Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Bloodsucking Fiends -- what's not to like?

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)

4 comments:

  1. Virginia GalMay 03, 2007

    This series sounds interesting...how's the romance, something I'd like??

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  2. I'm not sure...I guess not, now that I think about it. Mainly because I don't think you'd like the writer character that much. He's very funny, but not what you'd call a romantic hero.

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  3. Christopher Moore is a writer I definitely want to read more of. I loved "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal."

    I saw another of his books on a featured rack at Barnes and Noble recently. It wasn't You Suck, but it was something ... like i think it had to do with a demon baby or something. i wish i could remember the title. It may have been "Cursed."

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  4. I think it was A Dirty Job (did it have a skeleton baby in a carriage on the cover?). That is my favorite one so far, I think (but I always say that until the next one comes out). I think you'd really enjoy it! (Although I guess I say that about every book I love.)

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