Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

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If you haven’t read Christopher Moore before – WHY? You seriously need to get on that.

So this was a re-read for me, because I think it’s a shame that I haven’t reviewed more Moore on this blog. Bloodsucking Fiends is about Jody, a normal office girl in San Francisco until one night she’s attacked. She wakes up alone, as a vampire, with a mysterious fortune in cash. But it’s kind of hard to go on with life when you can’t do anything during the day, and that’s where C. Thomas Flood comes in. Tommy just came to Cali from Indiana to work on his writing career, but his plans get set aside when one night he meets a gorgeous redhead… who just happens to be a vampire.

YUP, this is a vampire novel but it’s funny and so much better than about 90% of all the other vampire novels out there. Jody is such a great character. She’s so NORMAL – she has relationship problems, mother issues, and generally has a good heart. Then she turns into a vampire, and I love that even though crazy shit is happening and she doesn’t really understand why it happened to her, she just kind of goes with the flow. I love seeing her sassy vampire side come out. She reminds me a little bit of Jessica Hamby from True Blood (but Jessica from season 2 and 3, not now Jessica). And Tommy… poor Tommy. He’s just a sweet, innocent kid from the middle of nowhere who is absolutely floored by a big city and a beautiful girl, and I love seeing him struggle to really figure things out in his beta-male way.

“You really are a vampire.” It was a statement this time.

“Yes, Tommy. I am.”

He paused for a second to think, then said, “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. Let’s do it with our shoes off.”

And now that I just re-read this, I’m annoyed with myself for already packing away the sequel, You Suck, because I really want to read it now. It’s even better than this one. Oh yeah, this is a trilogy. Did I not mention that? It is. And the first two books are fantastic – the last book is kind of good, but not my favorite but that’s because Jody and Tommy aren’t quite the main characters. Just read it, you’ll see. It’s just so darn FUN. None of that creepy stalker drama like in Twilight or long, drawn-out philosophical dilemmas like in Interview With a Vampire. This is just a good time.

Now, if you woke up as a vampire, what’s the first thing you would do?

Sarah Says: 4 stars

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10 comments

    1. Jody is so awesome. She perfectly describes (in You Suck, I think) why I would want to be a vampire. I love how once she becomes a vampire her mean, snarky side slips out more and more. And YESSSSS A Dirty Job. I love it whenever he does that with his books. His last novel ever should feature EVERY SINGLE awesome character, at least one from each book. Just a giant, fantastic mash-up.

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  1. Ha! Well well, color me surprised. I think I might actually put this on my wish list. And I’m not a vampire kind of girl. How do you do it woman? You make me want to step out of my comfort zone all the time! 😀 It’s a good thing and you rule. Thanks!

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  2. I’ll have to stick this on my to-read list! I haven’t read any Moore yet, but I keep hearing that he’s hilarious 🙂
    Hmmm, the first thing I would do if I turned into a vampire is cry over not being able to eat garlic bread anymore. Do these assumptions (hissing at garlic) still run true in this book?

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  3. I am a huge vampire lover. I always prefer stories that have vampires as the good guys/gals. I will almost certainly consider reading this after I have gotten to the end of my (very) long reading list.
    At the moment, I am reading the “Harry Potter” books (I am on the fifth one at the moment). After that, I’d like to read Darren Shan’s “Cirque du Freak” books. After finishing those, I have plans to start reading either Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” books or Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book”.

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    1. The Graveyard Book is pretty great! I only read An Interview with a Vampire from Anne Rice’s series, but it was good – maybe just a tad too series for me, I think. Which of course is why I love this Christopher Moore trilogy, because it’s a bit (a lot) silly.

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      1. I have just been watching the film of Darren Shan’s “Cirque du Freak” series. Out of interest, have you ever read any of those books?
        Also, going a bit off-topic here, I have noticed how some movies spoil the books that they are based on, whilst, in other cases, the movie is, in some minds, better than the book. Do you think that film makers altering from the book that their film is based is good or bad?

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      2. I haven’t read any of the Cirque du Freak series, although I do remember shelving them when I worked in a bookstore ages ago! As for books vs movies adaptations, I think it really depends. Changing things from the book isn’t always bad, but sometimes the movie creators do change or add things that make no sense. It’s hit-or-miss I think.

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