Bite Me: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore
Review by Gayle Surrette
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061779725
Date: 01 April 2010 List Price $23.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
One thing you know when you start a novel by Christopher Moore is that it is not going to be what you expect, even if you expect it to be mapcap, outrageous, silly, serious, and just darn good reading. Bite Me is the third of his vampire love stories featuring the same characters but even building on what went before there is no way to predict where you'll end up, or how you'll get there.
Bite Me is told from the point of view of Abigail -- the scary little Goth girl who was the minion of Vampire Flood. The story is told as entries into Abby's blog: "Being the Journal of Abigail Von Normal, Emergency Backup Mistress of the Greater Bay Area Night." If that doesn't set you up as to what to expect, nothing else will either.
There's a severe problem in San Francisco, Chet the vampire cat, is turning all the cats in the city to vampires and they're preying on those who are out at night -- mostly the homeless and the sick, but once they drain a meter maid, the problem can't be ignored by the police. So, the only two police officers who know about vampires manage to snag the case for themselves, but they insist on sending Abby home to her mother and sister.
Abby's brilliant biologist boyfriend, Foo, has to find a way to cure the cats and free the city from their terror. But with Abby gone her best friend, Jared, steps in to assist. One thing leads to another and Jody, Flood, The Emperor and his dogs, the Animals, a Samurai/Artist/Swordman, and assorted rats, cats, vampire enforcers, and a Chinese grandmother with a killer vampire recipe.
While you might not know where Christopher Moore will take you in his story, you do know that the reading of it will be laugh out loud funny, entertaining, and in parts sad and thought provoking. If you've liked his other works, you'll love this one. If you've never read his work, give this a try or start off with You Suck, the book that introduced these characters.