Happy Hour of the Damned (Amanda Feral, #1)
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Happy Hour of the Damned (Amanda Feral #1)

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  709 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Henry's rollicking debut novel is a wonderfully fresh, brutally hysterical paranormal romp that is filled with bloodsuckers, horny--and horned--devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shape shifters.

Seattle. One minute you're drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that's just for starters. Now,...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Kensington
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Jul 05, 2008 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey! It's my book. I love it.
This is the most foul-mouthed and outrageous book I've ever read. It goes from potty mouth to "pissy cooch" in less than 60 seconds and that's what makes it so fun. It's got an all-encompassing menagerie of freaks and monsters, including Starbucks baristas (with appropriately abusive commentary on their quality). Mary Henry quickly establishes the normalcy of horror and gore in his version of Seattle, and then makes light of it in exchange for fashion, cocktails, and dance clubs.

If you loved Bu...more
Lori Whitwam
What a treat! Funnier than Mary Janice Davidson, and also more quirky, twisted and gory (all positives!). What happens to a beautiful advertising executive when she discovers she is now a zombie? Well, if it's Amanda, she mostly takes it in stride and becomes the toast of the undead club scene. Then her friend (who is a succubus) turns up missing, and with her friends Wendy (also a zombie) and Gil (a gay vampire), she sets out to find her. Unfortunately there's a lot more going on in Seattle's u...more
Mandi Schreiner
Amanda Feral likes to eat. Now, since she was turned into a zombie five months ago, her diet has gone from food, to err…humans. She enjoys eating them too though. Her best friend, fellow zombie Wendy and pal, vampire Gil are quite the trio. A typical night out for them includes hanging at the hip paranormal spot, the Well of Souls, drinking alcohol (the one thing a zombie can digest besides human flesh) and snarking on everyone around them. They are bitchy, arrogant, and proud to be that way.

Tiffany Danner
Confession Time: Zombies. Totally not my thing and not sexy. I think this could be the very first zombie book I have read, but it won’t be the last! Contrary to popular belief zombies do not always walk around chanting brains. If they are lucky enough to be “made” zombies, like Amanda Feral, they can continue to function as they did before death, mostly. The exception being the devastating (and totally gross) side effects of eating real food, pale skin even a spray tan won’t fix, and the desire...more
Larissa Ione
Loved this book! It's gross, creepy, twisted, and so funny that my husband kept asking if I needed medical help. Seriously, this book is just...out there! I highly recommend if your humor runs toward the gallows type, and if you have a strong stomach. If you could handle Zombieland, you probably will dig this book.

I REALLY hope this series continues! Bring on book 2!

Oh, and the only reason I didn't give it five stars (actually, I'd give this 4 1/2 stars) is that I'm looking forward to liking Am...more
I did my damndest to avoid reading this book.

Happy hour and zombies not really my thing. Okay well happy hour is, but not really into the zombie thing.

But there was that funny zombie thing thing that happened in downtown Austin in January and it seemed like a sign. Then you know I love Richelle Mead and Richelle Mead loves Mark Henry so I figure what the hell. It took me more than a few pages to decide I didn't hate the footnotes and before I knew it I was snarfing my vitamin/energy/water conco...more
T.M. Thomas
It's a shame that this book was mis-covered and lumped in with a lot of the Urban Fantasy that flooded the market for a brief period. Don't get me wrong--it's a good read for anyone, UF fans included, and a lot of that other UF was good.

But this...this is comic horror. Black humor and raw humor and crudity wrapped in designer clothes. The book is laugh-out-loud funny, which is odd to me because most satirical looks at our current society tend to be of the droll and dry variety. But this is clea...more
High-larious. Footnote 25 made me spray coffee out of my nose (luckily it wasn't that hot). Or maybe it was a martini. Yeah, I'm gonna go with a martini; it fits the book better.

Mark is undoubtedly funny and twisted, but I already knew that. If you like Christopher Moore, go buy a copy of HAPPY HOUR.
A supernatural romance not about vampires, fey, or werewolves, but about zombies. Yes, human-flesh-eating socialite zombies.

This was really fun. I could have done without all the footnotes, but it was entertaining.
Ah-Mazing! Surprising and witty! Love Amanda! ^-^

Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry

As most of you guys know, I am a groupie when it comes to books/writers and I am trying to read all the books I have on my TBR list, which now I know is going to be impossible, considering the fact that I literally add more than 5 books a day to it… But that is far from the point. Mark Henry has been on my list since last summer and on December I decided to get the books. I even got them from University Bookst...more
Lolly's Library
Rude, crude, lewd, and disgusting, Amanda Feral and her cadre of companions came into my life like mold...or a venereal disease.

I typically have little patience with characters whose only thoughts concern the hottest hangout, the hippest drink, and the hardest hard-body to shag. However, when those kind of characters also happen to be zombies, vampires, shapechangers, and other assorted supernaturals, my interest is piqued. Throw in a story peppered with snarky footnotes (and who can resist a fi...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I’ve really gotten into reading zombie books lately. Thus far in my zombie reading adventures it has been the upmost importance to kill the zombies. They are evil vicious, carrying around a fatal disease that is easily spreadable. They must die. That is not this zombie book. The two main characters are zombies. Amanda and Wendy are (un)living it up diva style, complete with a gay male bestie and a succubus. These zombies biggest daily goal is to go clubbing, drink plenty of booze (it’s the only...more
Okay, all you Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans on my Friends list, remember Cordelia? Now, think how she might have turned out if, instead of going down to L.A. and winding up joining the cast of Angel as a wannabe-actress-turned-mother-of-an-unholy-horror, she grew up to become an ad exec in Seattle. Keep her keen fashion sense and snarky bitchiness. And oh yes, turn her into a zombie.

Once you've done this, then you have Amanda Feral, heroine of Mark Henry's Happy Hour of the Damned, which is in a...more
Sep 20, 2008 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of "Chick Lit" (grr!) and urban fantasy who aren't squeamish
This book is totally disgusting and I mean that in the most literal sense. I start out with that fact because if I recommend a book and you don't like it, well, taste is subjective, but if I recommend one and it gives you nightmares, then I'll feel bad. And the disgust comes not only from the gore factor, because the protagonist is a zombie who eats human flesh, but there is also a great deal of potty humor as well. I raced through those parts (because skimming would seem unfair) but would argue...more
I'm having a rather difficult time getting into this book. Normally I'm a big fan of fiction with footnotes. It's useful when getting a little background information for an obscure reference. In that case the footnotes help the reader to get a better sense of the book, and it's "world." In this book the footnotes are the main character's thoughts. I find them to be rather annoying. The book is written in 1st person. I guess I don't really think that it's necessary to put the person whose talking...more
What did I learn from this book? Never go to Seattle if you're homeless. On the other hand, a visit there would probably be great. The nightlife sounds pretty lively...

Amanda Feral was breathed on by a zombie. Moments later she dies in a slip-and-fall. When she first rises, she doesn't even know she's dead. So begins the adventure. There are vampires, shifters, incubi & succubi, and a vast assortment of other supernaturals she meets and befriends along the way. There are also bad guys trying...more
Michelle (Purr More, Censor Less)
I didn't really like the humor in this book -- it was bitchy-snarky instead of fun-snarky, which I'm sure was intentional since the main characters are supposed to be pretty shallow and judgmental. It just didn't sit well with me.

I'm not a big zombie fan to begin with anyway and the eating of body parts didn't endear me to the book either. The story got more interesting towards the end, but I won't be looking for the next one in the series.
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
I have heard a lot about this author, mainly from Natasha (Wicked Little Pixie) via Twitter, who rated this book 5/5. So, I thought I would read it myself and see what all the fuss was about - it sounded like a really fun book too. And it most certainly was!

How to describe Amanda Feral... bitchy, snarky, vulgar, foul-mouthed, smart (arse), sexy and totally zombelicious! And dare I say it after all that... likable. Although Amanda is a zombie, through no fault of her own, it doesn't stop her from...more
Melissa Hayden
Amanda's had a rough life, and it's not held her back one bit. She's serious about life and a successful partner in an Advertising firm and is serious about life. Until she smells the stinky breathe of that man in the elevator and has a clumsy accident afterward. All to find out... she is now a zombie. So what is a beautiful, successful woman to do now that she is one of the undead? Why, enjoy life to the fullest! But first, to find make-up to take care of the pasty pale skin. But when a friend...more
Snarky, crude, smart, bitchy, strange, dirty (in more ways than one), superficial, gory and more-y, HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED is a hard book to describe in few words. Besides calling it zombie chick-lit urban fantasy, which is such a disservice. Amanda isn't the type of main character I usually enjoy reading about, I admit I'd rather read about someone more sympathetic than a label-conscious, cocktail swigging, loose, uppity, self-absorbed diva. But guess what, I actually liked her. Go figure. No...more
This male writer seems to think that all women are catty bitches caught up in fashion. It's like Mean Zombies, except that was at least well-written, and the characters in Mean Girls at least had some redeemable qualities. Not so here. The characters here are all devoid of conscience and prejudiced, and act more like petulant children than women.

When I saw the plethora of footnotes, I was disheartened to start out, but then I hated the main character and her friends after about 2 pages. I spent...more
Apr 08, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Yahoo group "The Pride" for amazing author Rachel Vincent
I loved this book! Loved it so much I finished it in one day then mailed it to a friend so she can bask in the narcissism of Amanda's glory. (I have another copy coming in the mail for me to keep and re-read). If this were made into a movie and I never heard of the book the movie would scare the crap out of me (I don't do horror movies and still have nightmares from watching Resident Evil) but reading the book was awesome. The writing was witty, humorous the characters were so self-absorbed with...more
Harry Connolly
This book made me laugh aloud on the bus.

Yeah, as some of the negative reviews have pointed out, the protagonist is bitchy. Supremely bitchy. You know what? She's hilarious, too. If the two stars of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS were less caricatured, they'd be Amanda Feral, zombie or not.

There's a plot, but it was my least favorite part of the book. When Amanda and her friends were applying themselves to the mystery, their incompetence and squeamishness was funny. When the plot started to fulfill itsel...more
I hated this book. No I will not read the 2nd book in the series. This is pretty harsh for me. I almost always give a 2nd chance. Maybe, I just hate books where a zombie is the protaganist. They eat people. Amanda tells her about sex with her boyfriend. Then later says, "oh by the way, I ate him." My vampire books get their blood mostly from blood banks. I might have a zombie prejudice. I also think that a lot of times authors think that it is cute to use footnotes through out the book. It did n...more
Jun 17, 2008 Devon added it
GOOD STUFF: Fabulous underground undead/paranormal club scene. If Mark Henry ever gets tired of being a writer, he should design theme bars and clubs. Footnotes. Sexy undead bartender. Lonely vampire friend. Fresh take on zombies.

OBSERVATIONS: Humor, violence, female queen-of-the-snark first person p.o.v., gossip, fashion commentary, bathroom humor, mystery, paranormal creature culture, 12 step programs, bowling leagues, sex and other eating disorders, flashbacks, lost loves, betrayal, evil coff...more
J.A. Campbell
I think this would have been really good if I could have connected with the character. Unfortunately I have a seriously distaste for fashion and she is obsessed with it.

The writing is very clean and the story interesting I just couldn't get into it at all because of the constant fashion references. I guess I just don't like getting bombarded with things I don't know anything about.

I'd recommend checking it out if the fashion thing doesn't turn you off cause it is well written and interesting.
No matter how bad the book I can usually finish it. That was not the case with Happy Hour of the Damned. It was painful just trying to get half way through. I'm usually forgiving with my zombie literature but couldn't get passed the annoying main character, constant unnecessary footnotes and snail like pace of the book.
2-1/2 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. Amanda wasn't likable and the footnotes drove me crazy. I'm not a fan of footnotes and I like relatable protagonists...
Latisha Bramlett
This book was horrible. I am SO disappointed. I have currently started reading zombie books and enjoy them for the most part. But, the main character had no morals. She didn't really care who she ate. The first person she ate in the book she described as an a-hole because he had his feet on the dashboard. That's worth her killing him? Her friend disappears, but text the word 'help.' And, she and her other friends act like it is no huge deal. They aren't trying to hard to find her. They just don'...more
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