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The Serpent of Venice: A Novel Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 35 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Harper Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 April 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J4UCOME
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Format: Hardcover
As only Christopher Moore can, I was pulled in completely by another of his cleverly done meaningless stories. This book is pure entertainment and side splitting laugh out loud moments.

If you're already a Moore fan then, as long as you don't come into this one expecting another Lamb, you won't be disappointed. I would say this book is on par with some of his other better stories. Pocket, much like Mint E Fresh, is a character I am happy to see come back. This was definitely a fun, worthwhile read.

As you may have gathered from the product description, this book is a loosely woven tale of a couple of Shakespeare comedies and our old friend Pocket the fool. If you're at least vaguely familiar with Shakespeare, you'll greatly enjoy this book and, much like Sacre Bleu, you'll see the genius in the writing. If you're not, you don't need to take a college course on it -- you will still enjoy this book.

Maybe read the Cliff Notes on the Shakespeare works if you really don't want to feel like you're missing out.

I don't like reviews that read like book reports, so I won't tell you the story. That's for you to read and discover. Suffice it to say that, as far as Moore books go, I would rank this in the 80th percentile.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
A gondola makes it ways to the bent-backed senator Brabantio's isolated mansion, where he waits with the brutish soldier Iago and the soft-handed merchant. The guest they await is Pocket, called Fortunato by the Venetian doge, but ambassador for the woman he had loved, Queen Cordelia who now lies dead at the hands of his enemies for their own purposes. Pocket is a Fool, and thinks that they wish him to use his influence with the doge and the Moorish captain Othello to back a crusade - but what they want is revenge. Brabantio seeks to wall Pocket up and leave him to die, but the Fool seems to be difficult to kill.

This is a delightful and witty tale, worthy of any number of great bards and poets of the macabre. I'm sure Shakespeare and Poe wish they had written this book themselves. There's plenty of action, entwined with plenty of humour and laced with some toe-curling language and double entendres as we follow Pocket on his course of revenge and setting things right. Along the way we meet Othello's beloved Desdemona, Shylock and his daughter Jessica, Jeff the monkey, a lovesick sea serpent, a ghost, and many more hapless characters. And if you get confused or lose your place from laughing, there's always a helpful Chorus coming along to update you in ponderous rhyme on what's happening next. Underneath the humour and wordplay there's a seriously detailed and delightful narrative here; of love, revenge, war, shenanigans, stupidity, greed and justice. And it's all jolly good fun.

The story of Pocket before this story (yes, I know I'm reading them out of order) is covered in an earlier book, Fool which I intend to get hold of shortly and read with thoroughly deserved enjoyment.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In this book Christopher Moore has mashed together two Shakespeare plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, in order to create a story that is all his own. Do not expect outcomes that fit with anything that Shakespeare envisaged. In passing he also makes reference to several other Shakespeare works and its quite good fun to try to spot them all.

The story is told from the point of view of Pocket, a Fool, who is probably based on the Fool in King Lear as it is made clear that he is supposedly married to one of Lear’s daughters, Cordelia. There is an attempt to kill him because he stands in the way of Iago and other ambitious men, he is rescued in strange circumstances and then sets out to exact revenge on his would be killers. It is difficult to say more without spoilers, so I won’t.

It’s a fun read and up to Moore’s best standards of writing. If you are a fan you won’t be disappointed and if you’re not then this may be enough to convert you. Not to be taken too seriously, just the stiff to read by the pool while on holiday.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Christopher Moore just gets funnier and funnier. I have enjoyed Shakespeare since we were forced to do Julius Caesar at school (which may have also been the start of my Roman fascination) and have always viewed his plays with far less dusty academic appreciation than we are supposed to. Shakespeare liked a good fart joke and some creative Elizabethan swearing. I suspect he would have appreciated (and stolen from) this tale of the fool Pocket wreaking havoc in Venice. To my own mind, the book could have worked just as well without the serpent (a plot device which helped certain vengeful characters maintain their humanity), but then I did not write this wonderful book and certainly could not have done better. In a year when we lost my favourite author ever, Terry Pratchett, I thank the literary gods that we still have Christopher Moore, Jim Butcher and Carl Hiaasen.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent follow up to FOOL, Christopher Moore has done it again . This is a laugh out loud joy of a book , if your feeling down in the mouth purchase this book and enjoy the ride. the fool Pocket finds himself in Venice amongst a number of Shakespeares characters who plot and scheme their way through page after page of mirth. BUY THIS BOOK!!
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