Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Angel Falling Softly by Eugene Woodbury

I had read two chapters of Eugene Woodbury's Pathway of Dreams two years ago and couldn't get through the rest for all the graphic sex, but was still willing to give this new slant on the vampire tale a chance and was very disappointed. The blurb on the back of Angel Falling Softly tells of a female vampire falling, but it leads you to believe she is seeking a new life by redeeming herself in an LDS Community. This is so far from what we're thought to believe.

An LDS bishop's wife has lost her faith and is willing to sell her soul to save her young daughter, who's in a coma in Deseret Children's Hospital with Leukemia. There are several sexual encounters that Milada goes into in order to get blood. One of these encounters is a lesbian encounter, which left me nauseous. The publisher and others are saying this is NOT LDS Fiction, but everyone I talk to say otherwise. If this is NOT LDS Fiction, then why do we see and hear about "Fast offerings", Relief Society, Scouting in a Sandy suburb where my hubby and I used to live? I feel our faith and God were mocked and shown disrespect.

I would've liked to have seen Milada change her ways and life and gotten forgiveness and embraced the Gospel and a different miracle occur than having the young daughter leading a condemned life, living forever as a vampire.

We have felt deceived by what has been portrayed in this novel, also that Some people seem to be misinformed that vampires and sex go hand in hand. Mary Shelly, who created Dracula, did not portray Dracula as a sexual character. I was an absolutely avid fan of Dark Shadows and there was not an ounce of sex in that show.

I feel Eugene is a great writer, but he needs to write for a mainstram audience and not list on his bio that he served a mission for The Church of Jesus CHrist of Latter-day Saints. Also, I have read many LDS novels that have had far less mention of LDS in them than Angel Falling Softly. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

236 pages
Zarahemla Books (June 30, 2008)
Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
Amazon.com Sales Rank:
#775,316 in Books

Purchase Angel Falling Softly here.

1 comment:

Marny Parkin said...

Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, not Mary Shelley. (She wrote Frankenstein.) It has been a few years since I read it, but I felt there was a definite sexual undertone to some scenes.