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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
This book is a very good read. I could not put it down and raced to the end to see what happens to the main character. Its an easy read. If you like vampire books you will like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Twilight Vamp Story?
Not long ago, I read a book with one of the best titles I'd read in a long while (How to say goodbye in Robot - Natalie Standiford). Fat Vampire, on the other hand, might very well have the best book cover in a long while... I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but hey, in this over-mediatized world of teenage drama, an eye-catching cover might just do the...
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by Els De Clercq


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3.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Twilight Vamp Story?, 24 Sep 2010
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Els De Clercq "EDC" (Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Not long ago, I read a book with one of the best titles I'd read in a long while (How to say goodbye in Robot - Natalie Standiford). Fat Vampire, on the other hand, might very well have the best book cover in a long while... I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but hey, in this over-mediatized world of teenage drama, an eye-catching cover might just do the trick, right? And catching your eye, it does (care for a blood slushee, anyone?).

Needless to say the cover raised my interest, and the blurb, really got my attention... I mean, aren't we all in favor of an anti-Edward vamp these days? A pudgy unpopular geek of a vampire, interested in Comic Cons... tell me you're not just a little bit interested in knowing what will happen to him?

At first the book reads like the book version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets Jay & Silent Bob. It's fun, it's goofy, and it's all about the fun interaction between 2 guys completely in tune with their inner geek. Much like Buffy has to come to terms with her fate as the Slayer, Doug - the Fat Vampire - needs to find out how he will deal with being 15, fat, and unattractive forever. The beginning of the book is very very funny and you will find yourselves laughing out loud at the jokes. Unfortunately (for Doug as well as the reader), Doug, being the self-obsessed teenager that he was while still alive, will also remain a self-obsessed, completely unlikeable vampire the more his self-confidence grows (and growing it does!) in the book.

Then, instead of focusing on the characters of Doug and Jay, the story takes on 2 different threads. First there is Senjal, the Indian exchange student who has `the Google' (yes, it's a disease). At first it appears the interaction between Doug and Senjal will lead to spectular vampire-human fireworks, but then all this... falls flat. A real pity, because the potential was really there.

And second, apparently, writing a vampire story (even of the anti-Twilight variety) by definition seems to mean you have to include the whole vampire-community, you know, who sired who and how do these people deal with their immortality. This is an OK thought, if you can come up with a decent back story. The problem here is that the eventual ending of the book is such a letdown - not to mention completely out of the blue because none of these vampire characters are properly developed - that it spoils much of the excellent beginning of the book.

Adam Rex sure can write. He does have great ideas, but still, Fat Vampire is a bit of a missed opportunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read., 18 Sep 2012
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This book is a very good read. I could not put it down and raced to the end to see what happens to the main character. Its an easy read. If you like vampire books you will like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new spin, 18 Dec 2010
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Steven R. McEvoy "MCWPP" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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The title and cover of this book grabbed my attention immediately. I have never heard about, read or even seen in a movie with a fat vampire. Vampires are always good looking and often a sort of alpha male or female. Doug does not fit that mold; he is short, doughy, and an outcast at school. And his afterlife is not all he expected it to be. He soon begins wondering if there might be a way out.

The book was a complete surprise, and a wonderful new twist on the undead life - a young man in high school just trying to find his way in life, when he finds himself dead. He still goes to ComicCon with his best friend; he keeps feeding on cows because he has not learned how to harness his dark powers. It is a vampire book like none you have ever read before. It is a completely new spin on an old legend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, 12 Dec 2010
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Attacked by a vampire while out on vacation, Doug has become the latest child of the night. He was changed by a guy from school who could not control himself. He tells people he's been changed by a beautiful vampire bombshell to keep his credibility intact. Doug isn't like the other vampires, though. He's not dark and brooding. He's a nerd. Pale and freckled and overweight, most people think he just has a bad skin condition.

When he's not going to conventions dressed as a Klingon or another nerdy character, Doug is trying to woo girls. He still needs to eat, and drinking the blood of a girl is practically having sex with her. Young vampires also need tutors so they can get used to their powers and responsibilities. They are an endangered species, after all, and they need to know how to do things. Despite this, Doug still acts like he did as a human. He goes to comic book conventions with his pals, and he tries to fit in and get a girlfriend.

Senjal, an exchange student from India who has the cyber addiction known as `The Google,' doesn't believe in vampires. Doug believes, however, that Senjal will fall for him, even though he isn't exactly smooth. While Doug is cruising and schmoozing and trying to discover what he can do, a defunct television vampire hunter gets wind of some of his mistakes, and he soon begins to track Doug down. How will things turn out with Senjal, and will Doug get staked before he can get a solid girlfriend?

This book has a lot going for it. The plot is funny, and for people that are tired of the same vampire novels, it can provide a fun escape. Rex knows how to write funny one-liners and references a lot of cool things, so readers of all ages will get a few chuckles out of him. He also has something to say beyond the funny, and that's a biting satire of the current sparkly savior vampire trend. He's out to prove that vampires are actually jerks.

Therein lies the novel's main flaw. Most of the characters are all right. Senjal was a little flat, but most of the other ones were cool. Doug, however, was a real jerk. Some people will find this hilarious and relate with Doug. Others, like this reviewer in particular, will be offended. He makes biting remarks about lots of minority groups, gay people and the like, and it's really frustrating to read that for a long period of time. He teases people about it, and he really isn't a likable person at all.

However, this is Rex's point. Doug gets told off for saying insulting things about these people, which at least shows there was reason behind the writing. It doesn't change the fact that some readers will be put off by Doug's attitude. FAT VAMPIRE is an intelligent and witty novel, but the protagonist will bog a lot of readers down. It's a great read if you're looking for satire and cult humor, but you have to deal with one jerk of a protagonist.

Reviewed by: John Jacobson, aka "R.J. Jacobs"
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