An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDaniel.

Good British humor is well-formed, witty, eccentric, and so cherished that those who can do it well are honored for generations. It’s also easy to miss the mark. It doesn’t have to be by much. Just enough to give you the sense that the writer/comedian/director is trying too hard.

I can’t say this is a terrible book. It’s not as fun as you’d hope. It deals with main character Yulric Bile (see?) an ancient vampire who comes back to life in a world with sexy vampires who, as a group, are managed by a corporation as fashion/entertainment entities because mortals have weaponized to the point that monsters don’t have a chance for survival. So if you can’t beat them, seduce them.

There are funny moments. But unlike a Douglas Adams, where I’d have giggles for days over some ideas, I found myself huffing a silent laugh now and then and moving on to the next thing.

I have to say that my version was a bargain book from Audible, read by Drew Campbell who, like so many British narrators, gets a sing-song quality to his reading that gets irritating quickly. He did fairly well with character voices but the general action sequences sound more like a very repetitive song.

Maybe I expect too much. As actor Edmund Kean reportedly said: Dying is easy, comedy is hard. But as a book that comes at you hard with a wink and a nudge it gets tiring fast.