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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496184
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ... it is a sure winner' Publishers Weekly

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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whenever you read something by Christopher Moore, you enter a whole new world. In the case of The Stupidest Angel, the world you enter is familiar, if you have read Moore's previous books, since Moore is reprising many of the most popular characters from the past in this Christmas-inspired satire of life in Pine Cove, a California coastal community, filled with "holiday quaintage" and "festive doom." Lena Marquez, divorced from Dale Pearson, an unmitigated boor, first appeared in The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, and becomes the subject of the major plot here when she inadvertently "kills" Dale as he attacks her for stealing some of his Monterey pine Christmas trees. The local constable, Theophilus Crowe, also appeared in Lust Lizard..., and Tucker Case, who comes on the scene and falls madly in lust with Lena, was the main character in Island of the Sequined Love Nun. His sunglass-clad, talking fruit bat, Roberto, also plays a role.
Lena's fight with Dale is witnessed by young Josh Barker, age seven, who is distraught at the thought that "someone killed Santa." Soon Josh is visited by the Archangel Raziel, who appeared in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, a klutzy angel whose mission it is to go to earth and "find a child who has made a Christmas wish that can only be granted by divine intervention," and do something for him. Josh wants Santa to come back to life.
As always, Moore's off-the-wall imagination takes over, and the investigation of Dale Pearson's disappearance becomes complicated. As the holiday comes closer, Raziel starts to work his bizarre magic and bring the newly dead back to life as part of his Christmas "miracle.
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While looking for a Christmas book for our reading group this December, that was not saccharine or sweet, I came across this. I had not read anything by Christopher Moore before and so I was not sure what to expect; but this is certainly not saccharine - just very, very funny. Many of the characters seem to have appeared in previous books, but that did not matter in this stand-alone story, as the author cleverly introduces the characters of Pine Cove; a sleepy Califormanian coastal village. Well, sleepy until Christmas anyway.

The story begins with evil developer Dale Pearson (dressed as Santa) having an altercation in the parking lot of Thrifty-Mart with his ex-wife Lena Marquez. Later, when he discovers her digging up Christmas trees on his land the argument continues and Lena accidentally kills him. This is witnessed by two people - one, handsome pilot Tucker Case, who helps her bury the body (as you would, obviously, come to the aid of a damsel in distress - even a murderous one) and the other is a young boy, Joshua Barker, who is deeply disturbed at the murder of Santa. Does this mean Christmas is cancelled? At the same time, Pine Cove is visited by the Archangel Raziel, who is on Earth to grant a child a Christmas wish.

Before long, the story is mired in a plotline of sex, drugs and murder. Theo Crowe, the local constable, is supposed to be tracking down what happened to Dale. His attempts are hampered by his wife, Molly, who has retreated into her B-Movie Warrior Princess mode, a fruitbat called Roberto, a crazy Archangel on the loose and, oh yes, the dead are rising from their graves... This is a surprisingly funny, rather charming read, but do be aware that there are lots of adult themes. If you are in any way offended by the outrageous or the indecent, you may wish to avoid this. If not, then you will find a Christmas book which is very different to most around at this time of year; full of quirky characters and lots of laughs.
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When young Joshua Barker sees Santa take a shovel to the head, he desperately prays for a Christmas miracle. Archangel Raziel has been assigned (okay well Michael was, but Raziel won it in a card game) to perform a Christmas miracle, but unfortunately for Josh Raziel doesn't have the brightest halo in the bunch. Before you can say 'Merry Christmas' Raziel had botched his mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove heading into Christmas chaos.

I've never read anything by Christopher Moore before, but this sounded so funny I had to pick up a copy. I'd heard Christopher Moore's writing described as a ruder Terry Pratchett, and having read this I definitely agree. The humour within this book is similar to Terry Pratchett in that it is sarcastic and quite dark at times, although Christopher Moore does take the jokes that little bit further. There is a note at the front of the book that sums up the writing style perfectly and reads: "If you're buying this book as a gift for your grandma or a kid, you should be aware that it contains cuss words ss well as tasteful descriptions of cannibalism and people in their forties having sex. Don't blame me. I told you."

In terms of the story itself, this is a great break from the usual saccharine Christmas fare (not that I don't enjoy that). IKEA obsessed zombies, talking fruit bats, bizarre experiments, dense angels and nutty retired actresses make for a hilarious read. Yes it's a little dark and disturbing at times, but sometimes black humour is exactly what you want.

Apparently several of the characters have appeared in Christopher Moore's other books, but I didn't feel like I'd really missed out on anything by not reading them.
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