Nieyda, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Nieyda)
The Stupidest Angel is anything but the normal Christmas tale. Christopher Moore has revived the residents of Pine Cove, and some other characters from his other novels, with all their silliness and insanity and added an angel that is one part the Terminator and two part Jim Carry from Dumb and Dumber. This rather short novel has more one-liners than a Henny Youngman convention and more laughs than a barrel of tea party congressmen. I especially loved the return of Roberto T. Fruitbat from Island of the Sequined Love Nun but you do not need to have read any of Moore's other novels to enjoy this one.
Judy E. Marshall, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Judy E. Marshall)
Moore's best book since Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. With all of the wars and economic crises, what a joy to read the continuing sagas of Kendra, Theo, et al. The Stupidest Angel makes me laugh until I have tears rolling. Moore's stories, though on the surface sophomoric, touch depths of my heart. He touches and questions the spiritual - my deepest desires - my hidden fears. (Oh my, maybe I am as sick as the psychiatrist diagnosed.)
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Laurie Blum, December 6, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Need a good laugh & a hearty chuckle at this wild and crazy stressful holiday season? Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror" is the answer. Waaaay creative & fun!
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Edward Martin III, December 3, 2006 (view all comments by Edward Martin III)
The Stupidest Angel isn't JUST a funny book. It isn't JUST a clever book. It isn't JUST an astonishingly addictive to read book. It's an astonishingly addictive to read hilarious and brain splatteringly clever book to read. Christopher Moore doesn't just use language to tell a story -- he uses language to delight and thrill you. He serves up phrases that are so breathtaking that you have to read them again, as if you simply could not believe that you read them the first time. For example:
"Blessed are the minimarshmallows," the angel said, swooning a little.
And I haven't even talked about the BOOK yet!
The Stupidest Angel is a Christmas tale of beauty, hate, greed, love, power, death, secrets, murder, revelations, magic, miracles, resurrection, the inexplicable appearance of Star Trek shirts, and the sweet peppery taste of gunpowder. Every character is perfectly drawn -- even the bat.
If you miss this book, then you'll spend Christmas wondering what the cool people are snickering about.
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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, Version 2.0
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William Morrow -
Please, Santa, come back from the dead! World-class satirist Christopher Moore is here just in time for the holidays.
There's nothing wrong with a gut-busting, laugh-out-loud, twisted Christmas tale! Add a few zombies, a scream queen, and an angel too stupid to be true, and you have the perfect ingredients for the craziest holiday story ever. Just don't roll around on the floor laughing while you read The Stupidest Angel... people always get suspicious when you are having a good time. WARNING: Christopher Moore's books can be addictive and can cause sudden outbursts of uncontrollable laughter... but don't let that stop you.
by Tom L.,
Christopher Moore is one of the most reliably funny writers around, but this is one of the few books I've ever reread. Moore merges some disparate threads from earlier novels (the angel Raziel from Lamb, Pine Cove from The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove) and produces a laugh-out-loud funny Christmas parody, complete with zombies. Definitely a must-read!
by Tom L.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Hilarity abounds in Moore's latest satirical gem. Sleepy Pine Cove, Calif., is abuzz with Christmas spirit, but Lena Marquez is fed up with her despicable ex-husband, Dale Pearson. On his way home from playing Santa Claus at the local lodge, Dale spies sneaky Lena uprooting his Monterey pines; he pulls a gun on her, she lashes out with a shovel and — oops! — kills him. Seven-year-old Josh Barker, thinking he's just seen the murder of Santa, prays for a miracle to save Christmas. To Lena's rescue comes Tucker Case, a slimy, reformed Casanova and DEA pilot, who gives her an alibi and sweeps her off her feet. The marijuana-cultivating town constable, Theo Crowe, suspects foul play, but Tucker intervenes with a blackmail scheme to keep the crime buried. Meanwhile, there's a new arrival in town: the glowingly blond Archangel Raziel (last seen in Lamb) has come 'dirtside' on a 'miracle mission' involving Josh's wish and reviving the town's dearly departed. Pine Cove's biggest challenge surfaces as comically reanimated zombies begin to rise and feast on the living, and a huge El Nino-induced storm swirls. This little slice of perverse Christmas cheer is enough to make even the most cynical Scrooge guffaw. Agent, Nicholas Ellison. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"Mr. Moore is clearly the unhinged Hiaasen. He's Daily Show-funny and willing to subvert anything, even the 'pile of dead Kringle' that sets this fractured fairy tale in motion."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"Christopher Moore's prose is hyper but never shticky, and his compassion for this island of misfits shines as bright as the samurai sword wielded by a schizophrenic warrior woman on a not-so-silent Christmas Eve. (Grade: A)"
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