Immortal by Gene Doucette Blog Tour: Review & Character Interview (18+)

Posted May 3, 2012 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

Publisher: Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

Release Date: March 8, 2012 (orig released October 1, 2010)

Buy: Amazon, B&N

Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Blurb: “I don’t know how old I am.My earliest memory is something along the lines of fire good, ice bad, so I think I predate written history, but I don’t know by how much. I like to brag that I’ve been there from the beginning, and while this may very well be true, I generally just say it to pick up girls.”

–Adam the Immortal

Surviving sixty thousand years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the twenty-first century, Adam confronts new dangers—someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide.Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.

Immortal is a first person confessional penned by a man who is immortal, but not invincible. In an artful blending of sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, and humor, IMMORTAL introduces us to a world with vampires, demons and other “magical” creatures, yet a world without actual magic.

At the center of the book is Adam.

“I have been in quite a few tight situations in my long life. One of the first things I learned was if there is going to be a mob panic, don’t be standing between the mob and wherever it is they all want to go. The second thing I learned was, don’t try to run through fire.”

–Adam the Immortal

Adam is a sixty thousand year old man. (Approximately.) He doesn’t age or get sick, but is otherwise entirely capable of being killed.His survival has hinged on an innate ability to adapt, his wits, and a fairly large dollop of luck.He makes for an excellent guide through history . . . when he’s sober.

Immortal is a contemporary fantasy for non-fantasy readers and fantasy enthusiasts alike.

My Review:
Adam has been around since the beginning of mankind.
Adam takes us through the events that lead to someone discovery what he is.  He has a few encounters with other species, and is able to finally figure out how to get rid of one of them.  You also get a glimpse back to his earlier times and when he first encountered some of the beings that are after him.  His memories back to some of the earliest moments in history shape him and give you an idea of the man he is now.
This is a great book.  It’s definitely not what I expected.  While he stopped aging around his thirties, Adam believes he can, in fact, be killed.  He isn’t quite sure how he came to be immortal.
There is a ton of dry humor, which makes reading this book that much better.  I love that Adam is not a hero.  He’s a drunk that goes from town to town just living his life.  He’s never had any aspirations to do great things.  He doesn’t care to be the “good guy.”  He also has very good fight or flight instincts, and that is what has let him survive for so long.  Adam is also trying to figure out who the mysterious red-headed woman is.
This is a great book for those wanting to dip into the fantasy world, but don’t care for magic.  Immortal has supernatural creatures, but doesn’t include the “magic” that makes them who they are.  They are just people who Adam runs into from time to time.  It is definitely not a book for kids.  There are a few crude parts, so if you don’t like that sort of thing you can pass over them.
I am thrilled to have Adam from Immortal here to answer a few questions!
Bookish Things: Since you were around when television was invented, what is your favorite movie or tv show?  Any decade.
Adam: I was, but it’s good to keep in mind that I was drunk for most of the twentieth century, and only occasionally owned a television or had access to one.  Generally speaking, one needed to be an American with a home and a living room in order to own a TV prior to, oh, 1970 or so.  So while I was aware of the invention of the television, certainly, I wasn’t fully attuned to the changing nature of televised entertainment until much later.  So I don’t think I can name a favorite television show.
Movies I saw a great many of.  I have an odd affection for historical dramas but for entirely personal reasons, i.e., they amuse me enormously, even when they aren’t supposed to be funny.  I don’t know which one I would pick as a “favorite”, but I do recall being kicked out of Spartacus for heckling the screen.
BT: What is your beer, or liquor of choice?
Adam: My beer of choice is any Egyptian beer brewed prior to or during the sixth dynasty.  It’s not really possible to get my hands on that any more, unfortunately.  Liquor preferences are almost entirely based on availability.  I used to enjoy the hell out of absinthe, and I wish I could say I was glad it was making a comeback except nobody has figured out how to do it right so far as I can tell.  And of course there’s wine, in which I lean toward the Greek vintages when possible.
BT: What is your favorite time period?
Adam: This one.  I’m basing that almost entirely on the democratization of basic creature comforts, like food, water, and indoor toilets.
BT: What did you do to piss Newton off?
Adam: Hah!  Nothing.  Shared the same air.  He was really irritable when anyone spoke while he was in the middle of a thought, and that was all the time.
BT: Why didn’t you feel the need to learn more about computers?
Adam: Well now hold on.  Let’s put this in perspective first.  The Internet is only twenty years old.  The scotch I’m drinking right now is older than that.  I didn’t learn about computers because I didn’t need to until pretty recently, just like I didn’t need to know how phones worked until every house had one, and I didn’t need to know how to shoot a gun until they became effective at distances of greater than ten feet.  This sixty thousand year old man is answering questions sent to him electronically.  Let’s be happy I’m not just hitting the keyboard with a femur bone and grunting.
BT: Is there any religion you believed in more than another?
Adam: Nothing that’s survived to now.  I was born into a tribe that had some basic religious beliefs which I also adhered to, but the tribe and the belief system are both long gone.  I do have a preference for the early hunter-gatherer and primitive agrarian cultural beliefs, mainly because they tended to believe in gods that were down here on Earth rather than at a remove.
BT: How are Clara & Iza doing?
Adam: Clara is in Europe somewhere, and Iza is still angry with me about that.
BT: What are your plans now that you’ve escaped the compound?
Adam: The compound was a number of years ago now.  The question of what I did after I left it is largely the subject of Hellenic Immortal, as is any elaboration to the previous question I might otherwise provide.
BT: What happened to Jerry?
Adam: It is my sincere hope that he was devoured by a wolf after I left him, but I don’t honestly know.  He’ll probably turn up again.
BT: Do you think you’ll ever remember what you did to make Eve angry?
Adam: This is a thorny question.  I apparently did something to her that resulted in her nursing a grudge for the whole of human history.  As this is the case, I’m not completely positive I want to know what it was.
BT: What is the earliest memory you can easily recall?
Adam: My first kill.  It was an animal somewhat like a wildebeest.  I wore its lower intestine as a trophy for three days.  I’m not sure how old I was, possible only eight or nine.
BT: Are you going to start staying drunk again???
Adam: That depends on whether something more interesting than alcohol comes along.
Thank you Adam for the interview!  I hope all finds you well in your years to come.
Come back tomorrow for a review of Hellenic Immortal.
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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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