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Undeath & Taxes

por Drew Hayes, Drew Hayes

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Series: Fred, the Vampire Accountant (2)

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After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected-he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs. Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds that he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon's interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.… (más)
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Greatly entertaining. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
More paranormal fun in the life of Fred the Vampire Accountant. This collection of five interrelated novellas expands on the magical world Fred joined when he became a vampire in the first book. (And I don’t think it’s necessary to read it first, especially since this one’s even better.) As it turns out, taxes are as unavoidable for the undead - along with other parahumans - as they are for the living and Fred’s skill as an accountant brings him into contact with some surprising elements of the paranormal world. The stories of Fred, his ever growing circle of parahuman friends, and the adventures they find themselves thrust into just might become my new favorite urban fantasy series. ( )
  wandaly | Jan 25, 2021 |
This is the second book in the Fred the Vampire Accountant series. They are a nice light entertainment and are becoming like Lay's potato chips since you can't read just one. ( )
  M_Clark | Mar 29, 2020 |
Werewolves and Vampires and Dragons, oh my!

Fred and his motley crew of friends are at it again. He expands his accounting business, gets kidnapped, recuses the daughter of his client who also happens to be the big bad alpha of his area. He also gets a taste of dragon blood which is a huge boost to his already superhuman abilities. Fred meets the sister of his girlfriend, Crystal, ex-finance, which, awkward! Albert, Fred's sweet, but slow zombie assistant is chosen by a sword of destiny--actual weapons of destiny exist! There is an encounter with an enchanted, basically sentient house. And more kidnapping and lots more dragon blood. So much dragon blood that it leaves Fred with a strange immunity to silver.

The recaps were much less in this book which made listening so much better. This was as funny and adventurous as the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to seeing how they tackle the issue of Fred's silver immunity in the next book. ( )
  ViragoReads | Aug 28, 2019 |
Fred has come a long way since becoming a vampire. He's gone into business for himself as an accountant, found a girlfriend and has made a circle of dependable friends. That's not bad for a socially awkward person who used to spend most of his time alone. Now if only he could stop finding himself in positions which force him to brave - something Fred most certainly is not, then things could be perfect.

Just like The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Undeath and Taxes, is told through a series of short stories. This is still not my preferred format for reading and I would have liked one cohesive story from start to finish better. That being said, there was a nice flow to the mini short stories and Hayes took care to add to the meta, even if I am not pleased with what the addition turned out to be. Hayes also gave us a great sense of the hierarchy in the parahuman world and how it is policed by agents.

My largest complaint with Undeath and Taxes is the predatory child molesting tone it took in terms of Sally's relationship with Gideon the centuries old Dragon. From the beginning, Fred wonders why Gideon would chosse to cloak himself in a child's body and become Sally's playmate. In Undeath and Taxes, we learn that Sally is a Tiamet, quite literally the mother of dragons. (Go ahead and let your mind channel Daenerys Targaryen for a moment and then stroll on back.) This means that when Sally reaches maturity, she will be able to give birth to a dragon and given that the dragon birth rate is exceedingly low, this is a huge deal. Gideon has therefore struck a deal with Richard, Sally's father to grow up with Sally as her playmate and then marry her when she becomes an adult. There's only one word for this kind of scenario and it's grooming. Even if Gideon doesn't touch Sally sexually until she's and adult it's still catfishing.

Hayes treats the betrothal between Gideon and Sally as a huge secret but not because of how problematic their relationship is but because of Sally's potential to breed dragons. First off, making a female character important because of her potential reproductive ability reduces her to nothing but a womb and it's sexist and wrong. To then have Gideon grow up alongside her, sharing in her confidences, playing the role of friend and shaping who she becomes only to set himself up as a suitor once she reaches maturity is straight out of a pedophiles playbook. There's simply no other way of looking at it. It took some of enjoyment out of Undeath and Taxes for me, even if it only accounts for a small part of the book.

No matter how much Fred dislikes violence and being placed into situations where has to be brave, he always seems to end up in some sort of confrontation. Because Undeath and Taxes is written in the form of multiples short stories, it quickly becomes at least somewhat sort of repetitive. The situations vary but inevitably, Fred finds a way to out smart each story's particular antagonist, or is saved by a stronger friend. The only thing that changes from beginning to end is that with each new situation Fred becomes less and less likely to panic, resigned to the fact that this is his life now. At the end, he is even willing to sacrifice himself to save his friends, having determined that they have become a family. That's a long way from the vampire who tried to run away from the werewolves in The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant.

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"I just believe that good work and good service are the cornerstones to customer loyalty."
I've found children strangely capable of sniffing out small deceptions despite their tendencies to wholeheartedly embrace big ones.
What they were is not the same as who they were, and I knew that better than anyone.
Suffice to say that the fey had joined the ever-growing list in my head of parahumans to avoid slighting or angering. Thus far it included evey type of parahuman I'd met, as well as a few I'd only heard about.
Arch smoked like most men (excluding those such as myself) paid their taxes: it was a begrudging action done without evident pleasure and observed purely from necessity.
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After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected-he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs. Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds that he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon's interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.

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