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Bloody Acuisitions The third book in Drew's outrageously adventurous and satirical series including THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT Book 1 and UNDEATH TAXES Book 2With a thriving parahuman accounting practice a steady relationship and a circle of trusted friends Fred’s undead life has become enjoyable than his normal one ever was Unfortunately it also seems that he’s no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up and coming city of Winslow Colorado A new clan of vampires is moving in and they aren’t well known for tolerating outsiders in their territoryNow Fred must cope with the growing presence—and threat—of other vampires even as he struggles to keep up with his business’s demands and make time for his friends Between hidden parahuman towns crazed vampire hunters uarreling mages and the world’s least subtle spy it will take all of Fred’s wiles just to keep his head above water And as the new clan sinks their fangs deeper and deeper into his city the undead accountant is faced with a choice between two eually unappealing options flee his home or stand against an entire clan of fellow vampires This has definitely been my favorite Fred the Vampire Accountant yet and I really hope Drew Hayes keeps writing them In a way the series has supplanted the Dresden Files in my heart words I never thought I'd speak The two series are similar in that their first person narratives with a mixture of action and humor where the main character assembles an unlikely crew of supernatural allies to defend their hometown from threats Chicgao for Dresden the fictional Winslow Colorado for Fred The main difference is that Fred the Vampire Accountant is a lot lighter There's a lot less violence and it's generally a lot lighter and Jim Butcher's obsession with sex which was always the most awkward part of the Dresden Files for me is also absent Now ordinarily I like my fiction rather gritty but maybe I'm getting too old for that Over the years the best part of the Dresden Files was the warmth and camaraderie between Dresden and his crew Well that warmth while always a key point of the Dresden Files is even front and center for these books by Drew Hayes They are really and truly about friendshipI think for a lot of people the idea of reviewing this book in contrast with the Dresden Files might be weird or even off putting The Dresden Files has a very very committed and huge fan base I get that and by all means you can enjoy both But I couldn't avoid the comparison arising in my own mind as I sped through this third book So much of what I personally liked the most about the Dresden Files has seemed to become and overshadowed by the larger plot machinations The intimacy of the relationships has gotten strained and less central to the stories as the plots have doubled down again and again on the isolation and growing darkness within Harry Dresden This has been going on ever since Changes and it's gotten progressively worse as some of my favorite characters have been all but retired eg Michael Carpenter while others have had serious emotionalplot issues driving a wedge between them and Harry Dresden eg Molly Carpenter and Karrin Murphy There's too much realpolitik and not enough friendship Of course that's intentional and so some people will prefer the Dresden Files for that reason but as for me I see enough of the cold and dark in my fiction See The Fifth Season to see just how depraved that can get What I really love to see is the warmth and the light that refuses to give in to that cold and dark I don't mean a sugary sweet story where nothing bad happens because 1 that's boring and 2 that's not Fred I just mean an ordinary person who refuses to let go of their fundamental decency and empathy no matter what happensAnd that's Fred If that sounds good to you read these books You won't regret it The best Fred yet The plotting and writing have grown in fluidity since the first volume which is a pleasure to behold I give this five stars not because it's the world's greatest literature but because it is so much fun and sometimes fun is what you need It's also hopeful because Fred is all about playing fair and being kind and thoughtful and working outside the box and stories about a kind thoughtful loving nerd or do I mean geek who remains himself while having adventures in a world of ruthless monsters is intrinsically hopefulSorry Mr Hayes that last sentence makes your hilariously entertaining book sound terribly worthy It is actually very funny The eponymous accountant who also happens to be the world's most un threatening vampire stumbles into all sorts of amusing encounters from a vampire hunter to a whole clan of vampires who want him to be other than he is via a legacy dispute between mages After many many stories about improbably gifted swordsmen assassins and magicians enjoyable as they are and I include Mr Hayes' own Super Powered series a story about someone who's really good at accounting is refreshing I confess myself surprised This being the third foray into this world Drew Hayes could've just cruised on autopilot and I'm sure I would've been suitably entertained however he chooses to go deeper This installment explores the widening or deepening of Fred's character who is he when it matters what is it to really be brave the nature of chosen family etc and he approaches these themes with humor and generosity of spirit I'm delighted to have been derailed by this series and the narration by Kirby Heyborne continues to be perfect 4 StarsReviewThis was yet another sweet light funny enjoyable audiobook in the Fred series It's getting harder for me to review them though since I've liked the same things every time Fred is definitely a uniue atypical sort of vampire but that's what makes him so likeable The found family aspect is great too I also thought it was neat getting to see a vampire hunter from a vampire's perspective There are lots of booksmoviesshows in which hunters just go around killing any creature they find but just because someone is paranormal that doesn't means they're a monster Oh also I would totally read a book about Arch Anyone who can sit at a table pointing a gun at hostile vampires with one hand and casually eat his meal with the other is someone I want to know about lol Anyway these are not the most action packed or gripping books out there but they're definitely enjoyable to listen to Original Review Metaphors and Moonlight

  • Kindle Edition
  • 414 pages
  • Bloody Acuisitions
  • Drew Hayes
  • English
  • 10 May 2014

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