I had to play dumb to get through this one. While I adore the concept of having a complete idiot’s guide to Vampires, I must say that this was not it. Although it gives a very detailed jaunt through the history of the vampire, and touches lightly on other undead creatures (as it should, bearing many connections in history) the book seemed to have been written for the girl who just read Twilight and wants to know more, but doesn’t want to put work into it.
I was expecting to find a well thought-out research material within these pages, but found a seemingly biased opinion on the lore behind today’s vampire fiction. It does give a lot of information on the lore and progression of modern vampires, but seems to be focused so narrowly into the romantic period, and very sparse when looking at other myths.
It wasn’t all bad, I enjoyed the trip through the novels and cinema it ran through. It did have some decent trivia, and a nice, lighthearted tone that made it an easy read. He spends a lot of time on the vampire lifestylists, going into detail on that particular part of the modern vampire culture.
I do not recommend this book to the “complete idiot” but it is an amusing and airy look at vampires through history.