suckWho wrote this book and when?
Christopher Moore published this in 2007 as a sequel to his book “Bloodsucking Fiends,” which was published in 1995.

Has there been a film version?
No.

Who are the important characters?
Jody – a redheaded vampire
Tommy Flood – Jody’s boyfriend and newly made vampire
Abby Normal – a teenager who is very Goth and practically worships vampires
Elijah ben Sapir – the vampire who made Jody, hundreds of years old and out for revenge
Blue – a hooker hired by the Animals, her skin is dyed blue
Chet – a huge cat
The Emperor – a homeless man with dogs who is respected within the San Francisco community
The Animals – a group of young men who work at the local grocery store, Tommy’s friends

What’s it about?
This is the continuation of Moore’s first vampire book – “Bloodsucking Fiends.” It picks up with Jody having turned Tommy into a vampire so they can be together forever. Now, they must deal with the fact that they need to find someone to help them during the daylight hours, as well as Tommy’s friends The Animals – who are dead set on killing vampires…even though they have their own problem named Blue the Hooker. With the help of a girl named Abby Normal, a homeless man named William, and a huge cat named Chet, Jody and Tommy try to come to terms with their eternity and battle the vampire who started it all, Elijah ben Sapir.

Do I recommend you read this book?
Eh.

How did this book make my list?
I enjoy Christopher Moore’s writing and I liked the book preceding this one.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“‘You’re not on the drugs, are you, honey?’
‘No, no, no, nothing like that.’
‘Because your father has rehab benefits on you until you’re twenty-one.  We can have one of those interventions if you can find a cheap flight home.  I know that Aunt Esther would love to see you, even if you are strung out on the crack.'” – p 212

“You can pretty much bet that anytime Mom uses the phrase ‘it’ll be fun,’ she is about to drive a stake in the fun’s heart so that it may never rise again.” – p 242

Anything else?
Moore mostly wrote this book b/c fans asked him to.

Personal thoughts:
As much as I loved the book that came before this one, I just couldn’t get into “You Suck.”  The plot was infinitely more loose than “Fiends” and the characters just didn’t have the same pull.  There were still the Moore signature funny scenes, and Abby Normal was a refreshingly new brand of freak.  But the story simply dragged – you had no idea what it’s purpose was.  It felt like the story between Elijah and the two main characters could have been much further developed (making it much like “Fiends”), the relationships between the Animals and the two main characters could have been explored, or between Abby and Tommy, or between Elijah and Blue…pretty much any relationship could have been exploited for a better plot than throwing them all together and seeing what happened in an ADD sort of way turned out.  Sorry, that was a huge run-on sentence.  Which is very similar to the book.

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