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