with a Romanian heritage, while people of Russian descent are their own kind of vampire, and Native Americans yet another.

V Wars features stories from the likes of Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, Keith Decandido, Scott Nicholson, and more.  It is a book that is certainly an interesting experiment with some impressive ideas and aspects that will leave you chilled to the bone.

Originally written on September 25, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.

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