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An Unattractive Vampire Paperback – March 15, 2016
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This witty debut imagines what might happen if the repulsive and monstrous vampires of old were brought into the contemporary milieu of glamorous and heroic vampires, with entertaining results. Centuries-old Yulric Bile wakes after 300 years to find his kind are no longer reviled and hunted, but rather celebrated, notably through the television show The Phantom Vampire Mysteries, created by and starring actual vampires. The show's intensely devoted fan base includes a current occupant of Yulric's home, 22-year-old Amanda Linske, who has been caring for her brother, precocious eight-year-old Simon, since their parents died. The show is one of her few refuges from her difficult life. When an esteemed Phantom Vampire Mysteries producer learns of Yulric's awakening, Amanda, Simon, and Yulric become unlikely allies in a showdown between old and new. It takes several chapters for the connections among the various elements to become clear, but once they do, the pages fly by. Engagingly complex characters and wry humor will keep readers coming back for more. (Mar.)\n
“Witty debut...Engagingly complex characters and wry humor will keep readers coming back for more.” ― Publishers Weekly
“Jim McDoniel’s first novel is quirky, wild, and weird, and definitely for those who hate those “sexy” vampire stereotypes – who like their monsters nice and gross.” ―Geeks of Doom
"I wouldn’t be surprised if someone eventually makes a movie about this book. Yes, it’s that entertaining." ― Dread Central
“An Unattractive Vampire is a humorous homage to all kinds of vampirism in pop culture, littered with references to TV shows, movies, and books...But Unattractive doesn't hold back when it comes to dark humor. In addition to a lot of violence and nihilistic critiques, it finds ways to comment on the hypocrisies of our own culture.” ― Steve Pattee, Horror Talk
“In much the same vein (Pun intended!) as What We Do in the Shadows, Jim McDoniel's An Unattractive Vampire is a perfect book to take to the a sun-soaked, vampyre-free beach for a nice, relaxing day of reading…with not one sparkly vampire in sight.” ― Claire Fallon, Fanbase Press
"An Unattractive Vampire is an incredibly unique story and a breath of fresh air for fans of vampire fiction." ― Examiner.com
“A darned good read...finished it in one sitting. Charming characters I’d love to visit again.” ― Lynsay Sands, New York Times best-selling author of The Argeneau series
"Thought vampires were dead? Well of course they are, but Jim McDoniel proves that don't have to be boring. Or sparkly." ― Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, Sword & Laser
Top customer reviews
McDoniel's writing is breezy and light, allowing the more horrific elements to come across as almost charming. Yuric's perpetual pique and petulance comes across as endearing in his hands, and you can tell he has a great deal of affection for his characters. His writing reminds me of Terry Pratchett, in the best possible way.
I give this a very strong four stars. While laugh-out-loud funny, some of the jokes came across as a little too glib, especially in the case of a lot of the footnotes, which approached excessive in their frequency. I also felt that the climactic final confrontation was a little rushed, but these are minor complaints in an excellent first outing. I'm definitely looking forward to the author's next work, and would love to see Yuric, Amanda, and Simon turn up again.
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