There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them.
Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain.
Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.
Bill isn't exactly average, though. A vampire like him hasn't been seen in centuries. He's got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies, and an attitude problem that makes him too damn obnoxious to quit.
Join him in this hilarious tale of monsters, mayhem, and the unlikely hero who's not afraid to tell them all off...even if it gets his teeth kicked in.
©2011, 2012 Rick Gualtieri (P)2012 Rick Gualtieri
The story is kind of interesting, not very complicated. But I couldn't get past the attitudes of the main character. The story is told from his perspective so his rampant objectification of any and every female is on display for the entire book. For him, a woman is a thing. A collection of body parts to be possessed. The main female lead is very smart, brave, and resourceful. But all the main character thinks about is her bottom, her lips, and how annoying it is when she rolls her eyes. At one point in the book, a powerful male vampire threatens a female vampire by saying he might compel (magically) her to allow the main character to do "whatever he wants." When the male vamp says this, the main character thinks about great that would be, because then the female vampire would have no choice but to have sex with him. So... he's ok with rape.
The main character also complains about the bad attitudes, the "frat boy" mentality, a group of male vamps have towards women but he is just as bad.
The author seems believe that because the main character is a nerd/geek who plays D&D and video games, programs for a living, and lives with two other really nerdy men, that he must also objectify women and see them only as objects for sex. And the character never evolves. Despite being exposed to to a strong-willed smart female who can and does kick him around several times. He doesn't change his attitude at all, just keeps all his smarmy thoughts to himself out of fear the lady will hit him.
I don't know who the author has been hanging out with, but this characterization of nerdy guys as incapable of recognizing a woman is a person and not a moving sex doll is giving nerdy guys a really bad name. And the rape thing really bothered me.
who am I?
Definitely worth a read. The narrator has a good voice, unf, he doesn't "do voices," so all characters sound the same. I found this frustrating. I ended up reading (most of) the book on an android tablet, and imagining voices from the "Monster Hunters International" narrator (sorry, can't remember his name)
Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd
Vampires, geeks, humor & great story. Characters were great too. Narrator did and awesome job. Am downloading the next two in the series as I type this. Well worth the credit or the price!
For me the best aspect of the story is the twist on the lore. The least interesting aspect is the way Bill kinda BS's his way through much of the story.
None, as I would probably be on the menu.
Fun book. Not the best new vampire story, Bill is too mediocre in personality, but better than most the romance novels disquised as fantasy out now.
This book is Ready Player One meets Sandman Slim. A bit goofy with healthy heaps of vulgarity and violence. Each book in this series has been even more fun than the last. If you don't like this series, you're a pretentious bore.
The narrator, an audible dead-ringer for a nerdy sarcastic friend, brought Bill to life (pun intended). I absolutely loved the juxtaposition of gamer-geek guy with all the pretty kids. It had a post-high school feel, vis-à-vis social pecking order, that made it all the better. In short, Bill and his well-developed friends (and enemies) kept me wanting to hurry up and drive so I could listen more!
The verbal interchange between the characters, both nerdy and glam.
His dead-on nerd. If this guy looks like the Polo-wearing, model-looking douchebags that Bill hates, I'd say he's an amazing vocal actor.
Sally Sunset. While she looks like one of the model types, she's got it going on. Very smart but knows how to get things accomplished and work her resources. A drop-dead gorgeous politician in the vampire world.
It made me laugh out loud.
Did a good job with a variety of voices.
Nerds vrs Vamps!
Picture the cast of Big Bang Theory as you are listening to this....
My favorite character(s) were Ed and Sally. I like Ed's droll attitude and Sally's attitude and smart aleckness
He seemed to capture the attitude of the characters. BUT learn that you pronounce Viola in this context as "WaLa" not "Viola" :-)
BIll was the most memorable
A good premise if not believable. Wimpy nerd becomes Vampire King. At least the Vampires don't sparkle. No whinny teenage love struck girls. A little heavy on the gratuities language that is not necessary. An truly intelligent author can express their story and be humorous without resorting to the Fin-himer.
I'm not generally someone who will listen to the same audiobook twice, but I wouldn't be opposed to it. I may actually buy the Kindle version so I can read through it, though.
I can't honestly think of another book like this. If it were made into a movie, I think Seth Rogen would be perfect in the role of Bill (does that help?)
Just on the other Tome of Bill books, but I think he's fantastic. His impressions are amusing and he does a great job of delivering the sarcastic and hilarious lines that make this book so awesome.
Definitely Sally. We could hit up the mall, get our hair and nails done and then go out and kick some butt.
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