Saturday, May 12, 2007

I hate to say this, but...

...this was disappointing. And I had really been looking forward to reading it. Maybe that's the problem - the anticipation was just too much. I'd read Bloodsucking Fiends long ago, and so enjoyed it, that not only was I excited to find out what was going to happen to Jody and Tommy, but the bar was set so high with A Dirty Job that maybe my expectations were a little unrealistic.

The book begins where Bloodsucking Fiends left off -- Jody has turned Tommy into a vampire. But he's not too happy about it. Where Jody is reveling in her new power, able to walk in the worst San Francisco neighborhoods without feeling like a potential victim, feeding only from those who are terminally ill so there's no real guilt involved, Tommy is squeamish and upset about his new undead-ness. His squeamishness about being a vampire rang false with me -- after all, how squeamish could a guy be who had no problems talking to the corpse in the freezer and eating the TV dinners that were stored next to him there?

It was still an enjoyable read - with the usual laugh-out-loud moments. But it felt a bit rushed and superficial to me, as though Moore were keeping distant from the characters, moving them around like little puppets in order to fulfil the needs of the narrative. Usually in his novels, despite the multiple viewpoints and plot twists, there's a central focus that is maintained throughout. This time it felt - to me at least - a bit scattered and rushed. The characters were funny, but not very substantial. I'm finding myself wishing I'd stopped with the first one.

You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (William Morrow, 2007)

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