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2011: #4 – Bite Me (Christopher Moore)

biteme Book #4 was Bite Me, the third and final book in the Love Story Trilogy by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

"The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public."

Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup. ‘Cept there’s no whining. See, while some lovers were born to run, Jody and Tommy were born to bite. Well, reborn, that is, now that they’re vampires. Good thing theirs is an undying love, since their Goth Girl Friday, Abby Normal, imprisoned them in a bronze statue.

Abby wants to be a bloodsucking fiend, too, but right now she’s really busy with other stuff, like breaking in a pair of red vinyl thigh-high Skankenstein® platform boots and wrangling her Ph.D.-candidate boyfriend, Steve (the love monkey). And then there’s that vampire cat Chet, who’s getting bigger and smarter—and thirstier—by the minute. Abby thought she and Steve could handle the kitty cat on their own, mais non . . .

Before you can say "OMG! WTF?" Tommy and Jody are sprung from captivity, and join forces with Abby, Steve, the frozen-turkey-bowling Safeway crew, the Emperor of San Francisco and his trusty dogs Lazarus and Bummer, Abby’s gay Goth friend Jared, and SF’s finest Cavuto and Rivera to hunt big cat and save the city. And that’s when the fun really begins.

Moore has wrapped up his trilogy in fine fashion.  As before, the star here really is Abby Normal, whose voice cuts through everything else.  Especially entertaining is her quest to become "Nosferatu" — much more entertaining than chasing herds of vampyre cats around the city. I also enjoyed the mysterious orange-socked samurai. Not quite as entertaining was anything that had to do with Cavuto, Rivera, or the Animals. But, I can sit through periods of slow stuff as long as I know there’s more of Abby’s narration around the corner.

And with that, I have completed the oeuvre of Christopher Moore. At least, until Sacré Bleu is published.

Other reviews:

BookNAround: Review: Bite Me by Christopher Moore
What Cheesy Reads: #97 Bite Me by Christopher Moore

Audiobook length: 8 hrs 4 min | Approx. word count: 80,000 (’11 total: 357,600)

2010: Night Fire (Catherine Coulter)
2009: Kopek the Destroyer (Phil Owens)
2008: The Ice Queen (Alice Hoffman)
2007: Agnes of God (Leonore Fleisher)
2006: Postmortem (Patricia Cornwell)
2005: The Bad Beginning (Lemony Snicket)

Used in these Challenges: Countdown Challenge 2011; 2011 Audiobook Challenge; Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2011;

2010: #107 – You Suck (Christopher Moore)

yousuckBook #107 was You Suck, the second in Christopher Moore’s Love Story trilogy.  The back of the book reads:

Being undead sucks. Literally.

Just ask C. Thomas Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he’s ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he’s one, too. For some couples, the whole biting-and-blood thing would have been a deal breaker. But Tommy and Jody are in love, and they vow to work through their issues.

But word has it that the vampire who initially nibbled on Jody wasn’t supposed to be recruiting. Even worse, Tommy’s erstwhile turkey-bowling pals are out to get him, at the urging of a blue-dyed Las Vegas call girl named (duh) Blue.

And that really sucks.

This was pretty entertaining, though it has its ups and downs.  The "up" was following Tommy in his first days of being a vampire, and how he and Jody figure out just what the implications of certain things are — especially since Jody is such a new vampire herself. The "down" was the Blue storyline. It just felt like a way to keep Tommy’s old coworkers in the picture. Really, the best parts of the book were the chapters in the voice of Abby Normal, Tommy and Jody’s 16-year-old goth minion. Just think of things a teenage goth would say, and then put them in the vernacular of a valley girl. Definitely the most entertaining voice in the book. The ending is a little weak, in an "oops, time to wrap everything up!" sort of way, but it’s not a big deal. These are probably the best of Moore’s books, so be prepared to laugh and laugh often.

Other reviews:

Christopher Moore: You Suck – Book Review
BookNAround: Review: You Suck by Christopher Moore
Review: You Suck by Christopher Moore » Life … With Books
Sassymonkey Reads » You Suck
You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore « In the Shadow of Mt. TBR

Audiobook length: 7hrs 43min | Approximate word count: 88,000

2009: The Fury (Jason Pinter)
2008: The Charlemagne Pursuit (Steve Berry)
2007: Dead Certain (Mariah Stewart)
2006: Chase (Dean Koontz)

Used in these Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; 2nd Reading Challenge; Audiobook Challenge; Countdown Challenge 2011;

2010: #70 – Fool (Christopher Moore)

fool Book #70 was Fool by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

Verily speaks Christopher Moore, much-beloved scrivener and peerless literary jester, who hath writteneth much that is of grand wit and belly-busting mirth, including such laureled bestsellers of the Times of Olde Newe Yorke as Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck: A Love Story. Now he takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) in a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters—a rousing story of plots, subplots, counterplots, betrayals, war, revenge, bared bosoms, unbridled lust . . . and a ghost (there’s always a bloody ghost), as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.

Fool is Christopher Moore’s reworking of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, through the eyes of the King’s fool, Pocket. Pocket is your usual Moore narrator — more than slightly absurd and utterly charming.  The story itself is chocked full of his trademark vulgarity and bawdy humor, with a bit of an antiquated twist. I thought it was a pretty decent listen, one of Moore’s better stories, and some of his phrases have made it into our real-life conversations. If there’s one thing you can always count on Moore for, it’s a hearty laugh.

Other reviews:

Bookopolis: Book Review: Fool by Christopher Moore
Fool « reading comes from writing

Audiobook length: 8hrs 41min | Approximate word count: 96,800

2009: Night Play (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
2008: Wed to a Stranger? (Jule McBride)
2007: A Complicated Kindness (Miriam Toews)
2006: Killing Floor (Lee Child)
2005: Sudden Prey (John Sandford)

Used in these Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Audiobook Challenge;

2010: #25 – The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (Christopher Moore)

lustlizard Book #25 was The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally—well, to be accurate, artificially—business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks. Suddenly, morose Pine Cove turns libidinous and is hit by a mysterious crime wave, and a beleaguered constable has to fight off his own gonzo appetites to find out what’s wrong and what, if anything, to do about it.

This was my favorite of the three Pine Cove books.  Here we get what Moore does best — a colorful cast of characters mired in an extremely unusual situation.  In this case, there’s a mysterious sea beast in town, making the newly un-drugged residents of Pine Cove somewhat… amorous. Constable Theo Crowe knows *something* is going on, but he’s not too sure what.  All he knows is that he doesn’t believe housewife Bess Leander killed herself, and it’s up to him to find out who really killed her. The only one who really has an idea of what is going on is mostly-out-of-her-mind ex-B-movie-queen Molly Michon, and who’s going to believe her? This is the Moore I first enjoyed with A Dirty Job.

Audiobook length: 8 hrs 45 min | Word count: 80,680

2009: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
2008: One Mississippi (Mark Childress)
2007: Deal Breaker (Harlan Coben)
2006: Witness in Death (J.D. Robb)
2005: Ceremony in Death (J.D. Robb)

Used in these Challenges: The Four Month Challenge; 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Audiobook Challenge; TwentyTen Challenge;

2010: #3 – Lamb (Christopher Moore)

lamb Book #3 was Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years — except Biff, the Messiah’s best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior’s pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there’s no one who loves Josh more — except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala — and Biff isn’t about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

I thought this was pretty good, and not nearly as sacrilegious as I thought it might be. When we meet Joshua (Jesus) at a young age he is already quite aware of who he is and who his father is, amusing his younger brother by bringing dead lizards back to life (his ability to reanimate is a recurring theme). Biff is quite likeable, if misguided at times, and is thoroughly devoted to Josh — something that is readily apparent by the end of the story.  There’s no big surprise about how it ends, but the middle is wholly original. Josh and Biff’s journey to find the three wise men who witnessed his birth has a touch of The Christmas Carol in it, as Josh learns something new about himself with each adventure. This is definitely one of Moore’s stronger novels.

Other reviews:

an adventure in reading: BOOK: Lamb by Christopher Moore
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Look At That Book: Review: Lamb – Christopher Moore
A Hoyden’s Look at Literature: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

Page count: 444 | Word count: 148,137

2009: Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Diana Gabaldon)
2008: Lord John and the Private Matter (Diana Gabaldon)
2007: No Second Chance (Harlan Coben)
2006: Lost Innocents (Patricia MacDonald)
2005: 3rd Degree (James Patterson)

Used in these Challenges: Countdown Challenge 2010; 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Reading From My Shelves Project; Pages Read Challenge Season 2; TwentyTen Challenge;

2009: #133 – Bloodsucking Fiends (Christopher Moore)

Sneaking one more in!

bloodsucking Book #133 was Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

Jody never asked to become a vampire. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching back, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her.

Making the transition from the nine-to-five grind to an eternity of nocturnal prowlings is going to take some doing, however, and that’s where C. Thomas Flood fits in. A would-be Kerouac from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy (to his friends) is biding his time night-clerking and frozen-turkey bowling in a San Francisco Safeway. But all that changes when a beautiful undead redhead walks through the door…and proceeds to rock Tommy’s life — and afterlife — in ways he never thought possible.

Now this is the Christopher Moore I initially raved about.  This is light and irreverent and a lot of fun. The main characters are likeable and the supporting cast strong.  The "Animals", Tommy’s fellow night-shifters at the Safeway, seemed like precursors to the "Nerd Herd" on Chuck. Moore explores some of the little talked about side effects of becoming a vampire, like having to quit your job and figuring out what to do when your car gets towed and you can’t retrieve it in the daytime. Then again, it’s hard to beat the perks of perfect skin and superhuman strength.  This is the first book of a series, and we’ll definitely be listening to You Suck sometime this year.

Other reviews:

Christopher Moore: Bloodsucking Fiends – Book Review
REVIEW: Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
Ace and Hoser Blook: Bloodsucking Fiends

Audiobook length: 9hrs 18min | Approximate word count: 76,000

2007: Side Effects (Michael Palmer)

Used in these Challenges: none

2009: #127 – Island of the Sequined Love Nun (Christopher Moore)

lovenun Book #127 was Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise—a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy’s body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss’s pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean’s goons. Now there’s only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.

This was better than the last few Christopher Moore books we’ve listened to.  In this book, we meet Tucker Case, who also appears in Moore’s later book, The Stupidest Angel.  Tucker gets himself in a bit of trouble when he takes a drunken joyride in one of his employers jets with a beautiful lady.  About $2 million in damages later, Tucker’s lost his pilot’s license.  When he’s approached by some supposed missionaries wanting to hire him to pilot their jet back and forth from their Micronesian island and Japan, it’s an offer he can’t refuse (at least, not if he wants to fly again).  Unfortunately, when Tuck gets to the island, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that everything isn’t as it seems.  People are getting hurt in the name of cash, and Tuck can’t be a part of it.  He really has to step outside of himself and take on some major challenges to save these innocent island people.  Tuck isn’t a particularly likable character at first (really, he’s a screw-up), but by the end of the book he’s grown into someone who can be proud of himself.  Even if he did steal a 747.

Other reviews:

Christopher Moore – Island of the Sequined Love Nun
Ace and Hoser Blook: Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Audiobook length: 11hrs 39min | Word count: 106,804

2007: Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)

Used in these Challenges: none

2009: #108 – Coyote Blue (Christopher Moore)

coyoteblue Book #108 was Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

From master of subversive humor Christopher Moore comes a quirky, irreverent novel of love, myth, metaphysics, outlaw biking, angst, and outrageous redemption.

As a boy, he was Samson Hunts Alone — until a deadly misunderstanding with the law forced him to flee the Crow reservation at age fifteen. Today he is Samuel Hunter, a successful Santa Barbara insurance salesman with a Mercedes, a condo, and a hollow, invented life. Then one day, destiny offers him the dangerous gift of love — in the exquisite form of Calliope Kincaid — and a curse in the unheralded appearance of an ancient god by the name of Coyote. Coyote, the trickster, has arrived to reawaken the mystical storyteller within Sam…and to seriously screw up his existence in the process.

I have to admit that despite my love for A Dirty Job, I’m not a big fan of Moore’s earlier works. Not only are some characters reused (which I don’t really have a problem with — nothing wrong with recurring characters!), he uses some of the same stereotypes in every book, it seems.  There’s always a mostly-high surfer dude. There’s always a cantankerous (and probably homely) old lady. And of course, the earnest (if sometimes misguided) main character.  I think what really rubbed me wrong in this book was Coyote himself.  I know he is supposed to be a "trickster" spirit, but I found him more mean-spirited than anything.  Especially when he steals Sam’s car, sells it, and gambles away his bank account.  I think you’re supposed to find his naiveté endearing, but I didn’t.  I’ll keep reading (or rather, listening) to Moore’s books, but mostly because they’re what my husband wants to hear.

Other reviews:

What Cheesy Reads: Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
Books & other thoughts: Coyote Blue
Puss Reboots: Did I Think of That?

Audio length: 10 hrs 20 min | Approximate word count: 80,000

2007: Birds of a Feather (Jacqueline Winspear)
2006: The Body Farm (Patricia Cornwell)

Used in these Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge 2009;

2009: #100 – Practical Demonkeeping (Christopher Moore)

demonkeeping Book #100 was Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

In Christopher Moore’s ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O’Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. Behind the fake Tudor façade of Pine Cove, California, Catch sees a four-star buffet. Travis, on the other hand, thinks he sees a way of ridding himself of his toothy traveling companion. The winos, neo-pagans, and deadbeat Lotharios of Pine Cove, meanwhile, have other ideas. And none of them is quite prepared when all hell breaks loose.

I thought this was just okay.  I found it somewhat meandering and really slow to get to the point.  Much like in The Stupidest Angel, the best part of the book is when the final action begins. I’m not feeling real great about these early books of Moore’s, and I’m glad he improved as he went along.

Other reviews:

Musings of a Bookish Kitty: Review of Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
Ace and Hoser Blook: Practical Demonkeeping

Audiobook length: 7hrs 30min | Word count: 70,764

2008: The Dirty Secrets Club (Meg Gardiner)
2007: Fantasy Lover (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
2006: Final Target (Iris Johansen)

Used in these Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge 2009;

2009: #74 – Fluke (Christopher Moore)

fluke Book #74 was Fluke by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

Just why do humpback whales sing? That’s the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals. Until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite me.

Trouble is, Nate’s beginning to wonder if he hasn’t spent just a little too much time in the sun. ‘Cause no one else on his team saw a thing — not his longtime partner, Clay Demodocus; not their saucy young research assistant; not even the spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman Kona (né Preston Applebaum). But later, when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot — and his research facility is trashed — Nate realizes something very fishy indeed is going on.

By turns witty, irreverent, fascinating, puzzling, and surprising, Fluke is Christopher Moore at his outrageous best.

This is my third Christopher Moore book, and I liked it almost as much as A Dirty Job (and much, much more than The Stupidest Angel).  This had a lot of Moore’s trademark humor, but it also had a bit of a serious side as he tackled the issue of whale conservation.  In that way, it reminded me a lot of a Carl Hiaasen. At the beginning, it was a little difficult to keep the supporting characters straight, especially the women, but it all shakes out as the story goes on. We listened to the audio production, which really brought the book to life.  The delivery of Kona’s parts had us laughing many times. Moore continues to be our favorite author for long car trips.

Audiobook length: 9hrs 46min | Word count: 97,777

2008: The Face of a Stranger (Anne Perry)
2007: Love and War (John Jakes)
2006: Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
2005: Hornet Flight (Ken Follett)

Used in these Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge 2009;

2009: #8 – The Stupidest Angel (Christopher Moore)

angel Book #8 was The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

Move over, Charles Dickens — it’s Christopher Moore time.

RUN! CHRISTMAS ZOMBIES!

I didn’t find this to be as good as A Dirty Job was, but there is plenty of Moore’s trademark absurdity and satire here. Some of the characters are a bit boring, including the Archangel Raziel, but there are a few that save the day — in more ways than one. I quite enjoyed Molly, aka Kendra, the Warrior Babe of the Outland, who is more than a little not right. It’s a bit slow getting there, but the holiday party and the ensuing chaos is worth the wait.

Audiobook Length: 6hrs 16m | Word count: 56,865

2008: Loyalty in Death (J.D. Robb)
2007: Tokyo Woes (Bruce Jay Friedman)
2006: The Surgeon (Tess Gerritsen)
2005: One for the Money (Janet Evanovich)

Used in these Challenges: The Countdown Challenge; 100+ Reading Challenge 2009; 2nds Challenge; 2009 Audiobook Challenge; The 999 Challenge; A-Z 2009 Challenge;

2008: #34 – A Dirty Job (Christopher Moore)

13771795 Book #34 was A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They’re even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie’s doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.

It’s a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody’s gotta do it.

I thought this was great! But if you’re offended by language, you should probably steer clear. We listened to this on a car trip this weekend, and laughed out loud a lot. There’s so much to tickle you here, from Charlie’s “beta-male”ness to Sophie’s puppies to Lily and Ray, Charlie’s (mostly) loyal employees. I plan to read many more of his books.

Page count: 405 | Word count: 114,218

2007: The Lucky Ones (Rachel Cusk)
2006: Memory in Death (J.D. Robb)
2005: Dead Wrong (Mariah Stewart)

2006: #112 – Under the Overtree (James A. Moore)

overtree.gifBook #112 was Under the Overtree by James A. Moore. The back of the book reads:

Can you hear it? The whispered laughter carried by the wind?

Can you see Them? The faint shadowy forms that move through the woods near Lake Overtree. The ones whose very presence is silencing the wild life?

Can you feel the changes in the air? The changes taking place in one young man whose entire world is shifting, changing to accommodate his desires. The girl of his dreams is his for the taking, the kids who bullied him are going away one by one, and even his worst enemies are seeing him in a different light. His body, once soft and flabby, has grown strong and lean, something he never expected would happen. His stepfather, Joe, has finally stopped looking at him like garbage and started treating him like a real son. Every hope, every wish that Mark Howell has known in his lonely life is coming true.

Can you hear it? The mournful wails of families torn apart by the loss of their loved ones? The faint screams of the damned, of those foolish enough to cross his path?

Listen carefully.
It’s happening.
Mark’s world is changing, regardless of the cost.
It’s happening.

It’s been a while since I read a true horror novel, so it took me a bit to talk myself into suspending belief. However, once I got into the book, it was pretty good. The story felt original to me, and the way things wove together in the end was interesting. There’s one detail that I don’t quite understand, but I’m not sure it’s truly important to the story. For a horror, this wasn’t particularly scary, but I think it does qualify as creepy.

Book count: 112 | Page count: 490 | Word count: 179,340

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