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The Unglamorous Lives of Vampires

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and here we are on the last day of January, with… vampires. Because that’s a January thing, right? Well, it is now. But silly vampires, just for fun, because we all need a laugh in our lives. (Also, there are new books! There are always new books.) It’s been cold as heck in Colorado, so I hope you’re all staying warm! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday.

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Bookish Goods

a photo of a magnet with an illustration of an adorable angry bat flying away from flames with the text Sucks to Suck

Sucks to Suck Bat Refrigerator Magnet by WoeBeGoneGoods

Since we’re on a cute and silly vampire theme, here is a vampire bat magnet that I feel would fit in very nicely in a What We Do in the Shadows world. $11

New Releases

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Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen

The lives of vampires are not glamorous like we’ve been led to believe; there’s no murdering, no flying, no turning into a bat, none of that cool stuff. It’s just working night jobs to pay the rent and living off blood bags — and avoiding family, if you’re Louise Chao. What Louise does having going for her is decades of going to punk shows, and she finally might be able to join a band, if she can just keep her vampirism under wraps. But then her long-lost teenaged cousin Ian shows up at her door, and while she connects with him over a love of music, he’s also way too close to discovering all of her secrets.

Cover of The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz

The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz

Destry is a terraformer on the Environmental Rescue Team, the descendant of the terraformers who came to Sask-E and began the long task of building a new environment. She’s never questioned her mission, until she discovers an entire city of people hidden in a volcano.

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Riot Recommendations

Inspired by Mike Chen’s new book, here are a couple recommendations for fun books about vampires that go…slightly off the beaten path.

Cover of The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Life of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

Fred was born boring, lived a boring life, and then died a boring death… and now he’s back to a boring unlife. He’s never been an adventurous sort, and being a vampire has not changed that one bit. But when he reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion, he suddenly finds himself among other supernatural people, buffeted by events that a timid accountant should never have to deal with.

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Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parker

This is a wonderful YA anthology of vampire short stories by the likes of Dhonielle Clayton, Mark Oshiro, and Rebecca Roanhorse. Fresh, fun, occasionally frightening — and also funny.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.