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- Print Length: 364 pages
- Publisher: Freewill Press (January 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0058I8A6K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Rick Gualtieri brings something to the vampire genre that has not been seen before and I love it!"
"There are many parts throughout the series that had me cracking up"
"I would definitely suggest this to those who like raunchy, nerdy, vampire stories. As in, go read and/or listen to this! "
"This is freaking hilarious! "
"His quips and remarks remind me of Ash from Army of Darkness or Jack Burton from John Carpenters Big Trouble in Little China."
"The characters are amazing, the writing is solid, and the books have had me laughing out loud at times."
"This is one of the funniest thing I have ever read. I had tears running down my face. "
"I'm not sure if I'm exaggerating here, but it's been a while that I've been this excited after reading a first book in a new urban fantasy series."
"If this doesn't get turned into a movie I will give up on Hollywood forever."
From the Author
Anyway, this is the story of Bill Ryder, a wise-cracking, D&D playing programmer who learns the hard way that vampires and other monsters are real. Action, adventure, and lots of laughs follow as Bill and his friends try to survive the dark underworld of these paranormal terrors. Buckle up, folks, because shit's about to get surreal.
Writing these books puts a huge smile on my face. I sincerely hope you have as much fun reading them.
The complete Tome of Bill series includes (in order):
Bill the Vampire (book 1)
Scary Dead Things (book 2)
The Mourning Woods (book 3)
Holier Than Thou (book 4)
Sunset Strip: a TOB adventure
Goddamned Freaky Monsters (book 5)
Half A Prayer (book 6)
The Wicked Dead (book 7)
The Last Coven (book 8)
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I didn't find it misogynistic as some readers did, although his mouth frequently and to his detriment, seems to have no filter or off switch--he actually holds women in high regard--believing them to be intelligent, powerful and good leaders, as well as good villains. He sour grapes and whines a lot, which is fitting to his character. The series bears little resemblance to the Dresden Files, except the main character is thrust against his will into hostile magical circumstances, yet gets by with a little help from his friends.
As the series progresses, I found it to become more complex, original and funnier, even containing some good belly laughs. I'm glad I stumbled upon The Tome of Bill. I'm looking forward to starting Book 7, The Wicked Dead.
I've read all the books and can say that it's one of my favorite series. I'm always looking for a good vampire book without the 'glittery' ones and those types. Throw in some comedy and I'm more than likely to at least read the first book.
Looking back on this book I read most of the bad reviews and while there is a grain of truth to them I would like to add my two-cents.
There are many parts throughout the series that had me cracking up and some of the characters I hope are in each new book when they're released, Gan comes to mind immediately, but I can also agree that some people may find some of the humor juvenile and that's ok, comedy is like a pair of shoes, it won't fit everyone.
Readers do bear the responsibility of having realistic expectations when going into a book. In this case, the Author at the time of writing this book was a newly minted Indie Author and as in a lot of cases, the first book shows that lack of experience and fine tuning you see from most published authors. Mr. Gualtieri has since become a seasoned author and his books show all the hard work and sacrifice you'd expect to see from someone dedicating untold hours to perfect a craft that has driven many to drink.
If you read the blurb you can tell a few things about the character Bill and what to expect. If you think about shows or pop culture of the stereotypical nerds then it stands to reason that you might find similar kinds of jokes and situations.
Some have recommended reading the sample before buying. Always a good thing to do. Not many people will blindly go to a store and grab a pair of shoes without trying them on first.
These books will take you to places not seen before in the Vampire genre and that can be a good thing or bad depending on your viewpoint but one thing that most will agree with is that there are some great characters in this series. My personal favorite is Gan. I'd love to see a spin-off or maybe a one off dedicated to her.
I'm not going to go into a detailed rehash of the book if you made it this far you're probably already interested enough for me to just say 'give it a try'. If you're still not sure then jump into one of the books that come later in the series. You probably will be slightly confused as each book builds on the last but they are self-contained enough that you will still enjoy it.
At the end of the day, most of us throw away the cost of this book on stupid stuff almost daily so why not give this book a try. You may find, like countless others, that you really enjoyed it and then have the pleasure of looking forward to seven other books to beat back the drudgery of life.
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The final straw however was this, the women in the vampires group were being repeatedly forced or 'compelled' into sexual obedience and we all know there's a word for that. Then the main character still expects them to want to have anything to do with a guy who is purely interested in them for sex! He even hopes the leader is going to force one of them into his bed! Sickening, and that was the point I stopped reading.
It was a real shame because I liked the idea behind this.
The female secondary character, known as Sally, was incredible kickass and smart, the kind of character to manipulate things from behind the scenes but isn't afraid to get her own hands dirty. I enjoyed the back and forth banter between her and the main character, Billy, who was incredibly refreshing from the usual vampire leads. He just accepts that he is a vampire, rather than moping about it.
I was also glad there was no forced romance between the two leads, making a nice refreshing change as far as vampire novels go!
All in all, a highly enjoyable read and incredible funny!
It read like a poor imitation of Terry Pratchett. It wasn't funny and the characters were shallow. Bill seemed pretty pathetic and lacked any for of substance. Female characters were just there to be weak willed eye candy who trick unsuspecting shallow men.
I gave up after the first few chapters.
It isn't your usual handsome vampire makes all females swoon type of book. Instead the reader gets a glimpse of what happens when a shy awkward geeky guy becomes a so called creature of the night.
The humour is quirky and dry, but it didn't run smoothly throughout the book. It was more of an up and down wave of comedic scenes. The witty parts made me chuckle out loud and they made up for the bland less exciting bits in between.
I think the author needs to watch out for that balance, lest the non funny become a little too predictable and silly instead of witty like the rest of the storyline.
An enjoyable and amusing read.
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Furchtlosigkeit die Charaktere ihre Probleme angehen ist sehr erheiternd. 3 Sterne für die Geschichte 1 Extrastern für die ungewöhnlichen Dialoge