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Happy Hour of the Damned Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2010
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"Sexy, funny, and twisted. You've never read anything like this!" - Richelle Mead, New York Times bestselling author "Worth a read; priceless, really. Road Trip of the Living Dead can't come soon enough." - Urban Fantasy Land" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mark Henry recently traded a career in the helping profession to scar minds with his fiction. He attributes his ideas to premature exposure to horror movies, and/or witnessing adult cocktail parties in the '70s. He's been further formed by surviving earthquakes, typhoons, and two volcanic eruptions. Happy Hour Of The Damned is his first novel. He, surprisingly, lives and breathes today in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two dogs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Amanda Feral is the only haute couture heroine I could possibly like, because in between obsessing about her skin care regime or her wardrobe, she's scarfing on homeless people and living up her fabulous undead life. Amanda is a real witch (rhymes with...), and her morals are questionable, but she's a character worth following because she's never boring. Happy Hour of the Damned is a paranormal story unlike any other, and it proves that zombies are the new black.
I'm going to state up front that there is a small percentage of readers who will not get these books, so don't blame me if our sense of humor doesn't jive. Did you laugh at bathroom jokes when in school? Do you still? If you answered yes to both questions, then this book is for you. If not, pass it by, because it's gross, gory, and crass. Only a sicko like me has the fine taste to appreciate something this twisted.
Last year I unintentionally read book two, Road Trip of the Living Dead, out of order, so I knew exactly what I was getting into when I decided to back track and read book one. Of the two, my favorite is definitely "Road Trip," which had me laughing out loud so hard I had to stop reading at times. "Happy Hour" is full of clever, snarky banter, but it didn't inspire the same laughs. Frankly I can't wait to read book three, Battle Of The Network Zombies, because I suspect that Mr. Henry will keep getting better with each installment.
I typically have little patience with characters whose only thoughts concern the hottest hangout, the hippest drink, and the hardest hard-body to shag. However, when those kind of characters also happen to be zombies, vampires, shapechangers, and other assorted supernaturals, my interest is piqued. Throw in a story peppered with snarky footnotes (and who can resist a fiction novel which utilizes footnotes?) and it's amazing how palatable such shallowness can become. For bitchy, self-centered, frivolous fun, this book is the template.
However, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. Eventually the snark and selfishness began to grate on my nerves, which I had somewhat expected, but I believe my annoyance was compounded by the lack of a cohesive plot. A mystery is alluded to in the beginning, which is then put on hold as we explore Amanda's past life, zombification, and current uber-hip state of undeadness. When we get back to the mystery, it's treated by the characters in a very lackadaisical manner (which is typical of shallow people, but still frustrating), very much a case of "Ooh, a friend is in trouble? But the new club is opening tonight and everyone who is anyone will be there, which means we have to be there! Let's worry about it tomorrow, or whenever the hangover wears off." Eventually the mystery is solved, which turns out to not be so mysterious but which leads to a second, more dramatic situation. However, the impact of this second crisis is lessened by the limpness of the first, and the impetus of the book is let down by a meandering storyline. What really bugged me was the blatant hard-on the author had for commas. (And, yes, I realize with that statement I'm coming off like a picky bitch; I was born that way, so deal.) I know I can go a bit gaga for punctuation. If I can use a semi-colon and some hyphens, I'm happy; thrown in a colon and a few ellipses, I'm positively ecstatic. Mark Henry's single-minded punctuation obsession, though, gets in the way of his writing, as he uses commas in multiple locations where they're not needed (and throw off the pace of the sentence) and leaves them out where such clarification a comma would provide is necessary. I realize this is the more the fault of his editor, but since an author and editor are part and parcel of the whole writing procedure, it's still a valid quibble.
I can't say I'm excited to read the second book, but I am curious to see what other kinds of mischief Amanda and her pals can get into...and still keep their makeup intact.
- An unabashedly unsympathetic (though at times hysterically funny) main character who becomes a flesh eating zombie in the first novel. She has all the self reflective tendences of dry, matted fabric and frankly doesn't care very much that she must serially kill dozens of people per month to maintain her existence.
- Plot holes. Honestly, in this type of novel, who cares if zombies can devour three men and gnaw on their bones without spilling blood on their Manolos, or the carpet? It's funny. I only raise it because if plot holes bother you then this is most assuredly not your novel.
- Humor that leans heavily toward satire and crudeness. This is the main issue for me and not that big a deal. I love funny books, But this book, while clearly funny and enjoyable to read overall, often employed a type of humor that I have to be in the mood for.
- A cast of zany characters
Again, if that is what you are looking for, I say go for it. I found the main character a bit too disturbing and unlikeable. Some of the jokes fell flat for me, but most didn't. And the novel had an extended flashback that sort of disrupted the plot flow (not that anyone should read this type of book for the plot!) That said, I have friends (and relatives, you know who you are) who I will recommend the book to because they like that style of humor. So, if you think that's you. Go for it! I sort of feel squidgy admitting it, but I enjoyed long stretches of the novel and nearly laughed so hard the stick came out of my ...well, you know... Plus, I'm looking forward to the sequel. So, I suppose that's another type of recommendation there.
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I have never seen a novel with footnotes that wasn't a translation. It's innovative and they're funny.Read more