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Bite Club: A West Hollywood Vampire Novel (West Hollywood Vampire Novels) [Paperback]

Hal Bodner
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications Inc (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555839037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555839031
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,187,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful entertaining book 6 Sep 2005
I do hope this author,continues to write, and to produce such wonderful and funny novels. I also hope he continues to use the main charactors, Chris the gay wealthy vampire and his lover the adorable Troy. They together with the local coroner, Becky, the straight woman, with a weight problem,and an unrequited love affair with Chris, investigate a series of brutal murders of members of the Hollywood gay scene. It soon become clear to Chris, that the murderer is a rogue vampire. The search for the rogue, turns into a romp and has some delightful comic moments.The threesome are assisted by a bewildered Hollywood police detective, and an over the top portrayal of the quite mad, Pamala, the city manager. Chris and Troy's relationship, is dealt with,in such lifelike terms, that one must suspect, the two are based on the author's own experiences.(Without the vampire aspect of course!) I fell in love with Troy right from his first appearance!. Mildly erotic, it is not a one hand book. It is a real book, and very very worth reading. Please please please, Author, more of their adventures, must be written
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 11 Mar 2006
By Adam B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I went in expecting a bit of brain candy, and was pleasantly surprised to find an entertaining story, much humour, and a cast of rather vivid (in some cases almost over the top) and entertaining characters. Given the subject matter (vampires - angst, guilt, woe *cough*Anne Rice*cough*), I was expecting a wallop of angst, and was pleased to find although there was action and excitement and perilous situations, I didn't have my gut unecessarily twisted six ways from Sunday emotionally. I didn't actually want to like Troy; he's very camp, in a way that normally irritates me in real life, but I think he's actually my favourite character. His lack of taste in decor probably endears him to me. :D
The author doesn't try to take himself too seriously, and as such had produced a story that is easy for the reader to settle into and just go with it, and has enough in it to keep readers engaged until the end.
I sincerely hope that the author writes more about these characters, because I feel a little bereft now I've finished the book. Sigh.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average 14 Oct 2005
By Read A. Lot - Published on
Bite Club was a moderately fun book that resorted to the use of tired sterotypes to achieve humor. The story involves a gay vampire, his mostly human lover, and their eccentric friends on a mad chase around West Hollywood in search of a rogue vampire. Rather than fully developing his characters, Bodner falls back on a series of cliches to describe them (gay men wearing leather and dressing in drag, overweight people continuously eating at any given moment). Curiously, the most interesting parts of the novel come when the story shifts to a secondary female vampire character across the country helping in the hunt for the rogue vampire. Here the humor is more subtle and feels less forced. Her interactions with other supernatural creatures give the reader much more insight into the world the author attempts to create. This section sadly never comes to any full conclusion however and ends abruptly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty funny slap-stick vampire comedy. 24 Sep 2005
By Tazer - Published on
I thought this story was pretty funny. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did, since I'm used to reading vampire novels with a more serious tone and sexier characters such as D.N. Simmons or Laurell K Hamilton, but Hal Brodner's novel was pretty good for the first time. So it's a fun read if you have time to spare on a weekend afternoon.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't my type of novel 24 Oct 2005
By ReaderFanatic - Published on
I'm the type of vampire/shapeshifter fan that likes a little originality in my stories. I did not get that in this novel as I had hoped.

The story would have been much more engrossing had it not been so cliche. The pacing would have been much smoother if page fillers of unnecessary back stories hadn't been written for every single character that was introduced in the novel. The back histories weren't really that interesting and broke the flow of the novel, they felt more like detours.

The characters would have been more interesting if they were more likable or kind. I didn't get the feeling that the two male lovers actually loved each other, but merely tolerated each other. And there were unnecessary harsh words exchanged between characters that should have had a more amicable and loving relationship. I found that their personality descriptions were contradicted by their actions. For example: Becky is supposed to be this top notch pathologist who is extremely attentive to details, but a few paragraphs later, she's an overweight, sloppy junk food eater that leaves crumbs and sugary smudges in her path. A person as meticulous as she is supposed to be would not be so sloppy or easily distracted by food.

There was too much slapstick comedy. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no stranger to slapstick, I'm a fan of slapstick done well! But the comedic pace of this novel seemed off and inappropriate in various situations and I didn't find it at all funny.

I don't know, perhaps this is what Mr. Bodner was going for in his novel and if that's the case, then this just wasn't my type of vampire novel. Also, anyone who has a liking for shapeshifters may not like this author's vision of them.

But my biggest complain is this: If Mr Hal Bodner's idea of humor is to make juvenile fat jokes throughout the span of his novel, I was not amused. It got tired fast within the first 15 pages. Please take into consideration who might be reading your novels (perhaps a big-boned reader or two.). A fat joke or two isn't taboo, but numerous "greedy, sloppy fat people" jokes is ridiculous. Not only is it insulting and annoying to the reader but it's hard to care seriously for a character who happens to be the butt of all jokes. I wanted to like this book, I wanted to love this book, but the characters fell flat to me. I'm sorry.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought me a smile and a chuckle 20 Dec 2005
By dogbane - Published on
This book was sent to me while we were exiled (from Katrina). Reading it gave me just the kind of relief I needed at a time when it seemed the world was all doom and gloom. The plot was enticing enough to keep me involved, but the light hearted wit and frank shallowness of Troy and Scott brought my spirits up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bite Club: A West Hollywood Vampire Novel 20 Aug 2005
By Virginia Czubiak - Published on
Engrossing! Great stuff! Loved it! Vampires...of all description. This book has it, comedy, blood lust, mystery, suspense, romance, murder, caskets galore and fine interior design! A bevy of outrageous characters: Troy, the fluffy, demanding oh-so-in-your-face fashionista; the indomitable coroner, Becky O'Brien (who shares my passion for Sara Lee and Snickers); my personal fave, Hanna Bromberg,the Matha Stewart of Vampiredom with her sausages, chocolate strudel and romance novels; Pamela Burman, the soft hearted, cranky and ever-annoying city manager (we've ALL known someone like her!)...and, a full cadre of unsuspecting, lip smackingly yummy, buff young men, ripe for exsanguination! This book screams for a sequel. The author, Mr. Bodner, is a truly certifiable madman! Write on!
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