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Vampire Taxonomy: Identifying and Interacting with the Modern-Day Bloodsucker Paperback – November 3, 2009

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About the Author

Meredith Woerner started her search for vampires while pulling night shifts as a "copy kid" at the New York Post. Combining her supernatural know-how with a pulp pop awareness, she now writes daily about all the things that go bump in the night at Gawker's sci-fi blog, io9.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535796
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is this a book about popular cultural portrayals of vampires? Is this one of those half funny books that tells you how to survive some sort of supernatural or scientific nightmares? Is is a book of dating advice? This book by Meredith Woerner acts like all three and thus it sadly fails to fully give us what we expect from such books.

For a documentation or discussion of popular culture we require much better citations including a list of the books, TV shows, and movies she mentions. In fact, one of the things readers want from a pop culture book are such lists so they can go out and try to find those stories or images they found intriguing. This book is full of such tidbits but the lack of necessary lists and better citations was disappointing.

For a humorous book we want laughs. These need not be rolling on the floor moments, and indeed any horror subject which vampires should fit into, requires dark humor. The sort that makes us shake our heads and shudder while we chuckle softly. The sort that makes us a touch concerned about our own sanity as we take pleasure in such a creepy subject. The humor here wasn't that and it certainly was not rolling on the floor laughs either. It boarded on the uncomfortable humor we feel when people are stupid enough to believe that vampire wants to do anything other than drink from them.

As a how-to survival guide the advice is repeatedly leave or call in the experts. That's just tiresome after the third time. With some drawings of various types of vampires and descriptions of their abilities there is some promise here but it needed follow-through to be a survival guide.
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By K. Ting on November 15, 2011
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Nice fun read for vampire fans. I've always enjoyed Meredith Woerner's articles on Io9.com. So if you are fimilar with her and enjoy a vampires this encyclopedia of all things hominus nocturna is for you!
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By Joseph Tripician on June 9, 2010
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Hilarious, informative and provocative -- all at the same time. A must-have for vampires, vampire-watchers and wannabee vampires.
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By Liz Alexander on March 5, 2013
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This book will help me profoundly in my nightly vamp slayings! I highly recommend to any vamp fans out there.
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By britney matzick on February 13, 2015
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It was okay
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