Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

You Suck You Suck
by Christopher Moore
Orbit Books

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Simon Litten

You Suck is the sequel to Mr Moore’s previous vampire novel Blood Sucking Fiends and is up to the standards I now expect of him.

In this novel C. Thomas Flood learns about the hazards of being a vampire, dealing with a body clock that automatically shuts him down at sunrise and starts him up again at sunset, and the difficult art of acquiring a minion to deal with businesses like landlords – that traditionally run on the non-vampire friendly hours of 9 to 5. And how do you have a pleasant cup of coffee if your nose, mind and mouth are saying yes, but your body says no (but only after the fact)? Thomas finds out.

The humour of this book is that C. Thomas Flood doesn’t live in the suburbs, where being a vampire would stick out something rotten; he lives in downtown San Francisco, which is peopled by those with a less than orthodox outlook on life: artists, students, drug addicted educational and social dropouts, and tourists. For these people the goings on of learner vampires is romantic or normal or romantic, sometimes all three. He only has to worry about other vampires trying to kill him.

I found You Suck laugh out loud funny and a wonderful follow up to Blood Sucking Fiends, possibly exceeding it in quality. This is a book that should grace your shelves.

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