But getting used to a life lived solely at night can make things a little tricky, so Jody needs a minion to do her bidding, which is where Thomas Flood comes in. A wannabe writer from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy is new in town and having a hard time getting adjusted to life in the Big City Although Jody can be a little tricky and high-maintenance with her vampire lifestyle, Tommy is in love he thinks.
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About The Book Jody never asked to become a vampire. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching back, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her.
Thomas Flood fits in. A would-be Kerouac from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy to his friends is biding his time night-clerking and frozen-turkey bowling in a San Francisco Safeway. But all that changes when a beautiful undead redhead walks through the door Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. Must redeem within 90 days. Thomas Flood, more affectionately known as Tommy to help her out. It is obviously not easy being a modern day vampire.
Questions for Discussion: Everyone has been exposed to Vampire Lore, either through books, movies, or television. In what ways was it similar? Is love at first sight possible? Or in their case, at first bite? Why do they connect so instantly? How intentional do you think this was on the part of the author?
What do these add to the story? The book touches upon the idea of euthanasia — the practice of ending life of a terminally ill person in a painless or minimally painful way in order to limit suffering, in that Elijah Ben Sapir, the vampire who creates Jody only kills those who are about to die or whose lives are limited in some way.
Do vampires have an ethical standard? Jody ends up killing Simon in the front of his truck when he threatens her when she refuses to turn him into a vampire. Jody blames the killing on Elijah, however, and never confesses it to Tommy by the end of the book.
Why not admit to it when Elijah has been restrained? What would it mean if they were caught? Why did these crimes need to be pinned on anyone? By the end of the novel, both detectives — Cavuto and Rivera begin to believe in the supernatural and that vampires could exist. To what extent do you believe in the supernatural, either vampires, ghosts, or just even in those who may or may not have psychic ability? Have any members of your group read The Vampire Lestat?
How do the two books compare? Though Jody finds herself immortal, she also maintains many of her normal human characteristics and failings, including vanity, fear, anger, and disgust. Discuss how even though she has become immortal, and can protect herself from many of the regular dangers of everyday life, she is still unable to disassociate herself with normal human emotion. At the end of the book, the reader is left with the impression that Jody is about to turn Tommy into a vampire.
If she does change him into a vampire, how do you imagine their story continues? How would it continue if she does not? Tips to Enhance Your Bookclub Would you be willing to trade your normal life — being able to go out in the daylight, not being immortal — in order to become a vampire?
Would it be worth it? Why not? Which do you think is her most needed new super ability?
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Thomas Flood lands in the city by the Bay, fresh from the farming fields of Indiana, determined to write a great American novel. He rents a cot from a Chinese entrepreneur named Wong and finds himself living with five other Chinese gentlemen all named Wong as well. The Wongs are excited because they have recently learned that it is legal for two men to marry in San Francisco. Thomas has something they really, really lust for American citizenship.
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