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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380975068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380975068
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,429,602 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Moore brings us another hilarious, irreverent novel of love, strange beasts and much more besides. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on 18 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Theophilus Crowe is a Constable. That's not quite a real lawman. He's not certain what it means, nor are the residents of Pine Cove. In this hidden town on a remote shore facing the Pacific Ocean, Pine Cove's Constable has little to do beyond maintaining the peaceful setting and worrying about his cannabis crop. His musings are rudely interrupted by a suicide. The death brings forth minions of the County Sheriff while evokes a spectre of faulty practice to the town's resident psychiatrist. Another spectre resides in the memories of Molly Michon, former skin-flick Warrior Princess of the Outland who bears a scar that demolished her career. Still getting jollies when she flourishes her sword, she's a formidable friend.
Molly finds a friend - "Steve" [no relation]. Steve's problem requires lengthy explanation - reaching, in fact, deep into prehistoric time. Steve is a shape-shifting, pheromone-emitting oceanic resident who's hungry. And horny. Piqued by a waft of radioactive leakage, Steve wends his way to Pine Cove in search of meals and mating. His ability to disguise himself keeps his mass invisible, but his musk attracts susceptible humans in droves. Molly becomes his mentor and protector, but there are other circumstances interfering with her ability to mother-hen a monster that devours people in a gulp. What exactly, is County Sheriff Burton up to? And what do a psychiatrist and a biologist have to talk about?
Moore's ability to create characters and circumstances is worthy of much applause. It's difficult to identify a "real" person among this assemblage. Yet, none of them is contrived nor severely exaggerated. Even Skinner, a rambunctious Labrador, proves a valid depiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Pine Cove, California, hometown of the depressed, crack pots, sex crazed and just plain crazy folk. Yup, you'll find 'em all here. Of the 5,000, the only one who really knows what is going on is Dr Val, the local psychiatrist. The town constable is usually marijuanaed up. The local bar owner, Mavis is counting on the blues and depression and boy, oh, and boy is she happy! This all sounds a little like "Desperate Housewives".
It all started when Bess Leander was found hanging from one of her chair hooks, but this wasn't a funny thing- she was dead. She lived in a home that was so free of dust that she drove her family crazy with her obsessive compulsive disease. But it shook Dr Val to the core, 15% of all depressed people commit suicide, and she figured she couldn't go there. She convinced the local pharmacist, who has a strange sexual fixation for sea mammals, to give everyone on anti-depressants a sugar pill. Then the fun began.
The nuclear power plant in town has had a nuclear leak so that the monster in the bay, or Steve, the prehistoric lizard is awakened and oh, my gosh, what a lively monster he is. The other members of the town who are enmeshed in this lively story are trying to sort things out. Molly, the former B-Movie star who augments her parts- first out of vanity, then out of need, the pot head town constable, Theo Crowe, who bumbles so much he causes great concern to the crooked sheriff Burton. There is a bereaved local artist and a biologist tracking anomalous behavior in rats. And, into this mix comes a black, blues singer who plays the guitar like a vixen. This all sounds like my hometown, and yours?
Christopher Moore has written one of the zaniest novels I have read and so much fun. It certainly brought me out of a funk- can't wait to read the rest of his novels. This is a fun lively book and highly recommended. prisrob
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
It was a difficult decision, do I read the book in one sitting or read it slowly and enjoy every chapter. The small town of Pine Cove has more than its share of interesting characters - Theo Crowe, the pot-smoking constable; Molly Michon, the town's crazy who was the star of B movies; Mavis Sand - the owner of the Head of the Slug Saloon; Catfish Jefferson, a Blues singer; Valerie Riordan, the town shrink who heavily medicates a good portion of the town's population; and Gabe Fenton, an animal bioloist. Add a sea monster named Steve who terrorizes the community, causing an outbreak of horniness among the residents, and you have a rollicking adventure.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove is the second book in the Pine Cove series by American author Christopher Moore. When Theophilus Crowe, the pot-smoking, pot-growing Constable of Pine Cove, CA, is called to a suspected suicide, he is told by the Sheriff to treat it as just that. But before he can act any further, there is a fuel tanker explosion, a missing child and the people of the town begin to act strangely. The occasionally psychotic Molly Michon, ex-scream queen of the B movie silver screen seems intent on reprising her role as Kendra, Warrior Babe of the Outland; friend and biologist Gabe Fenton is measuring the serotonin levels of his tagged rats; Valerie Riordan, the town psychiatrist, decides to swap all her patients from anti-depressants to placebos; black bluesman, Catfish Jefferson, playing in Molly Sands's Head of the Slug Saloon, attracts the widowed Estelle Joyet, but also, apparently, a shape-changing sea monster later christened Steve; more people go missing and the population of Pine Cove has turned decidedly lustful. Another hilarious offering from Christopher Moore that has murder, a crank lab, placebos, a pharmacist attracted to cetaceans, a computer nerd who can be bribed with pot and confection, a dragon that can change people's behaviour, a siege, an unusual use for a weed-whacker, a double-wide trailer and a National guitar. Reminiscent of Terry Pratchett in places, Douglas Adams in others (high praise indeed, from me!), it is occasionally, as Jenny Masterson says "as surreal as a Dali jigsaw puzzle". Great fun!
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