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Vesper

Vesper - Jeff Sampson Vesper is a 2011 debut novel and I hadn’t heard anything much about it at all except a few grumblings. So when I started reading the book, I girdled my loins (so to speak) and I was fully prepared to flinch through the book. Unexpectedly though, the writing was interesting – engaging my interest enough that I continued reading. Emily’s dual nature is fascinating and it definitely captured my attention. I wanted to know what was going on with her. I still want to know. So I am definitely going to be reading the next book.This does not mean that I didn’t have any problems with the book. I did. Let me list the ones I can think of. 1. The pacing. Nothing much happens in the book. Well okay, nothing much happens for the bulk of the book. The first three quarters is just character development which is all and good but it does not do the book any favours where readers and their easily distracted attentions are concerned. If the author had just taken out some of the unnecessary Jekyll/Hyde parts, the narrative would have been much tighter and perhaps given him enough room to include other important aspects. He didn’t so the book read little like a book on its own and more like the first half of a novel. I kept on waiting for things to progress… and they didn’t. 2. The conflict of the novel, the one resolved in the end, fails to make much sense to me. I mean, I don’t understand how they could do what they did without their neighbors taking notice. 3. The identity of the “mate.” I understand this was done in order to conserve the element of surprise but all it did was make me go “huh?” 4. Okay, this one is probably just me. I understand that the writer is male and he’s writing from the view point of a female. The emphasis on the uh…anatomy was interesting. I’m not dissing it or anything. It’s just an observation. It is very difficult to write from the perspective of the opposite gender (my own main character is a boy and they seem like a whole different species to me) so I am hyper aware of the way I represent the male gender.Complaints aside, I really am genuinely interested to find out how the story progresses. I hope Mr. Sampson uses whatever the experience of writing and publishing his first book taught him to write a smashingly awesome sequel