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Happy Hour of the Damned de Mark Henry
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Happy Hour of the Damned (edició 2010)

de Mark Henry (Autor)

Sèrie: Amanda Feral (1)

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One minute you're drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that's just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle's undead with style while satisfying her craving for human flesh and decent vodkatinis.… (més)
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Títol:Happy Hour of the Damned
Autors:Mark Henry (Autor)
Informació:Kensington (2010), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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I liked the bitchy snarkiness of this book. The main character is a flesh eating zombie who is also a total clotheshorse/fashionista. Kind of a weird combo. Supernatural shenanigans ensue.

For some reason I kept imagining that this would be funnier if I was at a reading of this book, rather than just reading it. Like reading the text of a stand-up act. But it was original and full of pop culture references. Fun times. ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
Weirdly hilarious! ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
I read the last book first by mistake. I still loved the fist book but didn't think it was a awesome as the last. Can't wait to see what the 2nd book brings me! LOL
  Bettyb30 | Jun 24, 2013 |
This is a funny, supernatural sendup of chick lit, and a fun read, if flawed.

Our heroine is Amanda Feral, a bitchy, fashion-conscious ad exec in Seattle. Independent and successful Amanda copes with her undeath with the same dedication and aplomb as any challenge in her life -- which is to say it seems only a minor inconvenience for her. Soon enough she's made her way to the hippest supernatural watering holes in town and gathered a bevvy of similarly-minded friends to snark with: Gil, the gay vampire; Wendy, the zombie-big-sis; and Liesl, a succubus whom Amanda initially mistakes for an ordinary human.

I loved the snippy little asides-as-footnotes and the revelation of just how banal life can be for non-human Seattleites: seminars-turned-sales-pitches, 12-step meetings, and midnight raids on the funeral home for cover-up that can handle those bulging blue veins, for instance. It's fun to imagine that these are the circles that the likes of Spike and Drusilla of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" may have moved in. However, this book has some pretty serious deficiencies.

The plot is arbitrary and paper-thin, and seems mostly an excuse to string together a series of amusing situations; make no mistake, this book is about Amanda. Sadly Amanda is probably the least interesting character in the ensemble, and despite making the presumably huge and difficult transition from life to un-life, she really hasn't changed much by the end of the story. Henry gives each supporting character an opportunity to relate a backstory, cutely and self-consciously framed as a blatant infodump, and for that I loved him; but the narration falls flat in each case because it's related in his authorial voice, not the character's. Finally, the worst problem in my opinion is that the book is chock-full of typos, grammatical errors, and overused, misplaced commas. An earlier review estimates at least one error on every page. I have to concur, unfortunately. It's terribly distracting and really took away from my enjoyment. ( )
  rose.cooke | Mar 29, 2013 |
Amanda's had a rough life, and it's not held her back one bit. She's serious about life and a successful partner in an Advertising firm and is serious about life. Until she smells the stinky breathe of that man in the elevator and has a clumsy accident afterward. All to find out... she is now a zombie. So what is a beautiful, successful woman to do now that she is one of the undead? Why, enjoy life to the fullest! But first, to find make-up to take care of the pasty pale skin. But when a friend goes missing will Amanda go in search or try to save her drying skin? Amanda ends up on a mystery case looking into the incidents of what happened to her friends, just to stumble upon a bigger mystery with the pesky mistake zombies showing up in herds at Starbucks.

Amanda is a character I enjoyed. She is hard, bitchy, and self-centered. Amanda makes flying leaps at growth in her character in this book. She makes friends with others similar to her in her manor of thinking. We learn how Amanda meets each of these characters through their fun incidents in the first section of the book. Then after we get to know them we find somewhere along the way Amanda has started to worry about them. And starts to enjoy life. Amanda and her friends make comments and jokes of things that many might find mean, but it is said in fun with these characters. I had to chuckle many times with the jokes made and the priorities of the characters. Oh, and who would want to break into a funeral home? I loved that scene.

I enjoy the writing style in this book. Mark Henry uses a unique writing style as we are getting the story from Amanda's view. There are footnotes sporadically through the book in which Amanda makes comments to add her inner thoughts at the moment. For me this was fun and a humorous way to get to know Amanda's character a little better.

I will definitely be picking up the second book, Road Trip of the Living Dead. ( )
  MelHay | Jan 28, 2011 |
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One minute you're drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that's just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle's undead with style while satisfying her craving for human flesh and decent vodkatinis.

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