There are reasons we fear the dark. Bill Ryder...isn't one of them. Gamer, geek, and legendary vampire - The Tome of Bill is the tale of an unlikely hero trying to survive in a world of undead horrors. Despite awesome supernatural powers, loyal allies, and an attitude the size of Brooklyn, the odds are still stacked heavily against him. Bill Ryder must fulfill his destiny and save the world from the ancient terrors that threaten it - all while trying to work up the nerve to ask out the girl of his dreams.
©2013 Rick Gualtieri (P)2015 Rick Gualtieri
Not only is this four books for the price of one, but it's more importantly four superb books!
The characters are really likeable, the humour is great and the story lines are surprising and well thought out! Can't recommend it enough and can't wait to get the next book either!
If I could find any negatives, the recap bits explaining what has happened in previous books is a tad annoying at times (maybe because I listened to them one after another) but also because why would you read/listen to book two, three or four without reading the previous!
I enjoyed every minute of every book. Some great nerd culture references and well sustained humour as well as some kick ass fight scenes. These characters have become, as all the great ones do, good friends of mine. looking forwards to the next on the list.
"How the books are divided inside:"
If, like me you listened to the first and/or second book before seeing or wanting this omnibus edition here is how the books are divided, so you can skip to the new material:
Book 1 - Starts on Chapter 01
Book 2 - Starts on Chapter 28
Book 3 - Starts on Chapter 54
Book 4 - Starts on Chapter 95
Should save some skipping around and accidentally getting any spoilers. Very funny books, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
"Thanks for killing the Edward Image!!!"
A flawed 'Hero' Love Bill and Sally team!! Not for the easily offended, delicate female sensibilities. Tired of seeing women bag on this book. I only read books with strong female characters and this has it!! Bill is a pawn in play and the toughest women are running the show.
Sally!! People that complains about the way women are viewed fails to embrace the fact that the character with the most brains and balls in this book is one. If you don't like the strong kick a** female who embraces he inner b**ch go back to waiting for your big strong Edward to save you and being tied up with gray things, eye roll.
Brings out the goof in Bill perfect.
Visit from my second favorite kick a** female Gan. What would Bill be without those frisky she vamps in his afterlife?
What a refreshing escape from the offended by every little thing world and media. This book is thankfully not politically correct thank goodness.
Holy freaking awesome!
The Feet! And omg, TURD! Ahahahah!
See above, Turd. So effing funny! Loved Bill ad Sally, too.
LOTS of laughs in this series!
Gamers will LOVE this series!
I was put off at first do to some of the reviews and the name of the book and that it was about vampires. Glad I took the leap! Amazing series! cant wait for the next book! It has a lot of crude humor and a different approach to the vampire life style! One of my Favorite series!
"An amazing series!!! Not your typical vampire Novel."
This series is not for the faint of heart, imagine a wise cracking quick wit super nerd turned into the savior of vampire kind. More slapstick batter and dialogue in these first four books than I have ever seen in any series written or recorded. It is his quick banter and average IQ that arms our hero. Often opening his mouth and inserting his foot down to the knee. If you don't mind some pretty vulgar shit talking then this is the series for you. On another not this is not an Rice vampire bullshit nor do any of the vampires sparkle in the sun light. There are no heart throb werewolves to still the scene. The bad guys are eight feet tall walking Apemen who smell like shit with the IQ of inbred hillbillies. There are a lot of moments where you stop and think what the hell is happening now and side stories that you think are just filler material till they come around to proverbially kick bill and his mates when their already down. Now get off your ass grab a copy of the time of bill volume 1 or just the first book and hold on tight for a great read full of laughter and sexual puns!
Maybe down the road, as I really enjoyed the stories.
The intro of Turd :) lol.
He's great. For me he IS Bill.
Bill or one of his two friends
Keep them coming!
"Great book, not so great editing."
Personally I love this story. Character growth is lacking a bit but all in all it is a really fun story that I will surely listen to more than once.
I thought the narrator was an excellent choice for the voice of Bill. My only problem was the many mispronounced words, including but not limited to, Vi-o-la, and Lord Voldemont? Also, the editing could have been better. Particularly in the fourth book.
For me these issues were minor and did not take anything away from the story. I will definitely be purchasing the rest of the series.
"A fun, surprising, head-shakingly funny series"
Picture the early cast of Big Bang Theory, now instead of a hot girl moving into the apartment across the hall, one of them becomes a vampire. This is a truly different take on the urban fantasy/modern vampire stuff so ubiquitous these days. You'll find yourself liking and even identifying with the deeply flawed, somehow lovably unevolved main character in spite of yourself. And once you do, you'll notice that interesting things start to unfold, both on a small scale, between the featured characters, and then large as the story pulls back to show more and more of Gualtieri's world. There are old tropes, but also surprises, and the series is highly enjoyable.
The reader gives great voice to the main character, but suffers from a lack of versatility in portraying many of the other characters. What would otherwise still be a good performance is further marred by mixed production values (drops or bursts in volume, sound quality issues), his odd tendency to repeat half-sentences (as if he lost his place in the reading) and his terrible pronunciation of a whole host of common words. The audio series would be greatly improved if Mr. Fetherolf's efforts were subject to better review, coaching, and editing.
"Problems with the narrator"
I would recommend this to friends, while advising them of pronunciation issues.
The narrator's performance is great in terms of cadence, inflection, and keeping the story moving, but he's sorely lacking in areas of pronunciation. For example, 'voila' is pronounced 'voi-la', not 'vio-la' (like the musical instrument), 'Tatooine' (Luke Skywalker's home planet) is pronounced, 'Tattoo-een', not 'Tattoo-knee.' 'Caste' (the word referring to the methods of formal social stratification in some countries and groups) rhymes with 'cast' and not 'cased.'
If you're going to narrate professionally, get a copy of the NBC Handbook, Fowler's Modern English Usage, or The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations first.
Overall, it's a very good story, but the narrator's mispronunciation turns it from a nice five star experience to a high three or low four star experience.
"I very much enjoyed this book"
In short, yes. I already recommended this audiobook to a couple of friends who have similar taste in books.
I loved the irreverent nature of the book and enjoyed the combination of the main character's internal monologue and story.
Obviously, Bill would be a favorite. After all, he's the Free Will, and the main character. I really enjoyed several characters, though, as the narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life.
I loved the friends that Bill surrounds himself with. The love/hate relationship with Sally, the stoic, borderline sociopath Eric, the annoying moron, Tom... loved them all.
I really enjoyed this series and will definitely pick the rest of them up, even though they aren't in a boxed set.
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