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Noteworthy Links #3

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www.booksalemanager.com

A wonderful drug for the book addict. This site will help you locate library book sales anywhere in the nation. A great way to map out an itinerary when traveling, or just for a day out and about in your own neck of the woods.

You can search by zip code, by state, and narrow the findings down to a specific date range. You can then click on a hyperlink for more information about the library. You’ll get the address, types of payment accepted, and any special notes about the sale (ie $5 for an all you can carry bag of books!).

You Suck – Review

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You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore

Age: Adult

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This review may contain spoilers for Bloodsucking Fiends.

Read with caution.

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Waking up to find out that the love of his life turned him into a vampire, Thomas C. Flood and Jody embark on a crazy adventure trying to reestablish their lives as a vampire couple in San Francisco.

The summary is a bit lame, I admit. A lot of little things happened in this book, which makes it hard to sum it up in a couple of sentences. Tommy has been turned into a vampire by Jody. As Tommy attempts to understand and deal with his new situation, a number of obstacles get in the way of his happiness with Jody. With their new minion, Abby Normal; The Animals back and more wild and crazy than before; and the constant threat of Elijah coming back to stalk them, Tommy and Jody try to navigate a new life together.

Again, Moore does not disappoint with this sequel. Its funnier than the first, and the characters are more developed, eccentric and very true to the colorful characters of San Francisco.

I love that this book is set in San Francisco and that Moore includes the Emperor as a significant character. For those that are not familiar with San Francisco’s history, the Emperor, also known as Joshua Abraham Norton, declared himself the Emperor of the United States in 1859.

Although mentally unstable, Norton was humored by residents of San Francisco with his delusions.  He made such an impact that even Mark Twain paid homage by modeling the character of the King after Norton in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain lived in San Francisco for a brief period during Norton’s reign.

Tommy is still my favorite character, although Abby Normal is a lovable yet creepy goth child who never quite understands the complete danger her life is in throughout the book. Chapters are written from her perspective, and those are the delightful and a great change of pace from the constant battles of Tommy and Jody.

Moore will be coming to the Bay Area to do a reading of the third book in this series, Bite Me in a couple of weeks. I just acquired a copy of his newest book and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it (corny pun fully intended).

You Suck: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore
William Morrow, 2007
ISBN 9780060590291
328 pages

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Find this book at your local library

My reviews of other Christopher Moore titles

Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story – Review

Fool – Review