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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also a film journalist/critic for Cocktails & Movies and CinemaBlend, as well as the author of several short stories such as "The Devil v. George W. Bush". Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: mikereyeswrites@gmail.com

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vamp-O-Rama: 2/5 - "The Nymphos of Rocky Flats" by Mario Acevedo

Back again with part 2 of 5 in the Vamp-O-Rama series. As per usual, real vampires are the players and exciting, offbeat vampire stories are the game, and we're just one book closer to the awesomeness that awaits in Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Allons-y!

One of the most interesting themes I like to keep in mind during this little marathon of mine is the similarities and differences of vampiric lore throughout each book I read. What used to be one, flat set of rules naturally has to be permutated and expanded for more modern times, as well as general creativity/freshness of plot. Some stories do really well with their inventive ways of keeping vampires current (The Strain did this quite well) and some fall flat with their attempts (Twilight...epic fail). The Nymphos of Rocky Flats falls into the "Win" category, continuing the streak of vampire books that don't suck, and don't sparkle.

The women of the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado are horny. And we're not talking garden variety horny, we're talking "gotta have it every time, all the time, gun to your head to get it" horny. For some, this might seem quite weird; but for Felix Gomez it's his job. Seeing as he's a vampire/private detective, he's double covered on the weird front. Newly turned after a tour of duty in Iraq, Felix is still somewhat of a n00b to the vampire community, as well as being a private investigator. But he'll learn quick, because as any good detective will tell you, the best lessons are sometimes learned as they come at you.

Acevedo has a wicked sense of humor, as well as a taste for noirish and sexy escapades. If you were wondering what it'd be like to make out with a faerie, but aren't currently dating one, this is the closest you'll get to experiencing it first hand. While this entry is a little weak plotwise, it's forgiven seeing as it's the first entry in the series, as well as his first novel. First entries are all about the background, and while The Strain managed to overcome this obstacle, it's clearly accredited to the fact that Del Toro and Hogan were more experienced writers. The supporting cast of characters are just as interesting as the protagonist, as we're introduced to other vamps, a Dryad (a form of faerie), and even vampire hunters and aliens.

As for his take on the vampire mythology, most of the classic rules remain intact. Vampires hate silver, hate garlic, and love sex and blood. Felix, however, is another case of "vegetarian vampire", however, it's because of his tour in Iraq that Felix has a distaste for human blood. His guilt over certain events prevents him from enjoying what's ultimately better for him, and it tends to hold him back in terms of his vampiric powers. Lucky for him (and for us) he's still a dangerous man to deal with even in his weakened state. The book also introduces vampires to the world of the tantric by giving them powers to see not only a person's aura, but also be able to identify what type of lifeform they are by what color their aura burns. This makes for some very awesome descriptions of color, as well as a neat addition to the vampire's toolbox.

A fast paced read of intrigue, sex, and humor; I not only recommend The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, I can't wait to continue reading the series. Acevedo's unique brand of storytelling mixes conspiracy theories and creatures of myth into a good time between the (book)covers.

Another book staked, another takes its place. Vamp-O-Rama continues...

1. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
2. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo
3. Vampire Zero by David Wellington
4. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
5. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith


The Caustic Critic said...

Vamp-O-rama without Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series? For shame!

Mr. Controversy said...

I was trying to do more titles on the fringe of Vampire Fiction, though there might be a second round and if there is then Dead after Dark will definitely be on it. (Along with the possibility of New Moon, so I can skewer it to Hell and write another satirical song.)

The Caustic Critic said...

In that case, I highly recommend "Lord of the Dead" by Tom Holland if you haven't already read it. It's not a series, but Lord Byron as creepy vampire is pretty awesome.