It's a pretty interesting tale, told by extracts from a series of contributor's diaries. But it looses something in the style. Although there are 5 main characters who tell this story, they all sound the same, there's no personality in their text. It also makes the story a little disjointed at times, but whereas it works as a narrative device in some instances, here it isn't really exploited fully.It's a fascinating story, and even if you think you know it, there are elements that are probably not in the many retellings. That includes the ridiculously far-fetched blood giving, which had me scrathing my head, waiting for someone to die. However it takes a very long time to get going, then seems to slow down in the middle before speeding up dramatically towards the end a finishing in a flash. It may be a classic book, but it's certainly not a brilliantly written story.