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Questions for Discussion

1. Everyone has been exposed to Vampire lore, either through books, movies, or television. How does Jody's transformation into a vampire differ from how you always thought someone became a vampire? In what ways is it similar?

2. Jody and Tommy's relationship moves at a rather alarming pace, and within a week of meeting each other, they are in love. Is love at first sight possible? Or in their case, at first bite? Why do they connect so instantly?

3. The book is filled with religious connotations, whether intentional or not — from the mention of "the pyramid" (The TransAmerica Tower), to the use of crosses to ward off vampires, to the Animals being referred to as "Crusaders." How intentional do you think this was on the part of the author? What do these add to the story?

4. The book touches upon the idea of euthanasia — the practice of ending the life of a terminally ill person in a painless or minimally painful way in order to limit suffering — in that Elijah Ben Sapir, the vampire who creates Jody, only kills those who are about to die or whose lives are limited in some way. What are your feelings about "mercy killings"? Do vampires have an ethical standard?

5. When Simon threatens Jody after she refuses to turn him into a vampire, she ends up killing him in the front of his truck. Jody then blames the killing on Elijah, however, and never confesses it to Tommy. Why not admit to it when Elijah has been restrained?

6. Why are Jody and Tommy "set up" as the culprits in the recent crimes? What would it mean if they were caught? Why do these crimes need to be pinned on anyone? Couldn't the criminals cover up the crimes in another way?

7. By the end of the novel, both detectives — Cavuto and Rivera — begin to believe in the supernatural and that vampires could exist. To what extent do you believe in the supernatural, either vampires, ghosts, or even just that some people may or may not have psychic ability?

8. Tommy uses Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat, which of course is fiction, as his "Owner's Manual" for learning about Jody and her new powers. Discuss the author's use of fiction within fiction in order to tell a story. Have any members of your group read The Vampire Lestat? How do the two books compare?

9. Once Jody becomes a vampire, she finds that she has many new and different abilities, including superstrength, heightened senses, and superspeed. Which do you think is her most needed new superability?

10. Though Jody finds herself immortal, she also retains many of her normal human characteristics and failings, including vanity, fear, anger, and disgust. Discuss how even though she has become immortal, and can protect herself from many of the regular dangers of everyday life, she is still unable to disassociate herself from normal human emotion.

11. At the end of the book, the reader is left with the impression that Jody is about to turn Tommy into a vampire. If she does change him into a vampire, how do you imagine their story continues? How would it continue if she does not?

Enhancing Your Bookclub

1. Would you be willing to give up your normal life — being able to go out in the daylight, not being immortal — in order to become a vampire? You'd be able to live forever, have superstrength and -speed, among many other different gifts. Would it be worth it? Why? Why not?

2. To read more about vampires, take a look at the following titles: The Society of S by Susan Hubbard, Vamped by David Sosnowski, The Book of Renfield: A Gospel of Dracula by Tim Lucas, and Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Costa.

3. Learn more about vampires: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampires.

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Michael Jung, October 6, 2011 (view all comments by Michael Jung)
A decidedly unconventional take on modern-day vampirism, this offbeat novel follows Jody, a twenty-something office worker in San Francisco who gets attacked, bitten, and buried under a dumpster while on the way home from work -- only to arise three days later with superhuman strength, incredibly acute senses, and a healthy appetite for blood. Yep, Jody's become part of San Francisco's OTHER alternative lifestyle -- and while there are definite upsides to being a vampire (muggers haven't met a true empowered woman until they run into Jody) Jody finds that her aversion to sunlight and unusual appetites also create some challenges. Enter C. Thomas Flood, Jody's new boyfriend/minion who caters to Jody's needs during the day and gets to enjoy some first-rate vampiric lovemaking at night. Great for vampire fans in the mood for something different than the usual brooding creatures of the night, Bloodsucking Fiends spawned two sequels, You Suck and Bite Me, which sadly proved diluted versions of the first book -- which continues to set a standard in vampire humor.
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wurdnurd, May 8, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
Lewd, brash, insightful and affectedly hilarious, Moore’s take on love is decidedly twisted and altogether awesome. Somewhere between Tom Robbins, Discworld and Ginsberg, you’ll find this depraved tale of love, loss and vampirism. And the sex wasn’t so bad either.
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Savannah Reader, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Savannah Reader)
Very Funny. For anyone that loves vampire stories and murder mysteries this is the book for you. His other works like Lamb and Fluke are equally hilarious!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416558491
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Romance - Paranormal
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
vampires, vampirism, paranormal, christopher moore, contemporary, san francisco, indiana, nocturnal
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.31 oz

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Product details 304 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416558491 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Deft and funny."
"Synopsis" by , A romance novel like no other, this is the story of Jody, a beautiful redhead vampire, and Tommy, a supermarket manager. Theirs is a passionate tale of blood lust and blood loss, which continues in Moore's latest critically acclaimed bestseller You Suck.
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