Another very funny book from Christopher Moore, this one the middle book in his vampire trilogy Not as outrageous or imaginative as the other two, this is still vintage Moore with his unique way of dealing with a well worn fantasy subject.Moore may have thought of this trilogy a long time ago, and so he may not be a part of the glutted market or he is but not even his comedic talent can completely offset the rush to vampirism that has plagued our books for a while. This is my first Chris Moore book I quickly realized that this was a sequel, but I was already into the story Why Because Moore is fricking hilarious This is the story of two rookie vampires Jody and Tommy who are doing their best to avoid the law, former friends, and giving in completely to their primal natures And of course they need a minion Enter Abby Normal Her greatest struggle is trying to shove down her inherent perkiness and embrace the darkness of goth, or whatever she is Her narration of the story is one of the most entertaining aspects of the book Then there s the bronzed literally vampire who sired Jody The two fledgling vampires must decide what to do with him so he will no longer be a threat So, if you like vampires who don t take themselves too seriously or brood, or sparkle , hilarity, and the mocking of goth emo death punk kids and who doesn t , this is the book for you. Funny, with some definitely quotable moments However, for me, Moore s vampire series is the weakest of his work That s not an insult I still enjoy them and definitely snicker out loud in ways that make those around me pick up their things and stealthily move away from the crazy person, but they re a little too wink, wink, nudge, nudge sometimes in their humor What impresses me with Moore is that, often among all of the wacky chaos, he can sneak up on you with a beautiful turn of phrase or moment that catches you off guard The scene where Jody feeds off of a man with terminal cancer is beautiful and touching without being maudlin Don t worry that there are too many moments like this, though, as there s plenty of Moore s trademark heinous fuckery most foul Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder I love Christopher Moore I mean, I really, really love this guy s writing I ve given his books to friends, made them required reading for classes that I ve taught, and generally done everything I could to help him along.But this onewell, the title pretty much says it all Moore slapped together a thin plot, an ongoing lovers quarrel, some gimmicky scenes, a major deus ex machina, and an ending that is truly lame.When the guy is on, he is fantastic And when he s off, well, he sucks. Being Undead Sucks Literally Just Ask C Thomas Flood Waking Up After A Fantastic Night Unlike Anything He S Ever Experienced, He Discovers That His Girlfriend, Jody, Is A Vampire And Surprise Now He S One, Too For Some Couples, The Whole Biting And Blood Thing Would Have Been A Deal Breaker But Tommy And Jody Are In Love, And They Vow To Work Through Their Issues But Word Has It That The Vampire Who Initially Nibbled On Jody Wasn T Supposed To Be Recruiting Even Worse, Tommy S Erstwhile Turkey Bowling Pals Are Out To Get Him, At The Urging Of A Blue Dyed Las Vegas Call Girl Named Duh Blue And That Really Sucks When I picked up this book to fulfill a book club requirement, I did not know that it was the second book of a trilogy I don t feel that I missed much I think the Author gave enough of a backstory that I did not need to go back and read the first book For me, it did well as a stand alone book I didn t love it but I didn t hate it either I liked it It had some clever and funny moments The part of the book I enjoyed most was Abby s diary entries They were fun. Blech.I really enjoyed the last Christopher Moore novel and decided to try another, despite the fact that the plot isn t ordinarily one that would draw my attention I picked this one because 1 it was handy on the library shelf, and 2 it was written after A Dirty Job and I thought that meant it was likely to be written at least as well That was a mistake This one s going back to the library unfinished, because I m just not wasting anytime on it I read about a quarter of the book, in which stupid, not particularly likable characters bumble their way through a stupid and artificial plot Usually, if I read even that much of a book, I ll see it through to the end, if for no other reason than to find out what happens to the characters I ve started to know This time, though, I really don t care. Years ago, I read Lamb by Christopher Moore and loved it I m not sure if my tastes have changed or if Moore s output is just not consistent, but I hated this book In fact, this may actually be the worst book I ve ever read I considered quitting at several points, but with books and movies I have a need to see how they end even if I don t like them, so I trudged on.For starters, I didn t realize right away that this book is a sequel If this is indicated anywhere on my copy of the book, I sure don t see it That having been said, this series isn t exactly Game of Thrones so I didn t feel too lost by starting on book 2, but there were certain parts of the story that I felt like might have madesense if I had read the books in order.Almost immediately after I started this book, Moore s writing style started to irritate me The first 3 4 or so of this book is almost all dialogue This gets a little better toward the end, once the climax starts and there saction, but by that point, I just wanted to get it over with and didn t really care any.Even worse than the excessive dialogue is the fact that I was ambivalent, at best, about the characters Most of them, I actively disliked Many reviews of this book, even negative ones, mentioned that they enjoyed Abby Normal s diary entries but I couldn t even get into those I didn t feel invested in what was happening to any of the characters, which made for a pretty boring read At one point midway through the book, I actually started to have some hope during a scene in which Jody is walking through the city alone at night, and the book gets into how she loves to walk around at night as a vampire and feel powerful and in control, after being scared to do the same thing as a human woman I empathized with that and began to feel like okay, maybe I can connect to this character Unfortunately a couple of pages later Moore went back to dead hooker jokes or something and completely lost me again.Speaking of the jokes I feel like a lot of this book s sins could have been forgiven if it was actually funny I can t quite put my finger on why, but I never even cracked a smile It felt like Moore was trying too hard I could tell when it was supposed to be funny, but none of the jokes actually struck me as such In fact, many jokes in this book are downright offensive Now, I m no prude I love a lot of humor that is dirty or politically incorrect when it s done right This was not The book feels like it was written by a thirteen year old boy The constant objectification of women really grated on my nerves That, along with racial slurs, jokes about rape and necrophilia, and flippant asides about things like eating disorders and Columbine that I think were actually meant to be funny, was just too much.After reading this book, I m tempted to go back and re read Lamb to see if it s as good as I thought it was, but to be honest, I think it s going to be a while before I can bring myself to pick up a Christopher Moore book again. Quick review Cover Eh Rating NC 17Steaminess Steamy Thumbs Up 4Overall Still funnyCharacters Well WrittenPlot The accidental vampire and her lover still mucking things upPage Turner Yes Series Cont Yes Recommend YesBook Boyfriend Thomas C FloodSUMMARY 50 words or less I wasn t sure when I started this one if it would live up to the first one, but as I got into it, the laughs were plentiful Floor and Abby Normal were priceless The hilarity of taken an accidental vampire and how she copes continues on in this installment.For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at Audio ReviewSusan Bennett brings this narration to life I swear I m not sure I would have enjoyed the book quiet as much without her lively interpretation She just brings that little extra. 3.5 stars You Suck A Love Story is a hilarious romp through San Francisco The book focuses on Jody and Tommy, two new fledgling vampires and their rather unconventional love Jody bites Tommy and makes him a vampire He is not too happy with his new condition, but is easily distracted by Jody and the allure of wild monkey sex with her.Christopher Moore s vampires have interesting powers They can turn to mist when necessary, which helps them get out of trouble or causes trouble They burn in the sunlight or with UV ray exposure During daylight, they sleep like the dead.The attraction of this book was the unique cast of characters Everyone in this book is crazy in their own special way Each character or set of characters gets their own little subplot, guaranteed to make you laugh Parts of the book are narrated by Abby von Normal, a teenage wannabe nosferatu and sometimes goth Abby is Tommy s minion, his daylight helper She is infatuated with Tommy, and would do anything to become a vampire In fact, she thinks she is a vampire after Jody takes a drink from her Abby s diary contains astute observations, a little bit of teen rebellion, and a lot of great new vocabulary like endorken Abby s friend Jared adds some humor to the mix He is a gay teenager living with his parents who are in denial Other cast characters include Chet the really big shaved cat who makes a rather large appearance in the next book Tommy s night shift friends from the Safeway store the Animals add evencomic relief as they cash in their money from the previous book and run off to Vegas They return with the Blue, a blue prostitute with rather large silicon implants She manages to service the boys and steal all of their money Jody and Tommy continue to try to evade Jody s maker Elijah They had him encased in bronze but he manages to escape Much mayhem ensues.I truly enjoyed this series Each book can be read on its own, or even out of order It doesn t really matter If you need a book to cheer you up and make you laugh, then this is the book for you.