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Vampire Taxonomy – Spotlight & Review

Vampire Taxonomy by Meredith Woerner

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks (Nov 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535796
  • Book Description:

    “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 in the dark. For the reader’s protection, Meredith Woerner reveals the truth about: 
    Sunlight sensitivity-Do vamps venture out in the day or stick solely to the evening hours? 
    Physiology-When ready to feed, do they change appearance or simply lure with the seductive flash of a fang? 
    Dress-Are they decked out in leather with aspirations of becoming the first vampire rock stars or do they cling to Gothic robes and ruffled collars? 
    Diet-Are they waging a never-ending struggle against the temptation of human blood or do they view the world as their personal blood buffet?”

    My Thoughts:

    A thoroughly researched and well documented guide to vampires! I found it to be well written and for all the fans of all things vampire, this is a definite must read.

    Meredith Woerner includes details on “Romantic Vampires, Villainous Vampires, Tragic Vampires, Halfies, Child Vampires, Vampire  Tribes, Clans, Covens and Clutches, and Living In An Undead World”. The back cover of the book describes it best:

    “Think Twilight, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and True Blood are just fiction? Think Again

    Whether you accept it or not, the world is overrun with vampires – behind you in line at the store, “living” in the house next door, walking their undead dogs. Not content to live quietly in the shadows, they appear blatantly in every medium from television and movies to books and comics. With so many different species running amok, it’s hard to know whether the next vamp you meet will want to marry you or have you for dinner. With this guide, however, you can easily identify which type of bloodsucker you’re dealing with and how best to approach (or avoid) it by understanding:

    *PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES: Recognize each type of immortal with fang diagrams, dissections of the vampire anatomy, and other helpful classification tools.

    *HABITAT: Does it venture out in the day (and look awfully sparkly when it does) or board up the windows in mysterious manor houses?

    *DEMEANOR: Is it a brooding loner waging a never-ending struggle against the temptation of human blood, or a care-free creature with a biting wit who views the world as it’s own personal blood buffet?

    *WEAKNESSES: Crosses, Sunlight, Cutting Off Heads – What will do the job?

    *CULTURAL ASSIMILATION: Prime yourself with the most appropriate response to any situation you may find yourself in with someone “long in the tooth.”

    Read this book when the vampires come calling, be prepared with either your heart on your sleeve or a stake in your hand.”


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