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Life Sucks by Jessica Abel
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Nov 30, 2009

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This is the story of Dave, a vampire who works the night shift at a Los Angeles convenience store for his vampire master, Radu. In this world, the vampire who "turns" a human becomes their master, and the human is bound by their master's wishes. Dave didn't ask to be a vampire, but now he has no choice but to do as his boss wishes, which usually involves turning the hot dogs and sweeping the parking lot. He refuses to drink human blood, and because of it his health suffers.

Dave becomes infatuated with Rosa, a goth hottie that frequents the club next to his store. He wants to ask her out, but he's constantly in competition with his former co-worker, and fellow vampire, Wes, a meathead surfer dude that makes a bet that he will steal Rosa right under Dave's feet.

What I liked about this story was the fact that the vampires in this story had to do the same things the humans did, i.e. work crappy, wage-slave jobs for their masters in order to pay rent. The depressing reality of Dave's life is a nice contrast to Rosa, who is so entrenched in literary and cinematic vampire myth that she believes being a vampire would be the best alternative to her current life.

The conflict of the story was of the typical "boy wants girl-boy gets girl-boy loses girl" formula, and started to wear thin early on. Rosa was too naive and vain to really be a likable character, but these characteristics did work well with the themes of the story.

The illustrations were good, if not always consistent. Radu and Dave were probably the best drawn, and therefore, the most believable characters.

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Nicholas Karpuk I think I liked this story in part because it used the vampire mythos for something other than a power fantasy. It was a nice change of pace. The Bite Club series was also pretty entertaining for that reason.

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