Vampire Taxonomy: Identifying and Interacting with the Modern-Day Bloodsucker
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Vampire Taxonomy: Identifying and Interacting with the Modern-Day Bloodsucker

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Now that millions have read and seen Twilight, where do they turn for vampire advice? This wry, witty, fully illustrated, and bloody essential guide.

Vampires are all around-books, movies, TV, comics- infiltrating our culture like never before. But what happens if one should run into a real vamp on the street? Vampire Taxonomy is the best defense against a fatal encounter...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Perigee Trade (first published 2009)
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Precis: Vampire Taxonomy was written to give us a practical, useful guide to vampires. With all of the different bloodlines thanks to the different evolutions of different sires, it became necessary for someone to compile a comprehensive guide for those of us with heartbeats. Woerner has done just that. She presents us with physical identifiers, physical features, attire, habitat, unseen abilities, behavior, and what to do if approached for the different types of vampire: Romantic (think Edward,...more
I started this book hoping it would be the vampire equivalent of Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide, which I suppose is what it was trying to be. Vampire Taxonomy, like Brooks' Guide, assumes that its subjects are truly real. However, it reads like a fast, poorly written overview of fictional vampires, presented almost as though their respective books, movies, and tv shows were a type of documentary instead of works of fiction. When confronted by the differences in vampire myths across these work...more
What made this book stand out for me against all the other vampire guides out there was the fact that Meredith Woerner is a Lost Boys fan. Hello! When her publicist sent me Meredith's author blurb I pretty much went, "send me nao." Must read. I was hesitant, however, because of the mention of Twilight on the back of the book. But lo, how happy I would become as I actually cracked the book to read.

First and foremost, what I especially liked was how all the different vampire movies and books were...more
Jan 01, 2012 Bissfan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bissfan by: Shiku
Die rasante Verbreitung von Vampiren ist geradezu erschreckend: Bücher, TV-Serien, Filme, Comics … Die Kinder der Nacht sind längst nicht mehr wegzudenken, von den meisten werden sie aber kaum als blutsaugende Ungeheuer wahrgenommen, sondern als attraktive, unglaublich romantische Wesen, die vor allem eines sind: begehrenswert.
Dem kann Meredith Woerner nicht zustimmen und so warnt sie in ihrem Buch vor den Blutsaugern, klärt über die verschiedenen Arten auf und gibt Tipps, wie man sich die Vampi...more
Sara Thompson
Written like a science book, Vampire Taxonomy defines the various vampires from pop culture. Meredith Woerner takes examples from the more popular vampire stories/movies and some lesser known to create a how-to sort of book.

She breaks down the vampires into five categories – Romantic Vampire, Villainous Vampire, Tragic Vampire, Halfsies, and Child Vampire. Each category offers information on how the vampire looks, their preferred habitat and a variety of other factors.

Written tongue in cheek, th...more
A tongue-and-cheek analysis and categorization of the different vampires depicted in literature and film. I'm actually not terribly interested in vampires, and I have vowed to never, never, never read any of the Twilight books or watch any of the movies, but I found this book to be quite informative and amusing. People who liked The Zombie Survival Guide will like this.
I was really excited when I picked up this book. Flipping through the pages, it looked like it was going to be the vampire parallel to the Zombie Survival Guide. Sadly, it was not. Unlike Zombie Survival Guide, this book gave credence to the movie/ book pop culture about vampires so it was more a regurgitation of the information found in many movies, TV shows and books. For shame! I was disappointed. I really was.
Pretty trivial but pretty fun at the same time. A small tome about pop culture vampires (actually introduced me to Del Toro's recent Strain series)and the categories each falls into. Humor mixed with legend - a cute read.
Tammyjo Eckhart
You can see a fuller review on but in general I felt this book was attempting to do too many things in the number of pages she had.
Bernard Baker
This is book is very funny. It is worth the price to know how to handle yourself around the undead.
Loads of fun :) I even pegged people I know into vampire categories.
Cute. Fun. Gave me a bunch of vampire books and movies to check out.
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