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ISBN-13: 978-0615261881 ISBN-10: 0615261884

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Platypus (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615261884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615261881
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,699,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vampire stories are my guilty pleasure.
Emily Hall
Any anyone who's willing to suspend reality for just a second won't be able to put this action-packed gem down.
A. Mansfield
There are lots of reasons to a read book.
Gary Bayer

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on February 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I received an advance review copy of this book in December and eagerly started in on it, but about three chapters in, I had to set it aside. I glanced at it a few times in the past few months, the pressure to finish building like it was an overdue assignment, but I couldn't bring myself to pick it up again. Today I finally did.

I am a fan of Ray's Flogging the Quill: Crafting a Novel that Sells and I really wanted to like the vampire kitty cat story, I really did. But there was no joy for me. I searched hard for signs of the campy, quirky tale I'd hoped for, but all I got was a case of severe irritation.

Some of the major premises of the tale annoyed me so much they knocked me flat out of the story. The first sign of trouble for me was the severely-anthropomorphized protagonist. I couldn't make it past the first kitty high-five - I kept thinking of Toonces from the old SNL skits. The undead demanding their rights to social services and suing under the ADA to keep government offices open at night? Uhhh... no. Sorry. My left-brain self kept thinking about budgetary constraints. Arresting a cat and taking it before a judge? Really?

Plus, as the story went on, I had serious problems with the most of the main characters' flip-flopping between 'good' and 'evil' with little or no motivation just in time to create a new crisis. To me, these did not feel like part of the genuine, natural flow of the story arc. I don't think I once found myself 'lost in the story'.

I'm having a tough time pinpointing what was missing from this story for me. Maybe the style was way too stripped down, too matter-of-fact somehow, for the subject matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bayer on April 5, 2010
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There are lots of reasons to a read book. To learn something. To get wrapped up in a mystery or drama. To get insights into the cosmos. And, sometimes just for the pure fun of it. This one is for the pure fun. A terrific premise. (A vampire cat? With Groucho Marx sarcastic wit?) A fun cast of characters. (Including an over-the-top preacher who reveals phonies everywhere.) A non-stop plot involving vampires, phony wizardry and even a political campaign. (Complete with vampire fund raisers.) I enjoyed this from page one until the sun finally came up (kind of) for the vampire cat. You can try to find a moral here about prejudice or honesty or something -- but, for me, the pure fun was quite enough! Bring on book two, Mr. Rhamey!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jjroxable on February 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
i love this book, not only because of the new, fresh twist to the whole average vampire story, but because it is so funny! i would recomend this book to people of the younger age, but if you are an adult that just wants a light funny read, try the sample. patch gets turned into a vampire by a girl named meg, and the story is about how they deal with the whole proccess. there are lots of laugh out loud times, and it is a good deal for two dollars. i hope that my review can help you with your decision to buy the book, and if you do, it is worth you while!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Rytus on January 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Is this horror? Would you call The Munsters horror? Of course not. But it's cheesy, campy, and hilariously funny. There's even a Garth Marenghi feel in a few rare places.

Rhamey knows how to write a slick story that draws you in. I'm dying to read the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Hall on August 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
I don't admit this to very many people (and here I am admitting it for the world to see), but I am vampire-story fan. Books and TV shows both. I have read Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, and even those silly Twilight (cringe) books. I watch True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. Vampire stories are my guilty pleasure. My point in saying all of this is that I have heard several different takes on the whole vampire thing. While each vampire story usually has some aspect of vampirism that makes it unique, most of them are all pretty similar - vampires are immortal, they have magic healing powers, they can't be exposed to sunlight, they usually have some type of superpower, etc. One of the things I liked most about The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles is that it presents a fresh perspective on vampirism, one that I had never heard before. One of the most unique aspects of the book's perspective? It's from a cat's point of view. A vampire cat's, to be specific.

Rhamey wastes no time in getting to "the good stuff" - no long introduction or history lesson here. The book jumps right into the action from the get-go, which I appreciated. The story starts with Patch, the cat narrator, being turned into a vampire, who then goes on to share all the adventures and troubles he runs into along the way. He makes several friends (and enemies) throughout his journey, including his new "associate" Amy, a freshly turned "vee" who has an ambitious streak. The other cast of characters include a seven-foot tall vampire with a flair for the dramatic, a pair of opportunistic vampire lawyer twins, an extremely wealthy and corrupt human mob-boss, an extremist preacher turned vampire, and a weasely journalist who is out to catch the newest "it" story.
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Ray Rhamey was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Leaving graduate school (psychology) at the University of Texas/Austin for the working world, he toiled in advertising/marketing communications for several decades, creating for national advertising clients and universities. Then he spent a few years working on scriptwriting in Hollywood. Then he took up editing and the writing of his blog on the craft of storytelling, "Flogging the Quill" (floggingthequill.com).

Now living in Oregon and focused full-time on book editing and book design (crrreative.com) plus writing (rayrhamey.com), Ray has published five books--nonfiction on writing, "Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling," and four novels: "The Summer Boy, a novel of Texas;" "We the Enemy," a speculative political thriller; "Finding Magic," contemporary fantasy; and "The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles," a humorous spoof of the vampire myth as told by a cat.

Ray has always been drawn to creative work, starting with a longtime desire to be a cartoonist and artist. He has done some cartooning, and now applies his visual talents to book cover and interior design, although he sees a graphic novel in his future. He loves mentoring other writers and does this by presenting workshops at writers' conferences.

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