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Dark Dance (original 1992; edition 1992)

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Title:Dark Dance
Authors:Tanith Lee
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vampires.

have two copies of this. (one from A)

8th March 2010 = one copy to essi ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Tanith Lee has covered a LOT of genres in her career. If you want a quick sampling of the range of her best work, try The Storm Lord, Silver Metal Lover, Elephantasm, and Gorgon. Dark Dance, however, is my personal favorite. It's complicated to explain just why. On some spiritual level, I suppose, I'm comforted by the vast emptiness of the Scarabae household. To me, it represents a world in which both religion and secular humanism seem naive failures and confirms, maybe, that only a stubborn will to live matters. The Scarabaes - a world of an ancient family of vampires, withered and beetle-like, cloistered in a huge, decaying house on a cliff by the sea. The only color in their lives provided by stained glass windows and beams of richly colored light transforming motes of dust in the air. Or by a Rachmaninov concerto somewhere off down a hallway. Shadows and slow movement and suspended time. Entering their world, is a bit like being committed a nunnery and being shut up a alone with.... a narcoleptic God or maybe just an asylum of senescent saints. There's no great horror plot to the Dark Dance or the other books in the Blood Opera sequence. These are NOT your usual vampire novels. They're descended from J.K. Huysman rather than Bram Stoker. If you can savor the beautiful gothic sullen pessimsm of Lee's evocation of Racheala and the Scarabaes, you'll enjpy Dark Dance. If not, put down the book and go jogging instead.. ( )
2 vote Ganeshaka | Mar 25, 2008 |
Tanith Lee's Dark Dance presents the promise of a new departure from the normal vampire plot. But in the end it does not live up to that promise.

The vampirism is genetic rather than spread by blood. And the vampires have no craving or need for blood. The only traditional characteristic of the the vampire that remains is the extraordinary long life.

The the vampires' refuge is a old country house somewhere in Britain. One of the inhabitants is the father of the main character, Rachaela, and she in turn has a child by him, Ruth. The plan is that Ruth will also have a child by him.

The old house is destroyed and all the vampires, except if we conclude that Ruth is also genetically one of them. This destruction seems too easy. ( )
  Darrol | May 22, 2007 |
A loner bookworm nerd girl is doing her own thing, working away, when she gets an invitation.

She accepts, and ends up staying with a very strange bunch, and she soon is in further than she thinks, pregnant, with the vampiric Scarabae hovering around, wanting to use her for their own ends.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2007/03/dark-dance-tanith-lee.html ( )
  bluetyson | Mar 2, 2007 |
Strange, unusual, eerie and uncomfortable in pieces this is definitely not a book for the faint of heart. With incest as part of the lives of the Scarabae it makes for uncomfortable reading in parts.
The story focuses on Rachaela Day, a woman who drifts through life and what happens when some relatives ask her to come home to the family home. Some of these relatives have memories that stretch back a very long time.
Very dark stuff, with vampiric echoes. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Dec 7, 2006 |
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