This is the first book that I've ever read by Christopher Moore and I must say that I was impressed. I enjoyed his narratives - intense, exuberant, earthly, passionate, dense with metaphor and antics - this novel was a new trail through the ancient therapy of "laughter" - a journey of a warped humorous stark beauty, but with a refreshing comedic style.
The characters in "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" are bizarre and outlandish, to be sure -- but they seem more like slightly embellished "people from real life". I've certainly met a few of these people during my lifetime.
The story follows the trail of Tucker Chase, reprobate pilot whose penchant for strong drink and exotic women leads him into involuntary employment in Micronesia for a doctor whose "practice" involves the harvesting of human organs from unwitting "donors." Tucker's road to realization, redemption and ruin is an entertaining whirlwind involving Moore's very unusual cast of memorable, zany characters. This novel is somewhat less reliant on the supernatural as a mainstay of the plot mechanism, as this story includes the presence of a talking fruitbat and the ghost of a World War II bomber pilot, while providing a broader cast of significant, meaty characters you'll enjoy getting to know.
I have a personal passion for the Pacific Region and of Micronesia, so the setting of this novel was particularly enjoyable. So why not enjoy a rum and coke "with ice" and "escape" into the warm tropic islands with adventure, cool breezes, humor and plenty of sunshine.
Needless to say, that I "laughed" a lot, while reading this novel (yum). So go on and enjoy!