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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

(Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  10,073 ratings  ·  1,275 reviews
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects w
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 26th 2014 by REUTS Publications, LLC
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Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Before -

Truck driver wereponies?! SOLD!!

After -

This is sectioned into parts that each have a different 'bad guy' and a new friend for Fred to make along the way. I can see that some may find the formula boring, but I still liked the new introductions and how each little problem was resolved.

Plus Fred is a pretty likable accountant. Which is rare, vampirism not withstanding.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Dracula with a suit n' tie job in accounts. Lestat with a nightshift gig at an auditing firm, Edward Cullen cooking the books for a handful of small businesses. How could you not want to read a book about a vampire accountant?

Drew Hayes deserves an Oscar, a nebula or some other award for both the title of this book- The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant - and for the concept that underpins it.

I come from a long line of accountants and the idea of one o
Melody Winter
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fred, as I think everyone will call this book, is a wonderful, imaginative book. He's not as uninteresting as the full title makes out, in fact, he's not as unadventurous either.

Drew, the author, guides us through a series of adventures, and, in each one Fred unwillingly picks up new friends.

Drew breathes life (no pun intended seeing as most of his friends are various forms of the un-dead)into each and every character, but my favourite was Bubba. Bubba is a weresteed (cough, cough)but he was far
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am truly shocked that this is rated so highly. I honestly checked to see if it was self published or originally published in serial form, to see if there was any excuse for reintroducing the main characters to me, again, in chapter five, for the fifth time. Atrociously repetitive. Contrived and flat.

Jen - The Tolkien Gal
Buddy read with The MacHalos Sorry if I'm about 2 months late...heh.

This one has been collecting digital dust in my Audible library for a while now so it's time to start spring cleaning.

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What a whirlwind! Review to come. Solid urban fantasy read - haven't had enough of those in a long time.

Joey Baker
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really really really wanted this to be good. I did. The title sold me and it turned out to be the books best quality. Plagued with amateurish writing and joke that fall flat, the whole thing reads like chess club fantasy porn. The nice vamp gets the hot girl who was also a outcast in school (but has slimmed down of course) and meanders his way through his afterlife with a growing selection of cw-ready cardboard super palls. Just as Freddy's vampire daddy laments in the final story of this coll ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Looks like vampirism involves an efficiency boon for an accountant. Gotta love how averagely outatanding Fred is. Along with his newly acquired GF, Krystal and other paranormal friends.
If you have never been fortunate enough to see a look of utter surprise race across a werewolf’s face, I highly recommend you do so. (c)
I couldn’t even fathom what would make someone incorporate something this asinine into their own fantasies. Still, I was supposed to blend, so blend I did. (с)
Let me tell yo
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, read-2015
I have recently become addicted to audio books. I just figured that they weren’t something I would enjoy and that my mind would wander and I would miss things as I was listening. I have now realized that this is not the case. I’m lucky that I have a job in which I sit at a desk all day. Some may not find that appealing, but I work in a capacity where I get to use my creativity on a daily basis. I decided to try out listening to audio books as I work and it has been a life changer. The Utterly Un ...more
REUTS Publications
We love vampires. We love snarkiness. "Fred" (shortened title) has a lot of both. Similar to You Suck, by Christopher Moore, "Fred" takes the paranormal genre and turns it on its head. A favorite amongst the REUTS team, we hope you love it as much as we do! ...more
As usual I'm late to the party but this was a much needed breath of fresh air.

Fred used to be a more than mild mannered and somewhat overweight accountant until one day he found himself part of the undead. The thing is vampire or not, besides weight loss and enhanced abilities, he's the same Fred and that's a beautiful thing.

The book is told in a series of vignettes that Fred is writing for "posterity" and in each Fred acquires knowledge about the other paranormal creatures that inhabit our wor
This book is about a squeamish, shy accountant who gets turned into a vampire and he remains that same little backwards guy until... he meets a woman who works for a paranormal agency. She helps him to start coming out of his shell and to make new friends. The only problem is, is that one is a zombie and one is a changling. This is a compelation of three funny story's that ties all of their funny, crazy adventures together. ...more
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and unique twist on the old vampire tale. In this the vampire don't go all badass with an crazy and intense afterlife after he changed. No he continues with his job as an accountant and he's life is pretty calm however it all changes one night. This was as I said before, a fun book but I don't think I would want to continuing the series if there is one. ...more
Thomas Hellinger
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book's title was meant to be funny, but unfortunately it is all too accurate. The author is trying to take a weak, cowardly character and make them interesting through an injection of the supernatural. The closest parallel I can come up with is the incompetent and cowardly wizard Rincewind, from Terry Pratchett's extensive Discworld universe. However, instead of creating an interesting character, like Rincewind, the protagonist's main feature seems to be that he is just very annoying. If he ...more
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one.

This was our book club pick for July. I enjoyed it quite a bit and found Fred the vampire to be quite clever and lovable, even if he was somewhat boring as an individual. In the beginning Fred goes to his high school reunion and runs into an old friend who ends up spicing his life up a bit. The book is divided into different stories abou
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars rounded up because it was a nice fun read, perfect for October. Several evil villains and paranormal clichés are played for laugh in a simple and episodic tale which follows Fred the vampire and his motley crew. The “accountant” in the title did it for me; I simply can't resist the lure of fangy economics!

Did I mention the were-pony?

I prowled the darkness at first, hoping to find others of my kind, but after a few movies depicting the vampire political system, I started staying in mor
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
To be perfectly honest, the only reason I didn't abandon this book was because it was so short and fluffy.

As many other reviewers have noted, this isn't one cohesive story--it's a collection of short stories. Sort of. They go in chronological order, and they are all from the same perspective. They feel like episodic chapters. They are not entirely separate entities, but they are too-neatly built up and then resolved in the space of a few pages. It's like the author had ideas for how the paranor
Wiebke (1book1review)
Now this was unexpected. I didn't know anything about this, was intrigued by the title, and ended up listening to it in one day.
It's a collection of adventures that are told by Fred and it is so much fun. It's not overly comic or ridiculous but the tone of the whole story and the events are just fun.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a lot better than I thought it would be. the stories were funny and original. the characters were a lot of fun. the only thing that bothered me was every chapter you got a recap of how the characters met and who was who. you don't need that. I would read more about Fred and his crazy pack of friends. ...more
Lucy Dosch (EBookObsessed)
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Update: I just relistened to the new Graphic Audio recording of Fred. It was so good and it will definitely be worth repurchasing the series.

I found boring Fred and his misfit friends to be delightful. This book is a set of five short stories and in each, Fred stands up for those he cares about but stays true to his modest and former life as a nerdy accountant. Like Dorothy on her way to Oz, Fred picks up new friends as he goes through each story and he evolves from a loner to a leader of misfit
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A surprising fun read. Lots of witty bits!
Jul 14, 2018 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: 2018, audio-only
Another one abandoned at 50%, although I adore the title and the premise.

Primary quibble: Ridiculously repetitive.

I started to wonder if this was originally published as a series of essays, because basic facts are repeated throughout the book. For example, early in the book, Fred becomes reacquainted with his love interest at a school reunion. And then at least twice before the halfway point in the book, he reminds us that he met his girlfriend at a school reunion. Am I supposed to have forgott
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Silly and humorous. Read like a mini-marathon of a TV series.
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, horror, fantasy
Very amusing.
Sep 15, 2015 added it
One of those books I wish I'd written. Lighthearted, but not without heart.

Fred is disappointed by his un-death. Vampires are supposed to be gloriously uninhibited, glamorously dark and gruesomely adept at, well, just about everything. He fails at the most basic level: feeding himself. But Fred is an awesome accountant and that is what keeps him going when his heart stops beating.

I loved Hayes approach to the paranormal. Through Fred, he dispels many myths about the supposed monsters in our mid
So I found Fred and his adventures to be quite fun. The book got recommended to me because I have a love affair with Anne Rice. Not that kind of affair. I love her stories. Plus I disdain sparkling vampires. So Fred got a recommendation as fun. I liked it much more than I thought after reading the long title. I was laughing most of the time as things that Drew Hayes throws in vampires and supernaturals do. Misplays against "hollywood" vampires etc. So its fun thinking of were he could take the c ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for the entertainment value of this book but it fell short. The storyline has a lot of potential but it was a struggle for me to read because I found all but the last chapter or two to be completely predictable. But that wasn't the worst part for me. The worst part was author repeatedly introducing the characters, explaining quips, and summarizing what we had just read. Yes, I know who Frederick is. Yes, I know that he is a vampire. Yes, I do in fact remember how he met his girl ...more
Read the title and make a deduction.... ;P

In short Fred is rather dull, an accountant, he's a bit socially awkward, he like wine and cheese and also... rather as an afterthought,.... he is a Vampire.

This is what you get when you mix Urban Fantasy and Slice of Life. The result is calm subdued, full of sneaky-quiet-humor and interesting characters. Don't expect thrilling chase scenes, action scenes or a plethora of blood and gore.

For a good time: Read the title, think about it and stay open to som
C.T. Phipps
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing


THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNDADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT is the overly long (but entertaining) title for a new urban fantasy series. I've read several of Drew Hayes other novels, mostly his Superpowered series, and enjoyed them greatly. As a fan of vampires fiction, I was extra invested in seeing what it was like. Horror and humor are two great tastes that taste great together when done well.

The premise is Fred Frankford Fletche
Steve Naylor
Rating 3.5 stars

Not bad. It was easy reading and the title wasn't really accurate. The story wasn't uninteresting and Unadventurous, though I wouldn't call it adventurous either. The story follows Fred. He was the typical outcast his whole life, sort of a loner without many friends. He was killed by a vampire the year before and became one himself. That vampire never stuck around so Fred didn't know what to do. Instead of going on a killing spree, or turning into a bad-ass, Fred just went back
Lauren Stoolfire
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1) by Drew Hayes is a lot of fun. I loved how it plays with common vampire and urban fantasy tropes. Drew Hayes is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. After how much I loved his Spells, Swords, and Stealth series, I was eager to jump into another one of his worlds. I can't resist vampire stories so this was the next on my list. Plus, it's got a great sense of humor that I lov ...more
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