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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (Pine Cove Series) Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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This audiobook starts off innocently enough—with a few minutes of bright, punchy Christmas music—but as we meet each resident of Pine Cove, Calif., the story bends, becoming as twisted as an image in a funhouse mirror. Lena Marquez is the sanest of the bunch, even if she does have a habit of wreaking violence on her ex-husband, known here as the "Evil Developer." Then there's Lena's best friend Molly, a former B-movie actress who hears voices, occasionally believes herself to be "The Warrior Babe of the Outland" and is married to the town constable, Theo, a former pot addict who's slipping off the wagon. To top that off, there's Tucker, a lonely pilot who has a Micronesian fruit bat for a pet, and a rather witless archangel named Raziel who comes to Earth to grant one boy's Christmas wish. It is that wish which turns this Christmas comedy into a holiday horror story. Roberts narrates the whole affair with skill, using his warm, hearty voice to great effect. His is the kind of voice that one would expect to hear in the audio version of A Christmas Carol or a children's storybook, which makes him the perfect reader for this book since it is, in part, a parody of the Christmas classics—albeit a gruesomely entertaining one. Whether crooning a few bars of the blues, personifying the dead or delivering one of the story's uplifting messages ("Life is messy. People generally suck"), Roberts's velvet voice rings with mirth, accentuating the humor and absurdity of each moment.
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Readers of The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (1999), the cast of which returns in this yarn, will confirm that, if any town could put the eerie back in Merry Christmas (whaddaya mean it's never been there--aintcha read Dickens?), it would be Moore's cut-rate California coastal paradise, Pine Cove. It all begins a few chapters in, when Dale Pearson accosts his ex, Lena Marquez, while she is stealing Christmas trees and ends up with a shovel-blade in the neck. Seven-year-old Josh Barker glimpses Dale's demise and, since Dale has on his Caribou Lodge Santa suit, assumes the jolly old elf's been offed; his Christmas wish becomes to have Santa back. Unfortunately, dim-bulb angel Raziel has drawn angelic Christmas duty, which is to grant one child's Christmas wish, and eventually (nothing is ever in a hurry in Moore's lurching, Margaritaville version of the world, though it reads fast) Dale/Santa is resurrected, along with quite a contingent from the same graveyard, just in time for the Christmas party in the nearby chapel. Delirious! Ray Olson
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Top customer reviews
At first, I used to just recommend The Stupidest Angel to people. After a while, I just started giving it away for Christmas. The teenage son of a friend isn't much of a reader, but when I told him that this book had both angels and zombies, he gave it a try. His father called me excited when his son shared the story with him. The boy even read a passage to him. I think that Mr Moore's books should be taught in high school as a viable method of encouraging reading in young people.
READ THIS BOOK! Share it. Laugh. Merry Christmas!
The humor is a little irreverent. After all, it IS about a stupid angel. And zombies. (Again, I don't want to give anything away...) But if that doesn't bother you, do yourself a favor: read this book.
similar to my sense of humor. Then I got out of my own way and dove in for a really enjoyable reading experience.The characters were not deep in description but the human quirks and failures gave the reader all they needed to follow the story.The quick pace of his comedic style reminded me of Douglas Adams, but the sentences structure different in his own way. I think keeping the Divine out of the world of man a good idea at this point.
I am sure I will enjoy reading more of his style of literature.
The basic plot premise of this one is pretty clever and intriguing; it lends itself to lots of very funny scenes.
In the second half of the book, Moore switches to a zombie theme that he plays over the top for effect. While there is some funny stuff in that set of scenes, I found it too ghoulish and blood-thirsty for my taste. I nearly set the book aside any number of times but I struggled through it in hopes it wouldn't go on as long as it did.
So if you either like zombie stuff or at least don't have as queasy a constitution as I apparently have (who knew?), you'll probably love this book. I enjoyed it for the most part but I'm going to be a bit trepidatious about any future Moore work before I engage it.