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You Suck: A Love Story

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Staff Pick

You Suck is a comedy with real bite! Fans of Christopher Moore or vampire fiction (or just curious newcomers) will find this a juicy, deliciously hilarious tale. Read it freely... and leave behind some of the happiness you bring!
Recommended by Rico, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

You bitch, you killed me. You suck!

Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks.

Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody — the woman of his dreams — is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

For some couples, the whole biting-and-blood thing would have been a deal breaker. But Tommy and Jody are in love, and they vow to work through their issues. Like how much Jody should teach Tommy about his new superpowers (and how much he needs to learn on his own). Plus there's Tommy's cute new minion, sixteen-year-old goth girl Abby Normal. (Well, someone has to run errands during daylight hours!)

Making the relationship work, however, is the least of Jody and Tommy's problems. Word has it that the vampire who nibbled on Jody wasn't supposed to be recruiting any new members into the club. Even worse, Tommy's erstwhile turkey-bowling pals are out to get him, at the urging of a blue-dyed Las Vegas call girl named (duh) Blue.

And that really sucks.

Review:

"Moore's latest (after 2006's A Dirty Job) is a cheerfully perverse, gut-busting tale of young vampires in love. Nineteen-year-old Tommy is a bewildered hipster recently relocated to San Francisco from Incontinence, Ind. His sarcastic redhead (and bloodsucking) girlfriend, Jody, brings him into the fold of the undead ('I wanted us to be together,' she says). Tommy, understandably, has mixed feelings; vampirism has its perks (you can turn to mist, live forever and the sex is awesome), but sunlight is death and blood hunger makes you do some pretty foul things. Also, the duo is hunted by Elijah, the ancient vampire who 'turned' Jody and wants her back, and a band of Safeway stock boys/amateur vampire hunters known as the Animals (with whom pre-dark side Tommy once rolled). With the assistance of their devoted minion, goth girl Abby Normal, whose hilarious diary entries form part of the narrative, Tommy and Jody evade their pursuers, feeding at night and conking out at dawn, all the while learning how vampirism complicates love. Moore writes with the jittery energy of a brilliant, charming class clown, mixing sex and gore and a potty mouth with a goofy-sweet sensibility to deliver laughs on nearly every page." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] fitfully entertaining...sequel to his 1995 romp, Bloodsucking Fiends....Moore handles its goofier-than-thou plot adroitly....Think of a collaboration among Anne Rice, S.J. Perelman, and Pedro Almodóvar." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Happy endings for pretty much everybody conclude Moore's hilarious mockery of the pursuit of the appetites." Booklist

Review:

"Because You Suck vacillates between goth gags and actual blood-guzzling, it ought to be a tricky balancing act for Mr. Moore. But he glides comfortably through the book's loony little corner of San Francisco and through drastic changes of mood." Janet Maslin, New York Times

Review:

"It's fun, funny and just a little gross — what more could anyone ask?...There are pretenders, but Moore is the only author who has mastered the combination of horror and humor, doing for horror what Carl Hiaasen does for crime novels." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"You Suck is the literary equivalent of a Marx Brothers film: If readers don't go into it expecting great revelations and remember to say the magic words (it's OK to read for fun), they'll finish this offering with a smile on their faces..." Denver Post

Review:

"It's literature for the YouTube generation: easily digestible, frequently funny and rigorously insubstantial. Still, there's a sweetness to Moore's writing that helps get you (and his characters) through the night." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Synopsis:

Waking up after a fantastic night unlike any he's ever had, C. Thomas Flood discovers the woman of his dreams is a vampire, and surprise, he's one now, too. Making their relationship work is the least of their problems. A dangerous faction of old longteeth is bent on wiping out new vampires.

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of nine previous novels: A Dirty Job, The Stupidest Angel, Fluke, Lamb, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Bloodsucking Fiends, Coyote Blue, and Practical Demonkeeping. He divides his time between San Francisco and Hawaii. He invites readers to e-mail him at BSFiends@aol.com.

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Kayabound, January 20, 2008 (view all comments by Kayabound)
Don't you hate it it when you find yourself in between books? It's a very stressful period for me.

I tend to have 4-5 things going on at a time of various genres, but the fiction ones always kill me. Half of them end up with 2-15 ancillary/sequel/prequel attachments and the others always look like scary commitments I just don't have the time for...and then you pick up something like You Suck.

The cover got me interested, kudos to the simplicity.

I picked it up and finished Chapter one...hooked - line and sinker. I finished half the book in the first sitting and felt like I needed to go find the prequel immediately. Not even sure if they exist yet, but you just want to know more! It takes a lot of for any author to grab me that quickly and I will be reading more of Moore's books.

Ok, all of that and I didnt tell you anything about the book... and I really dont want to. If Douglas Adam's and Ann Rice (and her kinkier alter ego) ever had a child he would be Moore's saner brother. Vampires, lust, hot red heads, goth chicks that want purple coffins, shaved cats... what's not to like?

If his other books are even half as entertaining as this one has been they have to be worth investigating.
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katherine stevenson, October 13, 2007 (view all comments by katherine stevenson)
I am probably a bit biased, since I have enjoyed every single one of Christopher Moore's books. He has a wonderful sense of humor and and imagination that probably doesn't have an end.

I do recommend reading Blood Sucking Fiends first, since You Suck is the sequal. Although the book is set up that it does stand alone. I am amazed how Moore is able to intertwine his characters and books. He uses characters and events that were also included in A Dirty Job.

If you love humor, or you just think that life is too short to take seriously .. this is a great read
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mona, January 10, 2007 (view all comments by mona)
hearing that a sequel is in the works usually makes my stomach turn, but not when it is flowing from the hand of christopher moore. i wouldn't even term this a sequel - it is merely a continuation of "bloodsucking fiends" with the same wit, imagination, and brilliant language as the first. he never disappoints.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060590291
Subtitle:
A Love Story
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Author:
by Christopher Moore
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
General
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
January 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
A”
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 x 1.09 in 12.56 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

You Suck is a comedy with real bite! Fans of Christopher Moore or vampire fiction (or just curious newcomers) will find this a juicy, deliciously hilarious tale. Read it freely... and leave behind some of the happiness you bring!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Moore's latest (after 2006's A Dirty Job) is a cheerfully perverse, gut-busting tale of young vampires in love. Nineteen-year-old Tommy is a bewildered hipster recently relocated to San Francisco from Incontinence, Ind. His sarcastic redhead (and bloodsucking) girlfriend, Jody, brings him into the fold of the undead ('I wanted us to be together,' she says). Tommy, understandably, has mixed feelings; vampirism has its perks (you can turn to mist, live forever and the sex is awesome), but sunlight is death and blood hunger makes you do some pretty foul things. Also, the duo is hunted by Elijah, the ancient vampire who 'turned' Jody and wants her back, and a band of Safeway stock boys/amateur vampire hunters known as the Animals (with whom pre-dark side Tommy once rolled). With the assistance of their devoted minion, goth girl Abby Normal, whose hilarious diary entries form part of the narrative, Tommy and Jody evade their pursuers, feeding at night and conking out at dawn, all the while learning how vampirism complicates love. Moore writes with the jittery energy of a brilliant, charming class clown, mixing sex and gore and a potty mouth with a goofy-sweet sensibility to deliver laughs on nearly every page." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] fitfully entertaining...sequel to his 1995 romp, Bloodsucking Fiends....Moore handles its goofier-than-thou plot adroitly....Think of a collaboration among Anne Rice, S.J. Perelman, and Pedro Almodóvar."
"Review" by , "Happy endings for pretty much everybody conclude Moore's hilarious mockery of the pursuit of the appetites."
"Review" by , "Because You Suck vacillates between goth gags and actual blood-guzzling, it ought to be a tricky balancing act for Mr. Moore. But he glides comfortably through the book's loony little corner of San Francisco and through drastic changes of mood."
"Review" by , "It's fun, funny and just a little gross — what more could anyone ask?...There are pretenders, but Moore is the only author who has mastered the combination of horror and humor, doing for horror what Carl Hiaasen does for crime novels."
"Review" by , "You Suck is the literary equivalent of a Marx Brothers film: If readers don't go into it expecting great revelations and remember to say the magic words (it's OK to read for fun), they'll finish this offering with a smile on their faces..."
"Review" by , "It's literature for the YouTube generation: easily digestible, frequently funny and rigorously insubstantial. Still, there's a sweetness to Moore's writing that helps get you (and his characters) through the night."
"Synopsis" by , Waking up after a fantastic night unlike any he's ever had, C. Thomas Flood discovers the woman of his dreams is a vampire, and surprise, he's one now, too. Making their relationship work is the least of their problems. A dangerous faction of old longteeth is bent on wiping out new vampires.
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