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Island of the Sequined Love Nun: A Novel [Paperback]

Christopher Moore
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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7 Sep 2006
Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497198
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Moore was born in Ohio and lived there until he was nineteen, when he moved to California. Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping, in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, and insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco.

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Praise for Christopher Moore: 'Wickedly funny' Waterstone's Books Quarterly, 'Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word' Carl Hiaasen, 'Humour that seamlessly blends lunacy with larceny ... habit forming zaniness' USA Today, 'Moore is endlessly inventive ... This cetacean picaresque is no fluke - it is a sure winner' Publishers Weekly

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Another deliciously deranged novel by the endlessly inventive Christopher Moore: addictively funny. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd is an understatement 18 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'd never heard of Christopher Moore before and bought 'Love Nun' on a whim. I laughed out loud which can be embarrasing on a London tube. It can be difficult for the English to relate to American authors but this is so far off the wall it may as well have been written by a martian! A great escape!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique style and plot make great reading. 3 Dec 2006
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
In a world full of books which make us smile, here's a twisted tale that had me chuckling, suppressing giggles and admiring a level of wit and wackiness rarely seen. Christopher Moore has a talent for taking a normal guy, albeit one with low moral values, and bending bad luck around them. Love Nun, although bordering on farce at times, is so slick you are tugged along with the story, the lunacy is so integral to the tale it could be misplaced for normalcy. It centres around a cargo cult and a mysterious missionary doctor who needs a pilot for his brand new Lear jet. Curious how a missionary doctor has a Lear jet... Even more curious is why he wants our central character, since he's banned from flying for having relations with a hooker, whilst flying, and then whilst crashing. So, if you want a mystery book, that is cleverly plotted, filled with sharp humour, which is bold and shows no fear, then grab Love Nun now. A masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Christopher Moore has emerged as one of the most original writers of the decade....easily! In "Love Nun" he has managed to combine suspense, intrigue and side-splitting humor in an action-packed story that keeps you doubled over with laughter. Unlikely combination? I'll say, but to read it is to believe it. Moore is a writer whose sharp wit pierces the armor of reason, respectability, and righteousness with constant mirth and weird, good spirits. I can't recommend the book highly enough. I've already given away a half-dozen "must read" copies to friends. If you haven't read any of Moore's books, fill your shopping cart right now with "Practical Demonkeeping," Coyote Blue," Bloodsucking Fiends," and "Island of the Sequined Love Nun." You are in for a treat. Call in sick and read, read, read, and shout with laughter. No, I'm not Moore's father, brother, or even brother-in-law. Never met the guy and might even be afraid to go near somebody so goofy, but I can't put his books do
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tropical island breeze. 9 July 2001
By A Customer
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book of 1997 10 July 1997
By A Customer
A perfect 10 is the best way to describe the hilarious book by Christopher Moore. For all of us believing Moore couldn't possilbly get better, "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" taught a valuable lesson. He did get better. This book is impossible to put down from the first page and it is laugh out loud funny. Tucker Case, his friends and foes are the most entertaining characters I've encountered. From Tuck's injury trying to assist a hooker in her quest to join the mile high club, to a transvestite navigator with a talking fruit bat, this book keeps you laughing. Chris Moore didn't waste a word on this wonderfully written book. Even without the humor, the story would have kept my fingers rapidly turning the pages. Surely, this gem deserves more than a perfect 10. "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" is a treasure!
Erma Arthur
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was given a copy of the book because I live in Yap, where the action supposedly took place. By the time he got to Truk, I was laughing out loud (especially the cockroach on the pillow). The only problem with reading it is that you cannot be literal minded (a friend of mine said, "That's ridiculous. You can't land a jet on a runway that size). You can't live in the tropics without maintaining a good sense of humor, and we found his almost true situations hilarious. I'm ordering more Moore now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very very funny
I loved this book, purchased again as had to give my paperback away to a friend to read
Christopher Moore is a very original storyteller
Published 5 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A smartly conceived plot and very unique characters - 5 stars all the...
I'm half way through Chris Moore's back catalog and this is my stand-out favorite so far, a very smartly conceived plot and unique characters that kept me hooked all the way... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barnaby Jaco Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly and as advertised
This is a second hand book so I did not expect pristine condition.
I want to read it not look at it.
Good value.
Published 15 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent a change from scandi books
funny stylish fantastical.

An excellent imaginative fantastical book. Made a pleasent change from the various scandi crime books i have beeen reading
Published 17 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read
Island of the Sequined Love Nun is the second stand-alone novel by American author Christopher Moore. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
4.0 out of 5 stars Jury still out
I have read about practical dragons, lust lizards and blue coyotes - I'm almost halfway through this book and haven't come across a love nun.... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
My first Moore book and I really enjoyed it. Great balance of character, intrigue and humour. I look forward to the next one!
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by T. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Another faultless funfest
I love, love, love all of this guy's books. Read them, you won't be disappointed! Love nun is particularly good. Look out for Roberto the sunglasses wearing talking fruitbat. Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by M. Royle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - great performance by Wyman
This was my first Christopher Moore novel or audio-book but it certainly will not be the last (I just ordered three more!). I particularly enjoyed Oliver Wyman's performance. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Paul D. Lachance
4.0 out of 5 stars subversive, wacky south pacific adventures
This is the second Christopher Moore book I have read after Coyote Blue and there are some similarities. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by Andrew Dalby
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