Bloodsucking Fiends

Christopher Moore

Simon and Schuster. $23.00
(trade paperback, Avon Books $12.00)

In Bloodsucking Fiends, Jody wakes up one night to discover she is a vampire. She needs a daytime accomplice and Tommy, a young would-be writer, seems perfect. For his part, Tommy is happy to fall in love with a beautiful woman who pays the rent. So she's a vampire? Cool!

But someone besides Jody stalks the streets at night, and a couple of persistent policemen are coming a little too close for comfort. The vampire who made Jody is now trying to kill her and she doesn't even know why.

Bloodsucking Fiends pokes fun at a sub-genre (the vampire novel) that generally takes itself entirely too seriously. Unfortunately, a lot of the humor falls flat. Author Christopher Moore tries too hard to be funny with inappropriate material and takes to the extreme Tommy's stereotypical adolescent male attitude. The resulting "Animal House" mentality is neither successful nor satisfying.


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This review copyright 1996 by Wendy Morris

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