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Staked (Void City, Book 1) Paperback – March 11, 2008
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An avid reader, J also enjoys sushi, popcorn, lukewarm sodas, and old black and white movies. His two favorite activities are reading comics to his kids and typing into the wee hours of the morning. (He used to be a person who took very little sleep.)
J is a member of SFWA, where he volunteers as editor for their Pressbook pages. He is also a Codexian and a member of the League of Reluctant Adults. Those looking for more information should track him down on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-F-Lewis/54427382233 or Twitter @JF_Lewis or at his website http://authoratlarge.com
Top Customer Reviews
One would think that a novel featuring a vampire-owned strip club would be pretty predictable. Same goes for vampires vs. werewolves, and, of course, the physiology of the vampires themselves. Lewis manages to not only avoid being predictable, but displays an excellent talent at worldbuilding and characterization. Eric is anything but the seedy, smarmy stereotypical strip club owner. Despite being a vampire, he still deals with very human problems, from love to paying fines and tickets. Additionally, because he's still relatively young, dying in the mid-20th century, he doesn't have the "I've been dead for so long that my culture of origin no longer matters" copout going on. Instead, the reader is treated to odd cultural references from the 1950s and 1960s, and Eric's life is still punctuated by reminders of his human life--including his would-be wife, Marilyn, who stays with him even after his undeath.
The plot is fast-paced, too, especially for a not-quite-400-page book. Rather than focusing only on the mystery at the center of the story, Lewis brings in several plot threads and fleshes them out enough to keep them interesting.Read more ›
"Staked" is written with an easy, enjoyable style. There's a tongue-in-cheek element throughout the entire book that will keep you laughing before, during, and after the horrific elements. Most importantly, there's a character for everyone to like.
J. F. Lewis has a bright future ahead of him. One morning, I found myself reading this book while shaving with a straight razor. I don't think that's ever happened before. I'm sure if it was waterproof, I would have read it in the shower.
JF Lewis is a hot new origional voice in the urban fantasy market. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this series! A gritty, down-to-earth telling of what it might really be like to be a vampire, and have to deal with all the everyday problems we all encounter as-well-as the not so everyday ones, like a whole pack of werewolves out to get you!
Highly original concepts, intricate plotline, sympathetic characters, and a few surprising twists make for a great read. Certainly not for everyone, though . . . the fluffy bunnies can stick to Kim Harrison, as the graphic bloodshed might be a little much for their tender sensibilities. The gore is integral to the plot, however, and is artistically rendered without ever going over the top.
Brilliant conclusion. This book stands on its own, or it could even be developed into a series. I hope to see more from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gross vampire porn with a forgetful main character. There are some fights with a few werewolves and kind of a plot thrown in. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Staked was certainly interesting. I had no idea what to expect going into it, but I was intrigued by a vampire with memory loss issues and constantly running into trouble. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Angie
This was my second attempt to read the book. On my first attempt I barely got through the second chapter before losing interest. This time I got 25% in before giving up. Read morePublished 16 months ago by BookWyrm
Eric wakes up from his rage in an alley in Void City, where he as apparently just killed another vampire. A bum has seen it all, and Eric tries to pay him off. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Aurian
Ok. I give this book a 3 because i liked the story line overall. I just thought Eric turns out to be more whiny then brooding. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Krista Walters
Just enough mystery to hook me I to the next book in the series without beating me over the head that it is a series.Published on March 20, 2013 by KAS
"Staked" is the first book in a smart, funny, badass, hilariously heartbreaking series about Eric--a strip club owning vampire with memory problems, rage blackouts, and the love of... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by elfshanx