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The ADHD Vampire Paperback – February 16, 2015
About the Author
Matthew Vaughn lives in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He is the father of three little girls and a little boy, yet he and his wife are just big kids too. By day he maintains machines and robots, but, by night he is a writer of bizarro fiction. You can keep up with his work at http://mcvaughn.wordpress.com/ or at https://www.facebook.com/matthew.vaughn.12532
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I don't think the acronym 'ADHD' was ever used in this book. Which I think is really neat-o. I kept expecting something drastic to pop up, but when you read, you just start to realize that Horace always seem to be losing his train of thought, or paying attention to something very UNimportant compared to the things around him, and then, of curse there's the part where he....oh wait...
I forgot about Martha! I can't tell you much about Martha. She's a special character. You have to actually read the book to see what her deal is.
Overall, this book is fun, fun, fun! I have always loved reading about vampires, and I'm so excited this one was even related to Dracula! There was mist, and vampire brides, and bats, and it was perfect! This book would be something I'd recommend to vampire lovers, people with ADHD (it's very short, and fast paced enough to read in one sitting, so even a person with a super short attention span can get through this one), and Bizarro lovers. It's light hearted...not a lot of heavy thinking, or veiled messages...nope, this book is just for fun! I's compare it to going and seeing a funny vampire movie. AND...there's room for a sequel! Well done, Mr. Vaughn!!!
I picked this up for a very reasonable 99c on Kindle. It’s bonkers and complete nonsense with nothing in the way of plot or character development, but that’s okay, because I wanted nothing else but to be humoured and entertained, and that is exactly what happened. The ADHD Vampire will never win any literary recognition, but if you enjoy reading Bizarro fiction then this is a lot of fun. A LOT OF FUN! For horror fans, there are enough torn throats and severed limbs to keep you entertained and Bizarro fiction fans get just what they would expect. There are some genuinely hilarious moments and Horace is quite the character, one who loathes playing second fiddle to his much more famous half bother. Throw into the mix a geriatric cyborg/spy and you have one hours worth of brain in neutral reading entertainment.
I do enjoy a trip down Bizarro lane. It isn’t something I could read all the time as I get the feeling I would tire of it, but every now and then it provides a welcome escape from the horrors of daily life. This book certainly won’t change your life, or even have you desperate to read more from the genre, but it is worthy of your time.
A solid 3.5/5 bite marks from the Grim Reader.
I bought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies not long after it came out because it sounded entertaining as hell. I tried reading it a few times but I just couldn't get into it. Somewhere in the back of my mind was the thought that there was no substance to it beyond the punchline in the title. I don't know if the book is any good, but I've reached a point where I no longer care to find out.
The ADHD Vampire is similar in the idea that the joke is right there in the title. Wouldn't it be funny to read a story about a vampire with a short attention span? It's funny in the same way that re-imagining Pride and Prejudice with zombies is funny. But Matthew Vaughn has taken the concept and built a character around that. And put him in a compromising situation where he is forced to interact with other characters who we get to know throughout the story.
Without going into the details, I think it's important to know that this story is not for the easily offended. It's violent, graphic, sexual, and disturbing in many ways which cross over. Too many bodily fluids for a bunch of old people on a cruise ship.
And that's where Vaughn takes the simple joke and turns it into a real riot. It's an action packed story which is thoughtful and engaging. It's short, fast, and follows a basic conflict/resolution narrative. You want to know how the madness unfolds.
And I loved most of all how he wasted no time describing the vampire's condition. We know everything about it from the title. He shows us the rest through the action. Fundamentally, this is how stories should be told.