Bite Me: A Love Story
By Christopher Moore
Release date: March 23, 2010
Bite Me by Christopher Moore, the sequel to You Suck and Bloodsucking Fiends, is a romantic comedy in a world where vampires exist. Trust me, I know, another vampire book in the barrage of vampire saturation in all of modern media. Just stick with me for a few minutes and then you can make your judgment.
Being that I have not read the other books in this series I came in with no prior knowledge of any of the characters or their history. The first problem you would normally run into would be confusion from jumping into the middle of a storym but Moore really does a great job of catching everyone up in the first chapter. I was in no way confused and was able to pick right up and delve into the story.
Basically the first two books lead us to a point where Elijah, the old Vampire that turned the character Jody to a vampire in the first book, has left the city. Jody and Tommy, who Jody turned in to a vampire, are encased in bronze by their minion Abby and her boyfriend Stephen Foo. We also get to read about the two cops, Cavuto and Rivera, who basically got payed off to look the other way as the vampires leave town, but soon find out it wasn’t all of them that left and that Elijah left a surprise name Chet, who is a shaved cat that Elijah changed into an evil-minded vampire, behind. Abby and Foo have a lot of trouble headed their way.
Throughout the book, Moore uses different characters to tell the story which is something I really enjoyed throughout the experience. This especially helped me because the character Abby is not really someone that a person of my gender or age can relate to easily. Worry not though because there is just enough of Abby’s witty banter throughout the book to make you laugh, but not so much to tax on your nerves. I really enjoyed how Moore could jump between characters and perfectly capture a different tone with each one that was distinctly their own. I found myself missing one character’s voice and right when I did, the story shifted to their point of view.
What Moore does with the physiology of vampires and the science behind it is one of the most interesting parts of the story for me. The character Foo is one of my favorites and what he does throughout the book was what I found myself wanting more of.
I have to be extremely honest when I say I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did and think that if anyone has time on their hands they should go check this book out, if not for the intriguing story at the very least to see a great writer at work. It has a lot more to offer than one would expect comedy, romance, action, science, and mystery. I hope everyone takes some time to give this book a chance.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Read the first 40 pages of the book at the publisher’s site and browse inside the book.