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Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore‘s Bite Me: A Love Story continues to the trials of the Countess Jody, Lord Flood, and their minion Abby Normal.  It is the third book in the series set in San Francisco and focuses mainly on Goth teenager Abby Normal, her boy-toy and ultra-nerd Foo Dog (aka Steve), and her gay BFF Jared as they battle a city of vampyre cats . . . and rats.  The Emperor of San Francisco and Detectives Cavuto and Rivera return along with the Animals, Flood’s former colleagues of the Safeway stocking crew.

“I am Nosferatu, bee-yotch.”  (page 176)

“It just goes to show you, like Lord Byron says in the poem:  ‘Given enough weed and explosives, even a creature of most sophisticated and ancient dark power can be undone by a few stoners.’

I’m paraphrasing.  It may have been Shelley.”  (page 6-7)

Moore’s writing is crass and humorous and will have readers laughing out loud about how thick Abby is and yet so smart about the magical.  He has a way with language and creating and adopting slang for his characters, like booticuity, ownage, Mombot, va-jay-jay, and Skankenstein boots.   The vampyres are equally good and bad in this novel, but Abby and her friends are all that stand between San Francisco and total annihilation.  From katanas to LED sunlight jackets and UV lamps to flame throwers and Grandma’s special tea, these kids have tricked out rides and kung-fu skills like no one else.

“The outside city people live on, like, a different plane of existence, like they don’t even see the inside people either.  But when you’re a vampyre, the two cities are all lit up.  You can hear the people talking and eating and watching TV in their houses, and you can see and feel the people in the streets, behind the garbage cans, under the stairs.  All these auras show, sometimes right through walls.  Like life, glowing.” (page 226)

Even more enjoyable is how Moore intertwines other story lines from his previous books, particularly Dirty Job.  It is fun for readers to see how characters from other novels pop in and add spice to the vampyre mayhem.  Moore is a very talented writer with a gift for making readers laugh.  Those who love vampire novels should read the entire series — Bloodsucking Fiends and You SuckBite Me is another laugh-out-loud novel from Moore for those of us who need to step into another world, destress, and laugh intelligently.

This is my 1st book for the 2010 Vampire Series Challenge.

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FTC Disclosure:  I got my copy of the book from the local library!

  • Monica (aka monnibo)

    I love Christopher Moore. Such a great author!!

    • I agree. I just finished up Fool over the weekend and will be reviewing that this week.

  • You better get on it Lenore! Its good stuff

  • I’m still listening to my YOU SUCK audio book. It’s taking me a while!
    .-= Lenore´s last blog ..Book Review: Love in a Time of Homeschooling by Laura Brodie =-.

  • I haven’t gotten into vampires at all, but I think I might enjoy this book – it almost sounds like a parody. Great review!

    • I think you would enjoy this. I think these books are very similar to a parody.

  • I’m still not sure whether this author is my cup of tea, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough when I read The Fool for book club.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Thank You! =-.

    • You haven’t started Fool yet? I’m almost done with it. I love the references to Shakespeare’s other plays that are mixed in.

      • I’m still waiting for Jerry to finish, but you know he hasn’t been reading as of late.
        .-= Anna´s last blog ..Thank You! =-.

        • Very true. I may have a review of Fool for next week!

  • I just finished this over the weekend and it was pretty funny. He does such a great job of writing in the voice of a teen Goth girl! I did read You Suck first and I think I enjoyed that a little more. I haven’t read Bloodsucking Fiends yet but plan to. His books make me laugh out loud! Love the cover too. Great review!

    • I guess everyone is reading these out of order. I think they are great fun and Moore is a great Goth Girl narrator!