Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

Have you read "Bloodsucking Fiends"? While I have not read the worldwide phenomenon Twilight as many times as some vampire fans have, I do have a soft place in my heart for Christopher Moore's vampire trilogy, "Bloodsucking Fiends", "You Suck", and "Bite Me".

Moore touts these stories as love stories, and they are at their core, but they are infinitely so much more. The story begins in San Francisco, which Moore depicts beautifully and faithfully, in all its eccentric glory, as Jody is attacked by an ancient vampire and turned into one herself.

She meets C. Thomas Flood, Tommy, and uses him for her new-found needs. While the two bond and the young writer falls for the newly bloodthirsty, they find a community of friends and enemies throughout the city.

From the "Animals" at the local Safeway, to painted strippers, homeless royalty and goth teens, the stories are full of vibrant, multi-dimensional characters. Moore crafts a story that moves effortlessly from the beauty of the love between Jody and Tommy, subtle and heartbreaking, and the broad humor that only his comedic sense can deliver. The books literally make me laugh as I read them and break my heart as he writes about love.

The story of the two lovers, who are thrown into the world of vampirism against their wills, is touching and deep. Moore explores the allure of his vampires' life, including super-human senses, strength, and near-immortality, and the draw of humanity, in all its frailty and pain. This is the central conflict, the point of heartbreak: is love as a vampire better or worse than life as a mortal? While this is painfully explored, there is plenty of slapstick humor to temper it. Moores use of language ranges from crude frat boy humor to poetic drama. The writing is enjoyable to read, and the story is uniquely Moore: irreverent, yet poignant. Jody, and ultimately Tommy, learn the ins and outs of being a modern vampire. They learn to navigate life after sunset and rely on amazing characters to help as their minions. They fight each other, other vampires, the police, and the need to drink blood.

The stories are a little less macabre than those that led the way, like Dracula, but they use the condition of being a vampire to look at love and life differently. I did not think that I would like stories like these about vampires, but these are great. I read through the first and could not wait for the second and third. I don't want to tell too much, because discovering this new world of Nosferatu is the joy of these quirky books. So do yourself a favor and check out "Bloodsucking Fiends"" for yourself!

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