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“The only true free thinker is he whose intellect is as free from the future as from the past. He cares as little for what will be, as for what has been; he cares only for what ought to be.”- G.K. Chesterton
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I learned of this quote early in my college career and used it in a fabric banner design project. It has stayed with me ever since and is something I try to remind myself of often. To learn more about G.K. Chesterton, check out the American Chesterton Society.
With the latest book I’ve read, you might be inclined to think that I’m trend-wagon-hopping, as “You Suck” is the tale of vampires in love, but I assure you, Twilight has nothing on this book. I read one of this author’s other books earlier this summer, “Lamb“, and had to read more.
“You Suck: a love story“, by Christopher Moore, is a fast-paced roller-coaster of a tale. It details the San Francisco-based adventures of a young couple in love, who also happen to be newly “initiated” vampires. For a number of reasons, this book was a fun frolic to read–a little over a year ago, Rachel and I went to San Fran; the female lead is a feisty red-head (like Rachel); the couple is still learning about themselves and each other (a situation I’m not unfamiliar with), and Moore’s use of language is at times silly and always inventive with his metaphors.
There are a lot of characters in this short novel – the Animals, Tommy, Blue, Jody, Abby Normal, and Chet to name a few of them. Moore introduces each one deftly, giving you a good sense of the character in a minimal amount of time and with a maximum amount of momentum. Moore sets up a number of plot points as well, and manages to address the majority of them in satisfactory ways. Having the book set in San Francisco also added to my enjoyment, as I could picture the locations he talked about, due to my trip there last year.
There’s a bit of a circle to the way the story ends that could be viewed as good story construction by some, but fell a little flat to me. I like that the book’s conclusion was very unexpected, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I liked the ending. I honestly didn’t see it coming at all, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
Too, the title-aspect of the story, the love story, didn’t feel that solid to me. While I very much enjoyed the characters, I didn’t get the sense of their relationship so well and that was a bit disappointing. Luckily for me, there was so much plot movement that this hardly slowed me down as I blazed through this book in two days. If Hollywood wants more vampire material for the big-screen, I would be very interested to see what they could do with this novel.
As always, if you want to support a Milwaukee business, here’s where you can get this book from Boswell Books!