Followers of this blog might not know but I actually read books beyond silly elfgame rules and the occasional comic book. However, for the longest time I actually haven’t had the chance to sit down and actually read a book. Well, about a month ago I was contacted by some people who wanted me to take part in a book tour. I read a book and write about it on my blog. Sounded like a pretty fair deal.
Then I accidentally read the entire book in the space of one night. It was that good.
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes is an unusual suspect: like its title reveals, it’s about a vampire, called Fred, who also happens to be a vampire. There is a pretty huge body of work about vampires, most of which portrays vampires as sexy dangerous predators. Well, Fred is neither sexy nor dangerous. As vampires go, he’s pretty much a kitten.
Fred is one of the most human vampire characters I’ve ever encountered in genre literature: even though he’s got super speed and super senses now, he’s still an insecure geek. The only changes to his lifestyle brough by his vampirism is the fact that he can now work through the night on accounting. And yet he somehow manages to be an amazing and likable character.
As I said, I finished this book in pretty much one sitting. It is a funny and clever little book that ribs perfectly on the excess of the modern vampire romance genre. Without going into too much detail about why I loved this book, here’s a few choice tidbits:
- One of the stories has Fred going to a vampire LARP, and being the least convincing vampire at the event.
- There’s a werepony. Even though that might sound like a lolrandom gimmick character, it’s actually pretty endearing and well-written.
- In a slight subversion of the traditional “A wizard did it” narrative, one of the stories has the conflict arising from “A wizard did it because they were very very high.”
- The book gives the reader glimpses of a secret history of the world/dark underground, but doesn’t oversell it. What little world-building there is is very subtle and effective.
The book should be available in all formats, including sexy modern digital forms and traditional tried-and-true dead tree. For more information, you’d do well to check the author’s website.