Review: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1) by Drew Hayes

May 4, 2016 Review 2

Review: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1) by Drew HayesThe Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Series: Fred, the Vampire Accountant
Published by Self Published on July 26th 2014
Genres: Adult, Humorous, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hours and 2 minutes
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing
4 Stars

Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT is one of the best books I've read this year. I love urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but sometimes they get a little too serious. These are stories about werewolves, vampires, witches, and eldritch horrors. These are ridiculous and crazy things, I love the serious stories, but it's fun to take a comedic twist on the genre.

THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT is a story of... well... Fred a vampire accountant, and he stays an accountant even after getting turned into a vampire. So many urban fantasy stories follows newly turned vampires as they progress through the vampiric hierarchy to fight whatever force is important to that novel. That is not the case for Fred. Fred ends up in all kinds of crazy adventures, but he doesn't seek them out. He is very much a reluctant hero, maybe even a step beyond that, because Fred actively seeks out ways to stay out of these crazy problems. Despite that he still ends up in hilarious situations that are amazing to read.

So what prevented THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT from being a five bat book? There is only one thing that prevented me from giving this novel a five bat review and that is the formatting. THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT must've been originally published as separate novellas because at the beginning of each novella Drew Hayes reintroduces all of the characters. It is a very small gripe (and was fixed in the second book), but that is what prevented this from being a five bat book. That should be something you understand going in though, THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT, is a collection of novellas. This is not one book with one storyline, it is a collection of novellas following Fred and his friends.

THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT is THE book you should turn to if you want a fun, humorous romp through an urban fantasy world.

Series Titles:
  1. The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant
  2. Undeath and Taxes
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  • If you're looking for another humours take on general fantasy try Drew Hayes novel NPCs.

2 Responses to “Review: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1) by Drew Hayes”

  1. JenM

    I picked this up for free at one point. I don’t normally read books featuring vamps anymore because I’m so burnt out on them, but this was a very pleasant surprise. It’s so nice to read a story where the vampire hero is not gorgeous, irresistible, incredibly strong, etc.

    • James

      Yep, that’s exactly why I loved it so much. If you haven’t read the second book yet it’s even better in my opinion. I’ll try to get a review for it posted soon too.