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I am not big on vampire stuff, though I do like the occasional vampire story. :) For example, I have zero interest in Twilight, but was once really into True Blood - at least, before it became all about witches, werewolves, shapeshifters, faeries, and so on, lol. A friend recommended Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore to me (published in 1995), because it`s a very tongue-in-cheek, humourous vampire story. I have to say that I really enjoyed it!
The story takes place in San Francisco, and follows a young woman named Jody who gets turned into a vampire after being bitten and killed by a very powerful, ancient vampire. She doesn`t realize that this is what happens at first, but starts to clue in once she realizes that sunlight burns her and, well, that she thirsts for blood, lol. As she`s trying to figure out how to adapt to her new life as a vampire, she meets a guy named C. Thomas Flood, an aspiring writer who is a manager at a Safeway. She doesn`t tell him about her condition at first, but enlists his help, and hilarity (and romance) ensues!
I don`t want to give away too much more of the story, but I have to say that there were parts of this book that were really funny. It`s also a love story of sorts, and as someone who avoids romance novels like the plague, I have to say that this one was really enjoyable. :) The details involving Jody`s transformation and adjustment to vampirism (is that a word? haha) were also really great - it`s obvious that the author put a lot of thought into what it would mean to be a vampire. My only issue with the book was that some of the humour seemed culturally insensitive to me. There were a few parts that I just didn`t like because of that, and they did sort of tarnish an otherwise great book. Overall, though, this was an engaging read. I would certainly recommend it to people who like vampire stories, romance novels, or both. (Oh, and it is for older teenagers and adults.) I, for one, am already reading the sequel - It`s called "You Suck: A Love Story". XD
I give this book a B+!
<strong>Do you like vampire stories? If not, what`s your favourite type of novel?</strong>
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