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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Sept. 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 (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,766 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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 1999
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 By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 17 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 9 July 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 10 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
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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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Island of the Sequined Love Nun is the second stand-alone novel by American author Christopher Moore. When pilot Tucker Case, flying jets for the (very conservative) cosmetic baroness, Mary Jean Dobbins, disgraces himself with a prostitute on one of her pink jets, he finds himself unemployed, infamous and facing possible prosecution. His best friend Jake Skye manages to scuttle him out of the country to accept a job flying for a missionary doctor in Micronesia, but it isn't until he gets to the island of Alualu, via several flights and a journey in a small boat through a typhoon, that he realises he could have been a bit more sceptical of his employment conditions. A Lear 45 to fly, extremely generous pay and conditions: is this Dr Sebastian Curtis for real? When Tuck finds himself a virtual prisoner in a compound with Japanese guards, forbidden from drinking any alcohol, prohibited contact with the island natives, making short hops to Japan and back delivering mysterious cargo, he begins to wonder what is really going on. Finding out isn't easy, though: Dr Curtis and his charismatic wife, Beth, are charming but tight-lipped. This story has a bit of everything: a cargo cult, a typhoon, a ghost, land mines, a cannibal, golf, some neat tricks with jets, a cross-dressing navigator, shark-riding and a talking fruit-bat named Roberto. Tucker imbibes gin, beer and kava; the natives have plenty of kava and betel nut. There is an abundance of humour as well as intrigue, suspense, a daring rescue and a gripping climax. Having read the third novel of the Pine Cove series, The Stupidest Angel, I was interested to know Tucker Case's backstory, and I was not disappointed. Moore's plot is very original and his characters develop well: Tucker starts off as a shallow, alcoholic, sex-obsessed male but ends up a hero. This was a fun read.
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