Title: Vampire Taxonomy
Subtitle: Identifying and Interacting with the Modern-Day Bloodsucker
Author: Meredith Woerner
Chapter Titles: The Complete Vampire, Romantic Vampires, Villainous Vampires, Tragic Vampires, Halfies, Child Vampires, Vampire Tribes, Clans, Covens, and Clutches, Living in an Undead World
Release Date: 11.3.09
Precis: Vampire Taxonomy was written to give us a practical, useful guide to vampires. With all of the different bloodlines thanks to the different evolutions of different sires, it became necessary for someone to compile a comprehensive guide for those of us with heartbeats. Woerner has done just that. She presents us with physical identifiers, physical features, attire, habitat, unseen abilities, behavior, and what to do if approached for the different types of vampire: Romantic (think Edward, Stefan, Bill, Spike, or Angel); Villanous (think Count Orlock, Lothos, Dracula, Murlough, James, or Angelus); Tragic (think Laurent, Angel, Jasper, Mick St. John); Halfies (think Mina Roberts, Blade, Renesmee, Connor); Child (think Divia, The Annointed One, Charlotte, Darren Shan). She also addresses clan behavior, and how we can live safely in an undead world. Answers to questions like, "Can vampires fly?" and "Can a vampire cross a river?" are also answered and explained.
Verdict: I Heart It! This cheeky guide is meant to be funny. Woerner doesn't think that all of your neighbors are vamps and doesn't try to make you paranoid. It's just not that type of book. I found it to be a very interesting read, and laughed several times. This book would make a great gift to any lover of vampire fiction. It even has a section on the Great Sparkle Debate. I loved the illustrations and really enjoyed the book. Just think, you could be at a party and be debating the vampires (which I totally have done before) and you could quash your fellow debater with one whip of this book. Imagine yourself saying, "But I have the authoritative text on vampire identification." Yeah, maybe you wouldn't be that nerdy (oh but I totally would be), but still... it'd be fun. Get this one, it's great to have around!
Perigree provided this book to me for review and has been so generous as to offer 2 copies for giveaway on my site. To help streamline the process, I'm asking that you enter your entries into the form below. It helps with the tally and it helps me make sure you got credit for everything you did. Just input your name and your email (your email is not public and is only used for me to contact you if you win) and check the boxes next to the entries you did. Giveaway ends 11/10, 11:59PM Arizona time.