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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2013
Funny read. It's a great smack in the face for the likes of twighlight. What if Edward Cullen had been a bit porky when he was changed into a vamp? Main character was lovable and felt a bit bad for him at times but witty most of the time. Shame that it got a bit lost at the end
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2015
I stumbled across this book when I released my own book Language in the Blood and wanted to see what else there was out there in funny vampire books. I liked the idea that not all vampires are slender and beautiful. This is the first in a series currently counting six books.
The story follows Reginald Baskin, an overweight young man who after suffering at the hands of bullies in high school now works at a fitness company. He finds that things are much the same since high school and he is still being tormented by the physically fit.
Things change when Maurice, a young shy Goth starts work. It is he who 'saves' Reginald after he is devoured by vampires. Maurice turns him into a vampire like himself.
Even though Reginald never felt so good, his physical shape hasn't changed. He might feel he is running at great speeds, but most prey could outrun him. I enjoyed the way the author described Reginald’s slow acceptance of his new live and the humorous consequences of being a overweight vampire with low self esteem, but the author is also sticking very closely to most vampire myths. I'm looking forwards to reading more in the series and hope the author starts pushing the boundaries of vampire myths a bit more. Promising start to a fun series of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2014
A perfect blend of humour,suspense and a touch of horror that I would highly recommend to all. An unlikely hero who has you cheering him on whilst feeling a little pity at his sometimes pathetic,often funny attempts to fit into a world where his failings are even more highlighted than they were in his previous life.. well written and gripping with a superbly thought out ending that leaves you itching to follow our "fat vampire" into further adventures..
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on 17 January 2014
This book came to me highly recommended from several other authors, so I finally found time to check it out - and it was well worth my time. My first thought on finishing it was to buy the entire series. Yes, that good.

It started off slow and Reginald seemed too wishy-washy and pathetic to win any sympathy from me. A man who sets himself up as such a hopeless victim without doing anything about it just doesn't gel with me.

Fortunately, the story gets better. He finds some guts under all the fat. There's also a girl...no, not under the fat. Another person who makes Reginald's vampire life more interesting. Add the Vampire Council and...ah, sorry, I don't do spoilers.

The ending felt a little rushed - I admit I would have preferred the detail to be fleshed out a little more there. Or I could have just read it too fast, eager to read more of Reginald's story...

Of course, it's only the first of a series, but a brilliant introduction that concludes well, yet leaves me yearning for more. More that I'll get, as soon as I buy and read the rest...
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on 18 February 2014
I recently discovered Johnny B Truant and his partners in crime, and am now working my way through their various works. Their style is engaging, funny, exciting, and often bizarre. Like Unicorn Western, Fat Vampire takes a familiar genre and turns it, if not upside down, at least 90 degrees. The treatment of the eponymous hero is sympathetic, the characters are rich, the writing flows easily and the plot has an exciting, "how will he get out of this" feel to it. It's a little short, but I am finding I like this about their writing, being able to finish the whole novel(la) in a short space of time, and only then committing to the longer series of which it is a part. Besides, it's free, so it would be churlish to complain about length. Try it, then make up your mind whether to buy the rest of the series. If you like vampires, humour and excitement in a bite-sized (pun intended) package, it's worth a go.
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'Fat Vampire' is the story of Reginald, an overweight loser, who makes a new friend in nightshift worker Maurice and gets a lot more than he bargained for when a couple of hot chicks show an interest in him.

This is a highly original take on vampires. I love the sense of humour and the loser characters are easily likeable. It's such a brilliant idea to have a less than physically perfect vampire struggling to cope with the change and still stuffing his face with pizza and the like.

The plot is fairly simple without being boring or predictable. There is a little bit of romance in there as well but nothing too mushy.

Overall this is a very amusing and entertaining story. I enjoyed it so much I read the second one the day after I put this down and I will definitely keep following this series!
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on 12 July 2015
I normally only read grisly, gruesome serial killer/detective novels so every now and again I try to break up the blood and gore with some light reading. The reviews for this book were pretty favourable so I downloaded it and kept it for a break from the gore. I loved this book! Humourous fun by the page and a subject I've not read much on. The only vampires I know about have been charming and sexy....this one is the total opposite, which is what makes it such a fun read. Read the blurb on this to get an idea of the story and buy the book. In fact I enjoyed this so much I've bought the entire set. I've just finished the second book, saving the rest till later. As a 52 year old who's read all her life, I know what I like and I REALLY liked this book. Go ahead and buy it and have some fun!
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I picked up this book as part of my goal to read and review 24 indie books this year.

I'm very glad I picked this one, if only because reading about a fat, slow and weak vampire, tickled something in me that I didn't think it would. Couple that with the fact that he's smart (which is rarely given the props it deserve) Reginald is a fabulous character.

Certainly pick this book if Twilight and the likes of that crap has you tearing your hear out. For something fresh and funny, with just enough emotion to stop it becoming a farce, this is certainly a good start. I haven't read the others in the series yet, but, all being well, I'll be looking them up when I finish my other books.

Full review on my blog: [...]
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Let me start with a disclaimer. I never read vampire books and I don't watch the movies. It's not that I'm afraid of scary stuff and very little shocks me anymore in terms of language, it's just I never got the vampire bug. I grabbed this book for one reason, I recently started following Truant's Self Publishing Podcast and he's mentioned the Fat Vampire series so many times I was compelled to finally find out firsthand what it was about. So glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the "hero" Reginald Baskin and found the story entertaining and not at all the same old vampire stuff I remember from when I was a kid. I look forward to catching up with the rest of the Fat Vampire series.
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on 19 August 2013
I was really unsure about the Fat Vampire series. Somehow, the concept just didn't quite gel with me. But I really enjoy the self-publishing podcast (where Johnny chats with Sean & Dave about all their projects including this one) so I thought I'd give it a go. What can I say? The price is really right for testing it out!

And you know what? It was surprisingly good. Perhaps it reads more like a movie than a novel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's pacy and engaging, with some solid characters. And its new take on vampire mythology allowed it to take some interesting new directions.

I couldn't stop reading, laughed a few times and choked up once too.
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