Friday, May 10, 2013

Book #34: Fall of Night

Title: Fall of Night (Book #14 of The Morganville Vampires series

Author: Rachel Caine

Date started reading: May 11, 2013
Date finished reading:  May 14, 2013

Publish date: May 2013
ISBN: 978-0451414250
Number of pages: 352

Official summary: "Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble... Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane. Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires. But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make..." (

How I obtained the book: Pre-ordered for $9.98 through Amazon using a giftcard I earned using so ultimately it was free to me.

My commentary:
  • This book made me miss how the first 8 books in the series were much smaller, which led to less filler. The first 72 pages of this book were so boring that I wanted to just quit reading it. It wasn't until the appearance of Dr. Anderson that things picked up and were interesting. 
  • SPOILER ALERT: I was absolutely shocked at how this one ended. Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael (along with Dr. Anderson, Myrnin, and Oliver) return back to Morganville and get met by the human cops at the town's entrance. The human's take down the vampires and say that Morganville has been taken over by the humans thanks to the Daylight Foundation. The vampires are no longer running the show. This makes me a little happy because I've known for a while that the next book is titled "Daylighters" and I had figured that meant suddenly there'd be vampires who could easily walk around in the sun ... because that seems to be the way all the vampire series are going. Somehow they're all adding in at least one vampire who can walk in the sunlight, but this means "Daylighters" is referring to the foundation, not sunlight-loving vamps, and I'm happy.
  • I'm glad in this book there are only two points-of-view -- Claire and Shane -- but I'm still annoyed at how Claire's is in third-person while Shane's is first-person. It was at least less confusing with two POVs instead of three or more. Why do everyone else's in first-person but do Claire's in third-person? It pisses me off.
  • MORE SPOILERS: I totally knew Dr. Anderson was going to end up betraying Claire and everyone else who supports vampires. I don't know how it would've surprised anyone. I think in the Morganville world, you shouldn't trust anyone new. It was just too obvious that she wasn't on Claire's side of things from the time she showed up in the book.

Memorable quotes:
  • "Morganville would go on without her. That seemed weird." ~ Claire
  • "Romance is for idiots." ~ Liz
  • "You come back to us or I swear, I'll find you, dig up your stinky corpse, and kick its ass until it freaking disintegrates." ~ Eve to Shane
  • "You know (Myrnin); he's brilliant, and he's the living embodiment of chaos theory."~ Dr. Anderson
  • "Working for Myrnin means being zookeeper, nanny, and best friend. Trouble is, knowing when each of those things is necessary, because making a mistake means you become a Happy Meal." ~ Dr. Anderson
  • “Not a good day for Team Vampire.” ~ Shane
  • “The world out there isn’t like it is here. I know it hasn’t been easy for you here — and I’ve been a significant part of your challenges, as well. But Claire, I do know something of the world — I have been in it for hundreds of years, and although technology changes, people are little different, then or now. They are afraid, and they use that fear to excuse their own actions — whether it is theft or hatred, violence or murder. People bond themselves into families and groups for protection, and strangers … strangers are always at risk.” ~ Myrnin 
  • "Maybe the normal world isn't as normal as I expected." ~ Claire
  • "Man, the real world sucked. And it sucked even more that I actually missed Morganville." ~ Shane
  • "In real life, you don't get a reset, and you don't get extra lives, and I got the crap pounded out of mine." ~ Shane
  • "Nothing here is like fighting vampires. It's more like fighting smoke. I think I liked it when I had an actual enemy to face." ~ Shane
  • "I love it when you talk dirty physics." ~ Shane to Claire
  • "Anybody who believed vampires couldn't feel things like living people did had never met Michael Glass." ~ Claire
  • "Science doesn't fix everything. Sometimes, it just screws everything up." ~ Eve
  • "We watch each other's backs, Morganville style." ~ Claire
    "You can take the girl out of town, but you can't take the town out of the girl." ~ Shane
  • "When everything went crazy, when nothing made sense... Claire made sense. I just had to trust even when I couldn't see." ~ Shane
  • "You could kill somebody with a bar of soap, if you tried hard enough." ~ Shane

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