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Vampire Cabbie

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Being a 1000-year-old vampire doesn't suck. Fabulously wealthy, Al Farkus lived the high life until he lost his fortune in the stock market crash of 1987. Suddenly, he faces the indignity of having to work for a living. But what kind of job would be appropriate for a vampire? Driving a taxicab, at night, of course Al had found the perfect job, but then the job fell through ...more
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Published October 10th 2007 by
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Bethany Andrews
While "Vampire Cabbie" may not be a novel filled with literary merit, it is just the same a very well written and entertaining story. If you’re looking for the next great classic, this probably isn’t it. However, if you’re looking for a story that will engage you and keep you turning pages, (especially if you want one about a vampire) look no further.

The story is about a vampire named Al Farkus. Al is leading the good life, mingling unnoticed amongst society. One day he learns that his fortune h
Forget the typical Vampire book you may have read… Vampire Cabbie is much more. The history is original and interesting, it is a page turner. Al Farkus, “The Count” (as the main character is known), is all you want for a vampire… hilarious, serious, syndicalist… wait! Come again? Cooperative? Yes, you read right… he is part of a cabbie cooperative and he is favored to a direct action by the working class to abolish the capitalist order… but, who drives a cabbie and is not?
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Fred couldn't write when he was churning out poetry and sports zines in Madison in the mid 80s and beyond, and he shows off his lack of ability by publishing his first novel with a vanity press. Quite simply, Schepartz manages something far worse than what Jackie Mitchard has produced, and that's saying something about literature from Madison. I finally have something to give ZERO stars to.
I picked this book up because it was by a local author. It turned out to be pretty good! The author used to (still does?) drive a cab, and this book has the feeling of having been written while waiting for fares in the dark. It's a great theory on how a vampire might have negotiated life in America in the late 1980s!
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Al Farkus, a 1,000 year old Vampire loses everything in the stock market crash of 1987.He is forced to find work and ends up hiring on with "Co-op Cab" in Madison, WI.

How Farkus, an elitist, learns to overcome his classism and work in a cooperative provides the drama and the humor.
Amber Gerber
This book is a fun, quick read. It does not add much to the vampire genre but if you are familiar with Madison, Wis. you'll recognize the name of the streets as the writer once worked for a local cab company.
I took me a bit to get into this book but I enjoyed it once I did. Look forward to Fred improving as a writer because this book shows he's got promise.
An interesting book, I found myself fascinated by the look at ordinary life through the eyes of a previously wealthy vampire.
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