Has there been a film version?
Who are the important characters?
Jody – a 26 year old woman who recently found herself turned into a vampire
C Thomas Flood – an aspiring writer from Incontinence, Indiana who has moved to San Francisco to follow his dreams
The Emperor – ummmm…a homeless guy who calls himself the Emperor?
Simon – a coworker of C Thomas at Safeway
Rivera – a cop who began his career in “Practical Demonkeeping” and has since moved to San Francisco
The other vampire – the vampire who attacked and turned Jody and is doing his best to get her caught for a series of other murders
What’s it about?
Jody is a 26 year old working and living in San Francisco. One night on her way home from work, she’s attacked and bitten by a vampire. She wakes up two days later under a dumpster with superhuman strength, a hand burned to a crisp by daylight, and a thirst for human blood. She realizes she’s going to have to find someone who can help her during the day and protect her secret. The person she finds is C. Thomas Flood. Thomas has recently moved from Indiana to get away from his hillbilly redneck family and into a more cultural society so he can become a famous writer. He is immediately attracted to Jody and the two decide to move in together. He agrees to keep her secret and to help protect her. But this puts him in danger when the vampire who turned Jody decides to pin a bunch of murders on her and Thomas.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
I think it is neither…
Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes. If you want to start reading Christopher Moore books, start here.
Why did this book make your list?
I want to read all of Moore’s books because I enjoy them so much.
Has it won any awards?
No, I don’t think so.
“No matter where he went in the City, there was an odoriferous mix of food and vehicles, like the alchemic concoctions of some mad gourmet mechanic: Kung Pao Saab Turbo, Buick Skylark Carbonara, Sweet-and- Sour Metro Bus, Honda Bolognese with Burning Clutch Sauce.” – p 35
“He squinted and picked his target, then took his steps and sent the bird sliding down the aisle. A collective gasp rose from the crew as the fourteen-pound, self-basting, fresh-frozen projectile of wholesome savory goodness plowed into the soap bottles like a freight train into a chrous line of drunken grandmothers.” – p 46
Moore is writing a sequel to this book called “You Suck: A Love Story” which is due to be published the first day of 2007.
This has got to be my favorite Christopher Moore book to date. I love vampires (okay well not LOVE them, but enjoy reading about them) and I enjoy Moore’s humor, so the two together is just spectacular. I found his idea of vampires not knowing anything about how to be a vampire after they’re made as entertaining – and it made for a great story. He considers the logistics of being someone who can only go out at night and who falls asleep instantly at dawn. Someone who can’t eat real food and is forced to pick and choose who they must drink blood from. And he throws into the mix a bored ancient vampire who considers the world his plaything. All of this with wit and sarcasm and over the top humor which could only come from Moore.