Book Review: The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman


Book: The Lesser Dead

Author: Christopher Buehlman

Plot: New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.And neither are the rest of us

Rating: 4/5 stars


This Vampire talks a lot

A huge thanks to Kavita Ramesh for recommending this book to me. It definitely turned out to be a different and unique read.

The lesser dead was a completely different perspective to vampires.

I had read vampires in a very casual romantic tone (read twilight saga) and then I had a serious tone (none other than the classic “Dracula”) and also in its gruesome and brutal form (John Hennessy’s Vampire tales) so in short I had been served vampires in very many form but The lesser Dead is first of its kind where in spite of being casual, the whole setting and story was brutal, very original, well constructed but all wrapped in a very humorous and light tone. Kind of satirical.

The general tone of the book is a bit different. It’s something that you would come across when you are in conversation with a highly animated friend of yours high on sugar or adrenaline or even a junkie for that matter. The author showed a tendency to weave in snarky descriptions way too much. While at the beginning the same thing tickled my funny bone, gradually it did start to get on my nerves because you could practically see the story parting way for the witty remarks

Author takes a lot of extra effort in describing things and it is clear that he does not want to do it in the conventional way but quirky and witty way and the author does seem to get carried away with his descriptions

So basically except for the fact that author can’t stop from passing comments on everything, the book is really different. Towards the end I felt things got too serious and dark and travelling through different paths than how it started out but all in good fun

The pace takes its sweet time to catch up and in between the author takes you in and out of present so you need to keep a track of it… Am I cribbing too much?

Well in short if you love vampires and blood, then you are really creepy and need to consult a doctor but otherwise you would love this book.