There are reasons we fear the night. He still isn't one of them. Bill Ryder, the trash-talking undead geek from Bill the Vampire, is back and about to find himself in a whole new world of side-splitting insanity.
One of the most powerful vampires on the planet has given Bill a death sentence. Meanwhile, an immortal princess wants him for an entirely different purpose, one which makes his first issue seem almost preferable. All the while, new and powerful forces have begun to emerge from the shadows around him. Are they friend or foe? Knowing his luck, do you even have to ask?
Bill's only hope is to marshal his friends, master his powers, and somehow prove that he's the scariest dead thing of them all.
©2011 Rick Gualtieri (P)2013 Rick Gualtieri
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
Bill is Back.My favourite telecommuting, under achieving, game programmer turned vampire is once again unleasing his unique can of wimp-ass on the vampire establishment. Bill's an anti-literary industry vampire. He's dumpy, he's bespectacled, he's a nerd but he doesn't sparkle. IMHO the strength of the series is the character's interaction. I just love the conversational banter between the characters.
You would have to read The Tome of Bill, Book 2, Bill the Vampire. It's another great story with a Khan. Bill gets to visit the far east and Sally's fun with Bill is just so wicked.
I really enjoyed this audio book and I have already started listening to book 3
It's a good follow-up with plenty of chuckles. I think I laughed more with installment, lots of good comebacks from Sally, D &D references, and they are still experimenting in Bill to learn what it means to be a vampire IRL.
During the first third of the book I really hoped Bill would kill Sally. By the end it's apparent how much she is needed and how she helps Bill. I look forward to more in this series.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Funny, light-hearted, silly.
That Bill could not convince his friends he had sex in China. It was one of the funnier parts of the book.
Bill is the best character and I like the voice as it reminds me of Paul Giamatti in a good way. He is self-depreciating and crass. Kind of like if Charlie Brown and Howard Stern had a son and turned him into a vampire.
No. it is a fun, light read and isn't designed to be particulary movig. It is the literary equivalent of eating a twinky light, tasty but no substance to speak of.
If you like the first book you will like this one. If you did not like the first book or were on the fence you will feel the same after this book.
So this book continues right off where the last one ended. It feels like it was written at the same time and doesn't suffer from the sophomore slump. My only criticism is that the character Bill is quite the chauvinist. There's a lot of objectifying and "bro-ing" in the book. I'm a guy and it stood out to me. It's a lot like the bravado of guys who frequent strip clubs but haven't ever spoken to women. I like the story, and the characters, but sometimes I winced at text.
The narrator did a spectacular job and was spot on most of the time. Someone should have pointed out the mispronounced french word viola. that is the only criticism I have of his performance. He was great.
Bill needs to grow a pair and give himself an allowance or stipend or something. She walks all over him and he bends over and takes it. Why can't Bill get a black card for emergency trips to China? It's getting old and her attitude grated on my nerves until close to the end where she looked a little better to me. I still like her and am already going to get the next book but Bill needs a stiffer spine with her.
This is a really humorous and fun supernatural series... I recommend it to those who liled Dresden Files and Iron Druid Chronicles... While it might not be as lengthy and serious (not as of yet anyway) it is still a fun a light adventure of an everyday-person learning and coping with a twist of fate that may be one of the best things to happen to him and his buddies... Maybe... Haha
Awesome Funny Series
I loved how Rick Gualtieri incorporated real historical figures and made them part of the vampire world. And I loved all the new characters that he brings into this second book, which you know you are going to see these characters again in future books.
Fetherolf's narration allows the listener to really sense the dry humor and sarcasm that could be missed if you were just reading it. He has a talent for humor that is hard to find in a narrator.
As with each book in this series, the most memorable character is Bill the Vampire. And of course Sally, Bill's maker and vampire partner is always enjoyable. But for this particular book in the series, the character Gan is introduced. And her presence is unshakable, at least it is for Bill.
If you haven't read Bill the Vampire (The Tome of Bill Book 1), do so before you read you read this one. This series is genius!
I can't stand it! How completely isolated from LIFE do you have to be to NOT know how to pronounce "denizen" and "voila"? Den-ZEE-en and VEE-oh-la??? WTF? And it's not just this one narrator - I've come across this crap in at least *3* other audiobooks! Helloooo? It doesn't appear to be an issue with the text, cuz I've checked the Kindle vers. It CAN'T be the narrator himself - there HAS to be a producer, quality checker, someTHING, right? Holy CRAP, people!
If nothing else, it's an absolute INSULT to the author(s).
I like the banter and sometimes snarky attitude of the characters.
Ok, he has a strange drawl at moments but overall fun to listen to. Even foul language sits comfortable with me when is uses it!
Not sure.... Bill and the Vamp Child Bride
Story is funny and a lite "read'. Just enjoy and laugh a little.
"How can anyone not know how to pronounce "voilà"!?"
The sorry is ok, quite entertaining/distracting. The audio artist has some gaps in his English language skills, the main irritating and repeated one is him saying"violia" instead of "voilà"
loved the book but he audio was hut and miss it seemed as though the voice actor was being changed during it all. I think it was just the way it was recorded though
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