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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,054 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews

Martin Kowalski is an eighty-year-old man stuck in a twenty-year-old body. He works the graveyard shift. He has a poster of Bela Lugosi on his wall and a box of uneaten Count Chocula in his pantry. He drinks stem-cell-derived blood from cleverly packaged and marketed juice boxes. He is, in short, a vampire. But since his wildly successful scheme to turn as many mortals as
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Gallery Books (first published July 27th 2004)
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Mephi
Mar 16, 2009 Mephi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it possible to have a book about vampires be as far removed from the vampire fiction genre as possible? Don't let the truly dire paperback cover turn you off from this book, it has more in common with Nick Hornby than Anne Rice. If you're a fan of vampire fiction I honestly wouldn't recommend this book. David Sosnowski manages to create a touching and intriguing piece of fiction that's a beautiful tribute to the often twisted and difficult father-daughter relationship. It just so happens that ...more
Amber
Oct 22, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
From a blurb on the back cover:
"...a darkly humorous tale of the struggle between two of literature's most horrifying creatures: a vampire and a little girl."

Nice commentary on America, mortality, love, family, and the illusory passage of time. Considerably more heartwarming than my usual picks, but in a good way. Well-illuminated characters, behaving realistically in a just-detailed-enough setting, balance nicely with a plot equipped with as many unexpected turns as real life.

Ya see? The other
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Donna
Mar 27, 2008 Donna rated it liked it
This is a fun, inventive book about the world as it might be if almost everyone was a vampire.

Marty Kowalski was changed during World War II. After years of living as an average vampire, he decided to spread the eternal life around. Now humans are rare, and vampires are nothing special. The world has adjusted to a nocturnal schedule, and vampires hold down normal jobs to pay for their synthetic blood.

When Marty gets bored with the world he helped create, he starts to think about ending his undea
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Rebecca
This book was really good, but I wouldn't read it again. It's a great one-time read for a lazy day. Marty (the protagonist) really got my heart though. His relationship with Izusu is so touching. I loved how emotional and close he felt with her while raising her.

My only beef with this book is I HATED the ending. It didn't feel right. I loved everything else though.

Favorite part: When Marty takes Izusu to the mall in Fairbanks and allows her to act like a Screamer.
Wendy Holcombe
Apr 04, 2008 Wendy Holcombe rated it did not like it
This book had a great premise but it just wasn't carried out very well. It's an all vamp world where humans only exist on farms and a vampire finds a little girl who has escaped and he raises her....interesting huh? you'd think so, but nah, it just wasn't there.
too bad.
K.D. McQuain
Apr 30, 2016 K.D. McQuain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
A well written book, full of humor and puns, though not a vampire genre novel, more of a novel about relationships, only most of the characters happen to be vampires.

This book started out with promise, a vampire who is (at least in part) responsible to nearly total spread of vampirism is filled with ennui and looking to end his existence when he comes upon a small human child. He decides to keep her for later rather than draining her right there on the side of the road in order to prolong the an
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D.M. Dutcher
The reason why I give this one star is complex. It's not the fault of the writing, but the book's moral universe is flawed, immoral, and horrific. Let me explain:

Stanley Kowalski is a vampire. Along with some friends, he spread vampirism among the normal world to such a point where they are the dominant species on the planet. Vamp is the new normal. One day he runs across a human girl, Isuzu, whose mother has been killed by vampires. He takes her in hoping to kill her, but he views her as a pers
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Crystal
Sep 03, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical vampire story, not a horror or romantic vampire. It’s a sad, funny and unexpected read. It took me longer than usual to get through the first couple of pages and I am so glad that I stuck with it. Martin Kowalski is partially responsible for turning the world vamp. Only a few humans exist and they are kept on hunting preserves. He is considering suicide when he comes across a six-year old girl, an escapee.
He takes her in thinking she’ll be a good snack and ends up as a
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sunsetsylvia
Jun 25, 2009 sunsetsylvia rated it really liked it
At first he just wants to keep her as a rare snack for later, but then the little girl gets something way more precious. A bittersweet reminder of what it means to be living and a purpose to go on doing so.
I'm a big fan of vampire romances and was in the mood for a change of pace. This book definitely was an excellent one.
Endearing, full of humor (but at no moment cheesy) as well as exciting and tragic this story is a whole new take on vampires. Marty's struggles to be a good "parent" are so viv
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Beanieplatypus
Mar 11, 2010 Beanieplatypus rated it liked it
This book is a deeply funny and sometimes depressing exploration of what world-wide vampirism would look like: when everyone's vamped, the glamor gets lost. Marty is a bored vampire and he's not getting any older. Stumbling across a child refugee from a human farm, his initial intentions of biting her as last gasp of his glory days gets put aside as they get to know each other and become a distinctly weird little family.

The main character is a likeable flawed guy facing fatherhood alone in a wo
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Steev Hise
Jun 11, 2016 Steev Hise rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, fun, own-it
This is a funny book. A fascinating book, a piece of science-fantasy with a classic "what if" that is expertly followed through on: What if vampires existed, and they managed to turn basically everyone on the planet into vampires? What would happen? How would civilization go on, and what would it look like? And how many comedic situations would ensue?

It's not extremely literary or complicated or deep. It is a beautiful little story about relationships and parenting and parental love, chosen fami
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Lokki
Mar 19, 2015 Lokki rated it really liked it
Imagine what would happen if you were 'vamped' and then decided to give the gift of immortality to a couple of your friends. Then, those friends vamped two friends and so on and so on. This is what happened to Marty Kowalski. Vamped during WWII, Marty is now a vampire living in a world full of vampires. Vampires are the norm, mortals are rare and usually found on illegal blood farms. Lab-grown synthetic blood is available from 'Mr Plasma' machines and boxes of Count Chocula are sold on eBay for ...more
David
Jun 03, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun vampire fantasy. None of the brooding, sulking morose vampire nonsense. Wry humor and well written banter between the protagonists. Thoroughly enjoyable. I laughed out loud drawing curious looks when reading in public.
J.L.
Sep 05, 2008 J.L. rated it it was amazing
A great, lighthearted read that manages to de-glamorize the vampire schtick but makes it much more interesting in the process. And the kid's name is Isuzu Trooper. How can you not love that.
Desiree
Sep 20, 2014 Desiree rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. It was full of humor and a different perspective than the normal vamps are hidden in society.
Arturo Trafny
Jul 20, 2016 Arturo Trafny rated it it was amazing
I remember picking this book up at Waldenbooks in Taylor, MI because there was a book signing and Q&A with David Sosnowski, a MI man himself. At the time I was struggling through "Interview With a Vampire" never did finish that.

I sat down and listened to him and really just bought the book to support a local author after hearing him talk about Hamtramck.

The book became my favorite book I've ever read. I've enjoyed other books and downright loved them but something in this book and its worl
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Alistair
Oct 03, 2015 Alistair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
What a delight this book is! Inventive,clever,funny and oddly endearing. It's the story of Marty Kowalski, an eighty year old trapped in the twenty year old body he inhabited when first "vamped ". Now, almost everybody has been turned into a vampire, and the oddities are the few left unvamped. And for Marty,eternal life has lost its allure. Into Marty's life comes Isuzu, a real-life human child whose mother has just been killed in the most gruesome fashion by vampires. How Marty copes with Isuzu ...more
Lyans
Oct 19, 2015 Lyans rated it really liked it
It's a world ruled by vampires and where humans only exist in farms to feed them.
This novel is not about vampires, it's about family. Kinda like a biography of vampire Martin and his role was a father to an human girl.
Along the novel he tells his story since he was human to the moment he helped create this world of vampires, and his self toughs.
The main story starts with him finding a lost human child that had lost her mother that night. They were fugitives from the human farm. Martin takes he
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Stacie
Nov 06, 2008 Stacie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, vampires
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Magdala
Jul 22, 2013 Magdala rated it really liked it
I liked the first 13 pages or so, but thn I started not to lik it because it started getting slow for me, lik too boring for my interest between those pages, but thn whn it has the parts of Isuzu and Marty in it, i am compelled to read those parts. I did skipped about 10 pages throughout the book:( but into the middle the ending were the best laughable, well described, well written lines. I loved Isuzu and Marty's(daughter and father) even though they werent blood-linked relatable. After about e ...more
Indrany
Mar 20, 2008 Indrany rated it it was amazing
I got this for $5 from the bargain shelf at Barnes & Noble. It looked like a frivolous, fun, fast read. It was, but there was more to it. Maybe that's just how I am. I like to think silly things are deeper than they actually are. Anyway, the only other vampire book I've read is "Interview with the Vampire." This was completely different. Obviously the most captivating, story-worthy part of vampirism is the immortality. This had an entirely new approach to that. It was so imaginative, eccentr ...more
Sao
Nov 15, 2007 Sao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a light read.
Shelves: vampire-books
Have you ever thought of what life would be if it had no end? What would occupy your nights when there was nothing left to be done? Martin Kowalski is more than simply bored with his life, he has lost all sense of moving forward, and his death wish is great; but what happens when a small child is left behind to be found by a hungry and bored vampire?
An immortal man on the verge of giving up, only to be pulled back by a little girl who has given him a reason to continue on living; David Sosnowsk
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Rosa
Marty was part of a group of vamps that decided the world would be better off if it were more vampire then human. Unfortunately they succeeded and now after couple of decades he's kind of bored. Then he finds Isuzu, a 6 year old whose mother was murdered by a group of vampires. At first, Marty keeps her as a future snack, but eventually he raises her like a daughter.

So this was totally not what I was expecting at all. It's less of a vampire book and more of a relationships book. Marty and Isuzu'
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Karen Dales
Jun 01, 2013 Karen Dales rated it really liked it
When I picked up this novel in the used book shop, I was intrigued by the back cover. It appeared I had found a vampire novel with a different enough story from most other vampire novels that I could actually find it refreshing, and I did, at first.

The concept of the novel is fantastic and well crafted, at least for the first part. The humour in it was supurb. How can you not laugh at the thought of a vampire named Marty Kowalski and in his boredom he decided to raise a human child. A vampire tu
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Elizabeth
Oct 18, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: books-r-us
If you can get past the vulgarity, and I suppose what can you expect from a book about vampires?, you actually encounter a pretty rich plot with subplots and an emotional development of the narrator/main character. This book is full of puns and off-color jokes and the vampire culture is very well woven throughout. There actually is a very sweet relationship here between the vampire and the young mortal girl who he adopts. There is also a happy ending. There are vague references to this world inh ...more
Patricia
Feb 08, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Marty is Average Joe Vampire wondering what to do with eternity. He is so bored that he's thinking about ending it all. In his world almost everyone is a vampire. The thrill of the chase has vanished. They sip blood made from stem cells. A living, breathing human is a rarity, a delicacy to savor should one cross your path. Then one night a suicidally depressed Marty stumbles upon little human girl, Isuzu Trooper Cassidy. This gives him a whole new lease on his unlife. He wins her trust planning ...more
caracal-eyes
I read this last year, so the fact that I haven't completely forgotten it is a good sign, especially considering the overabundance of vampire novels for a while now. Probably the most original vampire novel I've read; though surely there are a few others set in a world with a vampire majority, I can't recall having read any others, so either there aren't many of them or they're not that good.

Also, I like how the author relied more on circumstance and plot to make his story unique, rather than c
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Brittney Meyers
Sep 01, 2015 Brittney Meyers rated it it was amazing
Incredible down to earth writer. Brought together life, and death, serious and the funny, to balance this book perfectly. Still to this day out of the hundreds of thousands of books and writers I have read, one of my favorites.
Hazel McNamara
Mar 20, 2016 Hazel McNamara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is excellent.The story is both funny and touching with a questionable relationship between a vampire and a young girl he has saved. Defiantly a must read if you are a vampire book lover
Tara
Jan 06, 2010 Tara rated it liked it
This book is about Martin, who is a vampire bored with life. He actually wants to end it, but in the process he finds a young human girl named Isuzu. The girl has escaped from a "farm" with her mother, who has been killed. At first, Martin takes the girl home just so he can snack on her later. However, he becomes more of a father to little Isuzu. The book takes you through the life of Martin and Isuzu, throwing in some humor and quirky vampire characteristics.

This was a different kind of vampire
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