Sunday, August 9, 2009
Review: Bloodsucking Fiends
This is the first book in the Love Story series by Christopher Moore.
Here's something different: a vampire novel that's light, funny, and not at all hackneyed. Between scenes of punks bowling frozen turkeys on the graveyard shift in a supermarket, or snapping turtles loose in a loft and gnawing on designer shoes, this novel has comic charm to spare. But it also packs an appealingly downbeat message about the consumer culture: Becoming a vampire has given the twentysomething heroine "a crampless case of rattlesnake PMS"--a grumpy mood in which she realizes that she can dress to the nines as a "Donner Party Barbie" and still end up disillusioned and unhappy, just another slacker doing her own laundry and watching sucky TV 'til the sun rises.
Jody never asked to become a vampire. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching neck, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her.
Making the transition from the nine-to-five grind to an eternity of nocturnal prowlings is going to take some doing, however, and that's where C. Thomas Flood fits in. A would-be Kerouac from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy (to his friends) is biding his time night-clerking and frozen-turkey bowling in a San Francisco Safeway. But all that changes when a beautiful undead redhead walks through the door ... and proceeds to rock Tommy's life -- and afterlife -- in ways he never imagined possible.
This was a cute little read.
I enjoyed the interaction between Jody and Tommy. The story moved at a pretty steady pace and it had enough humor in it to keep me interested.
This book was released in 1995 and it was fun to compare it to the books that are being released today. I think it stood up pretty well.
I have the second book - You Suck - on the 'tbr' shelf and it was released in 2007 with the 3rd book - Bite Me - due out in 2010. I can't wait to see how the second and 3rd books compare to the first one.
I give Bloodsucking Fiends 3 out of 5 stars. :)