The Newfoundland Vampire Paperback – Apr 1 2012
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About the Author
Charles O'Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline 'children,' Jude and Esther. He works as an inventory manager and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, Pilates, and of course fantasizing about vampires. To find out more about Charles, go to Twitter and Facebook or visit his web site... http://www.charlesokeefe.com/
Top Customer Reviews
I really can't decide if this was supposed to be tongue and cheek or if it is just a tragic assault on the english language. I am going to go with the latter as I can't imagine something purposefully written to be satire would have the grammatical and structural issues this book carries. Having determined that this book is not in fact satire, then I have to say it is one of the most ridiculous and misogynistic books I have ever read.
The female characters are in no way their own person and for some reason are drawn to Joseph, who is a useless character. Why is Cassandra so interested in helping Joseph? By the ripped from Highlander "there can only be one" rule in this universe she should not be training someone who will eventually become a potential threat. This either speaks to the obscene amount of misogyny in this book or that Cassandra is incredibly brilliant for getting herself a fall gut who she can easily kill and become the one after all the stronger vampire/highlanders are done away with. Unfortunately, she never comes across as this clever, which does not only women vampires, but all women a great disservice.
I also found the whole "vegetarian" rational ridiculous. Most people become vegetarian because they disagree with harming animals. This guy should be more than happy to start feeding off of humans so that he can leave the animals at peace. But no, he takes to feeding on the blood of animals after he becomes a vampire, what gives?Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Fortunately, as much as it reminded me of 80s cinematic camp, the story manages to fall on the right side of Nicholas Cage ironic, self-aware humour, à la Vampire's Kiss, rather than full-on Jim Carrey mindless parody, à la Once Bitten. It has a nostalgic feel to it (which probably dates me a bit), but also managed to surprise me often enough to keep me truly entertained.
The Newfoundland Vampire is the story of Joseph O'Reilly, just another average, ordinary, all-around nice guy (and geek), who isn't about to ditch the best looking woman to ever cross his path just because she happens to like the taste of blood - even if her ex-husband is a sadistic killer, out for revenge. Before you scoff, figuring you've heard that tale before, take note of the fact that Joseph is (or, at least, was) a vegetarian, putting a unique spin on both his reluctant vampirism and his emerging heroic sensibilities.
In terms of characters, Joseph really carries the novel, and does it well. He's a realistic, self-effacing young man to whom anyone can easily relate. O'Keefe wisely keeps him balanced, making him a geeky young man, but never a parody of that subculture. More than that, he allows Joseph to retain his humanity, questioning who and what he has become, and looking for ways to not just deal with the hand fate has dealt him, but seize the opportunity to make the most of it. Similarly, while O'Keefe doesn't necessarily add anything substantial to the vampire mythos, I liked the way he approached it, especially with the logical little extrapolations of how and why they hunger the way they do.
If I were to have one complaint, it's that O'Keefe tries to do too many genres at once, merging romance, action, and humour, often a little awkwardly. There's definitely a Buffy/Angel influence here, albeit one that's gender-swapped and turned on its head, but it feels as if the greatest potential has yet to be realized. Despite that, it's a fun read, and one that shows great promise.
All in all, The Newfoundland Vampire was a unique take on vampirism and the struggle to preserve one's humanity when their new way of life requires that lives must be lost. O'Keefe has taken the vampire story, which we all know and love, and put his own spin on it by adding one key component -- Joseph is a vegetarian. This makes that familiar struggle with morality both that much more challenging and interesting to witness. My one critique, I didn't much care for the amount of sex that occurred in this book. Personally, I'm not a fan of sex scenes that don't really drive the plot forward, but again, this is a personal preference, not necessarily a negative opinion of O'Keefe's work.
No, I won’t turn this review into another tirade about sparkling vampires, rather I will compliment the author on creating a vampire breed similar to Bram Stoker, and yet slightly different. I love the elements placed into his own brand of vampire lore, including the origin story. For this reason, I’m now a fan!
Joseph is a college geek who can’t seem to break out of his shy, quiet shell. Cassandra, however, finds the perfect way to do just that and forever alters Joseph’s future. Naturally, there are a few kinks to adjusting to a new lifestyle, and naturally there are foes to kill.
Author Charles O’Keefe takes a geek and turns him into… a vampire geek. Thank you, O’Keefe, for not falling into the cliche by turning Joseph into a suave lady killer. Joseph’s utter geekiness makes him a lovable character, and holds my attention throughout the novel. And thank you, also, for the little surprises that made me laugh out loud.
I do wish the book was longer, I wish he added a little more tension between Cassandra and Joseph, but I give the book 4 stars for being genuine. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading NA or vampire novels. Be prepared to laugh!
I'm very thankful that the second book in this series has already been published and cannot wait to see what happens next! Here's to the first book and many more moments getting lost in the world Charles has made!
Charles O' Keefe spins a dangerously dark tale that intrigues from the beginning. His characters are so different and unique. Easily switching between a naive geek to a sinister murderer, only cements Charles O'Keefe's ability to write. I very much enjoyed The Newfoundland Vampire and would recommend it to anyone. Looking forward to the next one.
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author but this has not swayed my opinion.