This Week in Books 28.10.15 #HorrorOctober

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone, and welcome to the last Horror October edition of TWIB, this year!

Here’s what I got up to…

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Now: An English Ghost Story ~ Kim Newman // Behind Closed Doors ~ Elizabeth Haynes

I’m really enjoying An English Ghost Story. It’s not at all what I expected, but loving it so far. I haven’t got as far as I’d have liked on the Haynes book, but I’m sure it’s going to be good as well.

Then:

Vampire Vic 2: Morbius Reborn ~ Harris Gray // The Ghoul Archipelago by Stephen Kozeniewski

Both of these had their ups and downs, but I still enjoyed them. My Vampire Vic 2 review is here, and The Ghoul Archipelago one will be up shortly.

Next: ???

My Horror October reads pushed some ARCs back so I’ll be returning to them. The Winter Place is first up!

That’s it for this week, what did you get up to?

If you still do a similar WWW post (or just want to join in, leave your link/answers in the comments, OR why not tweet using #TWIB, and I’ll come and visit.

Review: Vampire Vic 2, Morbius Reborn #HorrorOctober

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Vampire Vic 2: Morbius Reborn by Harris Gray

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Formats: Digital, Paperback, 257 pages
Publication Details: September 15th 2015 by Harris Gray
Genre(s): Horror; Humour
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Goodreads // Amazon

Vampires walk among us. Appraising our houses, policing our neighborhoods, crossing our borders. We understand there will be biting and an occasional conversion. These are small sacrifices for the sexy thrill. We do worry about vampires popping up in positions of power. They are evolved, difficult to slay, not as sexy. A backlash grows; but are we far too late?

Victor Thetherson is nearly cured. The treatment buries the charisma and confidence that only vampirism seems able to resurrect, and snuffs his rekindled love affair with ex-wife Barbara. Victor can’t trust himself as a vampire and doesn’t want to live with himself otherwise.

Eugene Foreman dispenses wisdom on his Sage Slayer site, offs vamps when convenient, and romances Victor and Barbara’s daughter, Amberly. His sensei, the Civil War Soldier, begs Eugene to slay Victor before he realizes his deadly inheritance.

Victor versus Eugene, round two in an ancient war. With Morbius Reborn, our time at the top of the food chain is coming to an end.

Review

Before we begin, if you missed my review of the first book in this series, you can check it out here. But if you’re too lazy to do that, I’ll just tell you briefly that I really enjoyed the witty, light-hearted nature of it in comparison to most Vamp Lit out there.

Morbius Reborn starts off pretty much where the first book left us. Victor has finally become a respectable vampire. One that bites people, gets the ladies at ‘Hello’, and has not only survived his company’s merger, but has excelled during it.

He is a new man compared to the pathetic, middle-aged mess he was at the start of the first book. However, Vic is starting to get a little bit too good at the whole vampire thing and he can’t stop biting people.

This leads to Vic having treatment for his vampirism, which not only threatens to turn him back into the weak, wobbly, mess he once was, but at the same time Eugene the Vampire Hunter is being pressurised to slay Vic, and it makes no difference at all to Eugene if Vic is trying to get better or not…

I wish I could say that I loved this book as much as the first, but I can’t. I found it really hard to get into this one.

One of the best things about the first book was how realistic it was. Sure Vic is a vampire, but it’s set in a very real world of an average work/life cycle. Morbius Reborn however felt like a bit of a leap away – it had somehow lost that realness (starting with the whole Extreme Revamp thing)!

I was really pleased to see Eugene get more of a part in this one though, and I thought it was a genius idea to have him date Vic’s daughter.

All in all, I still enjoyed this book but not as much as the first. It had its moments, but I found it a bit muddled and very slow to start. I’ll definitely still give the next one a bash though, I believe it’s going to be a trilogy.

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Thanks to Harris Gray and Sami at Roger Charlie for the opportunity to review these books!

Review: Vampire Vic by Harris Gray #HorrorOctober

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Vampire Vic by Harris Gray

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Formats: Digital, Paperback, Audio
Publication Details: March 4th 2013 by Harrisgray, 344 pages
Genre(s): Horror; Humour
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Goodreads // Amazon

Would you give up donuts…for blood?

Fat, balding accountant Victor Thetherson hoped becoming a vampire would turn his life around. But Victor can’t stomach confrontation and gets queasy at the sight of blood. Instead he gets it from the blood bank, diluted in bloody Bloody Marys. The result: a vampire who doesn’t bite, and a man who gets no respect.

Victor’s slacking staff mockingly calls him Vampire Vic. Victor’s boss amuses his wife by intimidating Victor on video. His ex makes him stay out late while she entertains boyfriends in the house she insists they continue to share. One night it finally boils over, and Victor bites someone. And then another…and very soon, he’s no longer visiting the blood bank.

Muscle replaces fat, and his comb-forward widow’s peak takes root. Victor basks in newfound attention and respect, at the office and at home. But real vampires get hunted, and as the transformation reaches the tipping point, Victor must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the power of the vampire.

Review

Victor Thetherson is the worst vampire there ever was. He hasn’t embraced his new existence and spends his days being walked all over by pretty much everyone he knows, just like he did when he was a human.

He still lives with his ex-wife who hates him, his employees are either too stupid, or simply unwilling to do any of the work he requires, and he can’t stomach the thought of drinking someone’s blood.

But even a vampire can only take so much, and eventually Victor snaps – well, bites – actually, and not only does Vic’s first success as a functioning vampire earn him some much needed respect but he also starts to notice other very welcome changes, and a couple not so welcome like his very own vampire hunter…

From reading the synopsis, Vampire Vic was everything I expected and more!

I thought it had a witty, refreshing premise in a world of regurgitated clone-like vampire stories, and it completely delivered on that front. It was so nice to read a different take on a vampire story.

Harris & Gray’s world is a modern one (although it totally screamed 80s to me?) in which vampires exist and are known, but not all that common. Nobody really knows how vampirism is passed on, or even if it means immortality or not.

One of the main things I liked about this world was how realistic it was, bordering on mundane in fact, which is where much of the humour came from.

I really loved Vic as a character too, he was surprisingly complex. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be friends with him, but I liked that he was that guy at work who everyone sees as a bit pathetic. You know, the work-a-holic type who you can never imagine having a life and then BAM! he grows some balls (and fangs) and you can’t help but cheer the guy on.

YOU GO VV!

The only bad thing about Vampire Vic was that I did get bored in some parts. Mainly the parts about office life, which I know I said made it realistic, and they did, but I felt it got a bit too bogged down in reports, phone calls and mergers in parts.

However, I finished this book with a huge smile on my face, and a need to get a #TEAMVV T-shirt made. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet, but at least there’s book 2 to be getting on with instead.

P.S I was also totally rooting for Eugene the Vampire Hunter – he was hilarious. And luckily for Vic, pretty incompetent.

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Vampire Vic is out now, as is Vampire Vic 2: Morbius Reborn which will be reviewed here soon. Watch this space!

This Week in Books 21.10.2015

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!I can’t believe how quickly this month is going, I really need to get a move on with my Horror October reads and features!

But alas, here’s what I’ve been up to this past week…

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Now: Vampire Vic 2: Morbius Reborn ~ Harris Gray // Edgar Allan Poe: Stories & Poems

Thankfully I enjoyed the first Vampire Vic book, because I agreed to read and review both. Not much to report so far on the second book though.

Also, I didn’t get round to finishing the Poe book so I’m ploughing ahead with that atm.

Then:

Vampire Vic ~ Harris Gray
I really liked this witty, light-hearted vampire book. My review will be up once I’ve finished the second book in the series so you’ll get a double VV whammy!

Next: ???

My next read for Horror October will be The Ghoul Archipelago by Stephen Kozeniewski, followed by Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes.

That’s it for this week, what did you get up to?

If you still do a similar WWW post (or just want to join in, leave your link/answers in the comments, OR why not tweet using #TWIB, and I’ll come and visit.

This Week in Books 14.10.2015 #HorrorOctober

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying some spooky, Autumn reads…I certainly am!

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Now: Vampire Vic ~ Harris Gray // Edgar Allan Poe: Stories & Poems

I’m enjoying Vampire Vic so far – a comedic, light-hearted take on a vampire story, and the Poe book is awesome, of course. The illustrations are PERFECT!

Then: Seize the Night ~ Various //The Kiss of Death ~ Marcus Sedgwick

I was a bit disappointed with Seize the Night as a whole, but there were some great stories in there. And as expected, I loved The Kiss of Death, my review went up on Monday.

Next: ???

My next read for Horror October will be the second Vampire Vic book, followed by Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes.

That’s it for this week, what did you get up to?

If you still do a similar WWW post (or just want to join in, leave your link/answers in the comments, OR why not tweet using #TWIB, and I’ll come and visit.