Welcome to the final entry of my February 2017 Books and Reviews.
Part 5 is dedicated to one series. It is also not my usual MM genre. My friend and enabler extraordinaire, Janice , recommended this series to me. It was on audible and sounded like a fun diversion. I listened to the first book in 2016, but I am adding it anyway. It is, after all, where it all began.
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 that is 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.
Throughly entertaining! This was recommended my friend, Janice – enabler extraordinaire. It is out of my usual genre, but with a title like that, it was a must listen. Fred is a delightful character, boring in death as he was in life or so he thinks.
After attending his high school reunion and reuniting with a girl he had been friends with, his life can no longer be considered boring. I loved the cast of characters that become part of Fred’s “gang” and the adventures that befall them.
Looking forward to listening to the next two books in the series.
Undeath and Taxes
(Fred the Vampire Accountant #2)
Author: Drew Hayes
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
The sequel to the Amazon bestseller THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT.
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 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.
I adore this series. Told as a series of memoirs, Fred recounts his adventures (not that he was looking for any) of his not so mundane, undead life. The narration is wonderful, the cast of characters continue to grow as we get to know more about Fred and his friends who have become his family.
(Fred the Vampire Accountant #3)
Author: Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
The third book in Drew’s outrageously adventurous and satirical series, including THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT (Book 1) and UNDEATH & TAXES (Book 2).
With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred’s undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately, it also seems that he’s no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren’t well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.
Now, Fred must cope with the growing presence—and threat—of other vampires even as he struggles to keep up with his business’s demands and make time for his friends. Between hidden parahuman towns, crazed vampire hunters, quarreling mages, and the world’s least subtle spy, it will take all of Fred’s wiles just to keep his head above water. And as the new clan sinks their fangs deeper and deeper into his city, the undead accountant is faced with a choice between two equally unappealing options: flee his home, or stand against an entire clan of fellow vampires.
I adore this series. (Yes, I have said this before) It is so much fun. I listened to all three books and the narration is very good. I love the way the story is told in segments as memoirs and how the author has other characters take the role of storyteller as needed. Fred is one my favorite vampire characters. Not a stereotype at all. I enjoyed the way the story develops the relationships between Fred and his friends. It is choosing who we are,who we want to be, and not who people think we should be. Our choices in life, ones moral compass and how family is more than blood or type of para-human. This book is humorous, at times predictable, but not always as I imagined things would go. For those who wonder, it is not MM which is my usual genre, but has LGBT characters. There is no on page sex and mild cursing. There is mage drug use (her own creations) and a lot of standing up for others regardless of your gender or para human form.
I enjoyed this book and the ending very much and I am excited that there is a fourth book in the plans. Go Fred!