Review: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant - Tantor Audio, Drew Hayes, Kirby Heyborne

I expected to be amused with this and I was.  The stories were all told via journal entries.  Fred was turned into a vampire a year prior to the start of the entries.  He was a normal, boring guy who worked as an accountant.  He was overweight and awkward as a child and of course bullied.  The first opportunity he had to leave his small town, he did and never looked back.  Well, almost never. 


As a vampire, the only thing that changed for Fred was that he was relegated to a liquid diet, which helped with weightloss, and he had to open his own accounting firm, as he could no longer go into the office, because he would burst into flames in sunlight.  Fred's boring life as a human carried over to his unlife as a vampire.  The vampire who had turned him disappeared immediately, so he had to learn how to live as a vampire on his own.  Poor Fred realized that his life was uneventful and decided to take a risk and accept the invitation to his high school reunion.


From there Fred falls into one ridiculous situation after another.  At the reunion, he reconnected with his only friend from high school, who works for an agency that polices supernaturals, or parahumans, that step out of line.  Then together they stop a pack of werewolves from eating all of their classmates.  They begin dating and keep falling into shenanigan after shenanigan picking up new friends--some as hopeless as Fred--along the way.  They create their own parahuman family, who also happen to be trouble magnets.


The narrator did a good job capturing Fred's "voice" as well as the other characters.  My only pet peeve was that each new story started with a recap.  This would make sense in a series of separate but connected stories, but this is one book broken into sections for each story.  It was just a little annoying, but did not take away from the stories.