strangely plausible: amish vampires in space

It’s not a joke. It’s for real. And it’s really good. All 534 pages of it.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I got an advanced copy of Amish Vampires in Space. I would have finished it much sooner but life intervened. Isn’t it frustrating how life can get in the way of a really good book at times? ๐Ÿ˜‰

This book is science fiction, and that’s what makes it strangely plausible. From Amish colonization of their own planet (can you not see the Amish jumping at the chance of getting their own whole planet (aside from having to ride a space ship to get there?)) to the origination of vampires, Kerry Nietz has done a brilliant job. The Amish society and their Ordnung-based motivations are believable. It’s their conflict with modernity and survival that has created a rich and rewarding theological tapestry that is refreshing, non-preachy, and open-ended. And the book comes full circle, giving the reader satisfaction at the end of the story.

Amish Vampires in Space is perfect for sci-fi or horror fans. But it’s also a great jump-in place to the world of speculative fiction for Amish fiction lovers, or readers of more conventional Christian fiction.ย 

I’m not giving away copies this time. Instead, I’m going to see if we can get the author to come and talk to us about his book. Would you like that?

So, let me hear from you? Do you plan to read Amish Vampires in Space? Why or why not?



14 thoughts on “strangely plausible: amish vampires in space

  1. Honestly, the one thing that has had me shying away from this book is the one thing I’ve seen people raving about – the cover. I don’t like the blood and I don’t think I could own a book with a cover like that, no matter what the contents. Which makes me torn since I really am intrigued by the premise & the outlandish theme makes me want to share the book – but I can’t because of the cover and I have too many friends/family who wouldn’t get the joke.


    1. I don’t like the cover either. The cover is certainly meant to shock, no doubt about it. It does create a visual of a small part of the book, but there is so much more to AViS. Do you have an e-reader? That would allow you to read the book and no one to see the cover. ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess you could use duct tape. Or maybe buy one of those mustache stickers and put it on the slutty looking vampire lady. ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. It’s the blood that bothers me. I do have a Nook. I suppose I could always use Calibre to change the cover to something that I won’t mind seeing and won’t freak my spouse & daughter out, too. I read a lot of both genres so I was intrigued soon as I heard about the satire. I just think it’s a shame that the cover may be chasing off potential readers (like myself, who wouldn’t bother giving it a chance if it weren’t for your review).


  2. Thanks for the honest review! I, too, think the cover is off-putting, and I probably won’t read it since I’m not an Amish fiction fan in the first place, but glad to know Nietz did a good job developing his story. I also feel it’s a bit late to pick up the vampire trend…but if the YA books I saw on Amazon recently are any indication, it is still trending on some level.


    1. Hi, Heather! I just emailed you a picture of my Bible. How funny.

      It’s not one of those vampire books. In this one, they’re pure evil. More classic vampire than shimmer-in-the-sun vampire. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. I trust you and will throw this into the TBR pile now. Although I don’t read Amish or vampire stories I’m intrigued enough now that you liked it. The cover doesn’t bother me at all and I think it’s exactly what it should be for it’s target market, which I doubt was most of us Bethany House, etc. readers. =)


  4. I’m intrigued as well–would love to see how the author made it “plausible”. That’s a biggie for me, whatever genre I’m reading. I have to see a believable path in the story line. I trust you, too, Lisa! On the to-be-read list it goes!


  5. Why I’ll read AViS. I like evil vampire tales. Amish are intriguing even if I’m not into bonnets and buggies fiction. It’s satire. The last one is probably my top reason. I love humor and satire.
    Can’t say I’m a fan of the cover but not because it’s offensive. I just don’t like blood, and the cover hints at a gore-filled story.


  6. I will definitely buy the book. I’m a real fan of Kerry Nietz. He writes whimsically, poignantly, excellently, and yes, plausibly. If you need an introduction to his style, read “A Star Curiously Singing” and you’ll be hooked.


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