GaryView: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Book 1- Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Gary and LissaLissa: Vladimir Tod reminds me of you!

Gary: A friendless, nerdy kid who’s beaten up by bullies and is clueless with girls?

Lissa: No! Dope. I mean a kid trying to find out the rules of vampirism who watches a lot of vampire films and doesn’t eat people.

Gary: Oh.

Lissa: And you’re not friendless.

Gary: I have one friend. And Vladimir Tod has one friend.

Lissa: You’re in a mood today. If you’re not careful I’ll have to give you a hug.

Gary: (looks at her)

Lissa: (pounces and gives him a hug)

Gary: Sorry.

Lissa: You don’t ever have to be sorry for feeling low. Life’s like that, sometimes.

Gary: So’s undeadness.

Lissa: Wanna talk about it?

Gary: … No… Yes… Um… Maybe I identified with him a bit. Except I was really good at maths and not so good at English. And I wasn’t a vampire in high school, just uncool.

Lissa: Most of us are uncool at school, and those that are cool, well they’re just faking it.

Gary: I guess.

Lissa: Trust me.  And I think you’re neat.

Gary: I think you’re pretty neat too.

Lissa: Vlad’s pretty cool in the end, too. He learns from his experiences.

Gary: All the stuff about discovering his past and trying to work out what’s going on when he hasn’t any data was ok. Some of the story happens a bit too quickly.

Lissa: It does feel rushed at times. It reminded me of Harry Potter sometimes too, doing the whole school year and having a weird teacher. I thought the characterisation was a bit light-on.

Gary: True. I liked his guardian, Nelly, but I wish there’d been more about her. His mate Henry too. And I didn’t get why Vlad liked Meredith so much. She was kind of …

Lissa: … Wet? Vapid?

Gary: No real personality. I always liked smart girls with a bit of character. Who laughed at me.

Lissa: Are you angling for another hug?

Gary: (laughs) No.

Lissa: Cos there’s plenty where that came from.

Gary: I’m aware of that.

Lissa: (grins) You haven’t yet had your usual rant about the inaccuracy of the vampire lore.

Gary: You know the drill. Some of it is fine, some of it is ridiculous. I wish the levitating bit was true. That would be handy. Especially when I’ve just washed the floor.

Lissa: They never write about vampires doing housework, have you noticed?

Gary: Even creatures of the night need a tidy house.

Lissa: (bunging on a bad Transylvanian accent) “I must go a wreak havoc in ze mortal vorld, but firrrst I must dust my bric a brac…”

Gary: “…und vipe ze vindows…”

Lissa: (giggles)

Gary: Just because I’m undead, it doesn’t mean I like grime.

Lissa: Doesn’t mean you don’t like hugs either.

Gary: …

Lissa: (pounces and hugs him again)

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Melbourne Literary iPhone appA few tweaks were made to my iPhone app, Melbourne Literary – and now it’s all formatted for the iPad as well! There are some screenshots of how it looks in that format in the app store, and it’s making me covet new tech!

If any of you have bought the app, either for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it would be great if you could leave a review in the app store. It needs at least five reviews for the app to indicate it has any reviews at all, and of course having reviews will encourage people to have confidence in buying it when it comes up on searches for Melbourne guides!

The app has been well received so far, and I hope to do an update in around February next year. If you know of any Melbourne writers, books set in Melbourne, Melbourne literary locations or anything else that would be good to add, let me know!

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