Surviving A Bad Book – The Space Vampires

the-space-vampires-1976_origAs I am currently updating my off-line book review database in Calibre, I come across some of the jewels that I’ve read over the years. Those books I try to include in my Some of my Favorite Things posts. Of course, there are times that I’ve come across some real pooper scooper books.

One such book that I read back in ’07 was The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson.  Sadly, since this was back in ’07, my review lacks somewhat in the verve and rip & gut that I find myself occasionally dabbling in these days. Kino also reviewed the book back in ’16. He wasn’t any more impressed than I had been.

I realize this isn’t an actual review even while I’m linking to an older review. But it amused me when I came across this and figured I could write something.  Now if you go to various social booksites and look at reviews, you’ll see how some people are praising this book. I think those people should be committed.

It was all about Sex is a Metaphor for Everything and Everything is Actually Sex. Goodness, I hate a lot of writings from the 70’s. Bloody Freud. And there was a movie but I’m not providing any links, as the few I saw convinced me it was softcore porn.

It didn’t help that I read the edition with the above cover. I felt very misled. Now, if I’d seen the covers below, I’d have had a better idea of just what I was getting into and maybe avoided it altogether.


I might have to go through my library and see what other 1 star or less atrocities I’ve read.  Sometimes it is good to be reminded of just what you’ve survived.



42 thoughts on “Surviving A Bad Book – The Space Vampires

  1. Oh my. It’s like…it’s like, you just know it’s going to be so bad that it’s actually good. Maybe that’s where the reviewers praising it are coming from. It’s like my husband who looks for hilariously bad movies on Netflix to watch for fun, just to laugh at how terrible they are and have a good time.

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    1. The thing is, this book took itself VERY seriously, almost pretentiously.

      You can tell it affected me though, as I can still write up all this after 10 years 🙂


  2. Ah, criticism.
    Alexander Pope said it all for me…

    ‘Tis as our judgments with our watches, none
    Is ever quite the same, but each believes his own.’

    Words to that effect…

    I kind of like scathing reviews, especially when they are short and to the point.

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              1. I’ve only read one book by him, the first in the Broken Empire trilogy. It was grimdark and I hate grimdark. The main character is a bona fide psychopath and I’d gladly kill him for free. So I’ve avoided him ever since and can’t really speak to the quality.

                Weeks. I own all his stuff in hardcover. He writes the kind of epic fantasy that I want to read. His first trilogy was rough around the edges and now he pumps out 700 page tomes for the Lightbringer series. I really like his stuff.

                Hope that helps.

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