from Mihir Wanchoo at Fantasy Book Critic: Review-“Midnight Guardian: A Millennial Novel”
Midnight Guardian is set just before WWII (World War Two), with the first few chapters of the novel covering a wide time line. The prologue starts the novel out at the year of the Berlin Olympics, 1936. The first chapter of the novel then jumps to feature the vampires in the middle of Germany doing some of their many activities. The second time travels back nearly 2 years later, and features a tribunal of vampires set in Britain who are particularly worried about the events that are occurring in the continental Europe. The tribunal has had various reports from their vampire brethren about vampire hunting and a marching Nazi army that is starting to interfere with some of the tribunals plans and needs.
The story line begins with Brigit as she views Germany and the changes affected due to the Nazis. Brigit is one of a few group of vampires known as the millennials. The millennials are a bunch of vampires who have lived for more than 1000 years and thus have gained a lot of power in that time period. Five of these millennials are selected for a mission to eradicate the Nazi cause and make sure that the mistakes and events that lead up to the “Great War” are not repeated. Brigit often worries about the other members of her group, who are powerful but not as experienced as she is or trained for this particular endeavor.
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By Charlie Jane Anders at io9: A Plea For More SF From A Non-Human Perspective
Just because most science fiction and fantasy is read by humans (well, probably almost all of it) doesn’t mean our stories must have human protagonists, pleads Monster author A. Lee Martinez. Where are the robot and monster narrators?
Writes Martinez, who also wrote The Automatic Detective, over at Orbit Books:
“A big reason I don’t read much fantasy / sci fi is because I want the weirdness, the monsters, the inhuman, and for the most part, that stuff is shuffled to the side. Almost all fantasy / sci fi is from the human perspective because almost all of it is aimed at a human audience. (Very few dinosaurs buy books these days.) But I don’t want to read about people. I know people.”
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WWII and Vampires? I’ll have to check it out. I loved Resistance: Fall of Man (the video game) so this sounds good. And I never thought about non-human (or mostly human) sci fi.
What do you think?