You Suck: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore
Review by Paul Haggerty
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780060590291
Date: 16 January, 2007 List Price $21.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
You Suck: A Love Story is the newest novel by Christopher Moore, and the first real direct sequel to any of his former works. The book opens the evening following the events which close out its predecessor, Bloodsucking Fiends. To tell you all you need to know to anticipate what is to come, all I need to do is paraphrase C. Thomas Flood's opening words: "You killed me! You suck!"
While the other books Moore has written clearly take place in the same universe, this one has the added enjoyment of taking place in the same time (partially at least) and place of A Dirty Job. In fact we get treated to the scene where Jody visits Charlie Asher's shop. When we saw it from Charlie's point of view in A Dirty Job we were sure that the redheaded woman was Jody, and sure enough, we now get to see the meeting from her point of view. While not, perhaps, essential to the plot, it should give long time readers of Moore's works some added enjoyment and insight into his world.
You Suck continues the tale of Jody Stroud and C. Thomas Flood, two lovers who met when Jody (who became a vampire at the very beginning of Bloodsucking Fiends) needed a minion to do the day work. Tommy was more than happy to oblige, and before long the two became a loving couple, and Tommy became a vampire. Thus the events stand at the beginning of this new raucous sequel. Tommy is understandably upset over his unasked for transformation into a bloodsucking fiend of unstoppable evil, but what's done is done. Now he has to find out how to survive. And that's not easy, especially when your senses are now several orders of magnitude sharper than before. If you thought people smelled bad before, just try going in for a bite when the word odoriferous is far two weak a description.
But Tommy's new life-style is only one small problem. There are still the two cops that want them gone, Tommy's friends from the Safeway, who have brought home a power hungry blue-dyed stripper (formally the Cheddar Princess of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin), a centuries old vampire (now a very angry centuries old vampire) still encased in a bronze shell, and of course the need to find a new minion who can walk around in the daylight without bursting into flames. It turns out finding the minion was the easy part.
All of Christopher Moore's books are good for many many laughs. He has a very warped, and yet dead-on perception of how the world works. Even in the most outrageous fantasy environment, people are still people and you have no trouble believing that people would act exactly the way they do.