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Ray Rhamey
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The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles
Ray Rhamey, author
The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles turns vampire mythology on its head when Patch, a calico tomcat, is turned into breakfast--and a vampire kitty-cat--by a starving vampire. Narrated by Patch in a deliciously snarky cat take on the world, Patch struggles to find a new life, as it were. In the process, he's almost skewered with a stake by a mob with blazing torches, tried for murder, nearly crunched by a seven-foot undead guy, just about shotgunned into undead pieces, comes inches from having his tail cut off and seconds from being fried by the sun, and kidnapped twice. Oh, yeah, and turned into a (shudder) politician. On the other paw, he does hook up with that sweet Siamese, and it looks like he's on the way to winning that election . . .
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.00 out of 10

Assessment:

PLOT: Told from Patch the Cat’s point of view, his story of becoming a feline vampire against his will starts out fun and only gets more entertaining through the course of twists and turns such as his jointly running for public office with his new undead “associate,” Meg, and being put on trial for murder.

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PROSE: While the dialogue of the shadier and more villainous characters can occasionally border on the trite, overall dialogue and prose alike tend to be more snappy, occasionally snarky at need (particularly and fittingly in Patch’s case), and downright human among the batch of frustrated undead.

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ORIGINALITY: Chronicles scores a double hit by both weaving the satirical upturning of vampire tropes on their heads as integral parts of the narrative, and the aforementioned unexpected plot twists resulting from that weaving. The fact that vampires may not live forever and never recover from their injuries, for example, is a primary factor motivating Meg – and Patch – to run for office so that vampires can get the help and benefits they deserve as tax-paying citizens.

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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Patch and Meg both fill into their new roles with amusing vigor while not sacrificing their respective feline nature and humanity.

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Date Submitted: August 18, 2017

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