Bite Me: A Love Story

I just finished the third book in Christopher Moore’s vampire trilogy, and the first word that comes to mind is simply wow.  Everything that was set up by the first two books came back in this book, with a lot of Moore’s humor, and a very bittersweet ending that worked perfectly.

Book Stats

309 pages

Satire

Third book in the trilogy (sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck)

Characters

All of the characters from the first two books are back; Tommy, Jody, The Emperor, The Animals, Rivera and Cavuto, Abby, Jared, and Stephen “Foo Dog” Wong.  A much larger portion of this book is told from Abby’s point of view, complete with it being as though she were doing multiple blog posts about what’s going on throughout the course of the book.  All of the characters in the book are just as much fun as they were in the first two books, and they’re still in some very strange situations.

Setting

The Emperor’s domain, San Francisco.

Plot

I don’t think I can begin to summarize the plot of this book any better than the blurb on the back of the book does, so I’m going to copy it here, because it gets everything across and is really funny at the same time:

The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, and my manga-haired love monkey stand between the raveous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public.

Whoa.  And this is a love story?

Yup.  ‘Cept there’s no whining.  But there is everybody’s favorite undead couple, Tommy and Jody, who’ve just escaped from imprisonment in a bronze statue.  And now that they’re out they’ve joined forces with Abby, her boyfriend Steve, the frozen-turkey-bowling Safeway crew, the Emperor of San Francisco and his trusty dogs Lazarus and Bummer, gay Goth guy Jared, and SF’s finest Cavuto and Rivera to hunt big cat and save the city.  Really.

Enjoyment

Generally when you think of the dichotomy between sanity and insanity you picture it as a straight line, with sanity on one side and insanity on the other.  Using this model there’s a very fine line between the two, but it’s definitely there.  After reading this book I might have to rethink using that model in the future.  Moore goes so far off the deep end of insanity in this book that it ends up coming full circle and actually making sense.  If you were to read off some of the elements of this book to someone unfamiliar with Moore, they’d probably think you were talking about a farcical movie (a la Scary Movie and it’s sequels) where the story is nothing more than a framework for a bunch of non-sequitar jokes.  I said in my intro that the ending was bittersweet.  To an extent I think that’s because I didn’t get the ending I was expecting, but looking back at all three books of the series, it’s really the ending that makes the most sense and fit with the story Moore was telling.  So while it wasn’t the ending I was expecting, it was definitely the ending that the book deserved.

Overall Grade

I’ve said it in every review I’ve done of Moore’s books, and it’s warranted here as well.  Do not dismiss Moore as someone who is simply writing humor, he has serious chops as an author, and simply chooses to be funny.  His books are all a joy to read and I highly recommend them to everyone.

9/10

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