After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected - he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs. Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds that he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon's interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.
©2015 Drew Hayes (P)2015 Tantor
I found that this installment of the series was, while just as light and entertaining as the first book, much better written. We didn't have the constant repetition of facts that were just divulged a chapter previous. The stories flowed better, turning into episodic archs that could stand on their own or be read as a whole. Really well done.
The characters are likable and genuine. The narration is well done. The ending left me wanting more. I enjoy this series a great deal and am looking forward to the next book, if there is one.
High marks and worth a credit.
If you read enough fantasy, it starts to get repetitive. This series completely shakes up the standard formula while creating loveable characters, and situations that had me stuck in my car in a fit of giggles. The book is made up of several short stories, but I never found this to be an issue.
I have been pushing this book on everyone I know. You would have to be some sort of serious grumpy pants to not enjoy Fred's extraordinary normal way of problem solving in the supernatural world.
Kirby Heyborne has the perfect voice to be Fred, it's completely how I would imagine it in real life, and
I thought this was a lighthearted easy listen. You get to enjoy a new perspective on being a vampire that is less scandalized then the usual way they are portrayed. The only problem that I really had with this story, was that each story started by reiterating the same information (i.e. how he's now a vampire, and an accountant). This allows each story to stand alone, but is slightly less appealing when listening to them all consecutively.
I enjoyed the content of this book; however, at times it seemed as if the book was being written as episodes of a TV show with unnecessary redundancies and sort of disconnected events. Overall, I will complete this series due to the enjoyable nature of the characters, dialogue, and unique story arc. The performer does a good job of giving a voice to a plethora of characters, although sometimes it comes across a bit overzealous.
I have really enjoyed Fred the nerdy vampire. I just wish that the aughor hadn't droped the f bomb. I have students I would hae shared this book with, but can't.
Hayes and Heyborne are a grand author/narrator team. The story line from book 1 flows well into book 2. The characters continue to develop realistically (or as realistically as any character can in a fantasy). I have enjoyed the series thus far and feel like my money's been well spent, as I can see myself going back and re-listening.
So much of science fiction/fantasy is dark, foreboding and just downright depressing. The Fred the Vampire series is uplifting an delightful and it remains true to the genre. Get it. R was it. R worst.
Yes. I never got bored with what was going on, and even if there are some cliche elements to the story, they don't seem over done or like every other vampire trope.
Bubba. I love that he's this big strong guy who's no-nonsense, but not a hard ass.
Only the first book in this series, which is pretty much the same by comparison.
even being dead doesn't get you out of paying paxes
I got this more out of the desire to listen to something - anything - besides my gossipy coworker, but I got hooked. Book two is at least as good as book one, and I liked the episodic nature of the stories. I also appreciate that they cut down on the formal recaps that were an annoyance in book one. Basically, if you liked the first Fred book, you'll enjoy this one too; if you've never read it, it's a good read. I originally anticipated more of a comedy that only had a couple predictable jokes, but there are actually some complex issues and personal growth seen in these plots. I am pleasantly surprised.
I always expect the best from this author and am consistently rewarded with amazing stories.
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