This book follows straight on from You Suck, but being the last book in the trilogy wraps things up a little more tightly. This time around there are vampire cats, vampire rats, vampire parrots (briefly), squirt guns of vampire dissolver, a samurai swordsman, and the usual cast of characters, as well as the reappearance of Elijah's vampire 'children', and a cameo by Kona, the faux white rasta from Fluke. .
Moore has perfected Abby Normals hilariously rude slang, and the plot zips right along. He has a real talent for both situational comedy, and comedic description. And this novel managed to even surprise me in a few places. All in all a fun ride, and a fitting climax to the trilogy.
I guess I'll put You Suck by Christopher Moore in this category since the first book in the trilogy is here, but this is not a horror novel. Comic fantasy is what it really is.
This book takes off the day after Bloodsucking Fiends ends. Jody has just turned Tommy into the Vampyre Flood, and Elijah is still encased in bronze, although no one will be surprised that he won't be for long. Tommy soon recruits a new minion to replace himself, a perky goth with Valley Girl tendencies named Allison, aka Abby Normal. And the Animals have come back from an Elijah's-stolen-art financed spree in Vegas with a blue-dyed hooker who was tapping the Smurf fantasy trade. And things get weirder and funnier from here.
This ain't Shakespeare, but it has zero pretension. It's off the wall and off the hook. But it's great fun! And a quick read. If you like Christipher Moore, you will like this book. And now it's on to Bite Me, book three of the trilogy.
I've just read this as a BookCrossing bookring.
The tale of a scientist who is researching whale song in Hawaii. One day, while photographing a whale's flukes, instead of the usual patterns, he sees the words "Bite Me". And then it just gets weird.
The book left me somehow disappointed but it. I had only read one other book by Christopher Moore and that was "Bloodsucking Fiends" which was very funny and quite moving. This was only funny at the start and was not moving but was clever. That wasn't enough though.
I'll have to read more of Christopher Moore's books…
Starry 22nd March 2006 02:57 PM
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
I read this book a couple of years ago, but am interested to see if anyone else has sampled the delights of a Chris Moore book. He is very funny, this one in particular had me laughing out loud.
The premise is this: what did Jesus do between being born and overturning the moneylending tables? Perhaps he went on a journey to find the wise men and discover his destiny with his best mate Biff. It is the coming-of-age story of the Son of God.
I like Moore's writing style, he is witty and imaginative and the book reminded me a little of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Grammath 22nd March 2006 05:10 PM
Others have told me I'd love the output of Chris Moore, usually after I've passed on the latest Tom Robbins to them with breathless recommendations, so I guess they're quite similar. Have you tried any of his, Starry? The most famous is "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues", but my personal favourite is "Skinny Legs and All".
I have tried to find Moore's books in the past but I'm not sure he has a British publisher.
Starry 22nd March 2006 06:04 PM
I've not tried any Tom Robbins and if they are comparable it sounds like I should. I'll put "Skinny legs and All" on my wishlist.
Lamb is available on Amazon UK but it's a US import so you're right he probably doesn't have a UK publisher. Can't think why as I'm sure his humour is perfect for a UK audience. I've also read "Practical Demonkeeping" and "Bloodsucking Fiends" and really enjoyed both, especially B.F. which is a parody of just about every vampire book you've ever read
Mr.InBetween 10th April 2006 02:13 PM
There’s been a few times, years ago, I’ve almost tried something by Christopher Moore, but I don’t take too well to comedy. Most “comedy” is cute, and I don’t like cute.
Recently while looking around these here boards (I can’t find the thread even with the “search” option) someone mentioned Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Being a sucker for religious comedy (redundancy?) I thought I’d give this a whirl.
All in all not bad, but too long. And a few areas where one can tell a passage/scene is written cuz CM is sitting on a joke. The story gets progressively weaker when J the C and Biff come into things more paralleling the, ahem, “real” gospels. Here is where the comedy should have excelled, but it lacked. Significantly.
A light read, nothing special. Maybe I’ll try another Moore some time to see how he tells a story when he’s not working within a fairly established template.
For those that like the religion with chuckles I’d still say Donald Westlake’s Humans is the best.
But its out of print. Cuz, you know, good books are not appreciated.