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One Foot in the Grave Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1996
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Christopher Csejthe doesn't believe in vampires. Not until he becomes one. He doesn't believe in witches or werewolves, either. Not until they make him an offer he can't refuse....
Top Customer Reviews
The novel begins with Chris Csejthe trying to find a cure for the mysterious disease that started to plague him shortly after the deaths of his wife and daughter. Chris, who narrates the story, then finds himself in the middle of a bizarre life-or-death situation while two powerful vampire "families" (in the mob sense) fight over him. Turns out Chris is in the middle of vampire transformation; neither human nor vampire, Chris begins an adventure of discovering who he is, testing his new powers, and solving the mystery of the tragedy that took the people he loved. Along the way he meets Dr. Mooncloud, Bassarab, Lupe, Suki, Elizabeth, and a whole slew of other-worldly creatures such as elves, goblins, dryads, nagas, knockers, sprites, and many others. All the while, he narrates the events around him with sarcastic humor, literary references and some healthy wariness. Any vampire novel that can weave an enchanting tale of an alternate history such as this while quoting Sappho, Yeats, Victor Hugo, Donne, Wordsworth, Oscar Wilde etc. deserves more recognition! Simmons has created a fascinating world filled with funny, intelligent characters. The dialogue is snappy, the plot is filled with twists and turns, the story is suspenseful, and the book itself is impossible to put down. I am so pleasantly surprised by this novel, and I sincerely hope that Simmons will revisit these characters and give us a sequel!Read more ›
Nonetheless, it was so much fun to read. I kept quoting bits of the dialog to my significant other.
Some of BunRab's Standard Vampire Classification: -Series: if it is, it's the first one. -Significant genre it comes from: Fantasy/humor. -Does the vampire hold a job? Well sort of, although he loses it in the course of the book. -Do the vampires drink blood? Yes, though it can be animal instead of human. -Is drinking blood a metaphor for sex? No, although it can occur during sex. -Is there a lot of sex? Nope, and not much detail for what there is. -Are there other supernatural characters? Yup, and a few too many of them, if you ask me. Introducing umpteen different subspecies of elves was an unnecessary complication. -Is it deadly serious (pardon the pun)? Nope, I believe I've addressed that. I mean, we have vampires with library cards picking up girls at the research desk, for pete's sake. -Is it well written? Well, the dialogue is great, the plotting and resolution a little less great. But it's not hard to read, and it's acceptable for fantasy.
Incidentally, I worked for a department store credit department in a large city with lots of ethnic population, so I knew how to pronounce Csejthe right off the bat. The book finally does explain it after a bit.
What is a Baen book? Baen is the publishing imprint that publishes (or used to publish) most of fantasy by the following authors: Mercedes Lackey, David Weber, Ellen Guon, and Mark Shepperd. In general, I characterize them as older adolescent or adult fun books. They tend to fit in about a PG-13 or light R rating, with just enough sex and violence to be interesting without being overwhelming.
If you like this, I recommend the following vampire books/series: Mercedes Lackey's "Children of the Night," Susan Sizemore's Laws of the Blood Bk. #1 "The Hunt," and Hays & McCalls' "The Cowboy and the Vampire"
So, why the four stars? Well, it just isn't as good as Christopher Golden's The Shadow Saga trilogy or Tanja Huff's Blood Series (both of which lean towards series R ratings or, in the case of Golden's series, towards an NC-17 rating).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have enjoyed all the books in this series. The author has a great sense of the absurd as well as a grasp of history and folklore. He makes it all entertaining fun.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written with good ideas with good characters. The universe was consistent. Some Transitions were too abrupt and not made clear as such to the readers.Published 4 months ago by Mike
A great twist on an old standby - the Vampire Tale. The author has a quick wit and has created a protagonist pretty much unique. Well worth the read.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
read for book club. the story goes along as a decent book. interesting & simple telling of the vampire origins story. then about 3/4 way through, Bam! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laura Samaniego
This is a hilarious mix up of the supernatural. The writing style uses an abundance of funny wit and charm. I got it as a gift for my husband and he thoroughly enjoyed it.Published on July 30, 2014 by Madameileen
This book was written back in the '90's and gave us a new take on vampires. Mix a character with a dry sense of humor, a sharp wit, Kansas, vampires, and fast paced action and you... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Isis the Vampire
He called it fairly good. It was bought because of a series. He wanted because the series is pretty good!!
Knowing that I might not buy it again. Read more
Haven't read a vampire novel where the vampire is not completely transformed and rational until now. Very good book. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Audrey Anderson
I bought this book as something to pass the the time with.
From page one until the end I was hooked. Read more