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The Grateful Undead: They're So Vein
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From USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Stec,
I love laughing with my daughters, class B scary movies, fine cuisine and hamburgers from Wendy's. I'm addicted to electronics, dark chocolate, vintage eyeglass frames, and fuzzy warm socks.
There isn't just one thing I'm passionate about. I love living on fifty acres in upper state MI, and often get up in the middle of the night to listen to the coyote sing. I sculpt stained glass and paint with watercolor, but most of all I write. I write because I have to and because it amuses me to live vicariously through my zany characters.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead~~Oscar Wilde
Connect with Susan Stec on: http://thegratefulundead.blogspot.com/
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Top Customer Reviews
This story shows what happens to an average family when the 50+ year old Susan gets changed into a HOT vampire babe. The fun all starts when the whole family of cranky women want to be changed. Things don't go down well when they find out there are rules to their new vampire life and consequences to their bloodsucking activities which they have to sort out themselves.
Susan Stec has created real characters who are witty, smart-mouthed, and way too funny for their own good. The family dont' get on with each other, how are they expected to get on with other vampires and work with them.
Very humourous story and the characters stay in your head with their hilarious dynamics.
Thankgoodness there are more books to come.
This story is unlike any vampire story you have read. A very enjoyable read and I look forward to other books in this series.
A fresh take on the oft-bitten vampire milieu, They're so Vein is a book that illustrates (hysterically) what happens when all (except one) of the estrogen-producing members of one family suddenly find themselves blood-suckers.
The characters are each funnier than the next: Susan is their bitchy leader, who got them all into this undead mess, but couldn't care less since she's now wrinkle free and has perky tits.
Then there's her sister, JoAnn, who can't quite get on board with the whole "drinking-human-blood-thing. " She ends up screwing with the eco-system by feeding on animals and accidentally turning them. PETA would be pissed.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't, again, mention Susan's eighty-something mother, who keeps bringing home men half her age, and is having a love affair with her battery-operated sex toy. (Her and Christopher, the mouthy Vampire kid, are my favorite characters. Fantastic one-liners!)
And Susan's kids... one daughter who's happy to play the fanged version of a kick-ass action hero, while the eldest daughter - the only sane one among them - decides to stay human, thank you very much.
It's all fun and games until the "serious" (old!) vampires come knocking, and expect this motley crew of newly-turned idiots to pay for their every Vampiric transgression. Sex, blood, and heads will roll...I think you'll find They're So Vein a funny, enjoyable romp.
(I smell a sequel!)
FIVE STAR RECOMMEND
Although I found a few editing mistakes (a couple actually threw me out of the story), do not let that keep you from reading this hilarious take, satire? on the new vampire genre. In this story you have the Grandma, otherwise known as Mom, Nanna or Chick, who resembled Sophia from Golden Girls. Susan and JoAnne, sisters with very different outlooks and behaviors.
I found the family dynamics fun and fairly familiar. The council guys were intimidating and adorable at the same time.
In this you will find vampires, a werewolf, a fairy, a troll and a few other things that aren't supposed to exist.
I HIGHLY recommend this funny fangy frolic.
Rather than following the current convention of brooding immortals, Susan gives us a zany family of middle-aged and elderly women suddenly returned to the prime of their youth (albeit an undead youth), with the bonuses of being gorgeous vampires. Rather than whining about it, they glory in it, but their outrageous behavior has not gone unnoticed. There's hierarchy and rules for paranormal beings, and as the girls have been adjusting to their undead lives, they've tromped their stiletto heels all over them, and unfortunately, the Lords of the Undead are not the forgive nor the forget type.
As someone who's overdosed on the vampiric saturation of the entertainment industry, I was hesitant to give this a shot despite recommendations from friends, but I'm very glad I did because Susan has breathed freshness into genre that needed it badly.
Highly recommended for fans of Charlaine Harris's "Sookie Stackhouse" novels, and Christopher Moore's BLOODSUCKING FIENDS, or basically any of his work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I very seldom give 5 stars for a book...hey what can I say...back in the day a teacher i had said no one is perfect so u can not really earn a perfect mark!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Greenhalgh
The Grateful Undead starts out strong with They're So Vein. Susan Stec takes the old vampire stories, myths, and legends and turns them on their heads. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy Bateson
Parts of this book were good, parts were kind of terrible. It was funny, first of all. The other magical creatures were great, the new vamps getting their information from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carrie Garner
I'd heard a lot about this author before I'd ever read her work and can I just say I was not disappointed!
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Wickedly funny. I laughed right out loud throughout...Published 3 months ago by Roxanna Rowlett Parker
Hilarious and very entertaining ! sweet change from common romances, Great sexy scenes. Highly recommended for a good read. Can't wait for the next in the series.Published 4 months ago by Lissa Holmes
I loved this book! I’ve never read anything like it, which is always a win in my book. At first, when I saw it was about vampires, I wasn’t sure, but I haven’t read a vampire novel... Read morePublished 4 months ago by n larry