13 February 2010

Books: Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (2010)

Fifteen years after Bloodsucking Fiends (1995) and three years after You Suck: A Love Story (2007), Christopher Moore returns to San Francisco to catch up on the antics of Jody, Tommy, Abby Normal and The Emperor in Bite Me: A Love Story (to be released on March 23, 2010). Set only months after the last book, Abby Normal (who narrates a good chunk of the novel), emergency back-up mistress of the greater Bay Area, along with her manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog must confront a growing evil taking over the city by the bay.

The city is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet.

With Jody and Tommy “out of the office” (Abby and Foo had them bronzed in the previous novel) she and Foo, along with emo gay boy Jared, must begin to work out a plan to stop Chet, who is becoming more than a cat, as he seems to be able to think like a human. Well, an undead human. Along the way, Chet’s destructive ways (he ate a meter maid) brings back the Animals (Tommy’s crew at the Marina Safeway) and cops Rivera and Cavuto, along with the Emperor of San Francisco.

But it ain’t easy solving all of this, as crew also become’s the target of three vampires who’ve come to clean up the mess Elijah -who sired Jody - created in the first place.

Once again, this novel follows most of Moore’s now patented formula of relationships between men and women that usually gets screwed up (by the guy), snappy dialogue and a lot of self-referential comments. While the plot is not very complex, and I was annoyed that Moore kept Jody and Tommy apart for most of the book, the jokes come fast. Still, as with most of his books, the plot is not normally the reason to read his books (with the exception of Lamb). Got to give it to the author, as he knows away around the four letter words and many ways Abby can describe having sex with her boyfriend.

Fast moving, but not as funny as the previous two, Bite Me: A Love Story is like an old friend, nice to see every once in a while. Oh, and once again, Lily from A Dirty Job has a cameo.

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