The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak)

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9780007306503: The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak)

Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire’s Assistant and Tunnels of Blood, all in one bumper volume. These are the first three books in The Saga of Darren Shan on which the movie THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT is based.

Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy – until he gets an invitation to visit the Cirque du Freak… until he meets Madame Octa… until he comes face-to-face with a creature of the night!

Now Darren Shan’s internationally successful vampire series is coming to the big screen in 2009. The much-anticipated film adaptation of the first three titles is coming to cinemas on October 23rd 2009.

Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie), who co-wrote the screenplay with Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, A Knight’s Tale). The cast includes John C. Reilly, Selma Hayek, Chris Kelly, Josh Hutcherson and Ken Watanabe.

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The Vampire's Assistant is the second instalment in the saga of Darren Shan, which began with Cirque du Freak. Then, Darren made the difficult decision to become a half-vampire to save his best mate Steve Leopard's life. Now, he must leave his friends and family behind as he travels cross-country with the vampire Mr Crepsley and the Cirque du Freak. Early on, Darren dispels the vampire myth in his typically facetious fashion:

Crosses and holy water didn't hurt us. All garlic did was give us bad breath ... A stake through the heart would kill us, of course, but so would a bullet or a knife or electricity ... We were tougher to kill than normal people, but we weren't indestructible.
However, despite Darren's seeming flippancy, The Vampire's Assistant is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted. How long can Darren go before he must drink human blood? How safe are Darren's new-found friends? Why don't the mysterious, blue-hooded dwarves speak or cry out in pain? And does their master Mr Des Tiny really feed on little children? No one is safe in this gruesome, macabre tale--more a who's-going-to-do-what than a who-dunnit:
And then the red monster was on him. Stanley opened his mouth to scream, but before he could, the monster's hands--claws?--clamped over his mouth. There was a brief struggle, then Stanley was sliding to the floor, unconscious, unseeing, unknowing.
Familiar characters include Mr Tall, the wolf-man and Evra, the snake boy, who are more fleshed out in this follow-up. New characters include Darren's new mate Sam and R G (Reggie Veggie), an ecowarrior. If book one whet your appetite, then The Vampire's Assistant will certainly leave you hungry for more. Watch out for the next fang-tastic sequel. --Nicola Perry

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Cirque Du Freak
“…fast-paced and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more.” JK Rowling

"I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's
great story-telling."
Roddy Doyle

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