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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (Pine Cove Series) Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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For any self proclaimed Grinches out there, this book is a hoot. Moore pokes shameless fun at the weird things people do around Christmas, from aggressive Salvation Army bell ringers to Xmas Present Amnesty.
At first, I was a bit put off by the returning cast of characters from previous books. Theo Crowe and his wife Molly Michon were in "The Lust Lizard of Meloncholy Cove," as were Theo's friend Gabe Fenton and his now ex, Valerie Riordan. The Mastersons and Mavis Sand were in "Lust Lizard" and "Practical Demonkeeping." Tucker Case and Roberto made it to Pine Cove from "Island of the Sequined Love Nun."
While the characters are familiar, years have passed since the last time we saw them, and life has moved on. This book isn't a sequel, it's a deliciously funny tale in a familiar setting.
Like all of Moore's books, relationships are at the center of the plot. No one wants to be lonely, not at Christmas, so just as quickly as people break up, they seek to pair off, if only through New Year's Day. Misunderstandings occur when Theo and Molly have their own O. Henry "Gift of the Magi" moment. Tucker Case, now divorced, is so desperate for compay he proceeds to successfully hit on a woman who has just defended herself to the death and doesn't know what to do with the corpse.
Unfortunatly, the corpse is dressed like Santa, and one little boy who wittnessed the murder is about to be visited by an Angel here to grant him a Christmas wish.
There are a lot of predictable places the story could go at that point.Read more ›
Moore's twisted sense of humor shines in the odd pairings he cooks up -- the biologist Gabe and his dog, whose ruminations will have you laughing out loud; the pilot Tucker Case and the talking fruit bat he got as part of his divorce settlement; sheriff and former pot-head Theo Crowe and his wife, Molly Michon, the former scream queen who's gone off her meds and thinks she really is the warrior babe from her movies. The action starts on page one and doesn't let up until the final word on the last page. For devoted fans, this is a long-awaited delight. For those who've not yet experienced one of the Author Guy's hilarious terror trains, prepare to be hooked. There's always a surprise when you least expect it.
If you've never read any of Chris Moore's stuff, than you are missing a chance to brighten the most foul of days. If you have, then nothing more need be said about Moore, you already know. TSA is no exception from the rest. It's a laugh out loud funny holiday romp, with a tact I dare say has never been attempted before. Its the rare author that can fill a Christmas story with zombies and a functionally retard angel, a stoner cop, a psychotic B-movie actress, and pull if off with aplomb.
With a cast of lovable losers and misfits for his other works, Moore spins a tale that will have you rolling on the ground with laughter, or at least getting you funny looks if you are reading it in public. You would be seriously remiss to pass up this dose of holiday cheer.
If this is your first exposure to Moore, go back and read the books in order. You don't want to miss the history of the characters. You won't be sorry.
In The Stupidest Angel, Moore's quirky little town of Pine Cove, California is broken up into sections. Like Stephen King's "Needful Things," Moore brilliantly intertwines the lives of the townsfolk so that the reader is never exactly focused on just one. We come to appreciate people as individual characters of course, but the bigger picture is how they fit in with the rest of the town. Just as you seem to be settling into the Warrior Babe's skewed and unmedicated perception of reality, Moore jumps across town in the next chapter and shows you how a little boy copes with becoming a witness to Santa Claus' bloody demise. In the end, the whole town comes together for one great, big, zombie killing good time. And isn't that what Christmas is truly about?
Moore, known for his daring appreciation of comedic shock value and unpredictable plot twists scores big with fans and colleagues. When he writes, he writes not only for his readers but he writes for the love of the good time that it brings him. I dare you to read "The Stupidest Angel" and not picture him sitting there at his laptop with a smile that just barely misses the bottom of his Santa hat at both ends. He loves life and he loves his work. In fact, I sincerely doubt he ever even considers it work. He's just a happy kid who grew up and learned how to express joy through the movement of a pen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While not his best, this book is definitely his Black Album. It's a hit and will continue to be so for years. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tyler
Another hilarious story from Christopher Moore. A definite one to put on your to read list.Published 24 days ago by Chris Nichols
If you loved lamb or A dirty job then this one should also be in your collection. It's fun and full of characters that easily paint a picture in your mind. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
My husband & I love this book. It's become a seasonal reread for us. It's so funny - but not for everyone. There is swearing, there is sex, and there is violence - and zombies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AnejjenA
anything Christopher Moore is great. Best EVER, though, was Lamb. A few eons in hell for reading this one, but worth it!!Published 2 months ago by churchlady
Part of Christopher Moore's "expanded universe" its good to see some of our favorite characters and what they've been up to since we last read about them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Denoms
Christmas with an Angel, a Warrior Babe and zombies. What could be better?Published 3 months ago by Hinda Burke