Friday, January 08, 2010

What We’re Reading: The Stupidest Angel

While it is true that you really can not judge a book by its cover, you can sometimes learn an awful lot from its title! And with titles like Practical Demonkeeping, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal or Island of the Sequined Love Nun, any book by Christopher Moore announces in loud, clear tones, that the reader is in for something unusual. The best part is, Moore doesn’t disappoint! Alternating between extremely quirky and immediately recognizable and relatable (and often both at the same time), Moore writes stories that amuse with a razor sharp satiric edge. And now, he has turned his attention to the holiday season.

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, is just that: a heartwarming tale of a small community preparing for the holidays when they are set upon by a group of ravenous zombies anxious to eat (and then make a trip to IKEA!). While, in all honesty, the situation presented would be terrifying to experience, for the reader it is more funny than scary and the true horror aspects are minimized, making The Stupidest Angel a really fun holiday diversion. And, this book really has it all! An aging “B-movie” queen who is off her meds. A pot-smoking constable. A sleepy California coastal town preparing for the holidays. And a young boy with a Christmas wish and an Angel who is on a mission to grant it. The problems arise in his attempt to grant that Christmas wish.

Written with Moore’s sharp wit, The Stupidest Angel is merciless in observations about the holidays, commercialism and human nature. As Moore warns at the beginning, this isn’t a typical Christmas novel, and those looking for that should pass on The Stupidest Angel. However, those familiar with Moore, or those looking for something just a bit different, should give it a try. And you don’t have to wait until next Christmas!!

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