The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1) by Drew Hayes
Fred did not lead an exciting life as an accountant. You would think that dying would finally add some excitement to Fred's existence but you would be wrong. Sure, as a vampire he had to change to a largely liquid diet and begin working from home but beyond that, Fred's life was all good red wine and cheese, and working at night from home. Contrary to everything that Fred had read and the movies he had watched about vampires, becoming one didn't really change the essence of who you are.
Fred's life (read: unlife) might have stayed boring had he not decided tot take a risk and go to his high school reunion. When a former acquaintance starts to flirt with him, Fred isn't exactly receptive because with his new vampire senses, he can tell that she's playing around and not really into him. Being teased and learning that the captain of the high school football team is still in great shape and attracting women should have been the worst thing to happen that night. When werewolves show up determined to slaughter the graduating class, for the first time Fred realises that vampires aren't the only parahumans who go bump in the night.
I have to admit that I chose to read this book based largely on its title. I've always been a sucker for odd urban fantasy novels. I like that Fred is absolutely socially awkward and dresses in sweater vests. He's a nerds nerd, who has a lifetime of bullying to back that up. I love that becoming a vampire didn't make Fred into a suave lover who sparkles in the sunlight but simply gave him things like enhanced hearing, strength and balance. Because Fred is a fledgling, he's just as ignorant of the world that he inhabits as the reader.
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant isn't told in one cohesive story and instead reads like a collection of short stories with Fred collecting people and information along the way. Towards the end of the book, I found myself becoming tired with this writing device for the simple reason that had I wanted to read a collection of short stories, I would have picked one up. Though I still want to find out what happens to Fred in the next book in this series, I really do hope that Hayes drops this kind of format and sticks to a traditional plot line for a book.
Each new chapter or phase serves to give Fred his very own Scooby gang. For the first time in his life, Fred actually ends up with friends that he can depend on and even a gorgeous girlfriend. Sure, he still hates confrontation and has been known to go catatonic in the presence of an ancient dragon in the guise of a child but hey, who's perfect?