You Suck, by Christopher Moore

33453This week, Christopher Moore’s sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story came out. Finally! I’ve enjoyed Christopher Moore for a long, because he has a knack for inventing totally absurd and hilarious characters and situations. He’s one of the few authors that can make me laugh out loud as I read. (The others are Jasper Fforde and Terry Pratchett.)

And the good news is that he’s getting successful enough that not only did The New York Times review his book, but they liked it! (This link will expire in a few days, so read it soon.)

Even though Bloodsucking Fiends came out in the mid-1990s, You Suck picks up right where the first book started. In a way, it was kind of like reading an extended epilogue. It’s got almost all of the original characters–with the addition of a blue-dyed prostitute. And the plot almost defies description.

Like the Times review points out, Moore’s humor always has a sweetness to it. Lamb, for example, is one of the rare books that manages to be absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. You Suck, though, is missing some of that sweetness. Okay, it’s missing a lot of that sweetness. In some places, it’s downright mean and, as I read the book, I know there are several places that were supposed to be funny that I just didn’t find amusing. So, while I enjoyed the book, it’s not one of my favorites.

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