- File Size: 1168 KB
- Print Length: 201 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; 1 edition (August 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KNHICCC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Straight Outta Fangton: A Comedic Vampire Story Kindle Edition
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The tale is a good, thick story that carries the reader through to New Detroit and a very different world than what any of us might associate with vampires. There are ghettos and trailer parks filled with vampires that strive to make good in their new “lives”. The old vampires exist in decadent luxury and have learned over the centuries how to make war with each other, primarily through political means, but also, good old fashioned shoot-em-ups.
The main character, a somewhat new vampire, struggles with his current, meagre existence and is pulled into a massive war involving the old vampires. The writing really kicks into high gear when this vampire, one who questions his existence and the value of his own “life” suddenly begins experiencing dark gifts which, until he was threatened in a battle, never knew he possessed.
Just when you feel you may start to hate a character the story twists, and your perception of the undead gets a good shake when you understand and empathize with their struggles. I really enjoy also how this author, instead of writing descriptions of characters, helps us to get a better idea of what they look like by comparing them to known actors/personalities. That is fun.
Straight Outta Fangton is very clever and smart. The comedy is layered and sneaks up on you when you least expect it, I suppose, just like a vampire might.
Do yourself a favor and buy it. Then, read it, give it 5 stars, and write a much more in depth review than this one so it can be helpful to others.
Not only is it a funny book, but it's a creepy vampire story, a kick-butt action novel, and an intriguing urban fantasy at the same time. There's a lot going on here, Phipps keeps it all under control and ties it all together in an entirely satisfying read.
First, let's talk funny. The humor here is subtle and clever, more knowing nods and amused chuckles than laugh-out-loud slapstick, and it works. Most of that humor comes from the dialogue, but there's some genuine laughs in the narrative as well. Peter and David are at the heart of most of that humor, with their master-servant interplay as awkward as it is entertaining.
As for the vampires, these are your vintage bloodsuckers, scary and powerful, with dark legacies and internal politics. Most of the humor comes from their integration into society, with the youngest of the breed struggling to juggle day jobs with nocturnal hungers. There are so many pop culture nods, from Buffy to Necroscope, it's almost hard to keep up, but it adds an air of authenticity to the story.
The action novel and urban fantasy are tied together, especially with the epic battle that closes out the novel, pitting vampires against vampire hunters, religious fanatics, and other vampires. We're talking equal parts Underworld and The Matrix. That's also where the world building comes in, explaining how and why the vampires came to own/control so much of the world, and exploring the racism, bigotry, and religious intolerance that comes along with the new world order. There are elements of terrorism and vigilantism here, all combining in a pay-off that delivers all on the promise.
Like I said, humor is subjective, and as a hardcore vampire fan, I tend to be rather unforgiving of books that betray the classic ideal for sexy and sparkly. Straight Outta Fangton was everything I could have asked for, a novel that delivers on its promises.