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Dark Moonlighting (Volume 1)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2013
What a brilliant book - an assuredly written blend of mystery, fantasy, romance, struggle, and above all, humour running throughout like a vein of gold.

The characters were great, and I found myself identifying and enjoying the suborned sterotypes, the offspring of Mr Haworth's twisted imagination and the cliched characters we all know and love. The plot keeps you guessing and I was just happy to be along for the ride by the end.

I don't normally write longer than the minimum 20 word reviews, but I'm driven to it by this gem. Thank you Mr Haworth.

Especially if your palate is a little jaded at the moment, buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Definitely not twilight-esque or a paranormal romance written for teens, and for me, that's a good thing. Our 600 plus year old vampire isn't handsome, he's not even very likable, but his exploits as a blood sucking killer who holds down three jobs are entertaining and like other reviewers have said, funny. You can't hate a guy who figures it's more moral to choose his prey from 'bad' people like email spammers and Jehovah Witnesses!.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2013
Really enjoyed this book, I loved the humour and the fact it was so different to the usual vampire books, I like them too but its great to read some thing in the genre that is so original.One word of advice, don't read this book in public, you will find yourself laughing out loud at some some things so you might get some strange looks! I really liked the main character,and some of the others, really good fun and I liked the writing style,it was a winner for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
Wasn't expecting much going into this but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I finished it in one sitting. It's a highly funny take on the vampire genre and well worth reading. I'm off now to get the rest of the books in this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
Certainly not your usual vampire story, much better really. A six hundred year old vampire with a wicked sense of humour on death row for the one murder he didn`t actually commit. Not revealing any spoilers otherwise. Definately worth reading for all paranormal lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2013
Such a good book! A different spin on the "usual" vampire books. Funny, witty and incredibly entertaining. Got this book as a kindle freebie and have now bought, and started, the following 2 books! A great read :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2014
it says something that this is the 3rd time i have tried to review this book, having lost the last 2 attempts on my kindle. for most books I would have given up by now but this one should have all the good reviews it deserves. its not perfect by any means and not earth shattering or great literature, in fact it defies categorisation to my mind.
The story of "Nick the vampire!" (see book 2!) ventures bravely into many genres. By turns comedy, drama, thriller, detective fiction and a touch of horror the really special thing about this is the author. How he has chosen to approach the seriously hackneyed subject of supernaturals and vampires in particular is ingenious and hugely entertaining. It took me a couple of tries to get to grips with the unique writing style, but once Id relaxed and decided to go with the flow I was lost to the crazy, rollercoaster ride of Nicks schizophrenic lifestyle and resulting adventures. I love that Nick is a 'real' vampire with a truly cold, predatory and sociopathic nature, but that he has retained his human sense of morality. I love that although he was 'turned' at 26yrs old, he is physically scarred and of average appearance unlike most other vampires who have unnatural beauty etc. The characters in his life are all different and fascinating which is in direct contrast to the tediously good looking, bland interchangeable, forgettable, teen/ YA types with no identity or personality of their own which people the current flood of 'supernatural romance' fiction with which we are still being bombarded. (yes I am ranting). I especially like the idea of 'Nick the lawyer' since Im pretty sure most of those who serve the courts are vampires in reality! There are some seriously bonkers moments with 'Nick the doctors' colleagues in the hospital, which again i struggled with initially and then gave in and came to love. so funny. so much in this book i could expound upon but i couldnt do it justice. The dry wit and undercurrent of mania that run throughout are genius and make it one to read in a single sitting. The fact this volume was free was just amazing. I have already bought part 2 at a very low price and it is slightly different but equally enjoyable and I will be continuing to follow Nick and his friends exploits. definitely not one to miss
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2014
Dark Moonlighting is a bit hard to review. It's satire and as satire it's quite funny. If I hadn't known going in that it was meant to be sarcastic, I'd probably be accusing the author of having the sense of humour of a 5th grader, but as purposeful humour it's pretty good. I'd recommend the book for anyone who's familiar with or has a love for TV cop and medical dramas.

The problem is that the joke got old at about half way through the book. At about that point, two things happened roughly simultaneously. One, the jokes (for lack of a better word) became predictable and thus lost their lustre, and two, the satire went from being relatively subtle to openly interacting with/through the characters and story. This made the whole thing feel slapstick and clumsy instead of cleaver and satirical (even when some of this same clumsiness was, in itself, a satire). Dr. Condo and the FBI agents were especially heavy-handed and groan-inducing.

The writing is pretty good. I found it to be well edited. I enjoyed the autobiographical nature of the story and especially liked the ending. All and all, an enjoyable enough book, even if I preferred the first half to the second.
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I will be honest, I did not read the digital blurb or a single review prior to reading this book, basically it was free, I saw fangs and that was enough.

My first impressions were, `eh, some of this is a bit weird'.

The book takes the form of an unapologetic written non-confession by Nick Whittier a 651 year old vampire composed whilst incarcerated on death row where after a sham murder trial, he is awaiting a good staking.

Nick Whittier is not the handsome, brooding vampire of so many soft porn romantic novels. In fact, he is a monster, one characters tally of his likely historical kills, helps to illustrate that point succinctly. He also looks the part, pockmarked from the plague and so pale, his cover story of being an albino is accepted at face value. He takes 20 minutes to kill his victims and then immediately has the urge to urinate. He is also a workaholic who spends his working day, (yes a 24hr day- 2hrs sleep), as a doctor, lawyer, and patrol cop, when he is not doing any of those he is a research scientist.

At times we appear to be in a slightly surreal world of popular American television dramas, This is completely deliberate, Scott Haworth is satirizing Bones, Law & Order and House. We have a story that is meant to be turning various cliches upside down. Much of the humour comes directly from the odd but familiar characters that populate this story. (Although I have to say I found Dr Condo more irritating than funny).

It was refreshing to approach the vampire story from a new angle.

On the whole I did find some of the story amusing, but found the satire slightly muddy, I believe the author tried to do too much in this story. However, I am on the positive side of intrigued about what exactly happens next, though I can see why this book and style will certainly not be everyone's cup of tea.

There are apparently four books in the series and I have obtained book 2, which I will check out at some point.

This review was originally posted on www.darknessbeckons.com

Urthwild
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
Mr Haworth, you have a touch of the Christopher Moore about your writing. Excellent story, very well crafted, professionally delivered with a great plot line. It is difficult to put an original spin on the vampire genre but this book manages it superbly with a new angle on the myth and fleshed out with some laugh out loud moments and a wicked streak of humour throughout. A great read.
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