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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,073 ratings  ·  194 reviews

Eric's got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can't remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join

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Kat Kennedy
I'm going to list for you three incredibly stupid things done on behalf of humanity. Now, I'm not saying these are the stupidest things ever done in the history of man, but I'm saying they probably cut it pretty close.

1. The Mary Rose was commissioned and built by the English Navy in 1511. If wikianswers is anything to go by then the roughly *Kat looks for the pound symbol* where's the fucking pound symbol? Okay, never mind about the pound symbol, just use your imagination. The 400 pounds plus
In the end a friendship between vampire and a human is like a friendship between a dog and a chicken nugget. Sooner or later, the nugget is going to get eaten; the only real question is how many bites it will take.

I dont read much urban fantasy, Oh I try, because friends keep recommending awesome books to me but in all honesty I rarely get through them, getting confused by creatures and worlds that change on a whim and generally lack in the romance department. Anyways STAKED was another one of
Vincent Diamond
Nov 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Staked by J.F. Lewis

Thinking this might be a fun little vamp romp, I took a chance on this. Paranormal tales are all the rage these days, of course, and my exposure to them is limited to the tedium of one of the later Anita Blake vampire hunter series (I can't remember the name but it's the one where the psychological/mental/ possibly physical threesome was drawn out for like, 60 goddamm pages. Yes, a three-way rendered utterly boring by inert prose and way too much navel-gazing), and what
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I read about 1/4 of this vampire/werewolf urban fantasy and then gave up on it. The main character is thoroughly unlikeable, and none of the other characters were very compelling, either. I don't understand the appeal of reading about a horrible guy who doesn't seem to have any chance at all of becoming anything interesting. The book celebrates loserdom. I've come across a couple other books with that slant, and I didn't like them either. Maybe it's a sub-sub-sub-genre.
C.T. Phipps
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Vampire novels are incredibly overdone but that's a bit like saying superheroes, Westerns, and police procedurals are incredibly overdone. Yes, there's a deluge of them but there's always some new diamonds to be found in the rough. The simple fact is they are a never-ending source of fascination and that's not just because I wrote STRAIGHT OUTTA FANGTON. No, sir. That's not an influence at all. Ahem.

STAKED by J.F. Lewis is a vampire novel which I'll probably rank among the better examples
keikii Eats Books
This is a momentous occasion. I have actually DNFd a book. This is the first book I can remember dropping out of since I was a little kid.

I didn't even make it 5%.

I put myself through a LOT of crap in what I read. I'm able to put up with a lot before it becomes too much.

This managed to hit that limit in 4% and then cross it.

I don't typically like memory loss in my stories, but as I showed in July when I came across at least four series in a row where at least part of the story dealt with memory
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Highly Recommend to UF fans!
#1 Void City series - Urban Fantasy

Originally Read: 10/1/2009
Second Read: 2/6/15

Hilarious, very entertaining, lots of action & sometimes violent UF -- this is *not* a pnr romance with a vampire hunk as the leading man. There are relationships, but romance is not the main storyline.

A varied group of characters are lively, very, very funny (or weird, or bizarre) and the many sub-plots are so much fun!

Eric and his friend Roger, both vampires, co-own Demon Heart, a strip club. Eric's girlfriend
Shannon C.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: find books by title / author / isbn
This is the first book I've read by this author. I usually love urban fantasy books, but this one not so much.

What I liked:
1. It's an urban fantasy with a good amount of suspense and action
2. The vampires aren't watered down--they are scary killers

What I didn't like:
1. The characters--and when I say that I mean ALL of the characters. They just were not appealing. I wasn't interested in reading about any of them and really had to force myself to finish the book. The lead guy was a complete pr*ck
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book reminded me of the queen betsy series. well, if betsy was a man with a heck of a libido and a case of serious memory lapse. i think i fell in love with eric by page three when i was laughing so hard i choked on my drink. this book had some truly hilarious moments in it. ok more than moments, most of the book had me in stitches. not too fond of the female lead tabby. i was kind of hoping she would get blown up along the way. if i had to read her panting like a puppy how "he loves me! he ...more
The best way I can think to describe this book is that "it does exactly what it says on the tin". In 'Staked' the main character is an unrepentant, amoral vampire who just wants to be left alone to run his strip club. Instead, he's having a really bad week, with a nagging girlfriend, her jail-bait younger sister, and angry werewolves out for his skin. For me it was actually refreshing to read about a vampire who was a blood-sucking monster, instead of a poor tortured soul, who struggles to live ...more
Jenna Rock
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked the Dresden Files series.
Shelves: fantasy
Despite the horribly cheesy cover, this book was a great read. An amusing, not taking itself too seriously, fantasy book about a vampire that runs a strip club and experiences rage black outs. If you like the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, then this book would be right up your alley.
Ah, there's the unapologetic, curmudgeonly violence I've been looking for since I finished Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series! The main character was embalmed right after he died, before he rose as a vampire, leaving him brain damaged, an awesome quirk to this universe. Eric's trouble with memory and timekeeping provide an unusually plausible excuse to introduce vulnerability and suspense into an otherwise way too powerful character. Aside from that, this book is way more porn than I expected.
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
I really enjoyed this book. The vampires are not toned down at all. They are vicious killers, most of the time. The lead character, Eric, actually reminds me of Dante from A Rush of Wings, albeit in a more humorous, self-effacing way. He has this whole secret background mystery going on that we just barely scratch the surface of in this book. I really enjoyed his scenes with his daughter, Greta, and hope we find out more about her in the next books. I even enjoyed Tabitha until her last chapter ...more
Ranata Clark
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers, those who enjoy a good l augh
Shelves: paranormal, void-city
Meet Eric, a vampire that blacks out and when he awakens, somebody's dead. He has a human girlfriend that wants him to turn her into a vampire so they can be together for all eternity and like an idiot, he goes and does it even though it never seemed to work out before. Now he's checking out her little sister..In between women problems, he has werewolves out for his blood. What's a short term memory losing vamp to do?

I thought this story was brilliant. I loved the plot and I thought it flowed
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Sep 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, book-club
I am so proud of myself! I managed to actually finish this crap... I mean book. Where to begin with the awfulness that is this book. Eric reminded me of that guy from the movie Memento. He cannot remember anything & his friends & loved ones lie to him & create a new reality for him. Tabitha, the gorgeous girlfriend has NO self-esteem (low would have been an improvement for her.) The authors writing style was just flat & dry to me. This was a read for a book club that I am in. One ...more
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
Best vampire book I read in a long time. Eric is a no bull crap kind of vampire. He isn't a pretty boy but he isn't a monster either even though he turns into one. It's still amazing after over 40 years as a vamp he doesn't know who his sire is and who his friends really are. By the end of the book he sorta finds out about one of these.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic first novel. Quite humourous actually. Eric with the convenient amnesia and temper to boot, really gave the story a bold entrance to the vampire scene.

I await the publication of the sequel.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Eric isnt the most competent vampire around. Because he was embalmed, he has issues with his memory and forgets little things like when the sun is coming up. He also has his temper black-outs which has led to the odd unfortunate massacre thats always awkward. He also has pretty bad impulse control issues

Hence him turning new girlfriend Tabitha into a vampire. Something hes done before and it never ever ever works out.

And hes annoyed the werewolves. Hes not even entirely sure why, but his
Eric the vampire has no qualms about who and what he is. One of his strong suits is using and abusing those around him. Like it or lump it, that's who he is. Plain and simply, Eric is an asshole. What makes him a good asshole is he doesn't apologize for who he is, yet he still has friends. Perhaps his friends are also assholes, or they unknowingly recognize that deep down, maybe he isn't as bad as he seems.

Eric also has memory issues, courtesy of being embalmed. He didn't want to become a
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric has rage issues. And memory issues, to be truthful. He tends to get angry and then come back to himself amid a pile of dead bodies. One of his latest dead bodies happens to be the son of William, who leads the local werewolves. Eric wastes no time worrying since he's pretty hard to kill. In Lewis's vampirism system, Eric's at the top. (Your abilities are determined both by your sire and by your inner strength.)

Of course the werewolves are getting pretty pesky, especially since they think
I've been trying to figure out how to write my review of this book. I could write about how much I enjoyed the story, how I laughed at parts, and how I couldn't put it down the night I finished the book -- meaning I stayed up waaay past my bedtime so I could finish. Oh, and I immediately ran out to find the next book in the series. Yet, those aspects aren't really what stood out to me.

What stood out for me was the writing style and how the characters were written up. Female authors, who I've
I loved this book! I was intrigued from the get-go and it never let up. I didn't want to put it down, each chapter held my interest. Eric, the lead character, is not the typical hero. He has good impulses and violent ones. His memory sucks, he has a terrible temper, and he's the target of some sort of evil plan that he just can't figure out or seem to remember the details about. Early on in the book he turns his girlfriend, Tabitha, into a vampire (not a spoiler, this is on the back cover), and ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All UF lovers
Staked was such a fun read. It's an UF full of religious werewolves, killer vampires and strippin' wannabes.

Eric and Roger co-own a strip club called Demon Heart. Eric has a weakness for dating human women, who always want to be turned so they can be with him for eternity. He usually ends up turning them, but then dumps or kills them because they become such a nuisance, no longer offering the heat and heart beat of their former human selves that drew him to them in the first place.

K. Lincoln
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you describe a book that makes you cringe with the coarseness of the language and constant sexxoring of the main character, but that makes you keep reading just to find out what happens anyway? Oh yeah, that would be Staked.

Eric is a really, really powerful vampire who runs a strip club and keeps getting pretty much totally wasted by various factions of werewolves.

He just made his human girlfriend into a vampire, and her supposedly-dead little sister is out to seduce him. And he's being
I was skeptical when I first started reading this book. I thought I was in for a let down, but I was pleasantly surprised. My first impression of all of the characters was that they were rude, sarcastic, and annoying. Eric has no backbone. Turns his girlfriend that he doesn't love into a vampire when he knows he will want no more to do with her. She thinks being a vampire will bring them closer together, which is not the case at all. Shortly after that things pick up. Eric, our main character, ...more
I loved this new take on vampires, it's quite intriguing and I'm now really curious about what Eric truly is. I loved Eric, how screwed up he was, his attitude. That was A-awesome. And if the book had been just about him, I would have given it 5 stars. Unfortunately, there was also Tabitha. Remember Jane, the love interest of Simon Canderous in Anton Strout's UF books? Yes, Tabitha could be Jane's slightly less dumb sister. I mean it - Tabitha is shallow, stupid, selfish and similar derogatory ...more
May 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, uf, vampires, magic
I wasn't sure about this book when I picked it up, but by about 30 pages in I liked the tone and it sucked me in. It is a different take on the whole vampire thing. I liked the different levels that the vampires are. I did have it figured out about a quarter of the way through who the bad guys were, but didn't mind that as I enjoyed going along for the ride with Eric as he discovered it. It surprised me how much I liked Eric even though he tries really hard to be a bastard. Some of my favorite ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
A bit of a starker take on vampires. Void City is vampire run and will clean up your mess for a price. Eric is a powerful Vlad vampire with memory problems who is about to have girl and werewolf problems.

What I enjoyed:
* It was a change of pace to see the monsters portrayed as monsters for the most part.
* Eric's daughter is scary...
* Talbot is cool.

What could have been better:
* Eric's not wanting to take responsibility or deal with any issues was annoying.
* I'd to know more about Rachel.
* Huge
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars
It was a little difficult to get into at first but with the way the author unfolds the story I got hooked fast. The anti-hero Eric makes no excuses for his behavior..cuz hey he is a monster. In his own words he is a vampire and eats people.
Best goodwill find in awhile for me. Loved it so much I had to track down the other 3 books of this void city series.
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