I love a book that doesn't pull any punches, keeps me guessing, and makes me laugh. When I saw that Christopher Moore had recently published a sequel (You Suck: A Love Story) to Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story (published in 1995), I of course had to go back and reread the first one. Not that this was a burdensome task -- honestly, I'd so much rather reread a favorite book than read something new that is just kind of "eh." And Christopher Moore's books are never just "eh."
Bloodsucking Fiends is an absurdly wonderful mix of horror, humor, romance and drama. An aspiring writer from small-town America and a newly-turned vampire with a horrible track record in relationships fall in love. They might be meant for each other, but there are a few tiny little obstacles in their way, including a bunch of insane co-workers, a mysterious vampire with a hidden agenda, a pair of snapping turtles, and some suspicious police officers -- among other things.
The book may seem silly and superficial, but Moore tackles some serious issues in a subtle way that left me with more than just the pleasure of an entertaining read. Now I have to wait for my copy of the sequel to come into the library. I've been waiting a long time to find out what happens next!
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (HarperCollins 1995)