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Bite Me by Christopher Moore
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Jun 10, 10

bookshelves: favorite, humor
Read in May, 2010

2 words that describe the book: Vampire comedy

3 settings where it took place or characters you met:

* Setting: Modern Day San Francisco

* Abby Normal, my favorite Goth pixie with a gutter mouth, an attitude and a keen desire to become Nosferatu--a wish that is finally granted with unexpected consequences (like a rat tail). Her hilarious diary entries give this book its sass and hilarity. Her foul-mouthed Valley Girl text language and outsized ego totally made this book for me.

* Lord Flood and the Countess (aka Tommy and Jody), who were the primary subjects of the first two books, Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck. Although their roles are somewhat reduced as Abby takes center stage, it was fun to see my favorite vampires again ... along with other familiar characters like the Animals (now experienced vampire fighters after being vampires themselves), Detectives Riviera and Cavuto, and The Emperor and his "men." I loved how Moore brings back Chet, the giant shaved cat who was accidentally turned into a vampire in You Suck, who becomes the creator of an army of vampire cats that terrorize San Francisco.

4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:

* I liked how Moore has fun with vampires. From introducing a new set of "old"vampires who have come to clean up Elijah Ben Sapir's mess (one of them is named Bella; I refuse to believe this was accidental on Moore's part) to a foul-mouthed, ass-kicking Chinese grandmother who arms the Animals with Super Soakers filled with a vampire cat killing herb concoction to a sword-fighting old man who nurses a burnt Jody back to life, Moore just romps around having fun like a kid in toy store.

* I liked how Moore wrote from the point of view of the Emperor's dogs (Lazarus and Bummer) and Martin (the cadaver dog who helps Riviera and Cavuto but is a bit confused by the smell of the "undead"). These views into the dog mindset were hilarious, especially when Martin grows increasingly peeved by the lack of biscuits being given to him.

* I liked how fast-paced this book was ... it just flew by, which brings me to the one thing I disliked about the book.

* I disliked that this is the last book in Moore's vampire trilogy. (But maybe he had so much fun writing this that he'll revisit these characters just one last time. One can hope.)

5 Stars or less for your rating?

I'm giving the book 4 stars. I'm a huge fan of Christopher Moore, and this series of books was terrific fun. If you like your vampire books filled with attitude, irreverence and laugh-out-loud moments, this is the series for you.
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