“His writer mind kicked in and he thought, This woman could break my heart. I could crash and burn on this woman. I could lose this woman, drink heavily, write profound poems, and die in the gutter of tuberculosis over this woman.”
“Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story” by Christopher Moore
While I don’t necessarily believe in the blurb that claims that Christopher Moore is the funniest writer alive today (that title, for me, goes to Terry Pratchett), he certainly is one of my favorites writers and he’d definitely hilarious. Bloodsucking Fiends is not the first book of Moore’s I have read, but it is technically the first book in his vampire love trilogy, followed by You Suck, which I have read and is my favorite so far, and Bite Me, which I’ve yet to tackle. I read You Suck first, which may have colored my opinion of Bloodsucking Fiends, which is nice and entertaining, but just doesn’t have as much high-octane awesomeness as its sequel. To me, Bloodsucking Fiends is a more muted, calmer tale, still good, but it never left me dizzy with glee like You Suck.
Jody Stoud is twenty six, unlucky in love, and hates her job. Needless to say, it’s pretty easy for me to relate to Jody in this book (I found her less relateable in the other one). But everything changes for Jody when she encounters a vampire and her whole word is turned upside down. The vampire leaves her in a dumpster in an alley, changed into a vampire herself with no clue of what she’s supposed to do. She just got in a big fight with her boyfriend and he offers no solace, and so Jody’s left feeling desperate of how to deal with this new situation. Enter C. Thomas Flood, a young man come to San Francisco from Incontinence, Indiana to spark his writing career. Tommy works nights, which makes him perfect to help Jody out. The resulting relationship is not perfect, but things really start to get iffy when dead bodies start appearing around them, with all the clues pointing to Tommy. The vampire is out to get him, but, with the help of the night stock crew at the Safeway where Tommy works and the Emperor of San Francisco, the vampire is going down….or, at least, a valiant effort will be made.
While the humor in the latter book is sharper, there are still a lot of great things happening in Bloodsucking Fiends that I absolutely adore. This is what a vampire love story should be; both the characters are extremely flawed and marvelously human. At the crux of the story is that feeling, that longing, to be with someone who understand who you are, whoever you are, and the heartbreak that can go alone with being different and confused and unable to find that connection. I love that I find a connection with both Jody and Tommy; it makes sense that Moore would be able to get into the head of a hopeless Midwestern writer-to-be, but I’m definitely impressed with his ability to get inside the head of twenty six year old woman like he does. Sometimes, it borders on a little stereotypical, but I’d be damned if the majority of insecurities and thoughts going through Jody’s head didn’t match my own on a daily basis.
It’s a quick, fun read, and Moore is always one of my favorites. This isn’t my favorite of his works, but it still garnered a re-read and sparked my interest to go and re-read some of the others I have….as well as pick up some of the ones I haven’t gotten to yet.
Also, I just realized how fitting it is that I’m posting a review for a vampire love story on Valentine’s Day. Awwwwww!
Books read: 5/100.
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