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Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story [Hardcover]

Christopher Moore
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September 1995
From the author of Coyote Blue comes a tale of vampires on the loose as aspiring young writer Tommy Flood meets beautiful Jody on her nocturnal visit to the supermarket and unwittingly begins an eternal relationship. 25,000 first printing.

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Here's something different: a vampire novel that's light, funny, and not at all hackneyed. Between scenes of punks bowling frozen turkeys on the graveyard shift in a supermarket, or snapping turtles loose in a loft and gnawing on designer shoes, this novel has comic charm to spare. But it also packs an appealingly downbeat message about the consumer culture: Becoming a vampire has given the twentysomething heroine "a crampless case of rattlesnake PMS"--a grumpy mood in which she realizes that she can dress to the nines as a "Donner Party Barbie" and still end up disillusioned and unhappy, just another slacker doing her own laundry and watching sucky TV 'til the sun rises. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Horror, farce and adolescent fantasy mix with uncertain results in this latest offbeat novel from the author of Coyote Blue and Practical Demonkeeping. Attacked on her way home from work in San Francisco's financial district, sexy redhead Jody wakes up under a dumpster and gradually realizes that she has transformed into a vampire. Needing a safe place to hide from daylight and her attacker as she masters her new powers, she turns to Tommy, a 19-year-old aspiring writer from Indiana whom she's just met. Becoming lovers, the two get an apartment together where Tommy avidly studies the mysteries of both vampires and women. But Jody's vampire mentor, Elijah Ben Sapir, who's leaving blood-drained bodies all over the city, has it in for Tommy?as do the cops, who suspect the young man of the killings. With the aid of both the rebellious young misfits he works with and an eccentric homeless man, Tommy aims to vanquish Elijah Ben Sapir in order to save his beloved and himself. Moore's seemingly off-the-cuff narrative and plotting fail to deliver on an imaginative beginning. Despite offering some amusing moments, the author gives little depth to his motley cast of characters and wavers awkwardly between fable and satire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smetimes love does bite. Dec 19 2005
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Christopher Moore wanted to write horror books; he dreamed of being the next Stephen King. Unfortunately for him but fortunately for us, people laughed when they read what he wrote. Thus was born a humorist of the caliber of Dave Barry or Christopher Buckley and some have gone so far as to say he is the next Kurt Vonnegut. Now that we know a bit about our Author, what about the book?
Bloodsucking Fiends is a glorious romp through the night. We have an office worker, Jodi, who has a 9-to-5 dead-end office job in San Francisco, and wakes up one morning under a dumpster and the sun burns her and she has super human strength. She has never watched vampire movies or read the books, so she doesn't know what to do or how to do it. She is on the hunt for the man/creature who turned her.
This is where C. Thomas Flood comes in, a beatnik author from Indiana, who works midnights at the Safeway. He falls in love with Jodi immediately, and realizes that there is something strange about his love.
Follow the humorous journey through the night, the underworld, the streets and alleys of San Francisco as Thomas tries to find a way to be with the woman he loves even if she is undead. And Jodi tries to find out what being undead is all about. Can this love survive? And if you've enjoyed this one, check out his other writings: Island of the Sequined Love Nun, or The Lusty Lizard of Melancholy Cove.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer March 17 2013
By Chris
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like the rest of the world (ok most of the world making an average income), I am inherently cheap. I gasped at the electronic price of this book then held my breath clicked the buy button, opened the book, and couldn't put the damn thing down! Buy this writers work....that's my advice. If you want an evening of full-blown readers ecstasy buy it. This author has a wonderful way of weaving words together that leave you wanting more, more, more. To the writer, forgive my comment about the price, to the potential purchaser...just pay it and sit down knowing you're about to enter readers heaven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bowling For Turkeys Jan. 12 2003
Format:Paperback
A novel that's funny, without stretching the boundaries of reality too much. Witty and delightful, the story does not miss the chance to be serious as well. We are a consumer culture with so much waste.
Of course, Jody designs on Tommy are unnerving but fun nevertheless. I give this book two thumbs up for its charm and sense of humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Jan. 25 2010
Format:Paperback
It is difficult to rate something as subjective as humour. There is no doubt in my mind that this book was funny, but not in a remarkable kind of way. Some lines were making me smile, but it did not come close to make me laugh out loud. The author uses light humour (do not expect twisted, black or clever humour) and makes fun of all the clichés of the vampire pop culture. A nice read if you are looking for something light and simple.

The book is very short (290 pages, but cut into 35 chapters so there are a lot of blank spaces) and it takes only a few hours to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Moore! March 22 2009
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Jody wakes up one evening, under a dumpster, with a burnt hand, and an awful lot of money. It takes a bit of figuring out but she soon concludes that she is a vampire. She also realizes quick quickly that she is going to need a human to watch over her when she loses consciousness at daybreak and to help her need for blood. She meets C. Thomas Flood, writer by nature, night crew manager in reality. Jody finds him attractive, pleasant and his hours are perfect so she convinces him to move in with her. Flood being new to the city figures why not. As Jody and Tommy explore what she can and can't do as a vampire they realize that the ancient vampire who turned her is out to kill them both.

Classic Moore! Eccentric characters who are a joy to read about. Laugh out loud humour in parts and the rest of the book keeps a smile on your face as you chuckle under your breath. Loved the story, very unique, and a fun take off on all the vampire books out there. I was hooked from the beginning. This is the type of book that showcases Moore's talents and would be a perfect one for first-timers to start with. A few years ago he wrote a sequel and I'll be reading that one next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great Sci/Fi comedy July 13 2004
By JKI
Format:Paperback
It may be strange to say but I know people like these characters. The girl that can't be without a boyfriend... The cute boy that's too nice to attract girls... the punk guys working blue collar jobs... the jerk ex... the manipulitive ass who really wants someone - can have anyone - but doesn't know how to find the right someone.
Maybe that's why the book is so much fun. It's relatable to some extent. Even with the vampires.
Somebody that reviewed this said the characters felt distant. I agree. I also think that on a whole, it's easier to laugh at a distance. It's when you're too close that it's no longer funny (forget who said that). This isn't supposed to be a Anne Rice novel and thank god. It's violent, dark, honest, sweet and funny. Without shoving it down your throat.
Excellent writing and story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but Flawed June 28 2004
Format:Paperback
Having read this book, I'm planning to read more of Moore's work, but I do so with a question about whether the flaws of this particular novel are specific to this one book or typical of Moore overall. Bloodsucking Fiends is often wonderfully funny, and Moore does a good job with his supernatural world meets mundane life issues, but the ending seems rushed and forced, and overall I found myself not really caring about Moore's characters. I didn't mind if they lived or died, and my lack of concern for them decreased my engagement with the story. I think that this distance between characters and reader might be intentional, because then Moore can do ludicrously awful things and we won't mind, but it's a tactic that leaves this particular reader somewhat dissatisfied. It reminded me of Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One in that respect; I think that people who appreciate Moore's tone with his characters will probably find Waugh's satires hilarious.
This is an entertaining book, and I'll be reading some of Moore's other novels as a result of this introduction, but I hope that his other novels are better than this one and not the same.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not receive
I ordered this book, and never received it. i waited 2 months, figured perhaps it was due to the christmas/new years rush, the company at the time of ordering it had a good review. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ashley n mclean
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique vampire book
I love vampires, but I've read so many vampire books and seen so many vampire movies, that the topic has become dull. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Caradae Linore
5.0 out of 5 stars Let The Laugh Riot Begin!
I truly can't recall the last time I laughed out loud while reading a book. Smirking, groaning, eye-rolling...these yes. Laughing, no. Until I opened up Bloodsucking Fiends. Read more
Published on May 22 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-Hearted Vampirism
This book is essentially about vampires, but it is quite different than your typical dark gore-filled vampire novel. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Chris Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Would have made a great first book in a series
I devoured this book in one sitting and was disappointed when I was done, simply because there wasn't any more! Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by TSmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I am a collector of vampire/lycanthorpe novels. I have been collecting them for years. An employee at my local bookstore suggested this novel by Christopher Moore. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars how to date a vampire
This is a quirky, funny romantic comedy about Tommy and Jody in which Jody just happens to be a vampire. I laughed out loud at some of the scenes in this book. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Kimbo
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