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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Vamp Camp May 2 2010
By +Thomas H. Hooker Jr - Published on
Format: Paperback
Vamp Camp

Vamp Camp is a new series of writings for Wynn Wagner. He does have one earlier work in the area of gay relationships, but this one is really hot and steamy. The lead character is from Texas and is serving in the Armed Forces during World War I. He's repeatedly accosted in the prison camps and then left to fend for himself as a newly-made Vampire. He becomes involved with a group of others who either are Vampires or who care for them. He shows his Viking background in his ability to track those who harm the ones he loves and cares for in his new life. He is also able to favorably impress the head of the Vampires in Europe with his skills and abilities along with his "true love'. This book is a definite read. Rumor has it there's another volume on t5he way to us.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun read. Lots of sex. Dec 18 2010
By JP Smith - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought this was an exceptionally fun book to read.

I have become enthralled with vampire fiction, beginning with Bram Stoker's Dracula and continuing through Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. This was a bit of a fluffy, fun, and gay version - with a fair amount of sex. I think the sex/romance scenes could be more sophisticated, but maybe that is just me.

I have read some of the other comments/reviews. I agree with them in that there could be more character development of the antagonist in this book. However, it reminds me of the Hannibal Lector character in 'Silence of the Lambs.' We didn't get a full view of him -- where he came from and why he was as he was before the pre-quell 'Hannibal Rising' came out.

I see many opportunities to develop these characters through their own story lines in other books. Overall, I say bravo to this fun and quick read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun, light reading Dec 3 2010
By Bingles - Published on
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The narrator/protagonist is a well thought out character. He's snarky and funny and matter-of-fact. I liked him instantly, and his cereal preoccupied mommy. He carries the story well. The steamy parts (somewhere between half and two thirds of the book) are...quite. The mushy parts are just brimming over with warm fuzzies. This is refreshing to me, to have romance without the standard romance novel formula where the couple has to start off at odds and bicker through most of the book. The happy couple in this story really are happy with each other, and the conflict is between them and the bad guys.

Speaking of bad guys, though, the main antagonist in this story leaves me scratching my head. I kept thinking there would be some explanation for why he did bizarre antisocial things, but then I reached the end of the book without finding one. He seems kinda like a cartoon villain, being evil just for the sake of being evil. And what about his followers? Why are they following him? I haven't the faintest idea.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
OMG I can't believe it !!! May 5 2010
By RikWallin - Published on
Format: Paperback
OMG! Wow, I can't believe it... This is probably the best Gay Romance novel I've read in a very long time... and it has an incredible plot and massive collection of characters with special powers like that HBO show True Blood but with a massive gay male twist.

Ohhh and the Queen, she's one hell of a butt kicking broad that has got the kind of personality I used to date back in the old days. They don't make many folk like her anymore.

Compared to that lame TV "XXXXX's...Cove" show with the really bad acting, this thing would be awesome if they ever got it on the tube in the future. Wow..

The author does a great job of building a realistic fantasy plot with real emotion similar to those found in Harry Potter but sprinkled with some seriously hot and steamy romance opening the world up to many endless possibilities.

This is truly a 'must read' for all of you lover peeps out there! You won't regret it and I look forward to many more volumes/episodes like these to come in the future.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fast to read and really funny May 24 2010
By Kassa - Published on
Sick of the same old tired, uber powerful vamps but can't quite let go of those sexy suckers? Definitely give Vamp Camp a try then. This hilarious, witty, sly, entertaining, sexy, and flat out laugh out loud funny romp hits so many high points that the flatter notes are somewhat forgiven. Not without its missteps, the story sets a pretty high bar for itself that is incredibly difficult to maintain. It mostly succeeds with only a few frustrating moments and ultimately the book is simply total fun to read. There are some annoying contrivances you have to forgive and the romance angle is sacrificed for hot sex, which is unfortunate. Yet, I eagerly await book two in the series to see what this engaging cast is up to next.

Right away you're introduced to the first person narrator, Mårten. Mårten talks to you, the reader, as he explains that he's going to tell you a story as he remembers it. He starts with his background and childhood with a mom that gave him a three dollar bill to show him how queer he is. Oh and she always reminds him to eat his cereal. From this absent but caring in its own way home to joining the military, Mårten is not your average person let alone sailor. When he's taken prisoner and eventually turned into a vampire, his manual is a bunch of crudely drawn figures and a circle with an x threw it. First attempting to learn on his own, Mårten's life changes when he meets fellow vampire, Menz who agrees to show him how to be a successful vampire. Sex, revenge, romance, true love, floating lessons, epic vampire fights, and lots of twinks in tiny shorts all converge to give Mårten a new life.

The writing is immediately irreverent, sarcastic, and in engaging. Mårten starts off talking to the reader and although this falls away when he gets into story telling, there is always an aspect of this that is present. Comic timing in books is incredibly difficult to pull off and attempting to give 250 pages of that is a near impossible mission. The initial jokes and sarcastic tone can start to wear thin pretty quickly without a deft hand and so I have a lot of respect for the author for attempting it and mostly succeeding. It's not entirely successful and there are a few contrivances that did annoy me. There are some editing mistakes and repetitive phrasing and prose that stand out, but for the most part aside from these few stutters, the writing is pretty engaging. These annoyances are also likely to vary from reader to reader.

The first is that the narrator likes to make the following comment or some variation "if you ask me. Which you did since you bought the book." The first time is humorous but repeated comments just jar me out of the story. I'm reminded that I'm reading not just the narration of the speaker, but also an author that is manipulating the story. I prefer to be totally engaged in the story and not be reminded I'm reading what someone wrote. Similar annoyances come in notes and aside about the writing process within the text of the story. For example there is a comment about adding information for editors and the note about why the narrator uses the term "homosexual" versus gay. None of this information is really necessary and feels as though the author is justifying any qualms before you can raise them.

The sarcastic tone of Mårten carries well and never gets tired due to a deft handle on action, sex, and vampire politics. Mårten reminds me of an irreverent teenager that wants all the cool toys and only discovers the responsibility through trial and error. His characterization is decent but all of the characters in the rather large, entertaining cast are somewhat superficial without a lot of depth. None are boring from Menz and his teenager looks but sophisticated style to the bevy of twinks in tiny shorts running around as blood donors and named after Shakespeare's characters. Mårten's lover Oberon is a mystery and little is ever revealed about him. This is one of the weakest aspects of the book since Oberon and Mårten fall in love due to compatible sex - and lots of it. Mårten even mentions that they rarely talk, they mostly have sex so their instant love has little basis. Yet their sex scenes are pretty hot, keeping in line with the lighter tone and purpose of the story.

For all the stutters and missteps, the narrator's voice held the book for me. The plot is sometimes over the top with very powerful vampires but the wonder and awe are clear as is Mårten's point of view. Here's an example of the dialogue carrying the quick back and forth that hallmarks the strengths of the story:

"Why is there a circle over the `å' in my name?" I asked mother.
"You're Swedish," mother said.
"Guys at school think it's sissy."
"Good, it'll make you grow up tough."
My own mother. I always thought about suing her over that name. Shouldn't there be some kind of maternal malpractice?
"I'm taking you to court," I told her once.
"Eat your cereal," she said.
"I'm gay, you know."
"I'm not blind," she said.
"It makes me sensitive."
"That's nice, dear. Eat your cereal."

Whether it's a disconnected mother or a gracious smiling butler with impeccable fashion sense, the cast of characters shine in this light, entertaining, and hilarious romp. There may be a lot of depth to each but really it doesn't matter. The story and men are engaging, interesting, and offer something fresh in the over saturated world of super powerful vampires. I'm eagerly awaiting book two and really hope it is about Menz and Paco. I'm incredibly curious what kind of voice either would have and the age difference, thousand year old vampire and 19 y/o twink. No matter who the narrator of the next story is, it promises to be fun so pick up Vamp Camp now and enjoy a light, easy, funny time.