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.




Vladimir Nabokov
1 Star
363 pages, Epub

The story of Humbert Humbert, a pedophile who is telling his own story after killing a man who lured Lolita away from him.

Gist of the story-Humbert, who is european, marries a widow with a young daughter to be near the daughter. The mother dies, Humbert takes Lolita traveling around the U.S. for 2-3 years in an effort to completely possess her. She slips away. He gives up trying to find her. She comes to him for money, married and pregnant. He finds out how she slipped away. He goes and kills the man [not her husband, who is the father of her baby] and is writing his memories down to present to the jury and judge.

He is a nutcase, so he writes all over the place. He is deluded, thinking he is perfectly fine and doing the best for Lolita. So it is obvious that you, the reader, cannot take at face value what the writer, Humbert, is writing.

Overall, a disgusting book that gives more weight to the idea of simply killing all pedophiles instead of sending them to jail.