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You Suck: A Love Story (Bloodsucking Fiends) Paperback – January 8, 2008
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Starred Review. Moore's latest (after 2006's A Dirty Job) is a cheerfully perverse, gut-busting tale of young vampires in love. Nineteen-year-old Tommy is a bewildered hipster recently relocated to San Francisco from Incontinence, Ind. His sarcastic redhead (and bloodsucking) girlfriend, Jody, brings him into the fold of the undead ("I wanted us to be together," she says). Tommy, understandably, has mixed feelings; vampirism has its perks (you can turn to mist, live forever and the sex is awesome), but sunlight is death and blood hunger makes you do some pretty foul things. Also, the duo is hunted by Elijah, the ancient vampire who "turned" Jody and wants her back, and a band of Safeway stock boys/amateur vampire hunters known as the Animals (with whom pre–dark side Tommy once rolled). With the assistance of their devoted minion, goth girl Abby Normal, whose hilarious diary entries form part of the narrative, Tommy and Jody evade their pursuers, feeding at night and conking out at dawn, all the while learning how vampirism complicates love. Moore writes with the jittery energy of a brilliant, charming class clown, mixing sex and gore and a potty mouth with a goofy-sweet sensibility to deliver laughs on nearly every page. (Jan.)
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Moore revives the stars of his last "love story," Bloodsucking Fiends (1995)--literally. Redheaded stunner--and vampire--Jody had been sealed in a bronze body cast by her lover C. Thomas Flood. She escaped, though, because Tommy drilled ear holes so she could hear his heartsick regrets. She used her vampire powers to go all misty, drift out of the cast, rematerialize, and "turn" Tommy, who has just waked as a vampire as our story opens. "You bitch, you killed me!" he remonstrates, "You suck!" Of course, and, now, so must he, but not before some "hot monkey love," which greatly reconciles the 19-year-old to his fate. The lovers must go on the lam, however, since they promised the two San Francisco cops hip to them to get out of town immediately. Tommy finds a minion in morbid but perky teenager Abby Normal, who fills the bill handily and writes her doings up in valley-girl-teenybopper-hip-hop slang in her journal, which Moore excerpts throughout. Good thing Abby's so effective, too, since per usual in Moore's dark-fantasy lampoons, a small army is soon in pursuit of Jody and Tommy. Happy endings for pretty much everybody conclude Moore's hilarious mockery of the pursuit of the appetites. Ray Olson
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I am rereading Moore's first two vampire novels in order to prepare reading the final installment in the trilogy ("Bite Me"). I enjoyed "Bloodsucking Fiends" (see my posted review) and found upon rereading that I did remember some parts of it from years ago. Having finished "You Suck" I found I remembered nothing, and here is why. There is nothing to remember. The plot for this text is almost nonexistent, and the characterizations fall mostly flat. While "Bloodsucking Fiends" seemed like it could happen, and actually made one feel like they got a full reading experience, "You Suck" makes one feel like you watched an okay movie. A nice way to spend a lazy evening, but not really satisfying.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this novel, but there is nothing to it. It is a quick read; I laughed a few times, and went along for the ride. But one of my favorite Moore traits from his earlier work was that the stories were surreal, cleaver, well written, nicely plotted, and at times even poignant. This text is rarely any of those things. I was also irritated by the frequent typos, and Moore got some details wrong from the first novel, and the anachronisms bothered me. Maybe they were cleared up in later printings?
Its strength is the new character of Abby Normal, and her journal entries are a highlight. They are not too long, and appear at an appropriate frequency in the text. Abby's voice is authentic, and very funny, and she seems like the only character that Moore tried to develop. Maybe she seems that way because she is placed alongside the other cardboard cutouts in the novel, but regardless, I enjoyed her.
I like Christopher Moore; I have read and bought everything he has written. I just don't think this is his best effort. It might be his worst. Still, it is a nice escape, and if you don't go in with high expectations, you will be pleased.
This book picks up not too long after the previous book Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story ends, with Tommy expressing his displeasure over being turned into a vampire ("You suck!"). Now he and Jody are on the run from the Emperor of San Francisco, the Animals (night stockers from Safeway, with whom Tommy used to be friends) and the ancient vampire Elijah, who effects an escape from his bronze shell. On the other hand, Tommy and Jody have the assistance of Abby Normal, who recognized Tommy for what he was when they met in a Walgreens and is now Tommy and Jody's devoted minion.
Abby Normal's journal entries make up part of the narrative and seeing things from the point of view of a 16-year-old fangirl is hilarious!
This is the spanning book between Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story and Bite Me: A Love Story, so if you want to get the whole story be sure not to miss this one! A must-have for anyone who enjoys a silly vampire story.