My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Christopher Moore has an amazing imagination. As I read Bloodsucking Fiends and, a while back, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, I kept asking myself, “Where do all his ideas come from?”
This story is both creative and funny. It is different to any other vampire story that you have read, or will ever read, unless somebody plagiarises Moore.
Tommy is the leader of a gang of oddball supermarket shelf-stackers. Jody is a novice vampire. The two of them form what one would normally consider to be an unlikely alliance. But, once I have told you that every event and character in this book is unlikely, you will reconsider.
Tommy and Jody set out on a mission to survive. Murders happen around them throughout their journey. A centuries-old vampire provides elements of tension and extreme danger. The San Francisco police. particarly two contrasting detectives, bungle their way into and through the adventure.
Each of the members of The Animals plays a part, and they are all great fun as well as, like most of the characters in this book, having their dark sides.
I can go no further without mentioning my favourite character in the whole book: The Emperor. This old man is the self-styled Emperor of San Francisco and Protector of Mexico. He is supported by “his men,” who turn out to be two dogs equipped to do battle against the “vicious, murdering fiend who has been stalking his City.” This guy is respected by everyone, and he becomes Tommy’s best friend and ally.
I can’t say too much more without spoiling it for you, except that you should watch out for the turtles.
Now you are asking yourself if I am crazy, but I kid you not. There are so many surprises in this book. Now that I have finished, I want to go back and read it all over again. It was that good!
The one negative comment that I would make, is that I don’t see this as a love story. The two main characters make use of each other, and they do declare their love for each other, but there is no romance. Perhaps that will come in the next book in the series, You Suck.
Sadly, my to-read shelf is groaning and beckoning me to pick up the next, fresh volume to relieve some of the weight that she carries.
You really MUST make space in your life for Bloodsucking Fiends. Highly recommended.