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Vampire Haiku

Remember me talking about my affection for Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum, whom I later interviewed for the 2009 Summer Blog Blast Tour? Well, let me tell you something: Ryan has done it again with VAMPIRE HAIKU, in which he combines haiku and story, humor and horror, and adds history, a hint of romance, and social commentary to boot. While the vampires in it may, this is one book that doesn't suck. Also? This book is as much a survey of American history as it is the story of one vampire through the ages.

You can read my full review over at Guys Lit Wire, but I figured I'd leave you with a few juicy tidbits. (I know - I kill me, too!)

Two vampire revelations for our main character, William, who was turned on The Mayflower by a woman named Katherine:

She explains to me
that wood through my heart will kill.
I don't think that's new.
. . .
Blood tastes like cherries
mixed with a lot of copper
and way too much salt.

And a few of the pop culture references - I'm pretty certain you'll be able to guess which TV shows or movies they go with, assuming you've seen the more popular/mainstream vampire fare over the past 20 years or so:

Now I've seen it all.
Vampire puppets on TV
teaching kids to count.
. . .
My favorite show
stars the cutest little girl
killing fake vampires.
. . .
Those were not vampires.
If sunlight makes you sparkle,
you're a unicorn.
. . .
What would be better
than biting on a Corey?
Biting two Coreys.

I hope you'll check it out!

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 10th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Tanita Says :)
Glad you cross-posted; didn't want to gush over at GLW, but that was a really fun review. I love the historical aspects -- I hadn't realized that was part of the fun, but it makes sense!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
I'm glad you liked the reviews - although gushing over at GLW would make my day. I get very, very, very few comments on my posts over there!
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
The little girl was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the sparkly reference is to Twilight (books and movies, really, but specifically the first movie in this case), and the one about the Coreys is to The Lost Boys, which starred Keifer Sutherland as a vampire (among others) and the two Coreys: Haim and Feldman.

Yeah, the cherry thing was kinda gross, but I still really like that haiku!
pickledherring
Nov. 10th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
ROFL I love it! Thanks for posting it!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Both of Ryan's book are pure genius, and quite a lot of fun, with just the right balance of horror/mayhem/grossness mixed in to keep it "real".
lizjonesbooks
Nov. 10th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaa!!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
If you liked Zombie Haiku, you'll love this one!
tracyworld
Nov. 10th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I always loved the Count on Sesame Street. These are all such fun.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I happen to think that Ryan was a genius for conceiving these books.
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 10th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
"Those were not vampires.
If sunlight makes you sparkle,
you're a unicorn."

LMAO that's awesome. <3 <3

anyway. Thanks for sharing. I feel I must check these books out.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
That one actually made hubby guffaw when I read it to him. There are two other Twilight-related haiku in the book, and, well, hundreds more than the ones I shared here and at Guys Lit Wire.
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
:) I added it to my TBR list. Think that and the Zombie book might be my christmas present to myself. I have several friends/coworkers that will want to read them too.

Such an awesome idea.
p_sunshine
Nov. 10th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
LOL!!! Awesome! Thanks for the heads-up! This looks hilarious.

(also - sorry I haven't been very comment-ey lately. work has been kicking my butt)
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the butt-kickage. I remember how that can be (for me, it's been life/health doing the kicking lately, which causes issues as well, but hasn't provoked the anxiety-based dreams I used to get when it was work-related).

This one is probably right up your alley.
boreal_owl
Nov. 10th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
I loved this book! I bought it on impulse because I remembered you reviewed his Zombie Haiku. My review is here:

http://boreal-owl.livejournal.com/72395.html
kellyrfineman
Nov. 11th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
ext_208181
Nov. 11th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Kelly,

He's also working on Werewolf Haiku. It's scheduled to come out in the Fall of 2010.

http://www.haikubytwo.com/haiku-author-interview-ryan-mecum/

Gisele
kellyrfineman
Nov. 11th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan in the spring - he's a totally great guy, intelligent and funny as you'd expect. I hope he has another monster in the wings!
liz_scanlon
Nov. 11th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Soooo funny and thirst quenching...
kellyrfineman
Nov. 11th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it.
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 11th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
That one made hubby guffaw. Not that he read the book - but I read a few of the haiku to him.
hulabunny
Nov. 12th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
OMG - Must. Check. This. Out. Thanks for the tip!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
You will LOVE it. Pretty much guaranteed!
hulabunny
Nov. 12th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
OK, and just because I love haiku and I love all things vampire, I will try my hand at one (besides it looks fun):

Tip: Eternal youth
Should not be wasted stuck in
High School - forever.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it could be titled "Advice for the Cullens".
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