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Fat White Vampire Blues
By Andrew Fox

Discussed November/December 2003

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Questions

  1. Did you like the book? Why or why not?
  2. Jules seems to have quite a few humanly concerns for a supernatural being, such as his concern about becoming diabetic and his low self esteem. What do you think these human concerns do for him if anything?
  3. Do you think this story could have been told in anyplace other than New Orleans?
  4. What do you think of Jules' mental state?
  5. The book touches on several themes, including:

    • Chubby chasers
    • Gainers
    • Treatment of the mentally disabled
    • Prejudice
    • Secret Societies
    • Fandom
    • Government Investigation of the supernatural

    How does the author handle each of these themes and how well do they fit into the story?

  6. The author applies Einstein's theories of mass & energy to vampire transformation. Does this application make sense and what do you think of applying scientific theory to vampires?
  7. What do you think of the people Jules considers friends?
  8. Doodlebug returns to Jules as a teacher rather than the kid/student he was when he left. How does he do as a shaman-like character?
  9. In each encounter with Malice X - Jules' own self-image seemed to get in the way. Did he overcome it in any degree throughout the book?
  10. Was it believable that Malice X was outsmarted by Jules?
  11. In the end, did Jules grow at all or learn anything from his experiences?
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