Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
Bloodsucking Fiends is a hilarious comedy tale by Christopher Moore, author of Fool. C. Thoman Flood (Tommy) has just moved to San Francisco from Indiana to pursue a career as a writer. Jody wakes up underneath a dumpster after being attacked, only to find out that she is now a vampire. Unable to go out into the sun, Jody and Tommy cross paths at a 24-hour Safeway where Tommy is the night manager. Soon after forming a quasi friendship based on sex and a mutual need to find a place to live, they move in together and that’s when Jody can’t keep her vampire nature a secret anymore.
I love that this book is set in San Francisco, a city I frequently visit and wander through. I was able to recognize all the sites, and streets which gave the book a more personal feel. Tommy is a hilarious character. His witty, naive, and quite often funny without meaning to be, (which I consider really tough to pull off in writing). His natural charm is in his dopey yet hopeful and curious demeanor. Jody is strong-willed, confident and possess superhuman strength as a vampire. Her dependence is Tommy isn’t the most healthy, but then again is any vampire-human relationship healthy? Although this is book 1 of a series, it doesn’t feel like a typical first book. Moore even includes The Emperor, a well known character that roams the streets of San Francisco. Reader’s of this book that doesn’t live in the Bay Area will be happy (I hope) to know that the Emperor did indeed exist in SF. The characters are well developed, from the “animals’ that work at Safeway with Tommy, to Kurt, Jody’s ex-boyfriend/roommate/self-centered jerk. This is the 3rd Christopher Moore book I’ve encountered, and the 2nd that I’ve been able to get through. I tried Lamb, but didn’t get into it. Listened to Fool on audio-cd and it was one of my favorite books of the year (although the credit goes mostly to the speaker on the cd and all of his wonderful impersonations). Bloodsucking Fiends is not silly, but its not mature. Its not a mental taxing book, but the characters have different levels to them and the themes of friendship, loyalty, identity and home are consistent throughout the book. The humor is not raunchy or vulgar as it was in Fool. Its well thoughtout and goes well with all different readers.
This was the first book of the new year for my book club, and it was a great way to start off the year. I still have a small crush on Tommy (he’s just so sweet!). If I can find the following books of the series at the library, I’ll definitely be reading them.Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore Simon and Schuster, 1995 ISBN 0684810972 300 pages