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Happy Hour Of The Damned [Paperback]

Mark Henry
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Feb. 26 2008
Seattle. One minute you're drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that's just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle's undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six-inch stilettos, Balenciaga handbag on sale) while satisfying her craving for human flesh (Don't judge. And no, not like chicken.) and decent vodkatinis.Making her way through a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters - not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo - isn't easy. And the minute one of Amanda's undead friends disappears after texting the word, "help" (The undead - so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hell bent on turning Seattle's undead underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than death...

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"Call them the splatterati--werewolves who always know what to wear, zombies with bodies to die for, and vampires who know their fang shui--just don't call them late when it comes to happy hour, or the drinks might be on you."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Original idea and great delivery Nov. 30 2009
Okay, so I admit it: a book with a heroine who eats people was not something I ever thought I'd enjoy. But I loved it! It was a rollicky ride that had me laughing out loud, even at the times when Amanda was, umm, eating. This tale is twisted and macabre and downright hilarious. Mark Henry straighforward style makes the undead, martini-swilling, fashion-conscious denizens of Seattle, umm, come alive. And Amanda is a fascinating heroine: a diva when alive and more so once dead, but she is a devoted friend to her supernatural pals and determined to help no matter what. You gotta love her moxy (even if her eating habits are a touch, um, ghoulish).

Can't wait to pick up the next in the series: Road Trip Of The Living Dead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, watch it with the blood! These Manolos are new. Feb. 26 2008
By Richelle Mead - Published on Amazon.com
If you're like me, you've always thought that the hot, flirty action on Sex and the City was missing one essential thing: humans getting eaten by zombies. Finally, someone has breached the gap in that field of entertainment, and his name is Mark Henry.

Happy Hour of the Damned follows ad exec Amanda Feral as she adjusts to life as one of the living dead, following an unfortunate slip in a parking lot. Amanda's a sassy, no-nonsense heroine with a taste for both quality fashion and human flesh. Her friends, vampire Gil and zombie Wendy, are fantastic, and the trio provides non-stop wit and banter as they unravel the mystery of what's happened to a missing friend.

Mark's easy writing style captures Amanda's voice perfectly and makes this urban fantasy book hard to put down. If you like your humor a little dark and twisted, you've come to the right place--and you'll never look at Starbucks the same way again.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book Feb. 26 2008
By Jackie Kessler - Published on Amazon.com
In case you missed it above:

"Gruesome, ghoulish and utterly groundbreaking. Mark Henry is daring and scathingly funny." --Jackie Kessler

I really, really enjoyed this book. It's dark and macabre, and seriously twisted -- which in my world makes it damn near perfect. Amanda isn't your average heroine. She's unapologetically biting -- both in her humor and her food choices -- and she's got a brutal fashion sense and a fine appreciation for booze. What makes the story really work for me is that Amanda is more than a well-dressed vehicle for a scathing one-liner: she changes over the course of the book. She grows, bless her dead little heart.

Like I said, the humor is dark. If EVIL DEAD is your thing, I bet you'll love this book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't write women, dude. Dec 29 2010
By Emily Jo Scalzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This male writer seems to think that all women are catty bitches caught up in fashion. It's like Mean Zombies, except that was at least well-written, and the characters in Mean Girls at least had some redeemable qualities. Not so here. The characters here are all devoid of conscience and prejudiced, and act more like petulant children than women.

When I saw the plethora of footnotes, I was disheartened to start out, but then I hated the main character and her friends after about 2 pages. I spent the rest of what I was willing to stomach reading wishing them death. (It wasn't much.)

Instead of focusing on the plot or anything meaningful, far more attention is given to what the characters are wearing and what their genitalia look like. It could have been an interesting plot, if the characters (all of them) didn't suck, and if it hadn't been sidelined by the characters' trivial concerns.

Writer needs to stick with writing what he knows, and women aren't it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See other reviews... Feb. 28 2008
By Todd Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Notice that most of the other reviews are from really highly ranked, strong selling fantasy authors? That says a lot about the quality of this book. It's not only a fun read, but it's a well-crafted fantasy world that would be great to inhabit, except for the flesh-eating divas.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and footnotes??? March 18 2008
By R. Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
The only thing I've thought those two words had in common was the starting letter, but "Happy Hour of the Damned" has convinced me that yes, footnotes can be funny.

There are 132 footnotes in "Happy Hour's" 290 pages. Before that scares you off, they cover everything from undead abbreviations (USO: Unknown Supernatural Origin) to explaining that an 'my eyes mid-roll' is "standard operating procedure for show of irritability." They range from "don't have anything in your mouth when you're reading them" to "oh, why did I stop reading the wonderful narrative to look?"

Footnotes are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes "Happy Hour" different. Mark Henry's also included drink recipes and playlists in exhibit frames on several pages.

Bluntly, this should NOT work, but it does. There's everything here to distract you from the narrative. Amanda is both learning how to be a zombie and trying to find a lost succubus, named Liesl. The zombie lessons include such things as what not to eat--just about anything but booze, which really isn't a problem since alcoholism runs in the family--to how to spackle yourself back together when your undead skin's been damaged.

We've also got delightfully labeled flashbacks, occasional lists (OCD much?) and strange twists and turns in abundance. But, Henry's timing is exquisite--just when you're about to get totally lost, he throws you a bone and sucks you back into the main plot.

Amanda Feral is your typical catty, clothes and cars conscious, self-involved chick lit heroine who tripped on a donut box that she tossed away for someone else to pick up and died. (God I love poetic justic, don't you?) She was so twisted in life, she was having a delicious affair with her therapist, Martin Allende. There's about as much character development as you'd expect, the reviewer says with her tongue firmly planted in cheek.

As other reviewers have stated, this book is HILARIOUS, but it's an acquired taste. Readers with a weak stomach should not apply! If you love totally twisted far out horror film humor, you will get more than a happy hour reading this book.
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