Friday, November 9, 2012

The Newfoundland Vampire

The Newfoundland Vampire
The Newfoundland Vampire by Charles O"Keefe
Published April 12th 2012 by Penumbra Publishing

Like every other geek alive, Newfoundland native Joseph O’Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. At thirteen he fantasized about being a vampire, and ten years later he’s still fantasizing – but mostly about a beautiful redheaded woman who has eyes only for him. The one thing different about Joseph’s adult fantasy is that, amazingly, it comes true one night when he goes to a local university pub. 
Cassandra Snow, literally the woman of his dreams, invites him to her place for an evening of personal pleasure. Of course he’s not going to say no. But when strange things start happening afterward, Joseph quickly learns that not all dreams should come true. Cassandra has plans for him – forever. And those plans don’t include daytime activities. 
An animal lover and recent vegetarian, Joseph wrestles with all the weird changes he’s experiencing after his encounter with Cassandra. Eternal youth and amazing power come at a price that is perhaps higher than he can afford. The constant hunger for blood and the secrets Cassandra harbors test his resolve and his mental and physical limits. And then there’s the fact that a two-hundred-year-old vampire is after his head – literally. Joseph’s night vision improves dramatically, giving him a glimpse of the darker side of the world and the terrible evil of vampires who walk among humans. As he tries to balance his regular life with the new reality of his vampire existence, he is determined to hold onto his personal convictions and what he values most – his humanity.

My favorite nerdy guy turned vampire by vampy vamp movie?
Jim Carrey's Once Bitten.
Yes I liked awkward vampire movies before awkward vampire movies were in. Although I guess now they're awkward for different reasons.
Anyway this book has nothing to do with the movie. One of them is enjoyable the other... well I enjoy one more than the other.

First four chapters we don't exactly meet the nerdy main character Joseph he just pretty much shows up. He finds our vampy vamp Cassandra, who wants him for no unexplainable reason. He goes off with her because, well that's our stereotypical nerdy guy, hot girls comes along who is he to ask questions, he just knows he's gonna get lucky.

He does of course. They have sex, he wakes up the next morning with odd symptoms that did not need to be described but should have been explained more. He does whatever he does for the day, gets back together with Cassandra they have a little sword practice and have sex again.


Then some other stuff happens.

It's not like anything I've ever read before and it's also not what I expected.

That's both good and bad. Good because it was new and had it's interesting moments. Bad because it was really hard to get comfortable with.

In stories with lovable losers by the end he eithers grows out of it or you learn to love him. I'm not even sure what the case is here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Diana,

    I wanted to thank you for taking the time to read my book and write a review. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't connect with Joseph in particular or the story in general. I am working hard on book 2 and it will be out next year (by early summer I hope). I also hope the second book will help you understand Joseph better and if you'd like to read it I'd be happy to send it to when it comes out. Thanks again, and have a nice night :-)