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It’s reading time! I’ve been on a bit of a one-author kick lately, and that author is Christopher Moore. The books are a hoot: they’re quick, funny and clever. The characters are flawed but good everyperson characters, which hits a nice balance between individualised and identifiable. They’re pretty short and easy to read and a whole lotta fun.

Coyote Blue

Insurance salesman Sam Hunter’s apparently flawless life is overturned by the arrival of the Crow God Coyote, who invites Sam to face his past, his secrets, and himself. (That was a fairly glib summary, wasn’t it?) I liked this book for the way Sam changes over the course of the novel and for Coyote (who doesn’t change much but is damn cool to begin with). Sam’s mask slips and Sam becomes more likeable and vulnerable, and then deeper and stronger as a result. Coyote is a total hoot, and there’s a cool blend of Crow stories and adventure — over the deeper themes of truth, family and heritage.

Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

You Suck: A Love Story

Bite Me: A Love Story

I’ve lumped these three together because they form a trilogy — something I didn’t realise when I started with You Suck. I got to the end and found it pretty unsatisfying — and then realised there was another book waiting for me. This story works really, really well as a trilogy. The overarching story is the love story of Tommy and Jody, but each book focuses on different relationship dynamics — the older vampire that turned Jody, the group of Tommy’s friends/coworkers called the Animals, Tommy and Jody’s friends, etc. It’s a very cool story, and each book stands well on its own. Urban vampire fantasy at its coolest. When I first started reading You Suck, the way the two main characters spoke to each other kinda bugged me, until I realised that was a reflection of their ages and personalities: as they, as characters, endured more and grew, the way they talked to each other changed and grew. And that’s awesome: I love characters that grow and change. The characters, overall, are a hoot, and Moore nails the dialogue

I’ve got a few more Christopher Moore books in the to-read bucket (note: not actually a bucket) and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be good. Nice one, Mr Moore.



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