Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 [NOOK Book]

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12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires-and the remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves. Every village wants a Hunter-one of the warriors who have pledged their laser ...
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Vampire Hunter D Volume 1

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Overview

12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires-and the remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves. Every village wants a Hunter-one of the warriors who have pledged their laser guns and their swords to the eradication of the Nobility. But some Hunters are better than others, and some bring their own kind of danger with them... From creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, one of Japan's leading horror authors with illustrations by renowned Japanese artist, Yoshitaka Amano, best known for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Dream Hunters and the Final Fantasy games.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621154877
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Vampire Hunter D
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 158,291
  • File size: 529 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

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    So amazing!

    This author is fantastic! As is the translator. The book is so elegantly written and so beautiful with imagery, even in the battle scenes (which are so cool!). D is simply the best character - I would recommend this book to anyone!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Uneven, but a good start to the series

    My first experience with this story was about a dozen years ago when I saw the anime OAV version on the Sci-Fi Channel. Since then, that has been the only way non-Japanese speakers could experience the first story in the very successful Vampire Hunter D series. Last year, however, Dark Horse Comics started a book publishing division to publish translations of Japanese books that would appeal to comic book and manga fans, so now we can all experience the original story in its original form. Overall, this book is about average. It is noticeably shorter than modern fantasy or sci-fi stories, clocking in at only 240 pages. In addition, the author's descriptions sometimes get over-bearing. For example, the main heroine/damsel in distress is Doris, a teenage beauty living with her younger brother. Too many times there are references to her 'maidenhood' or her 'maiden intuition' to let you know that she is a virgin. Being a virgin is all well and good, but it gets mentioned over half-a-dozen times, which is unnecessary. The translation is occasionally difficult at times, as well. There is one scene where I honestly couldn't tell what was happening because so many pronouns got used that it wasn't sure which 'he' or 'she' they were actually talking about. Things like that annoy me, because it breaks me out of the story as I have to figure out what the author is getting at. On the good side, the story is actually quite interesting. 'D' is a vampire hunter (obviously), but the story is set over 10,000 years in the future, and there is a strong sci-fi aspect to the world the characters inhabit. The proper amount of background is given to the reader to allow them to understand why the world is the way it is, but only enough to assist the story, which was nice. This is a long series, and I expect that the secrets of the world will be slowly uncovered throughout. This story involves a conflict with one particular vampire who is after Doris, but enough other characters get involved that the story avoids being one-dimensional. Overall it was an enjoyable read, and I will likely pick up more books in the series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    Could be better.

    The mythology and world build that Hideyuki builds is great. The genetically engineered vampires, monsters, etc., and the different variety of hunters is something that will arouse the interest of any fantasy/SF enthusiast. The characters are cliches but in a story like this, they work out fine. However his prose suffers from some problems. He makes a habit of telling, not showing--that is, pointing out a characters's personality traits and characteristics to the reader instead of letting the reader decide. Emotions and feelings are explained by the narrator instead of a more interest form of narrative like internal monologues, which are rarely used. Some of the action scenes are confusing in that D will defeat an enemy and you'll be left confused. Two paragraphs later, the explanation will given. Sometimes there are moments of cheese where the book will say, 'And what happened next?' Totally unnecessary, given the reader is supposed to be askng these questions themselves. D himself is dreadfully Gary Stu-ish, as he is nigh invincible in strength. When I first read the book, I found him comparable to Roland Deschain in demeanor and mystery, but at least Roland was usually beaten to a pulp or exhausted at least once before eradicating his enemies like slicing a hot knife through butter. Leahy is far from a terrible translator so the burden of responsibility lies on the original author. Thankfully the story itself makes the iffy prose a bit bearable, but I'm hoping 'A Raiser of Gales' is a bit better.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    The story that introduced the world to D.

    Here now is the story that inspired one of the best loved anime movies of all time. Vampire Hunter D is set in the far distant future where the vampires,or Nobility, rule humanity with an iron fist of terror. The hero of the story is D, a half human/half vampire dhampir weilding a deadly longsword an unearthly aura, and a special secret in his left hand. Setting out to assist young Doris Lang, bitten the vampire Count Lee, and save her from becoming a creature of the night. The great Noble lord is not his only danger however, as he faces off against foes who are more or less than human. This novel is action packed and will definitely not disappoint its readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Dont read this

    Jk! BUWAHHAHAHA
    5 Stars because it was amazing. Not recomended for kid or tweens. All in all awesome book!
    I'm enamoured with D!!! <3<3<3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Love this series

    Been tryin to get the whole collection at once but manage to get half...they really should make the other books into a video.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    could have been better I found this novel to be more mindless e

    could have been better

    I found this novel to be more mindless entertainment than intellectually stimmulating, although I will admit that it is quite suspenseful and kept me reading. I found the writing to be a mix of college-level and 8th grade, as there were many eloquent words, yet the writing was very matter-of-fact. My distaste may be due to my usual lac of interest in 3rd person novels. The series would probably be better suited to comics as the writing just isn't up to par, which is why I give this book a two out of five instead of three.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    yup, I'm going to have to buy more of these

    Overall I really liked it, I loved the way certain things would be hinted and implied rather than being said outright. Even though it did take me a while to get used to the cadence of the book, it turned out to be a fast read for me. I think my initial troubles were because it was translated from another language. Eventually all of the discriptive segments made reading it more like watching a movie in my head, and I have to say I like this book much more than the movie.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    Some of the worst writing I've seen in a long time

    For the sake of the author I hope that this is just a terrible translation, and the imagery works better in the original Japanese, but this book is literary garbage. I could go on and on, but I'll limit myself to a quote from the book: "The killing lust in Larmica's eyes was like a heat ray that flew at Doris' face. Not to be outdone, Doris met it with a shower of sparks from her own hatred. it was if there was a titanic spray of invisible embers between the galloping horse and racing buggy when their eyes locked." p.182

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Couldn't get any better

    These books are so elegant and prestigious in their voice and stlye. It's one of the best series I've ever read, and I read like all the books in the world will disappear tomorrow. D is a severly complex and mysterious character - even after reading every book that's printed in English (12 so far) you can't get enough of him! I can't recommend this series enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Perfect Sci fi and horror mix.

    If you loved the japanimation you will love the book and the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Wicked Awesome!

    I think this is a new series I will be collecting and becoming addicted to...my wife isn't gonna be happy about that :o) Vampire Hunter D needs to hook up with Batman

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    The book that inspired the movie is here!

    Vampire Hunter D was an incredible book. My sister and I just loved it! Taking place in a medevil future, this book has a unique feel to it not only because of its detailed settings, but also for its equally detailed characters. When you read this novel, you will instantly begin to inquire about each character's predicament, laugh out loud with some of their antics, but most of all, fall in love with them from the start. With its fast pace and wicked fighting techniques, you will soon find yourself in the heat of the action, and in the tension of suspense as well. All in all, this is a very satisfying read, and I can't wait to pick up the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    A Great Story With A Great Translation

    I have read alot of manga that had been localized into English very well. This was the first time I had read a book that had been translated into English. The story itself was excellent and it was translated so well that there was only maybe one part where it felt even a little like it hadn't been written in English originally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Loved It!

    I can't wait until the other novels are available. I wasn't particularly fond of the 1985 movie, but found the book quite enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    Well worth the wait

    'Vampire Hunter D' is one of the founding bricks of Japanese Animation of the early 1980's. A tale that was unlike anything that 'we' in the west have experienced before. Now the wait is finally over, as the first book in the series has be translated into english and brought to 'us' at last. The story is engrossing, and expertly written and I truly enjoy how the backstory has been fleshed out. The 1st film is adapted from this book, but the film doesnt scratch the surface of the world surrounding 'D'... A breath of much needed fresh air to the world of fantasy genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2005

    It was great!

    I liked this book very much. I would recommend it to anyone who likes books about 'the creatures of the night'. A Vampire Hunter D fan will surely be delighted (as I was).

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