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Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story (original 1995; edition 2008)

by Christopher Moore

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Title:Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
Authors:Christopher Moore
Info:Simon & Schuster (2008), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:fiction, Your library
Tags:humor, fantasy, vampires

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Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (1995)

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I waaaant to rate this more than 2 stars. I think Christopher Moore is a great writer. Even from this book I only liked just ok I can tell he has great talent for spinning a yarn. Made me laugh out loud! And vampires! Awesome!

I don't mind that the main couple were so flawed and weird. Still, OMG at that level of dependency. But... maybe that was kind of the point? It was a love story but ugh the love is terrible? haha, maybe. And yes, it is so not PC. But I'm not rating it low because of that. It was sort of just... can we make this a movie? By the Cohen brothers? I don't think I can take this kind of quirky any other way. I need actors and directors to sell it to me, because otherwise I ain't buying. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
Funny and surprising, with characters I really liked. ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
This is the perfect escapist novel for fantasy readers. However, you must like vampires and wry humor. The plot's pretty straightforward, with plenty of winks to the major elements of vampire mythos.

It's funny but not silly, with enough characterization to keep you caring about the vampires and their humans. The pacing is perfect - I didn't find any dull sections. Written in the 1990s, it's also a bit ironic to see characters not keeping in touch when they can't find a pay phone. All in all, these fiends are friends I look forward to reading more about in the series' next two books. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
I read You Suck before this book, so it cleared up a few ambiguities for me. Moore's usual brand of making dark topics light hearted is in full effect. A rollicking read. ( )
  reenum | Feb 23, 2018 |
So, what do you think of when you think of vampire novels? The creepy yet compelling menace of Bela Lugosi? The tormented goth ennui of Anne Rice's Louis and Lestat? The rat-faced nightmare of Max Shrek in F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu? How about a 26 year old redhead who suffers an existential crisis when she realizes that, since her new body will never change, she'll never, ever lose those last 5 pounds? That's right folks, Christopher Moore has added a hitherto unknown element to the vampire novel: a sense of humor.

I'll admit I'm biased. I've read most everything Moore has written, and his sense of humor hits me just right. I think it has something to do with the fruitbat. Anyway, when a topic has become as cliché and stale as the vampire novel, a dash of humor can really freshen it up. The thing that makes this novel work is that Moore has created a vampire novel where the vampire is the least interesting character.

Next to characters like the 5 Wongs, the Vampires Anonymous support group and the Animals, our villain is a curmudgeonly old stick in the mud, hardly worthy of any attention. Which is not to say that the story has no tension, just that the more typically "horror" elements are not the main focus.

What is the main focus, you ask? Just look at the subtitle, folks. This is the book that asks can a 26 year old undead redhead and a naïve 19 year old from Incontinence, Indiana make their relationship work? But even here Moore does not settle for the obvious. Jody (the redhead) and Tommy (the naïf) have some issues, but they have very little to do with the whole blood-drinking, sleeps-all-day, minion-of-Satan aspect of their relationship. They (and all of the myriad bizarre, odd, or just plain weird folks who pop up in this book) are just regular, recognizable folks, trying to make it day to day. They just have to do it in much stranger surroundings than most of us.

The pace of the book is lightning fast, and Moore is extremely adept at juggling his largish cast of characters. It's rare for any characters to overstay their welcome; you move on too quickly to get bored. The characters themselves are sharply etched. Moore has a gift for delineating even incidental, nameless characters with a few deft strokes.

Moore combines a fast-paced plot, hilariously wacky characters, and a touch of blood and melancholy and comes up with a thoroughly enjoyable postmodern vampire tale. Which is really just a high-falutin' way of saying Bloodsucking Fiends is a fine and very funny book, and I think you'll like it, if you give it a try.
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  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060735414, Paperback)

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.

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Tommy, a budding young writer from Indiana, falls in love with a novice vampire who is still trying to adjust to her new status.

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