The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

I have seen this all over and I was so hesitant. I had started to see good things and I thought it sounded interesting. I feel like I’ve been very “unpopular” in my ratings lately.

It took me a long time to get into this book. There’s an extreme amount of sexism in this book. It was so hard to get into because I was just getting so annoyed. Job well done, sir- you know how to write sexism. This book is sent in the early nineties and it read like the fifties! The way these husbands talked to their wives and the way they treated them was driving me nuts. There wasn’t ONE respectable man out of the bunch! Hendrix definitely took it to far and it was way too much.

It made it really difficult to like any of the characters in this book. I didn’t really like any of the women until the end. In fact, I didn’t really get into this book until about 70% of the way. This is where the book should have began. I didn’t need all the sexism in the beginning of the book. I needed women who stood up for themselves. I needed a book club that slayed vampires! The plot was so slow and really drawn out too.

Oh gosh, there are so many creepy and horrific scenes in this book. I’m so shocked that I didn’t have nightmares last night. He writes them really well, I’ll give him that.

There’s another thing that REALLY rubbed me the wrong way me in this book. There’s a piece of dialogue here that was pretty much copied from George R.R. Martin. It’s one of my favorite quotes and was confused when I read it in this book.

George R.R. Martin’s…

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.’

This book…

“A reader lives many lives,” James Harris said. “The person who doesn’t read lives but one.”

Ahhhh…. it’s not word for word but you get the gist. Come on, man!

Overall, I was really underwhelmed with this book. There’s so many people that love this book and I am a bit confused. It was just an okay read but definitely not something to shout about. In fact, from about 20% I absolutely disliked this book. The last 30% of the book saved it and that part was really good. I just don’t think the rest of it was worth it!


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