Saturday, February 20, 2010

Book Review: Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (February 1, 2010)
Alive, ad exec Amanda Feral worked hard to wring enjoyment out of her days. Now that she's a zombie, it's a different story. Turns out, Seattle is home to glamorous undead of every description, and Amanda - stylish and impeccably groomed even in the afterlife - is swigging cocktails and living large (so to speak) among its elite. But there are downsides. Not being able to stomach anything except alcohol and human flesh, for instance. And the fact that someone is targeting Seattle's otherworldly inhabitants for their own sinister reasons. Preying on the undead is seriously uncool. The only option is for Amanda and her zombie BFF Wendy and gorgeous gay vampire pal Gil to unearth the culprit among the legions of Seattle's bloodsuckers, shapeshifters, reapers, succubi, and demons - before they all meet a fate a lot worse than death...

WARNING: If your sensibilities are easily offended then I suggest you not read this book. Of course, you will be missing out on one ridiculously hilarious book. So take my suggestion and suck it up and read Happy Hour of the Damned.
So, Amanda Feral is turned zombie, makes some friends, learns the ins and outs of zombie life...err unlife, pisses of some scary creatures, thwarts some evil plans, and all while looking hot.

My friend is a zombie fanatic but he only reads graphic novels....hand him a book and he will just look at you like you have lost your mind. I just finished reading Happy Hour of the Damned and since I knew he wouldn't read it I forced him to listen to me talk about it so he wouldn't miss out on the zombie goodness. He laughed at parts and appreciated certain aspects of it (for instance, the reapers), but then he said, "I hate zombies like that though. They shouldn't be intelligent and move fast." Blah blah blah blah....somewhere in the middle of the droning I remembered one the the most interesting ideas of the book. There are basically 2 types of zombies; zombies that are made and zombies that are "mistakes". A zombie can only be made by a zombie who has the breath...which is really rare. They inhale (or rather I think it is more like eating) the breath and then whenever they end up dying they become a zombie. A "mistake" zombie can be made by any zombie from a bite or scratch. THEY are the crazed zombies who just mindlessly consume and destroy. SO, I remedied my mistake and explained this to my friend. His response, "Oh, okay, well that's interesting." Heh. It is.
There is sex, people eating, lots of dirty words (the word Poon was used quite often lol), and a wide variety of paranormal creatures. I highly recommend this book and if you go out and buy it you can help save Amanda Feral. There are 3 books in this series, but if the re-release of Happy Hour of the Damned doesn't sell enough in MMPB then there won't be any more Amanda Feral books :(

5/5

CymLowell

1 comment:

Tori [Book Faery] said...

Sounds interesting.

I've heard a lot of great reviews for this book, but I haven't really had the chance to check it out yet =(