Thursday, August 9, 2018

Books from the Backlog #20

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week's neglected book

Vamped by David Sosnowski

Release Date: July 27, 2004
Publisher: Free Press
Martin Kowalski is an eighty-year-old man stuck in a twenty-year-old body. He works the graveyard shift. He has a poster of Bela Lugosi on his wall and a box of uneaten Count Chocula in his pantry. He drinks stem-cell-derived blood from cleverly packaged and marketed juice boxes. He is, in short, a vampire. But since his wildly successful scheme to turn as many mortals as possible into vampires -- "vamp" them rather than kill them -- resulted in a new immortal majority, Marty finds little of interest to fill his countless days.From the deeply imaginative mind of David Sosnowski -- who gave us the critically acclaimed junkie-angel classic Rapture -- bursts this neo-vampire novel studded with pint-size vampires known as "screamers" (children who were vamped and are none too happy about it); priest vampires who helped convert their flock into lifetime members of the Church; stripper vampires who lap-danced their way into customers' veins; and one very small, very outspoken human girl.

When Marty decides to end his endless life of soul-crushing ennui -- call it vampire affluenza -- a three-foot blond obstacle is thrown in his path: Isuzu Trooper Cassidy, a refugee from a human hunting preserve. At first he thinks "midnight snack," but before the sun comes up, Isuzu is the one snacking on his prized cereal collection as she charms him into staying undead long enough to raise her in a world rife with danger and almost entirely populated by vampires yearning for the taste of real human blood.

Why did I add Vamped to my bookshelf?

I have had this book sitting on my physical bookshelf for at least several years.  I picked it up at a local book fair and them promptly forgot all about it.  Maybe I should actually start reading all of these books that I buy.  I love vampire stories and anything with a healthy dose of quirky humor appeals to me as well.  According to my daughter, this book looks like something I would read and I would have to agree with her.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?


  1. This seems like an interesting take on vampires. So many books, so little time. I hope you get a chance to try this one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  2. i hope it has a happy ending! when you read it remember to do a review

  3. So I think the humor in this one has sold me. I feel out of love with vampires a long time ago but I still enjoy reading about them from time to time. Hey, I just found it for $0.99 on Kindle!

    1. Wait, now that I see the alternative cover, I know I already have this one somewhere at home. Thanks for bringing it back to my attention.

    2. I used the cover that I have for this post but it looks like the alternative cover is probably more common.

  4. I hadn't heard of this one but that's an interesting take on vampires.

  5. Why is she 3 feet? The questions!

  6. I've had a lot of bad reads with vampire humour so I'm always wary about going near them now!

  7. New to me! Hope you enjoy it. I'm not really a fan of vampire books with humor. I don't know but that has never worked for me.

  8. LOL buying all the books you buy. Yes, I need to work on that.

  9. I love that your daughter said this looked like something you would read! I don't read much vampire fiction but I do like the humor in this one.


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