Even Stevens’s CBR-III review #15: Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

I started this book based on the rave reviews of Moore’s work by Pinky McLadybits. I’ve been trying to think of a way to perfectly express how I felt while reading this book and I’m having a hard time coming up with the right words. Let me just say this: this is one hell of a fun book. Bloodsucking Fiends is a boy meets girl/vampire story and is also so much more. It’s also a story about finding out who you are and who you want to be, and about life in general. Tommy has just moved to San Francisco from a nowhere town in Indiana and Jody, who is in a relationship with the latest of a string of loser boyfriends, is turned into a vampire on her way home from work one night. The scene in which she makes it home to her apartment and boyfriend after being MIA for two days is both affecting and incredibly funny and is what hooked me right into the book. Jody soon realizes she needs someone, a human, who can be her daytime ambassador and her and Tommy soon become a very unlikely pair.

What separates this book from most other vampire books is that, above all, Moore has a wicked (and wry) sense of humor and he fully recognizes, and deftly overcomes, the absurdity of vampires existing and blending in with society. These vampires drink blood and are burned by sunlight. There’s no moral dilemma or angst: they drink blood and they like it. In addition to the humor, Moore is very talented at switching tones seamlessly. This book has a little of everything: humor, anger, indignation, stupidity, boredom, suspense, sadness, and some downright just sick moments… you name it, and it’s pretty much in there. The characters, even the minor ones, are well-developed and I quickly developed an affection for most of them (with a few exceptions that I believe are intentional) and it was a pleasure to read about each one. Oh did I mention that at one point Tommy is being courted for marriage by five Chinese men, all named Wong? It’s these little absurdities that makes Moore’s book equal parts unique and fun. This is the first book of a trilogy (all of which have been published) and I can’t wait to dive into the next books.

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