Christopher Moore was not an author I'd read previously but looking for something new I decided to give Fool a try. I must confess to being a little sceptical about his being compared to Terry Pratchett, who I have been reading for over twenty years. However it only took me a couple of chapters to realise that I was going to really enjoy this book.
The story is loosely based on Shakespear's King Lear, with a few alterations, and is narrated from the perspective of Pocket. Pocket is the King's fool who is rude and cheeky to everybody without exception - imagine Rik Mayall in jester's clothes improvising satire about the events going on around him whilst simultaneously pursuing anything in a skirt and you're about there.
We follow Pocket as his master disowns his best friend and his youngest daughter Cordelia, gives her and his kingdom away, loses his knights to his scheming other two daughters and is finally reconciled as Cordelia returns from France to take the Kingdom. Along the way Pocket, who is introduced as an orphan, gets into cahoots with three witches, discovers his parentage and plots mercilessly with all and sundry to achieve his own ends.
This is definitely a bawdy tale, the language might take you back a bit at first - get past that and it is also a hugely entertaining read from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have subsequently sought out other Christopher Moore books to read.