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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 staffWould 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....

Title : Vampire Vic
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ISBN : 9780988895713
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Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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Vampire Vic Reviews

  • Erica
    2019-04-19 18:38

    "But Erica," you say. "You hate vampire fiction."Yes. That is true. With exception to Dracula since that was written before vampire fiction was all the rage. Heh heh heh."And also? You try to steer clear of self-published works."That, too, is true. I deal with a lot of self-published material at work and it all-to-often gives me headaches. Very bad headaches. Caused by excessive tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching and some over-the-top nostril-flaring."Sooo...then...why are you reading this?"Funny story: This was one of the books I had to catalog for work (that WorldCat record for the paperbound edition? It's mine. I made it) and as I perused it to get a feel for the contents, I was not horrified. In addition, it sounded kind of funny. So I thought, WTH, I'll give this a shot.As it turns out, I used to know one of the authors. So then I was totally eager to read this so I could pay back some of the teasing I'd received at the hands of said formerly-known author! MwahahaHA!I'll let you know what I thought about it when I'm done reading.And now, without further ado, is my actual review:I thought this started out well. There were characters I understood, some of whom I felt I even knew. It was funny, like "Office Space" with Louis CK as the vampire boss. In this world, vampires are a rare but known commodity, the story likens them to actors and rock stars, and not all the traditional vampire lore remains in tact. I am good with that.Vic, the Louis CK-type vampire, is able to hold onto his humanity. As a result, he works during the day, sleeps at night, drinks expired blood from the blood-bank and can't even stomach that, preferring to soak the blood into food or mix it into a Bloooooody Mary since fresh blood completely grosses him right on out.For awhile, the story flowed, the characters were amusing and while none were too in-depth, they were all recognizable and even a little relatable. There were some clunky parts - most notably the party at the blood bank and the company picnic in the park; I don't know how many times I re-read those passages to get the gist of the scenes - and there are parts that could use some tightening. One of my pet peeves showed up: brand-name and song dropping. That mostly happened in a flashback in order to set the scene but still, more than one or two songs/brand and I get irritated. Still, I think I would have stuck to a 3.5 or 4 rating with only those snags.But then DISASTER.It started with the out-n-out Twilight reference, and yes, I was expecting one but this one just left me...Then there was a lecture from Vic's BFF, Tripp, in which Tripp essentially says "it's a woman's job to stroke a man's ego" and coming from that particular character, it just seemed wrong. And horrible. And I wanted to punch faces for that.But all my stars plummeted when I read pages 269-291. I still don't understand what happened there. (view spoiler)[ First, we've got Jay and Raj randomly making out-of-the-blue accusations of fraud at the park and then Barb is selling the house and there's suddenly another vampire, one who should have been shown long before this, on Vic's doorstep. Bob is the name of the other vampire and Slayer Eugene had been watching him prior to Vic becoming a vamp but for some reason, Eugene's interest in Bob waned as soon as Vic came on the scene. Why? WHY? That didn't make sense. Worse, Eugene kills Bob the Other Vamp without even recognizing him; Eugene had showed up to the house to kill Vic, saw Bob, didn't know who he was, and then Bob was dead. What is happening here? Help, someone, I am so lost.And, ok, I understand that Vic had to see his daughter attacked in order to realize how bleak the road to full-on humanityless vampirism is, but the whole set up was too over the top for my taste. I had a very hard time getting through all those pages. (hide spoiler)]It turned out ok, though. AFter page 291, the crazy-ride stopped and the normal flow resumed. It ends with no answers and that will annoy some people but it worked fine for me.Now here is what I didn't do, otherwise I'd have been irritated at the entire story: I did not look deeper into what this all could have been saying, what a lot of vampire stories are saying (some just far more blatantly than others). I did not examine the theme of becoming more masculine via taking advantage of women, complete with the "She was asking for it" talk, the scenes bordering on rape as well as the rape fantasy aspect found in so much current vampire fiction. In traditional vamp lit, the victims and, subsequently, townsfolk are frightened and the vampire is a monster to be hunted and killed. Because that is what we do with rapists. And vampires. In this story, the vampire is a controlled substance and women can use him to play out their fantasies of being bitten, getting intoxicated on fear and the whole idea of being overpowered. Their struggle is part of the act and "no" means "yes" because they want to be overwhelmed, bitten, and sucked-on until they're dizzy and sometimes sick. In return, the vampire is rewarded with greater masculinity and a lack of consequences as no one hits him with her handbag or calls the cops to press charges. Instead, his manliness becomes an additional attractant in his already-mysterious, studly and pointy-toothed repertoire of allure. So while I recognize that the theme is there, I ignored it because I didn't want feminism to get in the way of my reading enjoyment. Also, I'm shallow and don't like to think too much.Is this worth reading? Yes, I think it is. Does it need some work? Yes, I think it does. Will I read their other works? 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  • Hilary
    2019-04-20 19:22

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Vampire Vic is the first book in a trilogy about a rather unfortunate vampire. The premise is interesting and fairly original. Victor isn't your typical vampire. He's sickened by the sight and thought of blood, insecure to a fault, and quite frankly a rather large loser. None of his staff respect him, he and his wife divorced two years ago but still live together and share a bed, his own daughter at one point even goes to father-daughter day at school with a friend's dad rather than be seen in public with him. Vampirism didn't change any of that. Most people treat it as a joke.That is, until Victor finally bites someone.Within the first few pages I was tired of reading about what a loser Vic was. While it's meant to be a satire, a lot of the humor just fell flat. I wasn't feeling bad for Victor, nor was I wanting to join in the others in mocking him. I was just bored. The writing failed to engage me, largely due to how redundant a lot of it was. It would have been enough for his workmates to ignore him once, instead there are pages upon pages of his staff failing to pay attention to him, stereotypes being played into again and again - it just got dull. The book could have been shorter, and would have hit its mark better if it was.Eugene, the vampire slayer, also could have benefited from that treatment. While the scene with him in the chatroom was hilarious, it was undermined a bit by his continuous assertions as to what a great vampire hunter - no slayer - throughout the rest of the book. By shortening that dialogue, or having it shown through his bravado a bit more clearly, he would have been a more interesting player.The action sequences also lost me. Shorter sentences would have heightened the tension during the few fights. A good example of an action scene that worked was Victor's encounter with Karina - the short sentences made the action flow better and drew me in. The encounter with Bob, on the other hand, lost me. Reading it three times still didn't clear up just what happened, which didn't bode well for the experience.Better editing would make this book a good satire, but as it stands presently it just missed the mark. The premise was good, and the explanation for Victor's vampirism when it came was pretty hilarious. Part of me is curious as to how the trilogy wraps up, but I'm not compelled to do so when the writing lost me so quickly the first time.

  • Colin Campbell
    2019-04-26 23:48

    I read the first draft of VV a long while back. It was terrific to read it again this week to see all the hard work and care that Jason and Allan put into the final draft. VV is funny and sad, a romp and yet meaningful, a parody and yet not at all silly or cheap. VV is a peek inside the hearts and minds of the authors- a couple of normal(ish) guys writing unusual stories about stuff we all experience (in a way).I relate to Vampire Vic. Not because I have a lot in common with him; I’m not a vampire, I don’t have a highly dysfunctional marriage and family, my work life is not quite as maddening. It’s not even because I am a middle-aged, slightly balding, overweight white male who hates conflict and I tend to hold myself responsible for other people’s failures. I relate to VV because he is a truly human vampire, not like all the vampires you see in tv and movies who are trying to reclaim their humanity but still end up as cold, ruthless monsters, or guilt ridden creatures of self-loathing. VV is human because, just like you and me, he expects that when his circumstances change, he will be different. VV expects becoming a vampire to fix all that’s wrong with his life but finds out the hard truth that our circumstances change, but they don’t change us. VV doesn’t become Fabio with fangs, he doesn’t get respect from those around him, he doesn’t gain the confidence and power of the vampire immortal; he gains a couple of scars on his neck and a host of new problems. VV is a great story of coming to terms with the things in life that are out of your control, of learning to let go of the “if-only-this-would-change-in-my-life” to accepting the hand you are dealt and making the changes inside yourself toward contentment. Ultimately, VV is about learning to define yourself inside your circumstances rather than letting your circumstances define you... and vampires.I would have given them 5 stars, but they cut out most of the stuff about the character that was supposed to be an homage to me. Sure it was for "artistic purposes" and to "improve the flow" and to help "cut the hundreds of pages" that needed to be pared down, but come on! There was a goldmine of awesome in the character ColinCaseTheresTrouble; I'm talking spinoff novel series on the most awesome vampire hunter around.

  • diana
    2019-05-08 23:42

    It took me a while to really get into the book but once I did I (surprisingly) enjoyed it.Vampire Vic is hilarious and unexpected. It took a very different approach to the whole vampire theme and I really like that. Victor is a surprising character. He's one of those you-can't-really-hate type because he's amusing (and it's just impossible not to like that kind of person) and it's easy to find a connection with him since he's just as odd, lost and flawed as the rest of us. He's very interesting and I love the development his character went through.I love the writing. It was simple and absolutely funny. The characters although some of them didn't really make much of an impression are just as amusing as Victor. So what did I not like?More than halfway through, I got really lost in the story. There were instances where I had to go back a few pages just so I'd understand what exactly happened. I got so confused and irritated and kept mentally asking myself "WHY?! What the heck is happening here?!"I felt like the author could have been more thorough with some parts and just completely written off some.Overall, this is a pretty hilarious book and that's what I love most about it. I'll definitely check out the rest.I received an e-copy of the book to read and review.

  • Tracee Gleichner
    2019-04-30 02:39

    If you are like me, you are sick of the 'sparkly' vampires, the vampires young and old girls alike swoon over and wouldn't have any problem spending time with, and even consider becoming one of them. Thankfully, Vampire Vic was not at all one of those books. Victor Thetherson is a laughing stock when it comes to vampires. His staff makes fun of him and his wife cheats on him while making him stay outside of his own house. And Victor takes it..at least for a little bit. But, like many of us he reaches his breaking point and one day he does what vampires were made to do - he bites someone. And that's when his life changes.No longer the laughing stock, he is now a muscular vampire who people respect. With their unique take on vampires, authors Harris Gray have taken this story to a new level. Whether you believe in vampires or not (and who am I to say they don't exist) you can either personally relate to the plight of Victor's tale, or know someone who is like Victor. And who among us wouldn't want to gain the respect of our peers and show them we aren't who they thought we were. But, at what cost?A fabulous book and one I would highly recommend. Even if you think you are sick of vampires, please do yourself a favor and read this book. The writing style is unique and intriguing, and something I am sure you will enjoy.

  • Emily
    2019-05-04 20:46

    Victor Thetherson thought that becoming a vampire, everything in his life would change. However a vampire who cannot stomach blood is problematic. With his work a constant stress and a boss he wants to throttle, Victor snaps and becomes the vampire he thought he would. As he begins to transform though it is not without a strong price, is Victor living up to who he wants to be?This was an intriguing story. I liked that Vic is normal in the beginning and struggling with who he is and his problems are identifiable. Very different for a vampire story, refreshing.

  • Lipsy
    2019-05-17 20:48

    Originally posted on https://lipsyy.wordpress.comVictor 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.Vampire Vic is out now, as is Vampire Vic 2: Morbius Reborn which will be reviewed here soon. Watch this space!

  • Jessica Bronder
    2019-05-11 19:42

    Vic is a wimp, there’s no nice way to put that. He is your typical balding, fat middle aged accountant. No one respects him, they dump everything on him since they know he will finish every task. At home he lives with his ex-wife that tells him to stay out late so she can entertain her friends. Vic is a joke, he is still the same fat man, he can go out in the daylight, and everyone uses him as the butt of all jokes. Plus what vampire has an issue with confrontation and the thought of drinking blood makes him gag. But one night he snaps and bites someone. Then things start turning around. All of a sudden he is toning up, his widow’s peak fills in, and everyone starts throwing themselves at him. Of course Vic is drunk with all of this attention. But not all of the attention is good, where there are vampires there are vampire hunters. Vic has found himself right in the sights of a hunter. The question is if he is going to make it out of this alive, err, undead?!?When I first started reading Vampire Vic I have to say that in a sense I felt sorry for him. The poor guy is a joke. He has no self-esteem, he is the guy everyone dumps the work on, and his ex-wife entertains her boyfriends in the house that they still share. But at the same time it was getting on my nerves. I mean come on man, step up, you are a vampire, start acting like it. Then when he snaps I was cheering for him. Way to go! You finally did it. But then Eugene comes into the picture. I had mixed feelings about him. Over all this is a pretty good story. There is a lot going for it. The problem that I really had was the pace of the book. It is slow and steady and didn’t really excite me more than a couple times. But the thing I really liked was the fact that this is a new twist to the overdone vampire theme. Vic doesn’t sparkle, he isn’t a ladies man, and he’s not even a really good vampire at the beginning. But I liked him like this. He was realistic and I have to laugh. Everyone things that the minute you are bitten you become this sex god or goddess that everyone is going to throw themselves on you and I loved how poor Vic is still struggling just to try and bite a jerk co-worker and is mistaken as if he is trying to hit on the guy. That was hilarious and I can see the same thing happening to me.This is not a bad book. I really enjoyed it. Could it be fine-tuned, yes there is room for improvement and the ending is left open for more books to come. This is a good book and I do recommend you read it. It has a new twist to the overdone vampire theme.I received this book for free from Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review.

  • Tierney
    2019-04-30 01:39

    I was okay with Vampire Vic by Harris Gray. Not overly impressed with the duo writers who’ve taken on Harris Gray as a moniker and self-published this start to a trilogy, but not particularly let down.I can give you that Vampie Vic is amusing. It had me laugh within a few lines of the first page, so there’s definitely something to say about a book that can do that. It had some pretty great lines at times. But… (there’s always a ‘but’, isn’t there?) As much as I want to say this book was the funniest satire I’ve read in a while and that it is really top of the line, I can’t. There isn’t anything particularly bad that I have to say about it, but, I didn’t have the level of engagement I expect from this sort of book. For me to really enjoy a book—especially one that’s supposed to be satire on vampires and our general culture—I should connect more to the characters and the plot. It’s not that I can’t connect to Vic because he’s an older guy, or even that he’s kind of hum-drum for all intents and purposes. It’s that everyone in these pages are kind of the antithesis of interesting and engaging. I don’t feel for Vic. I don’t care that he’s balding and ‘eh’ for a vampire. He just kind of happens in front of you and—like the character himself—I will honestly forget a lot of this book existed now that I’ve finished. Not only were the characters kind of boring, but the plot was paced so slowly that I found myself fighting to not skip through large chunks. There’s so much of ‘yes, I get this x, y, and z happened. So what?’ going on that it starts to get rather unbearable to read. I don’t mind a slow plotline if there’s a strong character to follow or it’s fitting, but it just did not work for me with this particular book. Again, I don’t think that any of the problems I had with it to make the book a bad one. It simply ended up being not for me. This is a sort of book I would recommend if you like satire and are out and about or just need something to read along with your morning coffee that isn’t just the day’s newspaper. I always want to encourage people to look at self-published authors more. There’s so many gems that people will overlook. Give it a shot. You might find your diamond in these pages.

  • Isis Ray-sisco
    2019-04-21 22:25

    Vampire Vic by Harris Gray is the first book in the VV Trilogy. I have not previously read this author but I enjoyed the writing style. I found Vampire Vic to be quite funny in parts and quite real. Vic was your average everyday middle aged man even after he was turned into a vampire. Becoming a vampire was not the miracle answer to all his problems. He was still stuck in a dead end job where everyone hated him, his ex-wife still lived in his house, his daughter hated him, and he was miserable. Vic wasn’t your typical vampire either, he hasn’t bit anyone yet he gets a supply of blood from a friend. Things are about to change for Vic when he ends up biting the first time. His attitude changes and his outlook on life changes along with it as well. I found Vampire Vic to be interesting. I have never really read a vampire book like it. I thought that the characters were believable. It’s funny to think of an “average Joe” as a vampire and quite different than most vampire stories. I wasn’t sure I was going to like Vic at first but he grew on me. I would like to see how his story progresses. I enjoyed most of the other characters in the book for the most part. I didn’t really care for his ex-wife though. She seemed very self-centered and didn’t really have anyone else’s needs in mind at all. I would recommend Vampire Vic to those who are looking for a unique book to read and to those who enjoy paranormal reads.

  • Zee Monodee
    2019-04-24 21:29

    This book reminded me a lot of the movie Wanted starring James McAvoy - an underdog everyone walks on learns how to get to the top of the food chain and make life smile down on him...but there are problems with being at the top, too, and that's a whole other kettle of fish.The pace was rather slow for me, especially the start where I just wanted the action to get on with it. The huge cast of characters also made it hard to follow through and I was often left wondering who's who and where the heck did that one get introduced into the plot.More of a book to breeze through without stopping to ask yourself many questions. The humor is rather good and you do end up rooting for Vic.

  • Gina's Library
    2019-04-22 21:44

    I received this book for a fair and honest review. There are many different books out there about vampires. There is no other book however like this one. This is a book about a vampire that doesn't like blood. How odd is that? I have to say I am a bit disappointed in this book. I was really looking forward to it. This book for me was very slow and hard to get into. I had to really force myself to read it. I did enjoy the concept of the book and read about the transformation of Victor. Things change when he finally starts to bite people and gets his blood fresh from the tap....so to speak.

  • Nora
    2019-04-26 18:39

    Vic was a middle-aged, balding accountant when he was turned, and nothing has changed. He's a doormat for everyone--the ex-wife ('entertains' strangers in the home she won't move out of even though they're divorced), the daughter (goes to a Father-daughter dinner with someone else's father), his employees (he has to redo their work because they are so inadequate), and his boss (loves catching himself scaring Vic on video). One day Vic bites someone, and it's all downhill from there.*Lame. Oh, and trash.

  • Kristy
    2019-05-04 19:41

    Super enjoyable and entertaining read! I feel the typical vampire story has been done over and over again. It's fun to finally get a fresh and comical perspective. The characters are well developed and easy to follow. They are as basic as your next door neighbors and go through the same day to day dramas as anyone, just with a twist. The level of humor was perfect, it wasn't trying to hard and it was a fun read. While it leaves you wondering about certain things, it comes full circle in the end. I'd absolutely recommend it for a great and enjoyable summer read!

  • Amy Potts Ostrowski
    2019-05-19 00:34

    This book was exactly what I needed on vacation--humor, eccentrically hilarious characters, and a vampire. It has been awhile since I've read a book about a vampire, but the spin on this vampire's tale will keep you turning pages well into the night and up early the next morning. The balance of obvious to subtle humor is impressive, and while I had to reread a few sections to keep the characters straight, once I had them down the book flew.For my middle school teacher friends, this is NOT a middle school book. Read it on your own time :-)

  • Angie Agerter
    2019-05-07 00:41

    It took me awhile to get into this book and at times I got lost at why it seemed to jump from one thing to another. Overall I liked the book, I just had a hard time with it.You met Vic who is a vampire but doesn't do anything vampirish, while everyone knows he is a vampire. He gets his fill of blood from the blood bank and goes about his merry way. Until something changes and he has this huge desire to start biting. Once he starts biting, he can't stop and things take a rapid turn as you find how he was bitten and what it could mean...

  • Susan
    2019-05-02 18:32

    "Vampire Vic" is not your typical vampire book but instead a vampire's need for reinvention. The plot is a roller coaster ride filled with a wide range of emotions with a touch humor. The author's fantastic character development and unusual plot kept me captivated from the beginning to end. A nice entertaining read that I would recommend to all fantasy fans.This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

  • Beth
    2019-05-18 01:30

    This was a fun read, and definitely appropriate for those after work or the days that you just need to read something that will entertain you and make you smile/laugh. Super easy characters to relate to and a fun story.

  • Michele Lacroix
    2019-04-24 20:28

    As much as I liked Vampire Vic I had to give it only three stars. I found that the beginning was really good and I really liked Vic, as soon as I got half way through it got to slow for me. Then after I got 78% read it picked up again.

  • Harris Gray
    2019-05-17 23:22

    Paul Neal Rohrer is a pro narrator and brings our novel to life. Listening to Paul is a treat in itself. We are excited to add this audiobook to the ebook and softcover formats.

  • Tricia
    2019-05-10 22:37

    Fun read.

  • Angie
    2019-05-13 19:22

    One star. Enough said.

  • Julie
    2019-04-25 23:26

    I laughed out loud, loved the real life twist to this vampire story. Will there be another book? Boy I hope so soon!!!!