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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

I saw this book listed in a post about light-hearted vampire books and decided I needed to read it, based solely on the title. I find it absolutely hilarious, although I can never remember all the adjectives.

Published: 2014

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 300 pages

Setting: various places around the U.S., present day, Halloween to Christmas

Summary: Short version: Stories of Fred having difficulties with other supernatural creatures

Long version: Fred has recently become a vampire, not that it changed much about his boring life. He’s still an accountant with no social life. He decides to be more spontaneous and go to his high school reunion. There, he’s reacquainted with Crystal, a fellow geek. Turns out, she works for a government agency tasked with keeping supernatural being under control. That becomes important when a pack of werewolves tries to eat the entire graduating class. Fred and Crystal start dating and have additional adventures – a necromancer running a LARPing game, betting with drakken to keep Bubba (a weresteed) from eternal servitude, trying to find a mage tripping on her own drugs, and fighting Fred’s sire.

Final thoughts: Hayes gave me exactly what the title promised – a bit of light-hearted fun and adventures with various supernatural beings. The book feels like it’s a collection of five previously published novellas as characters and major plot points were reintroduced at the beginning of each stand-along adventure. That’s really my only complaint. I listened to the book, and found the narrator the perfect blend of dry and clueless. He sounded like an accountant who was happy to be an accountant who kept good books.

Poor Fred was hoping becoming a vampire would turn him into something more like what is depicted in the movies. Sadly, he’s still a boring, conflict-adverse accountant. I find the fact that he was an accountant was a bargaining chip withe drakken amusing. They have such problems using human accountants because they have to hide they’re supernatural natures. Getting Crystal as a girlfriend does open up his world, in many ways. He’s got friends now. They’re all supernatural creatures and loyal to a fault. Since Fred is a vampire, he’s got some natural skills and advantages, but he’s still not the top of the supernatural food chain. In the last adventure, we discover why Crystal, who presents as human, makes such a good agent, hunting bad guys.

Title comes from: A description of the book, written as diary entries

Reading challenges fulfilled: book #89 for 2020 and a U in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge (I’m excited that the next book in the series will give me another U title – often so hard to find)

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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

This is the second book in the All Soul’s Trilogy.

Published: 2012

Genre: fantasy historical fiction/time travel

Length: 577 pages

Setting: London and Vienna, 1590-1591, soon after the events of A Discovery of Witches

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Summary: Short version: Diana and Matthew travel to Elizabethan England to find her a teacher Continue reading

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 579 pages

Setting: Oxford, England, France, and upstate New York, present day

Summary: Short version: Diana needs to learn how to use her powers to be safe

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Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

This is the 16th book in the Dresden Files. It’s been six years since a book was published in the series. Of course I’m interested. I actually gave this to Mr. Curiosity and had to wait until he finished the book to read it. The best thing is book 17 is coming out at the end of this year. Two Dresden Files books in one year!!

Published: 2020

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 340 pages

Setting: Chicago, a bit after the events of Skin Game

Summary: Short version: Peace talks with the Fomor break down when a Titan shows up declaring war against humanity Continue reading

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Undead and Unappreciated by Mary Janice Davidson

The library reopened for browsing. Therefore, I had to go in and browse. I decided to look for a book that fit an letter I hadn’t completed in my title alphabet challenge. (Titles are harder to search for so browsing is ideal.)  I came upon this series, “Undead and …”. I picked the lowest number in the series since they didn’t have the first book and took home the third book in the series. I figured if I enjoyed it, I’ve have U books for a number of years to come.

Published: 2005

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 271 pages

Setting: present day American city

Summary: It’s about a reluctant vampire queen, Betsy. According to the Wikipedia page, it seems to be mostly about Betsy getting to know her step-sister Laura, who has some ties to the Devil. I didn’t make it past 40 pages, so I don’t really know. Continue reading

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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

This is the sixth book in the Dresden Files series.

Published: 2004

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 372 pages

Setting: Chicago, a bit after the events of Death Masks

Summary: Short version: Harry has to break an entropy curse and avoid dying by a Black Court vampire Continue reading

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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

This is the sequel to Carry On. Miss Adventure got it from the library and I had to read it, now that it was in the house.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 354 pages

Setting: a road trip from Chicago to Las Vegas, present day

Summary: Short version: Simon, Baz, and Penny go on a road trip across the Midwest and adventures ensue Continue reading

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Jury Duty by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the tenth story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2015 in Unbound

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Chicago, after the events of Skin Game

Summary: Short version: Dresden turns jury duty into a chance to screw over the bad guys Continue reading

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Bombshells by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the eighth story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2013 in the anthology Dangerous Women

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 56 pages

Setting: Chicago, between the events of Changes and Ghost Story (it spoils the end of Changes)

Summary: Short version: Molly goes into a svartalf stronghold and fights Fomor Continue reading

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Bigfoot on Campus by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the seventh story in that collection, and the third about Irwin, the bigfoot scion.

Published: originally in 2012 in Hex Appeal

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 52 pages

Setting: University of Oklahoma, between the events of Turn Coat and Changes

Summary: Short version: Dresden tries to save Irwin from his vampire girlfriend Continue reading

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