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Sunday, January 23, 2011

You Suck: A Love Story - Alternative Format, Audiobook

Author: Christopher Moore (performed by Susan Bennett)
Title: You Suck: A Love Story
Publication Date: 2007
Number of Pages: AUDIO BOOK, 7 compact discs
Part of a Series: Yes, Vampire love stories (Christopher Moore), 2 of 3.  

Subject Heading(s):  
  • Dead
  • Death/Dying
  • Friendship
  • Goth teenagers
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Men/women relationships
  • Misadventures
  • Necrophilia
  • Nineteen-year-old men
  • Police
  • Prostitutes
  • Teenagers
  • Vampires
  • Women – Diaries
  • Women vampires
Geographical Setting/Time Period:San Francisco, California/ 2007
Main Character(s):  
  • Tommy/Vampire Flood – witty yet awkward newly turned vampire.
  • Jody/Countess – sarcastically wise older girlfriend of Tommy’s, also the vampire who turned him.
  • Elijah – ancient vampire who desires Jody and is set on revenge
  • Abby Normal – hilarious and unfortunate young Goth girl turned minion
  • The Animals – haphazard group of grocery store stockers who have no real purpose.
  • Blue – slightly evil past beauty queen turned blue dyed prostitute who takes advantage of The Animals. 

Plot Summary: Tommy wakes to find that his vampire girlfriend Jody has turned him into a blood sucking fiend. As they adapt to this new life together they find themselves in the midst of many misadventures.

Appeal: You Suck is a fast paced read that is laced with a darkly humorous and offbeat narrative about what it’s like being a vampire in modern day San Francisco. The witty narrative makes you feel as if you are experiencing some sort of slap stick comedy routine. **There is explicit language and sexual situations throughout the book**  

Special Features: Each disc has a track listing on it that offers details of events happening in that track so it is easy to follow along and find where you left off. There is also a featured interview with the author on the last disc.

Brief quote:  She’d dated rock musicians and stock brokers and was conditioned to unusual bumps on the road of romance. So she simply sighed and kicked the hooker in the ribs. More as a conversation opener than a confirmation that the ho was dead. And said, “So…rough night?” (Disc 4 track 6)

Prizes or Awards: Author has won the Quill Award, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror book of the year for The Stupidest Angel, 2005 and A Dirty Job, 2006.     

Similar Works:
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow – both books are about the lore surrounding mythical creatures and written with dark humor and a fast paced story.  
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett – Both books are humorous stories about vampires.

Reviewer's Name:   Patricia Lowrey

 You Suck

Form adapted from Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd.  Chicago: ALA, 1997.

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