Vampyre Blood: Eight Pints of Trouble by George Earl Parker
Genre: Adult fiction, Vampire, Romance
When Count Dracula gives up his evil ways forever and joins a Goth rock band on a tour of America, his donation of blood ensures that one dying New Orleans lawyer, Bradley Harrington Chester the Third, will miraculously survive and never be the same again. Vampyre Blood will entertain with interesting characters, old vendettas, Lawyers, Gypsies, and the Count himself.
There are a few outstanding things about Vampyre Blood that make it fantastic. One of them is the writing! The descriptions are wonderful. Parker knows how to explain concepts like the feeling of music, complicated emotions like love, and other abstract concepts like fate and fame, and put them to words in an enticing, almost seductive way. The songs that the band (and Count Dracula) sing are contemporary age old, straight forward and clear but poetic. Parker’s writing style is light and humorous and witty at times, and also serious and mysterious at other times, making a very entertaining and interesting read.
Another point is the hilarious plot, and with it the characters (Lawyers + Vampires = does it get better? Probably not.) I can’t separate the two because they go together hand in hand, more with Vampyre Blood than I’ve experienced in the past. There is a wonderful blend of plot-driven and character-driven story line. The characters are so entertaining, and the things that happen to them are hilarious, though some slightly far fetched, doesn’t feel ridiculous within the context of the book because of the way the story plays out. Vampyre Blood unfolds from what I thought would be a somewhat typical vampire novel into a much more complicated and interesting book.
There were no outstanding shortcomings save a few misplaced or forgotten quotation marks, which in the whole scheme of things, isn’t that big of a deal anyway, and a little unexpected sensuality which is easily skipped. I loved the Count! Rooney was funny, and I loved the band. I found myself wanting to go find a concert of The Techno Zombies and researching Parker. He’s a song writer and a musician as well as an author, which totally made my day. Visit his site here.
Although it’s a vampire book, it’s not overwhelmingly dark. It focuses more on people and criminals and lawyers and gangs made up of midget Romanian gypsies than vampires, however you get enough of the Count for your fill of the paranormal. Do you love Vamps? Do you love light wit and sarcastic humor? Do you love Lawyer jokes? Vampyre Blood is for you.
Content: Some sex, some language
Recommendation: Ages 18+