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Mark Henry Author Spotlight & Contest

June 9, 2008

Bitten by books is very excited to host Mark Henry, author of Happy Hour of the Damned in our author spotlight next Monday, June 16th! You can read more about the event on our Author Spotlight page.

You WILL want to attend this event. The Mark will be giving away a Mark-ed up copy of his book during the course of the event! AND Bitten by Books will be giving away a $30.00 Amazon.com Gift Card to one lucky participant.

Would you like to earn some extra entries into the drawings for these great prizes BEFORE the event even starts? All you need to do between NOW and next Monday is post this event on as many of your blogs, facebook, myspace, ning, yahoo groups and websites as you can (where it is acceptable to do so). Then come back to THIS post and respond with the links to where you promoted the event. For every link you provide you will get another chance to win. Example: You post 5 links, you get 5 entries. Easy as pie and prizes don’t you think? Don’t worry, there will be a way to get extra entries on Monday as well.

Spread the word! This is going to be a another GREAT event!!

Book Review: Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry

April 4, 2008

Another day, another book read. Today’s review is about a new book by Mark Henry a fellow Seattleite. Amazingly enough the book is set in Seattle as well. Ok not amazing, but cool none the less! Happy Hour of the Damned is an urban fantasy about modern day and oh so hip celebrity ghoul (read zombie) Amanda Feral and her adventures as one of Seattle’s newly undead. You really have to admit Feral is a perfect last name for a zombie!

Let me start by saying that zombies are really not my thing, and more than once felt myself fighting back a dry heave, upon reading some of the flesh eating, putrefying commentary. There was a line about a guy munching on an ear like a potato chip that almost did me in LOL. Give me a vampire and a little blood sucking any day! Pus and exploding bowels…not so much. It gives the phrase “no it doesn’t taste like chicken” a whole new meaning. Thankfully there are also vampires, werewolves, and a few succubi involved in the storyline. Despite my initial squeamishness, I dug in and really got into this groovy tale.

I think none of you will be surprised that Starbuck’s is featured and is at the center of a plot for global destruction. I commented to Mark that I would never look at bucky’s the same after reading this great book. Our local Safeway barista really has an undead look to her gaze. <shudder>

Amanda is a hip and sassy undead fashionista with a skin care regimen to make Liz Taylor proud. Really, even I learned some things from her!

This book was a slower read for me than usual. for the most part I can knock out a book in just a few hours. One thing that is different that slowed me down were a lot of footnotes. Pretty much on every page. But these weren’t your regular footnotes denoting resources, but a running commentary on whatever was going on. So, you have to read them to get the deeper nuances of some of the humor Mark presents. Since my normal Ellen Woodhead Sped Redding course mode of reading so fast I barely see the pages move wasn’t working, I found myself forgetting the footnotes and then remembering and having to go back. It isn’t critical that you read them, but they definitely add another dimension.

The humor presented in this book is definitely scathing and razor sharp. I pride myself on being fairly quick witted (no commentary from the Peanut Gallery needed thank you very much), but even I missed a few things that were thrown in, only to realize later what I had missed. So, it was good for a fun read, during and after. I am still chuckling about a few things. Plus I have a few new cocktail recipes to boot!

All in all, I can say that is book gets a 4.8 star rating from this humble reviewer. While I won’t be going out and digging up (ha ha) any new sources of Zombie reading material, I cannot WAIT for the next installment in the Amanda Feral chronicles “Road Trip of the Living Dead”.

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Purchase a copy by clicking this link: Happy Hour of the Damned