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HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED [Paperback]

Mark Henry
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14 Jun 2008
Seattle. One minute you're drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that's just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle's undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six-inch stilettos, Balenciaga handbag on sale) while satisfying her craving for human flesh (Don't judge. And no, not like chicken.) and decent vodkatinis.Making her way through a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters - not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo - isn't easy. And the minute one of Amanda's undead friends disappears after texting the word, "help" (The undead - so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hell bent on turning Seattle's undead underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than death...


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (14 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225221
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,946,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Call them the splatterati--werewolves who always know what to wear, zombies with bodies to die for, and vampires who know their fang shui--just don't call them late when it comes to happy hour, or the drinks might be on you."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex and the City Meets Dawn of the Dead 25 May 2008
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Amanda Feral is a sharp-tongued, pitiless advertising executive conducting an affair with her psychologist (the pay-off for which is very amusing) but otherwise living an emotionally cold life when she finds herself turned into a zombie. Determined to enjoy her afterlife more than her `real' life she embraces Seattle's undead underworld, populated by zombies, vampires, shapeshifters and demons who party hard and feed on the unsuspecting transients and vagrants living in Seattle's underbelly

Henry's zombie mythology is carefully constructed. Zombies are divided between those turned deliberately after being breathed on by another zombie (who retain self awareness) and mistakes (mindless creatures driven solely by their need to feed). Zombies can drink alcohol and eat human flesh but anything else goes right through them - literally. They also have to be careful about getting injured because with rare exceptions, they can't heal.

Amanda is accompanied by Gil, a needy gay vampire, and Wendy, a fashionista zombie. The plot hinges on the disappearance of a third friend, Liesl, a succubus. The disappearance is unsatisfying both for the lack of concern displayed by Amanda et al (evidenced by their delay in actually looking for her) and for the cursory resolution. Essentially, it's a hook to get to the main point of the story which is the creation of mistakes who are being unleashed on Seattle's unsuspecting population. There's also a lot of backstory given on Amanda and her friends, which is engaging but again gets in the way of the main plot. Amanda admits this (which makes it more forgiveable), but it comes across as padding. Finally, I didn't like the use of footnotes in the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard work to finish 31 Mar 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I tried really hard to like this book but I eventually had to accept defeat. I only finished this by skipping pages.

Though the author was trying for humour, it just wasn't really that funny. Being a bitch, when done the right way, can be entertaining but in this case, it was just annoying. I didn't like the little footnotes throughout the book, they were distracting and didnt offer anything to the story.

The characters are so shallow and devoid of any redeeming qualities that you dont care what happens to them. Yes, you can have characters do bad things and can overlook them and like them but when the person (or zombie) is just plain nasty, then you dont care what they do or why.

It was such a novel idea (no pun intended) but it was let down by bad dialogue and one dimensional characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but lacking something special 23 May 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book is not your usual urban fantasy story. The author's writing style was very amusing with our heroine, Amanda Feral, a zombie who's learning her way about her new state, making lots of amusing comments, some of which are in footnotes. When a friend Liesl disappears Amanda starts to search for her and the story moves along with various flashbacks to events that caused Amanda's transformation to Zombie and how she met some of her new supernatural friends.

Although I liked the author's writing style I couldn't quite get into the story. This is no soft-focus supernatural book - Amanda and her friends kill people, eat them and dispose of the evidence and this was somehow just a little too much for me to stomach, even if done in an 'amusing' manner. Amanda herself isn't a particularly original character, apart from the zombieness - she's into shoes, make-up, coffee and would be at home in lots of chick-lit books, provided she were still alive. Her friends seem both formulaic and also wacky and their adventures together definitely fit into the gory mock-horror world. There are some fresh aspects to this book and some very familiar aspects. It didn't work for me as a good read as it seemed too directionless and I couldn't empathise with the characters but it was certainly a good writing style with lots of amusing one-liners, thoughts and events.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Gory B*tchfest! 19 April 2010
Format:Paperback
The author of this book might owe me a new sweater; the one I was wearing when I started this book is covered with coffee stains, caused by laughing with a mouthful of the stuff.

By the time I got to page 30 I was cackling out loud - the footnotes are the funniest part of the book for me.

Amanda Feral gallops through a unique take on a murder mystery on killer heels with a dress sense to match. The world building is fun and detailed, and even though part of you shudders at the thought of this character as a friend, you can't help but sympathise with some of her problems (like how to stop looking dead in public).

If you have a warped sense of humour, a stomach for some serious gore and don't mind the odd cliché, this should ring all the bells for you. I can't wait to get the rest of this series - keep them coming!
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1.0 out of 5 stars uhhhmmmmmmm.......... 17 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
Not a book I would get lost in. I made it to page 35.
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