Book review: ‘You Suck’
Vampires in love, struggling to make a life after death for themselves in San Francisco. The local authorities have demanded that C.Thomas Flood and Jody leave town after bringing about the downfall of Elijah, the 800-year-old vampire that turned Jody in the first place. It is at this point in the lusty romance of the undead couple that Christopher Moore’s new novel, “You Suck” starts us, having left off there in his previous book, “Bloodsucking Fiends.”
Jody had just been turned into a vampire, and needing a companion to take care of her daytime needs, she begins a relationship with the then-19 and very naïve Flood. Their relationship evolves from lust to an unusual love between the living and the undead, bringing the reader into a story of romance and adventure, and a fun one at that. If you have read any of Moore’s previous novels, you can imagine how this unfolds. “You Suck” certainly works on its own merit, but if you haven’t already read “Bloodsucking Fiends” you will want to catch up on the beginning of their relationship. After all, this is a love story. It is fun to meet up again with characters from some of Moore’s previous stories. Not only do we get to spend time with Jody and Tommy again, but the Emperor of San Francisco is back along with the Animals, Tommy’s former co-workers and frozen turkey bowlers from the grocery store. We are also treated to a cameo appearance by Charlie Asher from last year’s novel, “A Dirty Job.” It also happens that Elijah is still hanging around in the bronze statue Tommy had encased him in.
Moore often brings memorable characters from one story to the next, ensuring that characters his readers have connected with do not cease to exist at the end of a particular novel. “You Suck” contains all the humor, irony and paradox that Christopher writes with while pulling the reader into Jody and Tommy’s life. You really do want to know what is going to happen next. While this novel is not going to break new ground in regards to the vampire legend, the literary descriptions of the intense sensations; the smells, flavors and visions that the vampire couple experience as they awaken to their newfound awareness and state of existence, draws the reader into the experience by shattering the usual limitations words have in describing an experience but not being the experience itself. In the end, “You Suck” is an adventurous love story first; the couple just happen to be vampires. Almost everyone has had neighbors they could not relate to. I have been eagerly awaiting the release of “You Suck” and was not disappointed. Moore’s novels tend to leave the reader with the sense of having had a good time when the story is over and this one has that effect. “You Suck” doesn’t suck. I just had to say that at some point.”You Suck” is available at Weber’s Books on Main Street in Breckenridge. Marketing Manager Larry Ebersole is available at the store or by e-mail at Amentalengineer@cs.com for thoughts or suggestions.
“You Suck”by Christopher MoorePublished by William MorrowPublished by William Morrow
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