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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: M Press; 1st M Press Ed edition (2 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595820973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595820976
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 21 Nov 2008
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Phil Merman is divorced, depressed and working the night shift on a dead end job, where he spends the bulk of his time sifting through violent crime scene and accident photographs.

He also happens to be a vampire.

Bottomfeeder isn't a traditional vampire yarn. Our hero doesn't spend his time pondering his love for humanity or other vampires, or battling ancient evil. He goes to work, keeps his true nature hidden from people, and when he's not hunting muggers and murderers, spends his time cooped up in an apartment surrounded by books and movies.

Doesn't sound special, but Bottomfeeder is darkly witty and Bob Fingerman paints a picture of New York as a grimy metropolis with a seedy supernatural underbelly, to which we're gradually introduced as Phil begins to discover more about his condition.

If Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis wrote a vampire novel, they'd write Bottomfeeder.

It's a brilliant debut from a fantastic writer who really needs to get another book or ten on the shelves. Particularly recommended for anyone put off the genre after reading an Anne Rice vampire porn story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Debut--I Didn't Want It To End 26 Feb 2007
By Craig Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bottomfeeder is a great novel, exploring in a very realistic way what it might actually be like to be a vampire. You've got to cut your connections to your old life--friends, relatives, etc. You've got to change jobs every few years. If you've got any sense of self-preservation, you will probably target the homeless, the crazy, the dregs of society least likely to be missed. It's a very lonely existence and it's one that Phil Merman has been living for the last 27 years as the novel opens. He's lost his wife, his parents have both died, bouncers and bartenders look at the date on his passport and wonder how he can possibly look so young, and he's got a soul-killing job as a photo archivist that he can work nights. The one tie to his old life is the pathetic Shelley, an alcoholic who lost his entire family in a mysterious fire many years before, and a man who seems to turn up every time Phil turns around. Then Phil meets Eddie, another of his kind, and his world unexpectedly opens up...

This is an excellent novel, by turns funny, heartbreaking, horrifying, and very touching. Fingerman's take on vampirisim is very reminiscent of what Charlie Huston is doing in his Joe Pitt series, and it also reminded me of Andrew Fox's Fat White Vampire series. What this is not is Anne Rice, "woe is me" vampirism. In fact, that whole genre comes under frequent satiric attack in Fingerman's novel, which is often a very, very funny book. If anything, I would have liked the book to be longer. I fell completely under the spell of Phil and his nocturnal adventures and would love to read more. Very highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
funny, literate 9 April 2007
By Bookworm Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You couldn't have gotten me to read a vampire novel if you bribed me. The beauty of this book is that it's a hip, literate, New York urban-smartass black comedy written in the first person by a guy that probably sounds like one of your friends, only he happens to be a vampire, and his waking hours ain't much fun. He does a lot of kvetching about the logistics of this life (well, undeath might be a better word) he has to live in order to survive. Having to feed on other people isn't something he's exactly proud of. In fact, he feels so guilty about it that the only acceptable way he can do it is to pray on homeless derelicts who wouldn't be missed anyway. But it's still not without guilt. Especially for an average Jewish guy from Queens with an average apartment, who doesn't have much of a social life anymore since he can't be out in the daytime. He pays the rent by working the night-shift scanning and archiving slides at a stock photography house.

The fun begins when, after 27 years of this lonely and boring existence, (in which he hasn't visibly aged a bit, even though he's in his mid-50s) he encounters by chance another one of his own kind. A mischievous, thrill-seeker with a good heart, who takes him under his wing and insists on getting him a badly-needed social life by introducing him to a diverse underworld of other bizarre characters who are willing to accept our guy as "one of us" but he isn't so sure he wants to be accepted...

It's a smart and funny read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best in Show 4 Jan 2007
By Laura Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best vampire story I've ever read...and I've read a lot of them. B.H. Fingerman offers a fresh take on the old tale of the "life" of a vampire. I thought Anne Rice had cornered the market on "it's-kind-of-a-drag-to-be-a-vampire" books, but Fingerman goes her one better, with both humor and pathos. Plenty of scenes will have you saying "yeah, I never thought of that."

The descriptions of people and places in this novel are detailed and graphic, without ever slowing down the pace of the narrative. The characters are vividly and economically drawn. New York comes alive. If prose can be hip, gross, and lyrical at the same time, Fingerman's nailed it. You can expect a laugh and a cringe on every page.

Fingerman is a very gifted writer, and this is an impressive debut novel. At the end of the "acknowledgements" section of the book Fingerman writes, "stay tuned," and I will. Looking forward to the next one!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Realistic Vampire Novel Minus The Moping 25 Jan 2007
By Mr. Apollo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
B. H. Fingerman's novel "Bottomfeeder" is many things: a rebuke to those who like their vampires mopey and sad; a snapshot of New York City during its transitional phase from the sleazy 70s to the post-9/11 tourist mecca; and an entertaining pulp/horror novel.

And funny. "Bottomfeeder" is also very funny. Stuck with eternal life, the main character Philip Merman has plenty of time to muse on the things that amuse him or piss him off. The voice recalls a detective novel tough guy, but without being a tired pastiche or worn-out parody. The narrative is fresh and Merman's adventures consistently inventive, including scenes unlike those in other horror novels.

In a genre that sometimes feels as played out as horror, it's a pleasure to read something this entertaining. I'm sorry the story isn't longer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I hate vampire novels . . . but this was quite good. 28 Aug 2007
By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most vampire novels, quite frankly, suck -- what with their Victorian imagery, lacy frills, angst and mopery they tend to push the limits of pretentiousness and become tiresome in short order. I've had several of these atrocities passed to me with glowing recommendations, and could't finish a single one. Bottomfeeder is nothing like these.

Dark, urban, gritty, and foul -- yet full of humor -- plus, it was very well written. The only complaint I have was that the scene with the vampiric retards was unnecessary to the plot, distracting, and unfunny -- a competant editor would've excised those pages from an otherwise perfect book. 4.5 stars.
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