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Being undead sucks. Literally.

Just ask C. Thomas Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too. For some couples, the whole biting-and-blood thing would have been a deal breaker. But Tommy and Jody are in love, and they vow to work through their issues.

But word has it that the vampire who initially nibbled on Jody wasn't supposed to be recruiting. Even worse, Tommy's erstwhile turkey-bowling pals are out to get him, at the urging of a blue-dyed Las Vegas call girl named (duh) Blue.

And that really sucks.

Topics: Vampires, Trilogy, Love, Funny, Love Story, 21st Century, San Francisco Bay Area, Black Humor, Urban, California, United States of America, Dark, Gothic, Supernatural Powers, Parody, and Irreverent

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ISBN: 9780061801983
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Not as good as Blood Sucking Fiends. Not as funny, characters felt flat and the story was all over the place. Too bad because I loved the first one and this had a great title.more
I thought this book was funny. It was quirky, like most of Moore's books. I did not realize that this book picks up where "Bloodsucking Fiends" leaves off. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it without knowing much of Jody's background. I especially enjoyed the parts with Abby Normal. I always found myself cracking up aloud when I read the chapters that were from her perspective. The story overall was ok for me...nothing really special or standout about it. However, it was an enjoyable, quick, and funny read which is what I needed at the moment.more
Really enjoyed the book (so, so strangely funny), but the ending was weak and that kind of ruined it for me, particularly since the ending of the first book was so great.

The author was quite good at filling the reader in on previous events so the first book was not necessary to read before understanding events in this book, but you do miss a lot of small funny things if you haven't read them both.more
We seem to be reading the vampire/love stories of Christopher Moore backwards. We've now worked our way down to number two, and still thoroughly enjoy it all. It made our 5 hour drive seem much shorter. It is always grand to have a journey punctuated with laughter. The reader of this audio book does such a fabulous Abby Normal. Good material helps, too.Plot summary available elsewhere.more
This was a pretty enjoyable read. It could have been a lot better, though. I didn't realize going into it that it was part of a series, so maybe I missed something by not reading the first novel in the series.It was quite a humorous novel, and I liked that it didn't take itself too seriously. Like I said, it could have been a lot better. It was very, very boring at the beginning. There were also certain chapters (the Abby Normal ones) that I felt could have either been better or just scrapped completely. Those chapters were annoying and just felt like filler.There was also a problem with how the story was put together. There were so many plot and subplot lines and they, again, just felt like filler. It was hard to keep up with what was going on sometimes. And some of the story was not developed enough.I wish that this had been better. I really wish I could give it a better review than I've given it, but this is what it really deserves.more
A worthy successor to Bloodsucking Fiends. We follow Thomas and Jody who struggle with their relationship, their being a vampire, and finding a minion. This minion is a nice, but sometimes annoying, addition to the cast of the series. Again, a funny and entertaining book. Note that you could read this book without having read the first book of the series, but I would recommend sticking to the right order to better appreciate certain characters and their story.more
This was my first book I read from Christopher Moore. I wasn't aware that it was a series until after I read it. LOL I was a little bit confused on Jodi's back story, but was I became more engrossed in the book, it really didn't matter to me. I like how he injects humor into the supernatural world and yet still makes Vampires the brooding, scary creatures they are.more
The sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends. Though equally funny in dialogue, it lacked somewhat in the storyline, and was filled with spelling errors and small plot holes-maybe Moore rushed this one? It was a great read regardless, but don't judge Moores' writing abilities based on THIS book-the mans a comedic GENIUS i swear.more
I really only enjoyed the Abby Normal diary entry parts, which were funny in a great satirical way. The rest of the book didn't much impress me.more
The story of You Suck continues directly from the previous novel, Bloodsucking Fiends. Jody, one of the mature suckers and newly minted vampire, has remained in San Francisco despite her promise to the police to move away after the previous incidents. Tommy, her boyfriend, is shocked at the beginning of the sequel to discover that Jody has "turned" him (i.e., made him a vampire)—hence the title of the novel, although she explains that she did it so that they could be together forever. They struggle to survive and to maintain their relationship despite the efforts of others to eliminate them..Naturally, several other characters from Bloodsucking Fiends appear in this sequel, including the vampire who originally "turned" Jody, "The Animals"—Tommy's co-workers at the grocery, police detectives Rivera and Cavuto, and "The Emperor". Abby Normal, who was a minor Goth character in A Dirty Job, here provides much of the narration from the diary of her adventures as a "minion" of Tommy and Jody. In addition, the plot briefly intersects with that of A Dirty Job, at the point where Jody visits Charlie Asher's store one night to deliver the "soul vessel" of a dying old man whom she has just consumed. Although many of Moore's books feature appearances by characters from his previous novels, this is the first instance of the same scene being shown in two different books, from two different characters' perspectives.more
This was the first book I read by Moore. I would give it 4 stars for the beginning, but once you are about half way through it starts to repeat it's gimmicks. The end seems a bit tacked on when some characters just seem to go 'oh well' and give up.I got this via a second hand book store for €3 and it was fine as a quick read, but I wouldn't have wanted to pay the full price for this.more
This was the first Moore novel and i was hooked after my first bite. Rarely does a book catch me off guard and make me laugh out loud. Moore did. Afterwards I had to buy the rest of Moore's books. After reading them all, this was one of my favorites.more
Jody and Tommy, Christopher Moore's lovably awkward duo, are back in You Suck, the sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends. In book two, Jody brings Tommy into the world of the immortals and starts teaching him the ropes. Along the way they pick up some new minions and struggle to survive as vamps in sunny San Francisco.This book was a bit of a let down for me. There were a few laugh out loud moments early on, but what started out as funny quickly digressed into redundant toilet humor. Unless you are a huge fan of Christopher Moore, I would steer clear of this one.more
Sequel to the Bloodsucking Fiends this book although not as great as the first, is an excellent and funny light read. The adventures of Jody and Tommy continues along with the return of the Animals and a blue hooker who ends up dead.... or not.more
Apparently, this was the second book of a trilogy, but I had no problem picking up the story. Tommy's vampire girlfriend has been bronzed in an attempt to save her. She is quite new at the whole vampire thing so is just finding her way. I don't even like vampire stories but this one was great. Funny and engaging like all Christopher Moore stories.more
I’d suggest that you read Christopher Moore’s Bloodsucking Fiends (also subtitled “A Love Story”) before cracking open - or pressing “play” on - You Suck. You can follow this novel - the middle installment in a trilogy - without it, because there is a fair amount of recapping, but it will probably make more sense if you’ve read the first book. That is, if a comic saga of modern vampire love in San Francisco is capable of making any sense at all.Nineteen-year-old Midwesterner Tommy Flood’s efforts to keep his vampire girlfriend Jody Stroud safe by having her bronzed were rather undone by her escaping from her enclosure (in the form of mist) and turning him into her undead consort. Jody hasn’t been a vampire all that long herself, but she’s learned enough to show Tommy the ropes, which include finding food sources, never being caught out in the open at sunrise, and dodging Tommy’s former co-workers on the night crew at Safeway, a couple of homicide detectives, and the ancient vampire who originally turned Jody.Christopher Moore is solidly ensconced on my “favorite authors” list, especially since I introduced my husband to his books, but it has taken me an embarrassingly long time to get around to reading You Suck - so long that I decided that I’d try listening to it instead. Having found that humor works in audio for me, I chose this as my first fiction audiobook (and first not read by the author), and I think I made a fine call. While I’ve been known to laugh out loud while reading Moore’s books in print, I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed as much as I did while listening to You Suck...and I’m not going to say that’s because it’s his funniest book (it might be, but I can’t really make that distinction). I think it’s that humor is enhanced by delivery, and it may be that sometimes it’s delivered more effectively in vocal and visual form than via words on a page. Narrator Susan Bennett does an excellent job with the voice characterizations here, particularly with Tommy, teenage perky-Goth-girl Abby Normal (who narrates portions of the story via her diary), and the homeless Emperor of San Francisco, and handles the narrative portions as the calm voice of reason, no matter how outlandish the situation gets - and with Christopher Moore, outlandish situations are a given.more
As the second book of a series, the beginning drops the reader into the middle of an ongoing story but it doesn't much matter as Moore spins his outrageous tale. Jody, a young vamp, turns her even younger boyfriend, Tommy, and then they try to escape his vampire-hunting friends (who are up to their necks in trouble with a blue-skinned, enterprising prostitute) and Jody's ancient (and possessive) mentor with the help of a barely teenage Goth girl who is desperate for excitement. Moore's books are definitely not for everyone. This vampire love story is replete with violence, profanity, and sexual content but it's also downright funny. 4 stars for ingenuity!more
Part two of a 3 (so far) is again a hysterically funny book by Moore. You can not help byt laugh at almost every pagemore
Not the best that I've ever read from Christopher Moore. But a nice light read, nonetheless.more
This was pretty entertaining, though it has its ups and downs. The "up" was following Tommy in his first days of being a vampire, and how he and Jody figure out just what the implications of certain things are — especially since Jody is such a new vampire herself. The "down" was the Blue story-line. It just felt like a way to keep Tommy’s old coworkers in the picture. Really, the best parts of the book were the chapters in the voice of Abby Normal, Tommy and Jody’s 16-year-old goth minion. Just think of things a teenage goth would say, and then put them in the vernacular of a valley girl. Definitely the most entertaining voice in the book. The ending is a little weak, in an "oops, time to wrap everything up!" sort of way, but it’s not a big deal. These are probably the best of Moore’s books, so be prepared to laugh and laugh often.more
Another winner by Christopher Moore. I think he has one of the best voices in American literature at the moment. I think this was a very valid continuation of the Bloodsucking Fiends. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, Bite Me. I will be adding that to the to be read pile very quickly.more
This is funny, thought not as funny as Bloodsucking Fiends. The explanation of why Pippi Longstocking is a secret Goth hero is a hoot. Starts out strong, then sort of decides to just change who the main character is. Weak ending, but I still laughed aloud a lot. I gotta remember to read Moore when I have a rotten day at work. Unfortunately I already read everything he has written, so its either save up rotten days for a year or two for the next book, or re-read.more
This hilarious sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends picks up right where the first book left off. Much like the first installment of the series, this book was laugh-out-loud funny.more
This was the first Christopher Moore book that I have read, and it certainly won't be the last. It's a very fun romp through the streets of San Francisco following two vampires in love.more
Funny, with some definitely quotable moments. However, for me, Moore's vampire series is the weakest of his work. That's not an insult--I still enjoy them and definitely snicker out loud in ways that make those around me pick up their things and stealthily move away from the crazy person, but they're a little too "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sometimes in their humor. What impresses me with Moore is that, often among all of the wacky chaos, he can sneak up on you with a beautiful turn of phrase or moment that catches you off-guard. The scene where Jody feeds off a man with terminal cancer is beautiful and touching without being maudlin. Don't worry that there are too many moments like this, though, as there's plenty of "heinous fuckery most foul."more
Following on Moore's hilariously warped Bloodsucking Fiends, this novel takes up where that one ends. Opening with Tommy chastizing (probably too polite a term, incidentally) his girlfriend, Jody, for turning him into one of the undead himself, this is really a long and twisted look at Tommy and Jody's evolving relationship and the mundane details of life as vampires. For instance, it is incredibly important, when a vampire, to have a minion to whom you can delegate your daylight hours tasks. In Tommy and Jody's case, now that Tommy is himself a vampire, they recruit the cheerful and therefore inauthentic goth girl, Abby Normal. She is to do their bidding and protect them from the vampire hunting Animals, former Safeway night stockers and pot heads with whom Tommy used to work. Many of the characters from the first book make appearances in this one with the addition of some completely new kooky folks. There's Blue, the money hungry and completely sadistic prostitute who has dyed herself entirely blue. There's a homeless alcoholic with a fat cat who provides a reasonably stable blood source for Tommy and Jody as long as they keep him supplied with alcohol (nevermind that his blood makes them beyond tipsy). There are more twists than in a bag of pretzels as the vampire population in the Bay area explodes with unintended consequences and a completely original resolution.In true Moore fashion, there are giggles and nuttiness and entertainment galore in the pages of this one. I will say that I didn't love You Suck as much as I did Bloodsucking Fiends, but I have high hopes for the third (Bite Me) as not only was the end of this one left gapingly wide open but it was also a bit rushed. I was slow to warm up to Abby Normal herself and found her early journal entries ridiculous and overwrought but as the novel progressed, I realized that they were written this way intentionally and that her fawning over the whole concept of vampirism making way for cool appraisal and steely nerves was itself a major plot development. In the end, I enjoyed the book and will be curious to see where the madcap vampire series careens next. Moore has a very warped sense of humor and he's not for everyone but I think he's a kick. More discerning and sensitive folks will want to know about the profanity, graphic vampire sex, and complete crassness that dots the pages of the book. But if this sort of thing doesn't bother you, you're in for a ride.more
Reason for Reading: Next in the series and in preparation for the new book that just came out today (Mar. 23, 2010) in the series, "Bite Me".Summary: This book picks up right where book one, Bloodsucking Fiends, leaves off. Not too much of a plot going on here or maybe small bits of many plots going on. Jody and Tommy are exploring their new relationship. The Animals have all joined together with a blue-dyed Las Vegas hooker who decides to become their leader and wants them to capture Tommy. Tommy has his own minion, a cute goth girl who calls him Lord Flood and Jody, The Countess, and unfortunately Elijah, who was taken care of in book one, has escaped and is out to get them all again.Comments: Jody and Tommy are such a wonderful vampire couple; they show how it can be done right, with the perfect love match and eternal togetherness and a whole lot of fun! (Bella and Edward go find a coffin!) All the eccentric characters from book one are back with a few new faces: a homeless man and his HUGE shaved cat, Abby Normal the cute Goth girl who thinks vampires are so cool, and Blue the prostitute with blue-dyed skin. The whole book is just a complete riot, one outrageous episode after another that had me laughing out loud. I was very pleased to see Charlie Asher from A Dirty Job show up for a tiny cameo too! I think I have to say I enjoyed this one even more than the first book but the ending did bug me. I'm glad I've read it now when I know another book has been written, I think if I'd read it at the time it was published I would have been quite upset with the ending which just begs for a sequel to be written and three years is a long time to wait for one! Christopher Moore's humour is not for everyone but if you can laugh at yourself as much as others and can take a joke easier than you take offense Moore will be right up your alley. I can't wait to read "Bite Me" now!more
This is the second book in the soon to be trilogy of Moore's world of vampires. The series started with [Blood Sucking Fiends] and continues with [Bite Me] which hits stores on Tuesday March 23rd. All three stories follow the trials and tribulations of Jody and Tommy both newly turned vampires. Jody was first and then decided to turn her minion (Tommy) as well, just so she wouldn't be alone, and oh ya she kinda likes the guy or now undead being. Written in classic Moore style, with more than a few laughs with an enjoyably outlandish cast of characters. A lot of Moore's characters cross over into different books where reading order doesn't really matter, but this series will be best enjoyed by being read in sequential order.more
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Not as good as Blood Sucking Fiends. Not as funny, characters felt flat and the story was all over the place. Too bad because I loved the first one and this had a great title.more
I thought this book was funny. It was quirky, like most of Moore's books. I did not realize that this book picks up where "Bloodsucking Fiends" leaves off. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it without knowing much of Jody's background. I especially enjoyed the parts with Abby Normal. I always found myself cracking up aloud when I read the chapters that were from her perspective. The story overall was ok for me...nothing really special or standout about it. However, it was an enjoyable, quick, and funny read which is what I needed at the moment.more
Really enjoyed the book (so, so strangely funny), but the ending was weak and that kind of ruined it for me, particularly since the ending of the first book was so great.

The author was quite good at filling the reader in on previous events so the first book was not necessary to read before understanding events in this book, but you do miss a lot of small funny things if you haven't read them both.more
We seem to be reading the vampire/love stories of Christopher Moore backwards. We've now worked our way down to number two, and still thoroughly enjoy it all. It made our 5 hour drive seem much shorter. It is always grand to have a journey punctuated with laughter. The reader of this audio book does such a fabulous Abby Normal. Good material helps, too.Plot summary available elsewhere.more
This was a pretty enjoyable read. It could have been a lot better, though. I didn't realize going into it that it was part of a series, so maybe I missed something by not reading the first novel in the series.It was quite a humorous novel, and I liked that it didn't take itself too seriously. Like I said, it could have been a lot better. It was very, very boring at the beginning. There were also certain chapters (the Abby Normal ones) that I felt could have either been better or just scrapped completely. Those chapters were annoying and just felt like filler.There was also a problem with how the story was put together. There were so many plot and subplot lines and they, again, just felt like filler. It was hard to keep up with what was going on sometimes. And some of the story was not developed enough.I wish that this had been better. I really wish I could give it a better review than I've given it, but this is what it really deserves.more
A worthy successor to Bloodsucking Fiends. We follow Thomas and Jody who struggle with their relationship, their being a vampire, and finding a minion. This minion is a nice, but sometimes annoying, addition to the cast of the series. Again, a funny and entertaining book. Note that you could read this book without having read the first book of the series, but I would recommend sticking to the right order to better appreciate certain characters and their story.more
This was my first book I read from Christopher Moore. I wasn't aware that it was a series until after I read it. LOL I was a little bit confused on Jodi's back story, but was I became more engrossed in the book, it really didn't matter to me. I like how he injects humor into the supernatural world and yet still makes Vampires the brooding, scary creatures they are.more
The sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends. Though equally funny in dialogue, it lacked somewhat in the storyline, and was filled with spelling errors and small plot holes-maybe Moore rushed this one? It was a great read regardless, but don't judge Moores' writing abilities based on THIS book-the mans a comedic GENIUS i swear.more
I really only enjoyed the Abby Normal diary entry parts, which were funny in a great satirical way. The rest of the book didn't much impress me.more
The story of You Suck continues directly from the previous novel, Bloodsucking Fiends. Jody, one of the mature suckers and newly minted vampire, has remained in San Francisco despite her promise to the police to move away after the previous incidents. Tommy, her boyfriend, is shocked at the beginning of the sequel to discover that Jody has "turned" him (i.e., made him a vampire)—hence the title of the novel, although she explains that she did it so that they could be together forever. They struggle to survive and to maintain their relationship despite the efforts of others to eliminate them..Naturally, several other characters from Bloodsucking Fiends appear in this sequel, including the vampire who originally "turned" Jody, "The Animals"—Tommy's co-workers at the grocery, police detectives Rivera and Cavuto, and "The Emperor". Abby Normal, who was a minor Goth character in A Dirty Job, here provides much of the narration from the diary of her adventures as a "minion" of Tommy and Jody. In addition, the plot briefly intersects with that of A Dirty Job, at the point where Jody visits Charlie Asher's store one night to deliver the "soul vessel" of a dying old man whom she has just consumed. Although many of Moore's books feature appearances by characters from his previous novels, this is the first instance of the same scene being shown in two different books, from two different characters' perspectives.more
This was the first book I read by Moore. I would give it 4 stars for the beginning, but once you are about half way through it starts to repeat it's gimmicks. The end seems a bit tacked on when some characters just seem to go 'oh well' and give up.I got this via a second hand book store for €3 and it was fine as a quick read, but I wouldn't have wanted to pay the full price for this.more
This was the first Moore novel and i was hooked after my first bite. Rarely does a book catch me off guard and make me laugh out loud. Moore did. Afterwards I had to buy the rest of Moore's books. After reading them all, this was one of my favorites.more
Jody and Tommy, Christopher Moore's lovably awkward duo, are back in You Suck, the sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends. In book two, Jody brings Tommy into the world of the immortals and starts teaching him the ropes. Along the way they pick up some new minions and struggle to survive as vamps in sunny San Francisco.This book was a bit of a let down for me. There were a few laugh out loud moments early on, but what started out as funny quickly digressed into redundant toilet humor. Unless you are a huge fan of Christopher Moore, I would steer clear of this one.more
Sequel to the Bloodsucking Fiends this book although not as great as the first, is an excellent and funny light read. The adventures of Jody and Tommy continues along with the return of the Animals and a blue hooker who ends up dead.... or not.more
Apparently, this was the second book of a trilogy, but I had no problem picking up the story. Tommy's vampire girlfriend has been bronzed in an attempt to save her. She is quite new at the whole vampire thing so is just finding her way. I don't even like vampire stories but this one was great. Funny and engaging like all Christopher Moore stories.more
I’d suggest that you read Christopher Moore’s Bloodsucking Fiends (also subtitled “A Love Story”) before cracking open - or pressing “play” on - You Suck. You can follow this novel - the middle installment in a trilogy - without it, because there is a fair amount of recapping, but it will probably make more sense if you’ve read the first book. That is, if a comic saga of modern vampire love in San Francisco is capable of making any sense at all.Nineteen-year-old Midwesterner Tommy Flood’s efforts to keep his vampire girlfriend Jody Stroud safe by having her bronzed were rather undone by her escaping from her enclosure (in the form of mist) and turning him into her undead consort. Jody hasn’t been a vampire all that long herself, but she’s learned enough to show Tommy the ropes, which include finding food sources, never being caught out in the open at sunrise, and dodging Tommy’s former co-workers on the night crew at Safeway, a couple of homicide detectives, and the ancient vampire who originally turned Jody.Christopher Moore is solidly ensconced on my “favorite authors” list, especially since I introduced my husband to his books, but it has taken me an embarrassingly long time to get around to reading You Suck - so long that I decided that I’d try listening to it instead. Having found that humor works in audio for me, I chose this as my first fiction audiobook (and first not read by the author), and I think I made a fine call. While I’ve been known to laugh out loud while reading Moore’s books in print, I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed as much as I did while listening to You Suck...and I’m not going to say that’s because it’s his funniest book (it might be, but I can’t really make that distinction). I think it’s that humor is enhanced by delivery, and it may be that sometimes it’s delivered more effectively in vocal and visual form than via words on a page. Narrator Susan Bennett does an excellent job with the voice characterizations here, particularly with Tommy, teenage perky-Goth-girl Abby Normal (who narrates portions of the story via her diary), and the homeless Emperor of San Francisco, and handles the narrative portions as the calm voice of reason, no matter how outlandish the situation gets - and with Christopher Moore, outlandish situations are a given.more
As the second book of a series, the beginning drops the reader into the middle of an ongoing story but it doesn't much matter as Moore spins his outrageous tale. Jody, a young vamp, turns her even younger boyfriend, Tommy, and then they try to escape his vampire-hunting friends (who are up to their necks in trouble with a blue-skinned, enterprising prostitute) and Jody's ancient (and possessive) mentor with the help of a barely teenage Goth girl who is desperate for excitement. Moore's books are definitely not for everyone. This vampire love story is replete with violence, profanity, and sexual content but it's also downright funny. 4 stars for ingenuity!more
Part two of a 3 (so far) is again a hysterically funny book by Moore. You can not help byt laugh at almost every pagemore
Not the best that I've ever read from Christopher Moore. But a nice light read, nonetheless.more
This was pretty entertaining, though it has its ups and downs. The "up" was following Tommy in his first days of being a vampire, and how he and Jody figure out just what the implications of certain things are — especially since Jody is such a new vampire herself. The "down" was the Blue story-line. It just felt like a way to keep Tommy’s old coworkers in the picture. Really, the best parts of the book were the chapters in the voice of Abby Normal, Tommy and Jody’s 16-year-old goth minion. Just think of things a teenage goth would say, and then put them in the vernacular of a valley girl. Definitely the most entertaining voice in the book. The ending is a little weak, in an "oops, time to wrap everything up!" sort of way, but it’s not a big deal. These are probably the best of Moore’s books, so be prepared to laugh and laugh often.more
Another winner by Christopher Moore. I think he has one of the best voices in American literature at the moment. I think this was a very valid continuation of the Bloodsucking Fiends. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, Bite Me. I will be adding that to the to be read pile very quickly.more
This is funny, thought not as funny as Bloodsucking Fiends. The explanation of why Pippi Longstocking is a secret Goth hero is a hoot. Starts out strong, then sort of decides to just change who the main character is. Weak ending, but I still laughed aloud a lot. I gotta remember to read Moore when I have a rotten day at work. Unfortunately I already read everything he has written, so its either save up rotten days for a year or two for the next book, or re-read.more
This hilarious sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends picks up right where the first book left off. Much like the first installment of the series, this book was laugh-out-loud funny.more
This was the first Christopher Moore book that I have read, and it certainly won't be the last. It's a very fun romp through the streets of San Francisco following two vampires in love.more
Funny, with some definitely quotable moments. However, for me, Moore's vampire series is the weakest of his work. That's not an insult--I still enjoy them and definitely snicker out loud in ways that make those around me pick up their things and stealthily move away from the crazy person, but they're a little too "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sometimes in their humor. What impresses me with Moore is that, often among all of the wacky chaos, he can sneak up on you with a beautiful turn of phrase or moment that catches you off-guard. The scene where Jody feeds off a man with terminal cancer is beautiful and touching without being maudlin. Don't worry that there are too many moments like this, though, as there's plenty of "heinous fuckery most foul."more
Following on Moore's hilariously warped Bloodsucking Fiends, this novel takes up where that one ends. Opening with Tommy chastizing (probably too polite a term, incidentally) his girlfriend, Jody, for turning him into one of the undead himself, this is really a long and twisted look at Tommy and Jody's evolving relationship and the mundane details of life as vampires. For instance, it is incredibly important, when a vampire, to have a minion to whom you can delegate your daylight hours tasks. In Tommy and Jody's case, now that Tommy is himself a vampire, they recruit the cheerful and therefore inauthentic goth girl, Abby Normal. She is to do their bidding and protect them from the vampire hunting Animals, former Safeway night stockers and pot heads with whom Tommy used to work. Many of the characters from the first book make appearances in this one with the addition of some completely new kooky folks. There's Blue, the money hungry and completely sadistic prostitute who has dyed herself entirely blue. There's a homeless alcoholic with a fat cat who provides a reasonably stable blood source for Tommy and Jody as long as they keep him supplied with alcohol (nevermind that his blood makes them beyond tipsy). There are more twists than in a bag of pretzels as the vampire population in the Bay area explodes with unintended consequences and a completely original resolution.In true Moore fashion, there are giggles and nuttiness and entertainment galore in the pages of this one. I will say that I didn't love You Suck as much as I did Bloodsucking Fiends, but I have high hopes for the third (Bite Me) as not only was the end of this one left gapingly wide open but it was also a bit rushed. I was slow to warm up to Abby Normal herself and found her early journal entries ridiculous and overwrought but as the novel progressed, I realized that they were written this way intentionally and that her fawning over the whole concept of vampirism making way for cool appraisal and steely nerves was itself a major plot development. In the end, I enjoyed the book and will be curious to see where the madcap vampire series careens next. Moore has a very warped sense of humor and he's not for everyone but I think he's a kick. More discerning and sensitive folks will want to know about the profanity, graphic vampire sex, and complete crassness that dots the pages of the book. But if this sort of thing doesn't bother you, you're in for a ride.more
Reason for Reading: Next in the series and in preparation for the new book that just came out today (Mar. 23, 2010) in the series, "Bite Me".Summary: This book picks up right where book one, Bloodsucking Fiends, leaves off. Not too much of a plot going on here or maybe small bits of many plots going on. Jody and Tommy are exploring their new relationship. The Animals have all joined together with a blue-dyed Las Vegas hooker who decides to become their leader and wants them to capture Tommy. Tommy has his own minion, a cute goth girl who calls him Lord Flood and Jody, The Countess, and unfortunately Elijah, who was taken care of in book one, has escaped and is out to get them all again.Comments: Jody and Tommy are such a wonderful vampire couple; they show how it can be done right, with the perfect love match and eternal togetherness and a whole lot of fun! (Bella and Edward go find a coffin!) All the eccentric characters from book one are back with a few new faces: a homeless man and his HUGE shaved cat, Abby Normal the cute Goth girl who thinks vampires are so cool, and Blue the prostitute with blue-dyed skin. The whole book is just a complete riot, one outrageous episode after another that had me laughing out loud. I was very pleased to see Charlie Asher from A Dirty Job show up for a tiny cameo too! I think I have to say I enjoyed this one even more than the first book but the ending did bug me. I'm glad I've read it now when I know another book has been written, I think if I'd read it at the time it was published I would have been quite upset with the ending which just begs for a sequel to be written and three years is a long time to wait for one! Christopher Moore's humour is not for everyone but if you can laugh at yourself as much as others and can take a joke easier than you take offense Moore will be right up your alley. I can't wait to read "Bite Me" now!more
This is the second book in the soon to be trilogy of Moore's world of vampires. The series started with [Blood Sucking Fiends] and continues with [Bite Me] which hits stores on Tuesday March 23rd. All three stories follow the trials and tribulations of Jody and Tommy both newly turned vampires. Jody was first and then decided to turn her minion (Tommy) as well, just so she wouldn't be alone, and oh ya she kinda likes the guy or now undead being. Written in classic Moore style, with more than a few laughs with an enjoyably outlandish cast of characters. A lot of Moore's characters cross over into different books where reading order doesn't really matter, but this series will be best enjoyed by being read in sequential order.more
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