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
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
bill was lured to a party by a hot chick only to be fed upon. when he wakes up as a vampire, he learns that he and the other geek vampires are going to be killed as a joke. somehow, bill is able to resist night razor's, the coven leader, compulsion and embarrasses him in front of everyone. before he can kill bill, the regional coven leader, ozymandias, overrules night razor and puts bill under a temporary protection order.
sally, the girl that lured bill to the party, is ordered to show bill the ropes and teach him the coven's ways. night razor and the rest of the coven try to find loophole's in the temporary protective order and try to kill bill.
under ozymandias' and sally's tutelage, they convince bill that he needs to live up to the bad a$$ reputation he created when he stood up to night razor on the night of his birth. so starts bill's like as a vampire. things get a little more complicated when ozymandias is sent away on a mission and bill realizes sally is more of a "frenemy" than he suspected.
there are a lot of funny scenes: bill's 1st feeding, bill trying to convince one of his friends he's really a vampire, the way sally treats bill when they're away from other vampires, optimus prime as a weapon...
narration is great. the narrator is the perfect fit for bill and sally.
overall, a very fun ride. it's short and sweet.
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I have listened to about 500 audiobooks now (man I need to get a life). I would say this one is above average. The story and characters are interesting and I enjoy seeing a new take on a genre that has been done to death. I like the book because (unfortunately) I can identify with the main character in many ways. It almost reads like what would happen if I or one of my friends were in the situation in the book.
The main thing I enjoyed about the book is the snarky sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times while listening to this book. The constant, nerd pop-culture references which seem to becoming maditory in urban fantasy are here but handled in a very entertaining way. The story and world the author created is interesting and fun. He definitely left me wanting more!
I will put a warning out there. If you are big into politcally correct behavior you will want to pass on this book. This is written from the point of a good guy without any PC filter whatsoever. It is clear as the book goes on this is just the sense of humor and coping mechanism for the main character but if you are sensitive you might get your feelings hurt.
Also, please keep in mind this book is for adults. This is definitely one I would not listen to with my 12 year old daughter. Overall, the book was enjoyable. I liked the characters and the humor was great! It isn't Tolstoy. If you want depth go somewhere else. It it is a light, fun, refreshing read and is a great pallet cleanser after reading heavier or more complex books.
I can't really find a similar book. It has a lot of the standard urban fantasy elements but has a much different viewpoint on vampires than other novels. The author takes so pretty funny jabs at tropes from the slew of other vampire novels. If you like Jim Butcher or Kevin Hearne you will more than likely enjoy this book.
Funny, Snarky but somewhat limited. He does a good job with the main character but the majority of the voices in the book sound like the same character. Still, overall I have no problems with the narrators performance.
The main character. He is kind of a bumbling dufus but with a good heart. The main character and his inner circle are fun and the type of people I would pal around with. The constant snapping and sarcasm of the characters would fit in well with most of the people I know. I like how he takes the world in stride and isn't the usual emo vampire we have come to expect.
After finishing this book I went ahead and got the rest of the series. I think that says it all.
Great book for the young adult. Tries out an original story line but falls back on the old tried and true Vampire lore. Not a bad attempt. Not a thriller, Not that funny, just okay.
This is the funniest book i have ever listened to in my life. I am serious. I could not stop laughing. I never knew it was possible to fit so much humor into a good story line. The writer is a genius.
Good self-deprecating, only moderately geeky main character was easy to like. Every time he did something ... or didn't do something , that could have lead to a hole in the plot, there was an "Oh yeah.." moment that brought things back to a logical conclusion. I'm also reading the Besty Vampire queen series, and they are similar in comic flavor.
I say it's surprisingly good, because I only bought it for the low price tag.
Funny, clever, awesome
I love the banter between Bill, his roommates and Sally.
Not really a favorite scene but Bill's internal dialogue when hearing the coven names. I laughed out loud when he renames them.
Bill - he's clever and hilarious. There would not be a dull moment.
Can't wait for the next book!
Supernatural Fan. Lifelong audiophile.
When he realized he was the bomb
It took me a couple chapters to decide if I loved or hated the book. Then I realized what I was not sure about was the "total guy point of view". Once I excepted I was listening to a dude's point of view (his smelly gym socks and all) I found myself really rooting for him. Now I am on Team Bill...that stupid lovable bastard.
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.
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEAT I HAVE IN MY COLLECTION. GREAT IN ALL WAYS NARRATION WAS PERFECT, STORY DID NOT STRAY AND A GREAT ENDING
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.
I loved this book and I need more!!! This is one of the best vamp books I've ever read simply amzing
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