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Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story #1)

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Jody never asked to become a vampire. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching neck, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her.

Making the transition from the nine-to-five grind to an eternity of nocturnal prowlings is going to take some doing, however, and that's where C
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 1995)
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Patrick
Apr 06, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, let's cut right to the chase here.

I discovered Christopher Moore him about two years ago, and since then I'm pretty sure I've either read (or listened to) everything he's written.

I really enjoy his books. They're tightly written, clever, and funny, funny, funny....

How much do I like his writing? Let me put it this way:

Let's say I met Christopher Moore at a convention and instead of being the charming gent I know him to be, he turned out to be a total asshole. A real tunk.

Let's say he
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 07, 2012 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MoonriseOverSanFrancisco3

C. Thomas Flood lands in the city by the Bay, fresh from the farming fields of Indiana, determined to write a great American novel. He rents a cot from a Chinese entrepreneur named Wong and finds himself living with five other Chinese gentlemen all named Wong as well. The Wongs are excited because they have recently learned that it is legal for two men to marry in San Francisco. Thomas has something they really, really lust for...American citizenship. Needless to say living with five men who lo
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Lyn
Jan 28, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it
Like all of Moore's novels I have read, this one is hilarious.

Could this be the first post-modern vampire book? Romanticism has been either thrown in the corner of the closet or all together defenestrated, this is nuts and bolts of how this immortal stuff works and mythbusting what doesn't.

Really, really fun.

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Faye
The plot: a young woman named Jody is turned into a vampire by her would-be 'mugger' in the city of San Francisco. When she wakes she has to learn to deal with a lot of problems, including her new boyfriend Tommy, her mother coming to visit, and the fact that dead bodies are showing up wherever she spends the night drained of blood, though she's sure she's not the one killing them.
What I liked:
- The emperor of San Francisco and his two doggie bodyguards/henchmen. I would have loved for him to ha
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L
May 30, 2008 L rated it really liked it
Sometimes it helps to read a series in order. In the case of Christopher Moore, though, it's not always necessary. I read "You Suck" first, and thoroughly enjoyed it, then went back and read its precursor, "Bloodsucking Fiends." While BF gave context for YS, each stands on its own as a very amusing quick read.

Jody is attacked walking home from work and wakes up the next evening disheveled, under a dumpster, with one burned hand, and with a load of cash in a paper bag. She returns to her apartme
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Lance Greenfield
Sep 22, 2014 Lance Greenfield rated it it was amazing
Christopher Moore has an amazing imagination. As I read Bloodsucking Fiends and, a while back, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, I kept asking myself, "Where do all his ideas come from?"

This story is both creative and funny. It is different to any other vampire story that you have read, or will ever read, unless somebody plagiarises Moore.

Tommy is the leader of a gang of oddball supermarket shelf-stackers. Jody is a novice vampire. The two of them form what one would n
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Flesheating D-Ray
Jan 02, 2012 Flesheating D-Ray rated it did not like it
WARNING: Spoilers, Triggers: Discussion of Sexual Assault.

There isn't anything remotely funny, fresh, or readable about this book.

Jody is a grab-bag of stereotypes and is flatter than a cardboard cut-out of Carrie Bradshaw. One has to wonder if Moore had any idea what women are like. Or even people. Perhaps he lives in some secluded Alaskan tundra; in which case I will forgive him his ignorance.

Moore at best seems to be a garbage bag who seems to think that the main character literally being ra
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Nicholas Karpuk
I saw Christopher Moore give a talk at the Tattered Cover recently, and having only read Fluke, I didn't really grasp the nature of his audience. The crowd easily tripled the normal quantity of attendees for that sort of event. His talk resembled a odd sort of stand up comedy routine, and every joke exploded through the room from the uproarious laughter.

For me I'd say a joke hit home about 1 out of every 3 times. His humor is consistently rather broad, he has the demeanor of a elementary school
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AH
3.5 stars

I first picked up this book because it had an intriguing cover. As I started reading, I realized that this was not your average vampire story. First of all, the characters are very colorful, the writing is humorous, and the vampire lore just a little different from all the other stuff out there.

Jody has been made into a vampire. She was attacked, bitten, left under a dumpster, burned her hand in the sunlight, and left with a shirt stuffed full of money. There was no vampire sire to teac
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jD
At first I thought I liked this because of the narrator's delivery of the off color vamp Urban Fantasy. But now that it's concluded, I am thinking I just really like Christopher Moore's twisted sense of humor and storytelling. The characters where a blast even down to the two dogs and the cranky cops.

Regretfully, this story was written quite some time ago as a trilogy but only one audio book is still on the market. My library carries the hardcopies but I am loving having this delivered via car s
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Ben Babcock
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sj
Feb 22, 2013 sj rated it liked it
Shelves: yorwtfiw
This was only my second Christopher Moore novel (and ZOMG I HAVE SO MANY FRIENDS that are all "OH, YOU MUST READ HIM RIGHT MEOW!") so there was a lot of pressure (even if only in my own mind) on me to enjoy this before I'd even started it.

I LOVED Lamb, mostly because it reminded me a lot of mid-Tom Robbins. This? Not as much.

I mean, it wasn't terrible, and I liked it, but if I had started with this book, I'd be in no hurry to return to his work.

But, FFS, every single time I updated my reading pr
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Marvin
Sep 10, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
At last. A paranormal romance I can sink my fangs teeth into. Leave it to Christopher Moore to write a up-to-date, totally irreverent, politically incorrect vampire love story. C. Thomas Flood is a 19 year old virgin. Jody has experience but no luck with men and wakes up in a dumpster as a vampire. If that doesn't rank as having no luck with men I don't know what does. When they meet, it is love at first...no...no way am I going with that overused pun!... well you know. However the vampire that ...more
Jennifer
Sep 24, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who take themselves to seriously.
OK - This was just fun. I tried to be jaded and above this book (cuz I am sporting an attitude problem at the moment and after reading about 1000 vampire books I think I am all that when it comes to Vampy Fiction), But truth be told I fell into this story and enjoyed it all the way to the end.

The characters were great. Just when you think you have them pigeon-holed into their stereotype they surprise you with a thought or insight and you have to reevaluate. I love that it's ridiculously absurd
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DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 DJ Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire Lovers and Humor Enthusiasts!
Recommended to DJ by: Vampire Research Project
Merril Anil
May 01, 2014 Merril Anil rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
Can you see me laughing...of course you can’t

Okay the single reason, I picked up this book was because everybody was saying how good of a humorous ride it was and that how they find it hard to stop giggling and laughing. once I started reading it, I got confused as to whether this was the same book these people were talking about as nothing was making sense and except that i picked up a book thinking to be funny but was not, nothing seemed to be funny .Then I thought perhaps i am not adult eno
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Jennifer
May 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, favorite
2 Words that describe the book: Vampire comedy

3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:

* Setting: Modern-day San Francisco

* Jody—A fledgling vampire who had her new lifestyle thrust upon her with no warning or choice, Jody is trying her best to make sense of her new undead lifestyle. But getting used to a life lived solely at night can make things a little tricky, so Jody needs a minion to do her bidding, which is where...

* C. Thomas Flood comes in. A wannabe writer from Incontinence
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Richard
Almost the perfect piece of fluff.

I think it is somewhat curious that vampires don't seem to be a la mode as they once were. Werewolves are ascendent, such as when this book was written. We can also see that in other areas of fashion —in nineties and aughts, the androgynous look was very in. Remember the coolest guys were the metrosexuals? Now, all those guys seem to have beards, and are wearing flannel shirts. I dearly hope we don't head into chupacabra territory next.


Amusingly, the back of thi
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Katie
Jul 25, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
Re-reading this series makes me want to go back and re-read all of Christopher Moore's books again. Because I love him and I think he's amazing. Oh, and because he totally wants to be my friend. He told me so.
Felicia
Feb 25, 2008 Felicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-paranormal
Very funny vampire novel. I love Moore' tongue in cheek writing.
Amy
Apr 08, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires-snore
I should admit upfront that I'm suffering from a severe case of vampire fatigue; that, coupled with disdain for Christopher Moore based on the only other book of his that I read, means that there really was no chance in the world that I was going to enjoy this book, and in fact should never have read it. However, it was this month's book club selection, so read it I did and now we all must suffer the consequences.

Bloodsucking Fiends is the story of several unlikable characters, some of whom are
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Michelle R.
Jun 18, 2011 Michelle R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, vampire
"It's not like I came to the City saying, "Oh, I can't wait to find a woman whose only joy in life is sucking out my bodily fluids.' Okay, well maybe I did, but I didn't mean this."

This is not my first experience with Christopher Moore. I loved A Dirty Job, and wrote up a review on it, but it never posted and I never rewrote it. Loved Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. I read part of Fool as part of a self-designed plan to really understand King Lear from different angle
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Marcie
Jan 07, 2013 Marcie rated it it was ok
The interesting thing about this book is how clearly it illustrates the evolution of a writer and his novel-crafting skill. This is NOT the same guy who later wrote Lamb or Angel or Dirty Job…

I looked it up: this was his 3rd (1995) of 13 published works. I had experienced Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11. Lamb, Angel, Dirty Job, Fool, Lust Lizard, Fluke, all meet and exceed the challenge of using seriously unfunny subjects (religion, death, Shakespeare, mental illness, science) by a Master of Humor
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Anne
Jun 27, 2008 Anne rated it it was ok
I have a hard time paying attention to when books were published and in what order, but Bloodsucking Fiends appears to be the prequel to You Suck and A Dirty Job - both of which I really enjoyed. Bloodsucking Fiends takes place in San Francisco and tells the story of Jody, who has just been turned into a vampire and is trying to come to terms with who she is and what exactly all her powers are. She links up with C. Thomas Flood, a recent transplant to the Bay Area who is looking for a place to l ...more
Alessandro Vicenzi
È il primo libro della trilogia vampiresca di Moore, che logicamente viene tradotto sei anni dopo la pubblicazione del secondo (che adesso potrò rileggere e finalmente apprezzare) e conferma tutte le cose buone che sa fare lo scrittore americano.
Dialoghi frizzanti, personaggi strambi ma mai eccessivi, storia lineare ed essenziale che gioca il giusto con la mitologia vampiresca. Scade un po' nella parte più d'azione, ma è in linea con la media (alta) della sua produzione
Cassandra
Feb 18, 2009 Cassandra rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
I picked this up as my first ever Christopher Moore book. I was thinking it would be a bit of a farse on paranormal stuff. Most of his stuff seems to be like that after looking him up. But it wasn't much of a farse, rather just silly and a bit boring. To be fair I didn't read the whole book. I got to about page 130 before picking up another book.
Sir
Aug 27, 2010 Sir rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Bram Stoker meets Mel Brooks...

Boy meets girl, girl bites boy. A fang-in-cheek love story about a sexy red-headed vampire and her daytime minion and the trials and tribulations of their romance. This is the first of Christopher Moore's Vampire trilogy, and part of a looser group that includes A Dirty Job and Coyote Blue.

Christine Cafiso
Sep 14, 2014 Christine Cafiso rated it it was amazing
Bloodsucking Fiends was a great book in my opinion. It was a love story and also a comedy that had me laughing out loud at some points. This book showed me the ups and downs of a relationship and that although no one is perfect, you can still find someone that is perfect for you. I think the book has many strengths but weaknesses as well. The author did a great at describing things. Christopher Moore gave me enough description to paint a perfect image in my head of what was really going on. The ...more
Earl Grey Tea
Dec 08, 2014 Earl Grey Tea rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
After reading The Guns of August, I needed a light read, and this book definitely hit the spot.

Christopher Moore always does a great job of re-imagining the vampire genre in a modern setting (read: 1990's). A set of quirky characters quickly take the traditional idea of vampires into a different yet humorous direction. Though there are a few cultural references that may be outdated, Moore continues to write absurd prose describing both supernatural and everyday events in a way that kept me smili
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Aries
Dec 27, 2015 Aries rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le uscite in Italia dei libri di Christopher Moore sono quanto meno schizofreniche.

Fino a qualche anno fa si trovavano giusto due o tre titoli, poi quando ha iniziato ad avere il meritato successo, la Elliot ha cominciato a pubblicare in parallelo non solo le nuove uscite in tempi accettabili ma anche i romanzi inediti in un ordine non esattamente lineare.

La situazione più assurda è capitata con la trilogia vampiresca.

"You Suck" (tradotto in Italia con "Suck" e da me letto e recensito millenni f
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Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

Moore's novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters suddenly struggling through supernatu
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A Love Story (3 books)
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