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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire… (edición 2014)

por Drew Hayes (Autor)

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Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night-different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful-Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to "survive." Because even after it's over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.… (más)
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Título:The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant
Autores:Drew Hayes (Autor)
Info:REUTS Publications (2014), 300 pages
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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant por Drew Hayes

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I would have enjoyed this more had it been written as a novel instead of as a series of short stories. Now: I knew going into it that it was short stories. It wasn't so much the quick review of prior stories at the beginning of each new story that bugged me; it was the fact that there was no blatant break between the stories. I have listened to some audio book short story compilations where there is an audio clue that one story is ending and the next is beginning. I would have really appreciated that in the production of this book. I don't blame the narrator; he did what I'm sure he was instructed to do, and read the title of the new story at the beginning of each new story. However, since the book's producers didn't leave a longer than usual gap at the end of the prior story, there was no easy way to tell that the title of the next story wasn't the start of a new sentence.

So... my annoyance at that little omission aside... (but really, it was an incredibly simple fix that would have increased my appreciation of the compilation SO MUCH...)

Right. The stories themselves. The concept is amusing. A boring guy gets turned into a vampire, and continues to lead a boring life -- or, unlife. Really fun idea, and Drew Hayes does a good job with the execution of it. Obviously I liked some of the plots of the stories better than others, but as a whole I enjoyed them a lot. I liked the various characters, too. Between a kick-ass Agency employee who hunts troublesome monsters for a living, a perpetually cheerful zombie, an apprentice necromancer, a were-steed, and various other supernatural beasts, there's a lot of character depth and drama in these stories. I do plan to read or listen to more of them, if only to find out more ways that Fred can get into and resolve adventures with fairy tale monsters and yet almost never resort to violence. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
If you enjoy mild, dry, self-deprecating humour, delivered in the context of a tongue-in-cheek take on Urban Fantasy, then "The Utterly Uninteresting And Unadventurous Tales of Fred, The Vampire Accountant"is the book for you.

Fred was not an exciting person before he became a vampire. He was a slightly lonely CPA who lived a quite life and who would do almost anything to avoid confrontation. Fred has remained true to his nature in his undeath, or at least, almost. He still works as a CPA, although he's had to change his office hours to avoid daylight. He still lives alone, spending most of his time in his apartment. He has his blood supply delivered.because he can't cope with the idea of having to hunt for his food. Then he goes to his High School Reunion and his undeath begins to change.

Over the course of these tales, Fred doesn't quite turn from Clarke Kent to Superman but he does carry off, albeit almost accidentally and never with the expectation of success, a series of exciting escapades.

These are tales that deliver gentle humour rather than laugh-out-loud comedy. As each tale unfolded, my affection for the conflict-averse Fred grew. Fred slowly collects a set of misfit, supernatural friends as he works through a High School Reunion dance that makes "Carrie" look anemic, a Live Action Role Play with some real magic in the mix, a negotiation with the creatures who really own Las Vegas, and an attack by a vampire uber-predator and his minions.

The book consists of seperate tales that hang together like episodes in a TV series but don't quite add up to a novel. The downside it is a mildly annoying amount of repetition that made me long for a "Previously on 'Fred, the vampire accountant...'" section at the beginning of each tale.

Kirby Heyborne narrates the tales with great comic timing and the least threatening vampire voice I've ever heard. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
A perfect bit of escapist literature, I purchased this book because of its bizarre title. It is the first book in a series about a mild-mannered vampire accountant. It is written in the first person, in a rather bland fashion suitable for an accountant. It proved to be entertaining. ( )
  M_Clark | Mar 25, 2020 |
Though it wasx pretty interesting and a new take on the un-dead, I found this more of a preteen book. I think my boys and girls in grades 6 - 8 might find it interesting, however; my more advanced readers might blow right through this and find it a bit remedial for them. It was light and entertaining overall. ( )
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
It is, of course, not unadventurous, but rather falls into the category of heros who aren't ambitious or flamboyant, but are just nice guys who get into situations where they have to do more than they'd want to do. In this case, he was killed by a vampire who didn't hang around to show him the ropes, so he just continued doing accounting (with allergies to sunlight and silver- so he works at night and watches a lot of videos). He encounters werewolves at his high school reunion, and then zombies at a LARP, and shape-shifters when he tries to spend Thanksgiving in Las Vegas. Along the way various folks in the paranormal community attach themselves to him because he's a nice guy, and help him out when things become adventurous. Having a good mind helps. I enjoyed it enough to get the sequel Undeath & Taxes. ( )
  Tchipakkan | Dec 26, 2019 |
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This book is dedicated to the uncool, uncoordinated, unexceptional, uncharming, uninteresting, and especially the unashamed. To everyone from the Awkwards to the Zeroes, living as the proud oddballs they are. This book is dedicated to my people.
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My name is Frederick Frankford Fletcher, and yes, that name did get me beaten up quite frequently when I was a child.
My unlife was so boring that even the woman who hunted monsters saw me as harmless.
A lesser man might have objected to the woman taking the wheel on such a long journey. A lesser man would also have been a stupider man, and one with a severe crotch injury to boot.
Today, the only cavalry we had was a werepony, a bumbling zombie, and a chickenshit vampire.
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Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night-different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful-Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to "survive." Because even after it's over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

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