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- Print Length: 430 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523972300
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 6, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ZQRLS4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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PETER AND THE VAMPIRES (Volume One) (PETER AND THE MONSTERS Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is more a collection of short stories than a novel but they run consecutively. The stories deal with two different varieties of the Undead, a straight up monster and the Faerie. Though they're definitely YA they were also a fun read for this adult (OA).
The character Dill is annoying and was almost enough to make me stop reading before I'd gotten halfway through the first story, Peter and the Dead Men, but I struggled past him and was glad I did. Still, I wish there were fewer references in all the stories to his pants and the biological occurrences that may or may not happen within them. Similarly, all of the other adults, except for one, are annoyingly oblivious but that appears to be a staple of YA fiction so…
The stories all give you a little chill without resorting to excess gore, violence or pure horror (except for the girls in Peter and the Vampires; they're creepy with a capital 'C', italics and bold print). I think this would be a good, fun read for younger readers as well as older adults who want a break from slashers, splatterers and soul-stealers.
There are times when I am tired and not in the mood for drama or serial killers or long erotic scenes. Or maybe, it’s a rainy day when I want something light and whimsical. On those days, I pick something like Peter And The Vampires although obviously, I am not a child. I have always loved the Harry Potter books, and movies such as Goonies and The Lost Boys. I downloaded this book never having read anything by this author, and laid it by for a rainy day, which was yesterday. And needless to say, I loved it. My favorite character is Dill, Peter’s best and only friend; Dill is first to run into trouble and first to “Pee his pants” when he finds it. And I disagree with the reviewer who said that the book has no positive female characters. She probably feels that a positive female character has to be a successful lawyer or doctor. I found Peter’s mother to be a loving, hard-working mom facing life with courage and determination. The main character, Peter, is loyal and courageous. The book is funny, fast paced, and of course, childish!
I Love It.
Pillsbury is good at building up information about these characters and their world from book to book, so that while each story is self-contained, each story builds on the last and reveals little pieces of a larger arc that is sure to come to fruition later.
My only real complaints are A) the pacing can be a little slow at times, B) Dill's slapstick humor occasionally goes overboard into tediousness, and C) the relative lack of female characters throughout. When there are females (Mercy Chalmers; Peter's mother and sister), they're not portrayed particularly positively. The intended audience for these stories is, say, 10 year old boys, but that's just an excuse, and not necessarily a good one.
My individual ratings for these stories are mostly 4-star, but I'm rating the collected edition 3-stars due to the meta-issues listed above. This collected edition is available free. I will purchase the next collection someday, when my daughter has graduated from picture-books to short novels -- assuming the next collection fixes some of the gender problems, as I'm not sure I want her to get too invested, otherwise -- but I'm not sure whether I'll be reading more of the series just for myself.