The Vampire Tapestry

The Vampire Tapestry Edward Weyland is far from your average vampire not only is he a respected anthropology professor but his condition is biological rather than supernatural He lives discrete lifetimes bounded by decade

  • Title: The Vampire Tapestry
  • Author: Suzy McKee Charnas
  • ISBN: 9780945953050
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edward Weyland is far from your average vampire not only is he a respected anthropology professor but his condition is biological rather than supernatural He lives discrete lifetimes bounded by decades of hibernation and steals blood from labs rather than committing murder Weyland is a monster who must form an uneasy empathy with his prey in order to survive, and TheEdward Weyland is far from your average vampire not only is he a respected anthropology professor but his condition is biological rather than supernatural He lives discrete lifetimes bounded by decades of hibernation and steals blood from labs rather than committing murder Weyland is a monster who must form an uneasy empathy with his prey in order to survive, and The Vampire Tapestry is a story wholly unlike any you ve heard before.

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    1. “The corporeal vampire, if he existed, would be by definition the greatest of all predators, living as he would off the top of the food chain.” Dr. Edward Weyland, professor of Anthropology, is conducting a sleep study as part of his teaching program. It is very popular with the students, especially those who need the extra cash. They even start wearing t-shirts…Sleep with Weyland. He’s a dream.Charnas’s creature Dr. Edward Weyland.He is irresistible. ”Just look at him, so haggard an [...]

    2. This is copy 40 of 150 signed and numbered copies signed by Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy Baker, Benjamin Mowak, Jeffrey Allan Love

    3. The Vampire Tapestry is unlike any book I have yet read or expect to read. I owe a debt of thanks to Book People in Austin, Texas, for displaying it prominently above a glowing staff review, thus mining this gem from its relative and wholly undeserved obscurity. Suzy McKee Charnas has gifted us with the most credible vampire in the entire canon, a creature that would be more at home in The Scientific American than Weird Tales. We see Dr. Edward Weyland through the eyes of various satellite chara [...]

    4. So this book is divided into 5 novellas, some with ludicrous names.I'll review them one by one if I get through them all There may be mild spoilersThe ancient mind at work: Well The protagonist was really annoying. As other reviewers have noted she has a ridiculous world view. There's a serial rapist loose on campus, her thoughts are: Women with sense don't get raped.She's South African and has this weird race thing going on, where she randomly trusts black people, but spends a lot of time think [...]

    5. vampires are publishing gold right now, what with the fallout from Twilight, Anita Blake and True Blood. When publishers have a 'vampire Romance' section on their website, you know the purchasing power a literary fad has got to be considerable indeed. Some folks are ok with chewing through every vampire romance book under the sun in their lust to sake their vamp fixation. If you are one of those people looking for a demon lover/fang banging action, this is NOT the book for you.The Vampire Tapest [...]

    6. Ugh. Got to the part where the main character starts to blame the victim for being raped on campus by saying "no real woman" would let that happen to her and got so disgusted I couldn't finish. This followed by her saying another character was all but a bleeding hippy for wanting to save the ozone layer and then she slips into some weird fantasy right after where she's remembering hunting endangered big cats in Africa during her youth. I think I'll take my vampire novels without Ilsa, She Wolf o [...]

    7. What an interesting vampire book. I'm not very familiar with the genre (Twilight is my only reference) and The Vampire Tapestry is quite different from the Twilight series. There are five novellas featuring Dr. Edward Lewis Weyland: a tall, suave, gray-haired, slightly stooped vampire. (This book was published in 1980 and due to the name "Edward Lewis" I kept picturing a taller version of Richard Gere from "Pretty Woman"!) Dr. Weyland scoffs at those who believe vampires have fangs (his method f [...]

    8. Our hunt for new series to read is ongoing and often on our blogs, or the podcast we request new titles. We are especially looking for books that are progressive and have good representations of marginalized people. Because all of our blogs are social justice related we have a tendency to trust the recommendations. The following is the recommendation that we received for the Vampire Tapestry“I also recommend The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas for vampire fiction fans. I read it years a [...]

    9. Despite the "Scary" endorsement fromStephen King on the front cover, this wasn't, really. And despite the title and the presence of a human-shaped blood-drinker, it really wasn't about vampires. More a stately exploration of questions like, What does it mean to be human? What is Art and why/how does it affect the observer, human or otherwise? What does it mean to be a predator? To have/want/use power? Oddly, this make me think aboutThe Sparrow, which is really nothing like this except possibly i [...]

    10. I had some ambivalence about this book at first, but ultimately came to appreciate it a lot. Ed Weyland is a professor with a difference, he is a bona fide vampire. Weyland is not the supernatural creature of typical sharp-fanged fiction, but a natural if unitary, natural phenomenon. No full moons or holy water in these tales. Weyland is nothing more than a creature with significant physiological differences from humans, a predator living among his prey, stronger, longer-lived, with keener sense [...]

    11. I have to say that Ms. Charnas has taken a very clever and new look at the vampire. This isn't at all the Dracula, Anne Rice hero, or any of the brooding young guys on television or the movies. I wasn't immediately engaged in the book, but after a couple of chapters I just gave into the story being told. I accepted the perameters that she had set for her vampire and gave up all other notions. I believe this is what allowed me to become deeply engaged with the book. Her writing is exquisite and t [...]

    12. I've read this book @ least 3 times, and imagine I will read it again a few more times before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Weyland is, I think, the quintessential vampire. He is other, he is alien, he is the ultimate predator. He is not romantic, emotion plays no part in his existence, he is by no means human, he views humans as sustenance, and he is singular. There is no sentimentality or sympathy in him, he is the ultimate predator and an encounter with him will most often end badly for tho [...]

    13. The Vampire Tapestry is the type of vampire book I'd find prior to all the PNR/UF books out now. The books consists of five novellas that run chronologically to form a full length novel when read together. The first three are all written from the POV of three people who cross paths with Dr. Edward Weyland and recognize him for what he is, vampire. The final story is told from Dr. Weyland’s perspective where he realizes the consequences of living too closely with his prey and the effects it has [...]

    14. Charnas is a capable writer but this book really, really SUCKED. I read about 3/4 of it and I just couldn't bear to read anymore. I can't imagine how anyone could take a vampire and make him so completely and unbearably dull. This vampire didn't even have fangs-he had a probiscus under his tongue and used his tongue to suck blood from arms. The vampire was older and ran a sleep-study program at a university which was profoundly fitting since he put me to sleep every time I tried to read about hi [...]

    15. *Βιβλίο ν. 50 για φέτος!* Το ‘υφαντό του βαμπίρ’ ήταν η πρώτη μου επαφή με την Charnas και μπορώ να πω ότι δε μ’ άφησε καθόλου δυσαρεστημένο. Το αντίθετο. Το βρήκα καλογραμμένο και με πολύ αληθινούς χαρακτήρες. Το βασικό του ατού ωστόσο είναι η ίδια του η ιστορία. Στα δικά μου μάτι [...]

    16. This book is on my favorite’s shelf because it is so different from other vampire books.The main vampire character is an animal not a specter or demon. He’s more or less an unsympathetic predator. I applaud the author to not use fangs on her monster, if anything it’s just nice for a change. Also when you think about it, it’s a better design if you want to remain an anonymous feeding machine.I definitely appreciated the authors use of intelligent design with her creature. So if you’re i [...]

    17. It took me a while to get into this - the novel is broken into five stand-alone sort of novellas, and the first was somewhat the weakest for me, though I liked how it set up the unconventional, unlikeable vampire-hunter. All five sections deal with a single character - a vampire anthropology professor. He is as far a he knows, the only vampire, ever. The strongest section is “The Unicorn Tapestry” which the book jacket informs me won a nebula on its own as a novella. It is from the point of [...]

    18. No capes. No bats. No fangs. Charnas takes an almost anthropological look at what a predator whose main prey is man might realy be like, and the picture is amazing and haunting and sad.

    19. Un vampiro diverso, storia interessante. Avrebbe dovuto essere bellissimo, purtroppo manca qualcosa.La lettura procede lenta, salto diversi paragrafi, i dialoghi annoiano.Peccato.

    20. Charnas has written a psychological “What if?” story. She asks: How would a being who lives for centuries and subsists on human blood construct a plausible persona in the 20th century? Charnas also explores the corresponding question: How would the people with whom this alien being comes in contact respond to him psychologically? During the latter half of the 20th century, the vampire takes the identity of Dr. Weyland, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Cayslin University. Because [...]

    21. Another one of those books I purchased years ago and then forgot about Reading everywhere what a great book this is, I finally picked it up for reading with high hopes. Unfortunately, this book did not meet my expectations, though I really wanted to like it.The story consists of several episodes in the life of Edward Weyland, Vampire. Dr. Weyland is not your usual vampire, for once missing the expected vampire teeth and instead feeding through a needle-like tube protruding from his tongue. And, [...]

    22. Interesting take on vampire lore. This was actually 5 novellas strung together by one vampire being the main character. Each novella is told from a different perspective. My favorite was the 3rd story in which our vampire sees a psychiatrist about his "illusion" of being a vampire. The story really gets interesting once she figures out his illusion is no illusion at all. I enjoyed the idea of vampire not being a supernatural being, nor a being with super hero abilities, but a creature who just s [...]

    23. Creepy, psycho-analytical thrillerMythology: No fangs, immortality (inter-spaced between Rip Van Winkle-like states), highly intelligent and adaptable, no special superpowers, needs blood to survive; venom numbs victims, can walk about in daylight.Bella Scale: -100 Bellas. Dr. Wayland could have James for lunch and probably would intimidate even the Volturi. He’s thoughtful, strong, willful, charming and a survivor to the last. Bella, who?Written in 1980, this is a history of the vampire, Dr. [...]

    24. Technically I'd rather give this book 3 1/2 stars, but since that option is unavailable I will settle towards the more promising four stars. The first three quarters of this novel are incredible, particularly part three in which said vampire, Dr. Weyland, becomes acquainted with a therapist. This isn't your typical vampire novel (no sparkly drag queen vamps here, ladies), but works well utilizing a psychological slant. Yes, there are some kills, but they are never gory, and play out more as a ch [...]

    25. DONE! Finally!I get that we're supposed to see how he thinks he's so superior, then at the last second, he figures out that he's just as F'd up as the rest of us then he's going to sleep it off and start over as superior in 50 years. I LOVED the tone, as previously mentioned. Each "section" should have been better developed and made into separate novels instead of quick snippets of his life where we have no emotional attachment to anyone and we can't tell what the point is at the end of the sect [...]

    26. Charnas has brought us a vampire that is cold and calculating, making for a creepy tale to read. The vampire has no supernatural powers. He is a biologically-driven feeder of human blood. Neither good or evil. The novel is actually five stories weaved together to form one solid tale filled with suspense, fear, insights, and a touch of empathy -- all which could destroy the vampire and/or the humans he comes in contact with. I really enjoyed her take on the vampire. There is no bemoaning his fate [...]

    27. The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas is a fascinating story recounting the life of the vampire Dr. Edward Lewis Weyland. The book reads more like a series of interconnected novellas than a novel but I liked it. The first three sections are told through the points of view of three people who come into contact with Weyland and know that he is a vampire. The last two sections are told from the Weyland’s point of view as he envisages his increasing cognizance of human nature. It's a persuasi [...]

    28. I expected to be blown away by this pre-AIDS vampire novel but I was not. The characters too easily believed that this man was a vampire on not much evidence, particularly the therapist. In half a second the characters figure out that he's really a vampire. How much more interesting if the therapist had continued trying to treat a man with "delusions" of being a vampire, all the while not knowing that he really was one. Still, an interesting read, with the beginning sections more compelling than [...]

    29. I know that "vampire as another hominid" has been done, but I've never seen it done quite like this before. I'm One Of Those People Who Like Multiple POV, so I loved the "tapestry" method of a set of long short stories told from the points of view of people who come into contact with the vampire and then from the pov OF the vampire.Really good writing, believable characters, wonderful dialog. Loved it that the question, "Who's the monster here?" wasn't an either/or. Highly recommended from someo [...]

    30. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο, με πολύ έξυπνες ιδέες. Οι χαρακτήρες είναι κρυστάλλινα αληθινοί, η πρόζα στιβαρή. Εκτός από το σημείο με την όπερα, που το βρήκα μάλλον τραβηγμένο για το ρόλο που παίζει στην εξέλιξη, όπως και για το μάλλον μοιρολατρικό τέλος, που μουτζούρωσε λιγάκι τ [...]

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