Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.
'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. It is the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, after all.
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.
Only Christopher Moore, the man who brought you the outrageous lost gospel Lamb and the hysterical fish tale Fluke could have devised a new holiday classic that tugs at the heartstrings and serves up a healthy slice of fruitcake to boot.
Move over, Charles Dickens -- it's Christopher Moore time.
Outstanding As a fan of Moore's works, this was by far the best book I have read. I was constantly laughing out loud to the point that my wife kept asking me what was so funny. I just couldn't help it.
This story might be a little tough if you haven't read some of Moore's previous works, but it will still make you laugh. If you have read "Lamb", "Practical Demon Keeping", "Lust Lizard of Melancoly Cove", and "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" you will enjoy seeing old faces back again continuing were they left off, finding out even more about them or bringing them in from another book and putting them in a brand new situation.
Moore is a genius and I look forward to his next book....more info
Not your typical Christmas tale There are lots of stories about children receiving what they wished for at Christmas, Christmas miracles, angels and all that happy, syrupy Christmas stuff.
This isn't one of them.
This one has brain-eating zombies, a talking Micronesian fruitbat, a former B-movie queen, a pot-smoking police officer, other assorted characters, and as the title suggests, a stupid angel. To call the angel dimwitted would be an insult to dimwitted people. This one is more of the clueless variety, and although his intentions are very good, we all know where the good intentions paving stones lead...
This is the first book I read by Christopher Moore, and I loved it so much I read it a second time. It's a quick read and I really hope it's made into a movie someday....more info
ZANY, ZOMBIE, OFF-CENTRE TAKE ON CHRISTMAS "The Stupidest Angel" is not a great work of literature. The book can not be judged by it's literacy standards or by its place as a heartwarming Christmas story.
Moore's off-the-wall imagination takes over. It is a fast-paced narrative.
I understand that many of these characters are drawn from Moore's other works, but I was not at a disadvantage by not having read his earlier fiction. The book stands on its own as a zany, zombie, off-center take on the Christmas spirit that can be read at any time of the year. As the story went on it got more and more outrageous.
I just insist you go into reading it with the right attitude. My friend and I were listening to this on a road trip. She laughed out loud and I often just frowned and thought that wasn't funny. I probably wouldn't have finished it if I was by myself. She would have given it a 3, I will give it a 2. This story is totally different and there is a definate place for it. Not my cup of tea but it may be yours.
NOT THE SMARTEST ANGEL Unabridged 5cds audio When a little boy in the town of Pine Cove, witnesses the murder of someone in a Santa Claus suit, he turns to God for help. What he doesn't know is that God has already sent Raziel, not the smartest Angel, down to Earth to perform a Christmas Miracle. Naturally, things get wildly out of control
Christopher Moore wrote about of murder, sex, zombies, talking fruit bats and the miracle of Christmas.. When I first read this book last Christmas I had never read anything by Moore before, but I've read several since then. I don't mind dark humor or zombies but this is not as gripping as some of his other stories.
Still, this book only gets 3 stars. Moore's other titles are far superior, with this one he seems to be coasting a bit. I'll look forward to Moore's next great epic. My pick of Christopher Moore novels would be
LAMB A NOVEL: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST'S CHILDHOOD PAL...more info
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Unbelievable and believable... The author spins quite the tale! It's a thoroughly enjoyable, light and easy read. Once you start it, you won't want to put it down.
The story is so silly. I remember thinking to myself, "this is nuts," a number of times as I was reading along. But the story is so compelling that they author makes you think that maybe, just maybe, the kookie people in the story really do exist, out there, somewhere...
Awesome! I already own a copy of this book, however I purchased this new one for my friend. I would share this book, and anything else written by Christopher Moore, with anyone who was interested!...more info
Not the typical holiday books As the author says up front, this is NOT the typical Christmas book of good cheer.
Bizarre is only the beginning. This book is only my second Christopher Moore book (A Dirty Job was the first), so I have no background for many of the other characters even though they have been in Moore's other books.
I love that they love each other (well, almost) in spite of their faults and frailties. In that that way it's traditional, otherwise, all bets are off!
The ending was a little rushed and pat, which is the reason for the 4 not 5 rating, but in the Christmas spirit, I'll let it go....more info
Good book till the end This book was moving along in a fun way .... then went off into stupid land. It was as if the author ran out of material. Would not recommend....more info
A stale breath of fresh air Author's Warning
If you're buying this book as a gift for your grandma or a kid, you should be aware that it contains cusswords as well as tasteful depictions of cannibalism and people in their forties having sex. Don't blame me. I told you.
Seriously, has any book ever started out better than that? And I've not even started the first chapter yet.
Josh, seven years old, was walking home one night...more than an hour late. Worried that he would be completely hosed, he didn't think the night could get any worse. That's until he saw some lady kill Santa Claus, thus ruining Christmas forever. And he had been a good boy this year, darn it.
Lena was trying to get into the Christmas spirit, and what better way to do it than to give Christmas trees to the needy, those families of Pine Cove that couldn't afford trees of their own? She was nearly in the Christmas spirit when her Ex, Dale, showed up engraged because she was stealing his trees, not that he cared about them, but it was the principle of the thing. He pulled a gun on her but slipped, impaling himself on her shovel, accidentally. Because of a argument they had the previous day where he hit her with a bag of ice, she was afraid of how it would look.
Theo, Pine Coves pot smoking constable, married to Molly, a one time B-Actress who was more than a few marbles short, had reason to suspect Lena, and her new boyfriend a DEA pilot of the crime, but had trouble proving it, mainly because the pilot found his `garden'.
Then There is the Archangel Raziel, who came down from heaven to grant one Christmas miracle. And lucky for little seven year old Josh, his prayer is about to be answered...only not exactly as he planned.
The angel used his heavenly power to bring Santa back from the dead, who wasn't really Santa. Miracles go awry and instead of just `Santa' an entire graveyard of dead, now Zombies, rise from their not so final resting place, looking to fill up on a Christmas feast of the town folk's brains.
This book certainly has an interesting cast of characters, none of them precisely normal, many of which appeared in previous books. And I can't count the times I laughed. I loved this book and can't wait to get my hands on more of his books. It was entertaining, hilarious, and just odd enough to make it nearly impossible to put down....more info
Funny and silly I picked up this book because I wanted something quick and funny to read, and this book did the trick. Some really outrageous things happen, but don't worry, it all ends well. This was a refreshing change of pace from my usually heavier fare, and the next time I want to read something light, I may well turn to Christopher Moore again....more info
My first Moore read This is my first time reading a Christopher Moore book. It took a while for me to get into the book. I didn't really like the charactors at first, but warmed up to them about half way into the book. Being a big horror fan I was quite pleased when the book took a big turn into zombie territory. I will definitly read Moore's other books. ...more info
Chillingly Funny The Stupidest Angel is a fantastic Christmas read. Just the perfect thing to warm the cockles of your heart...especially if you're a fan of modern horror with a touch of gore. ...more info
Not his best, but still funny This story is funniest if you're already familiar with Christopher Moore's writing -- and many of his characters from other stories show up in it. I doubt it would be quite as funny if you don't already know him, but all of his fans out there will love it. ...more info
The book that got me reading Moore A few years ago, Christopher Moore released this tale of murder, sex, zombies, talking fruit bats and the miracle of Christmas. When a little boy in the town of Pine Cove, California witnesses the murder of someone in a Santa Claus suit, he turns to God for help. What he doesn't know is that God has already sent Raziel, the titular Stupidest Angel, down to Earth to perform a Christmas Miracle. Naturally, things get wildly out of control. When I first read this book last Christmas I had never read anything by Moore before, but I've read several since then, mainly because this book was great. Hysterical, cynical and somehow affirming at the same time.
Moore re-released the book last year as "Version 2.0" - basically the same book with an "extra chapter" added to the end. The new chapter, as it turns out, is really just a short story about what happens to all the characters the next Christmas - entertaining in its own right but completely unrelated to the plot in the rest of the book. If you have a choice between the two versions you may as well get 2.0, but if you can only find the original you really won't miss anything....more info
A great book to review on Christmas day! I've read most of Mr. Moore's books, including Fluke and Lamb which I'd rate at the top. The Stupidest Angel isn't his best, but it is still an enjoyable read.
Fan's of other Christopher Moore novels will find familiar characters (including Tucker Case and Roberto the Fruitbat, my favs from The Island of the Sequined Love Nun) and new ones. Readers new to Mr. Moore's work will enjoy the characters, as they try to keep up with the interestingly complicated storyline.
The storyline involves several misunderstanding and misinterpretations, starting with a child who thinks he saw Santa get hit on the head by a shovel (it wasn't really Santa) and a none-too-bright Angel looking for something to fix who thinks he found it. It culminates with an excellent holiday party, where, as usual, imminent destruction by forces not necessarily natural is fought by our somewhat heroes (as his characters are always full of character flaws, even when heroes).
But I read Christopher Moore for the wit. Like the three word Chapter 16. And the great play on words.
I give it four stars because it isn't Lamb, which is Mr. Moore's greatest book. Unlike Lamb The Stupidest Angel's plot sometimes goes somewhat into dead end alleys, and the characters aren't as fleshed out as in Lamb. But it's hard to compare any book to Lamb, which is one of the most laugh-out-loud books I've read....more info
A wish gone Mad ...... an angel grants a wish, exactly as wished, but the angel, not being the brightest star in the heavens, fails to consider that the young child may not articulate exactly what he wishes for. The results are funny, satiric and horror filled, with a twist to satisfy those who thought Scrooge's redemption well earned... I enjoyed it. I laughed and laughed. ...more info
Delightfully "WRONG" !!! How to explain Christopher Moore......you can't!!! This book is the anti-traditional Christmas book. How else to explain the screw-up Angel coming to accomplish a mission that winds up involving an "off-her-meds" B movie actress, a stoned constable, a DEA pilot and "zombies" searching for a meal!!! This was outrageously whack, delightfully "wrong" and a fantastic step away from tradition. If your head needs a breath of fresh air this is a good choice....more info
Great litttle Christmas Story I loved this book. I bought it because it looked like a great escape from the holiday stress. It most definitely was. I have forced it on all my friends and loved ones as well.As soon as I finished I went out and purchased a copy of Lamb. It appears I will spend 2007 reading my way through the works of christopher Moore. I haven't been this excited about an author since I was in my Kurt Vonnegut period....more info
Outrageously Funny I have been wanting to read this book for a while and have only recently gotten to it. This is the first Christopher Moore book that I have read and I do not suspect that it will be the last. Moore may be an even more accomplished writer of humorous fiction than Terry Pratchett.
Raziel, an angel who missed his first opportuity to make a big annoucement on Earth, has had 2000 years to contemplate his next opportunity. He is to grant the wish of a child, though he unfortunately misinterprets the wish of the child. This sets into motion a series of events that raise the dead from their graves and kill many people in the city. In a city with a B-movie stars with a mental illness, an officer of the law trying to break a habit with Mary Jane, and star crossed lovers that meet at a murder scene, there is certain to be plenty of opportunities for Moore to prove his wit. He does not miss the opportunity.
This book is not for everybody. There is plenty of sex, swearing, and drug references in these pages. If these themes offend you, steer away from this book. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this book to anybody....more info
Not his best, but still amazing Christopher Moore became my new favorite author just a few pages into his novel Lamb. Every one of his books should have any literate person laughing out loud (the illiterate probably won't get a whole lot out of it, since his books don't have pictures).
The Stupidest Angel, while still quite funny, doesn't live up to par with the rest of his works. It seems like he forced himself into writing the story line, and it was put together a bit shoddily. Even as one of Moore's less-spectacular stories, it still had plenty of moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity. A must for Christopher Moore fans, but for those just starting to read his works, I'd suggest Lamb or Fluke....more info
Moore Better Best...... this man makes my literary day.....this book ranks right up there with Bloodsucking Fiends, Lamb, and Dirty Job....i love his characters, i love the outrageous situations he puts them in.....i love the scope of what he does....
i just started reading him in june of this year and since have purchased or read all that he has put out....completely the biggest fan now....
if you are a lover of Terry Pratchett i have no idea why you wouldn't love this author....
what? you've never heard of Terry Pratchett??!!!!...more info
More Pine Cove, Please! I've just finished reading Chris Moore's hilarious third installment of the adventures of Pine Cove - Practical Demonkeeping, Lust Lizard & The Stupidest Angel. I can't decide which of them I enjoyed more, but this one builds to a comic climax of dizzying heights. Quite simply, I loved it. Highly recommended!...more info
Funniest Book I've Read ... In a long time! I wish I had discovered Moore last Christmas when well, it was the Christmas from down below! I could have used his humor then!! From the first chapter, I was in stitches, giggling like mad woman! He is statire at its best!
This book focuses on a range of characters ~~ which presumedly is from his other books (which I have yet to read) ~~ and a little boy who saw Santa Claus being killed by a shovel. Horrible as that was, nothing prepared him or any of the Pine Grove residents for the real horror yet to come as an angel brought the little boy's wish to life ~~ bringing Santa back from the dead. One problem though, he also brought back to life forty or so residents of the chapel's grave yard. Talk about the Zombies crashing a Christmas party, wanting to eat everyone's brains! The angel is definitely one of the stupidest angels there is in heaven!! He manages to bungle even the most simplest of tasks ~~ to grant a child's wish this Christmas.
The book has some gruesome parts in it, which normally freaks me out, but not this time. It was just too hilarious. Talk about getting into the Christmas cheer only to have a zombie trying to eat your brains. Hilarious! It's perfect medicine for those who hate the commericalized version of Christmas. It's perfect medicine for those who despair of being real in today's world. It's just a naughty and fun book ~~ poking fun at everyone's inclination when it comes to the most looked upon and feared holiday. It's also hilarious in the sense of instead of Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, someone hits him over the head with a shovel. Macabre? Yes. But how fun it is for a change to read something that is not so sweet and sentimental (which, I am also a fan of too, by the way!).
So if you're a Christopher Moore fan and haven't read this one yet, then what are you waiting for? If you haven't heard of him, then I suggest you better get a move on. This book can save your mind through one of the most stressful holidays in the year ~~ even if you are a devoted Christmas fan (I am one) ~~ this book will help you keep Christmas in its proper perspective ~~ that it can be fun and not worth stressing over!
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror Great Book!! not for children, this is definitely an adult book....more info
Incredibly Funny Book Okay, this is like the second Moore book I read and it was just so funny. I lived in northern CA for like 12 years and the general parody of small town life is spot on, though I only visited such towns around the holidays as a tourist.
The characters are wonderfully written and did anone else think it wasa sort of anti-gift of th Magi sub plot with the constable and his wife getting each other presents, her by saving money going off her anti-psychotic meds, he by growing all the pot.
The whole premise is a hoot.The stupid angel comming down to grant one child a wish that can only be granted by divine intervention, and creating havoc....more info
Splendid, Superb, Scrumtulecent I really enjoyed the dog scene with the food guy. It was by far the funniest part of the book. I still think Lamb is his best book, in fact I considered never reading another book by Chris Moore again because I thought it could never live up to lamb. I recomment this book to anyone who likes to laugh and garnish odd looks from people because you burst out laughing in public while reading a book....more info
I see Dead People...with secrets!!! This has to one of the most funniest books ever!
I am now a Moore junkie who needs a support group. ...more info
I wanna make a movie!!! I just got through reading The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. If I had a few million dollars, I would option this for a movie right now!
I've had to put this down every few minutes so I could laugh, wipe the tears away, and then read some more.
My girlfriend picked up Stupidest Angel at the library. Her and another woman were comparing notes on favorite books. My girl was describing David Sedaris, and the other lady said that if she liked David, she'd like Christopher Moore. So, in her stack of about fifteen or so books she took to the librarian, was Stupidest Angel.
I just finished Chuck Palahnuik's Choke (another seriously cool book, right up there with Fight Club... except the ending was kinda lame), and my girl was reading Haunted... so I grabbed the first book out of her stack. Okay, then I grabbed Stupidest Angel because it was shorter. And I am seriously glad I did!
Did I mention that this book seriously rocks?! This book is hilarious!! If I didn't already have six sugar gliders, I would be shopping for a giant fruit bat RIGHT NOW!! I'm still tempted to at least research if people can really have these as pets. Roberto, the fruit bat, was seriously cool... and that was before he even talked! (Of course, I understand that even if you could have a fruit bat for a pet, they're not mammalian parrots... at least, I doubt they are.)
The dog calls his owner 'The Food Guy'! And he hates 'getting baddogged'!! Chapter 16!!! Chapter 16 was, in its completion, "So that sucked."
I want to go through and list what this book has like the grandfather did before reading The Princess Bride... but anything I say will pretty much ruin the fun of the surprise when everything gets going! So I can't!! I won't spoil it because I think the most fun I had reading it was being totally b-slapped in surprise! Don't read anything about this book... just go read this book!!
I'm working on learning Flash animation now... If I get good, I think I'm going to try to animate this. Make it look like a real family-friendly (*snicker*) Christmas special cartoon! But if I were a millionaire, I would becalling up Nathan Fillion and Joss Whedon or the guys that did Shaun of the Dead and telling them that if they don't make this into a movie, I'll pay perverts to molest all the children in their families or something equally horrible but less socially acceptable.
Oh, and I'm going to buy Christopher Moore's books. Well, I'll probably read them at the library first, but as I verify each one is as good as this one, I'll be buying them. And then I'll be telling everyone about them. Consider yourself having been told. Order The Stupidest Angel and read it... right now!!
And one last time, in case you forgot... Christopher Moore ROCKS!!!
I had tears in my eyes! Real life legitimate card-carrying, licensed and insured tears!! From laughing!...more info
Version 2.0 Adds a Short Story on the Following Christmas Love the book. Version 2.0 adds a short story at the end about the Christmas party the next year. Not sure if it is worth buying the book again just for the short story but if you are thinking about buying the book, make sure you buy Version 2.0. ...more info
Wear rubber pants... because this book will make you laugh so hard you'll need them.
Imagine O Holy Night Of The Living Dead and you'll be close to the outrageous tone and insane happenings of this wicked gem of a book. A hilarious take on all those "heartwarming Christmas tales" of yore. Personally, I think it's Moore's funniest book ever, but I haven't read Coyote Blue or Dirty Job, yet. And I hate the usual sticky-sweet Christmas story, so this rollicking--yet touching--horror-comedy X-Mas featuring the cast of zanies from Moore's previous books had me laughing from minute one. The TSA guys almost didn't let me on the plane with it. I've lent it out so many times I don't know where it is, anymore. I only hope it's raising laughter--and the dead!--somewhere.
A very fast read and major funny! Do NOT miss it....more info
Leave 'em wanting more Moore This was my first introduction to a Christopher Moore novel. So I don't have anything on which to compare it. What I can say is that after reading this first one, I'm frantically searching for more of his books on audio. The story actually made me laugh out loud. It's a very well told story that, despite being funny, actually keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I loved it. Can't wait to get more....more info
Wonderfully and Seriously Disturbed Christopher Moore is a very disturbed individual. Fortunately, that means that his writing is wonderful. Although this is not my favorite of his books, it ranks very high. He uses characters from previous books, so you know them if you've read his other works, and they act pretty much as you would expect them to act. The premise of this book is so disturbed that I'm not even going to begin to describe it. Just read this book, and Moore's other books, if you love humor, horror and side splitting laughter....more info
A good read and a extremely funny book There are few books that make me laugh out loud, one was the Hitchhikers Guide series and The Stupidest Angel. I looked at it at a book store and it looked interesting, having never heard of Christopher Moore or any of his other books or characters. I decided to read it. Although, the plot on the inside jacket is misleading, most of the book does not circle around Joshua Baker and how he saw "Santa" getting killed. It revolves around the insane town of Pine Cove and its inhabitants, which I loved. The extremely ironic and satirical humor made me laugh out loud. With Molly, crazy woman, Theo, stoned constable, Tuck, DEA pilot, Gabe, biologist, Lena, Latin lover, and many many more characters make this story a delightful read if it's Christmas or not. I must check out Christopher Moore's other books....more info
i liked it better than Cats; i will read it again and again! Laugh out loud funny, absurd, silly, insightful and snarky. What more could one want in leisure reading?? Yeah, the ending was kinda predictable, but that was ok, because it's the journey, not the destination that matters.
Unless the destination is Pine Cove during Christmas......more info
Slight book, but very funny. I have to admit that I have a history of picking up books solely for their covers, and both the title and cover of this one had me pick it up when it was displayed in my local library's Christmas Collection. Although the book is slight, it was quite the enjoyable read.
The book's plot is simple, a child on his way back from a friend's house, sees a man in a Santa suit killed, and thinks he is somehow responsible. So he asks that Santa be brought back to life. This turns a town's Christmas festivities into a George Romero flick as "The Stupidest Angel" brings everyone in the graveyard where Santa got killed back to life.
The book is not for people who are easily offended, but the laugh out loud humor and the nicely sketched wacky characters. And in true Christmas tradition, the book has a happy ending.
The book is a nice, short introduction to Christopher Moore, an author I'm now making it a point to read more of. ...more info
A slow starter, but typical Moore 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....more info
chrstopher moore - stupidest angel - good read the first book of Christopher Moore's i read was LAMB. Extremely funny. the kind of book you recommend to others. i read this one because i liked the other so much. not as good but still an entertaining book and an quick read, easy to recommend....more info
This is my Go To Christmas Story! I have read this book every December since it came out, it puts me in the holiday spirit.
My heart is warmed in the same way the Grinch warms my heart!...more info
Christopher Moore has yet to disapoint - What a mind! While not his best work it is deffinitely a must read for any fan of C. Moore. Totally entertaining and an enjoyable quick read....more info
'Kay? This was my first experience reading Christopher Moore. I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan, and I was looking for something similar from a different author. I found it...sort of. This book started off in a completely absurd direction, and it just kept going. His characters were wonderful; I see they are used in other books, and I will have to check those out.
Look...heed the author's warning! He really does go there. If that kind of thing grosses you out, put this book down and walk away. But if you are up for a rediculous mind trip through Christmas' dark side, check this one out. It had me laughing so hard, my stomach hurt.
Open the book and check out chapter 16. That should tell you where the book is going. ...more info
Devilishly Funny, Bizarre and Morbid This is the first book I've read by this author. Mr. Moore is a cross between Carl Hiaasen, Stephen King and Timothy Leary during one of the professor's mind-altering drug experiments. Very, very funny metaphors are to be found throughout the story. I started laughing upon reading the author's dedication page which is certainly a first for me. I also cracked up upon reading the first paragraph of the story (32 words). At some points in the story, I had tears of laughter streaming down my face. Mr. Moore is truly an extremely creative and funny gentleman in a Charles Manson, helter-skelter sort of way. The book is sure to cause a few massive heart attacks in unsuspecting religious readers who live in the ole Bible Belt. I liked it a lot, but Mr. Moore's book is not for individuals who are easily offended....more info
First We Feast, Then IKEA! Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel CD: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror is another audiobook to entertain, even at 5 A.M. on the commute into the city. My husband and I have gotten into a habit of listening to audiobooks in the car when we travel to and from work, and when we take little road trips.
Christopher Moore's books seem to be the most addictive for us even with the sometimes dark humor and harsh content. The Stupidest Angel is no exception.
The book is set in Pine Cove, Calif., where the Archangel Raziel is set upon Earth to grant a Christmas wish to one child. That child is Josh Barker. Unfortunately, Josh has no idea what is in store when he asks the angel to bring Santa Claus back to life.
With characters like a Warrior babe named Molly, a pot-smoking constable--her husband, a DEA helicopter pilot, and a evil developer, among others, there was nothing to do but sit back and laugh at the follies, misunderstandings, and interactions between these characters. Of course, there had to be a speaking, sunglasses wearing, fruit bat named Roberto! These characters stumble around in their relationships with one another, insulting their spouses and their friends, only to make up in the end, but the ride is raucous.
It gets even crazier in Pine Cover when Molly goes off her medications and starts hearing the narrator in her head, giving her direction. She wonders off into the woods naked and carrying a Japanese sword where she meets Raziel who only wants to eat the marshmallows out of the cocoa packets. Meanwhile, zombies are raging war against the townspeople at the Lonesome Christmas celebration in the local church. The resolution to this story is truly in the Christmas spirit, but the ride to its conclusion is hilarious and action-packed....more info
You'll know if you'll like it by the title Like all of Moore's books, if you didn't like the title, you won't like the book. It is fun, light reading with a twisted sense of humor that is sarcastic and satirical without being overly cynical or superior. If you enjoy looking at the human condition from three degrees off center, and have at least once found yourself wondering what goes through a dog's mind as it is sniffing your crotch, then do not miss reading every one of his books. If you take anything very seriously in life, chances are that you will be offended somewhere in the nine titles presently out there, but chances are you need to lighten up anyway. If you are just not at the point in life where lightening up is at all practical, then you should immediately look elsewhere (like nonfiction or more likely self-help).
AN EXTRA BONUS is available to those who read Moore's books in general order of publication, as some inside jokes and characters from previous novels appear in later ones. While every book is fully self-contained, the crossovers can provide an extra chuckle for the most ardent fans. You may want to buy them all now, though, because if you make it through the first 50 pages of any of Moore's books, the time it takes to download the next one may be too long to wait.
Chris is insane, but in a good way. It took me a while to discover Christopher Moore, but when I did, I had to get 9 of his books (excluding Lamb, so far) and read, read, read! Of the 9, The Stupidest Angel is my 2nd favorite. The book takes all of the quirkiness, hilarity and absurdity of the cast of characters introduced in his novels, Practical Demonkeeping and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, and brings them to the pinnacle of madcap psychosis. Out of 5 stars, I would actually give this book a 6. When you sit down to read this book, get ready to expect the unexpected and wonder, "did he just say that???" I certainly hope that this cast of misfits and oddballs appears again....more info
Christmas of the Living Dead You don't have to be a pre-ghostly-visitation version of Scrooge to be a little sick of Christmas by the time the holiday has arrived. Certainly after all the ads and sappy TV specials are over, it's nice to have a little break. For that reason, Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel is not necessarily the best book to read in the post-holiday bliss of January, but then again, it is good enough that it is a pleasure even then.
The title character is Raziel, last seen in Lamb. In fact, this book is filled with characters from previous books; besides Lamb, there are characters from Practical Demonkeeping, Island of the Sequined Love Nun and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. The angel Raziel has been appointed to perform a Christmas miracle for one child.
The child in question is Josh Barker, who has witnessed the accidental killing of Santa Claus. Actually, it's not Santa Claus but Dale Pearson, the obnoxious husband (and soon-to-be-accidental victim) of Lena Marquez. Josh's mistake is natural considering Dale's Santa costume, and he wishes Santa weren't dead. The not-so-bright Raziel decides this is the miracle to deliver, but his raising of the dead actually just produces a bunch of brain-hungry zombies.
Meanwhile, in a twist on a classic O. Henry story, town constable Theo Crowe and his ex-warrior princess wife Molly Michon's efforts to give each other Christmas gifts will backfire, endangering their marriage. In addition, a hurricane-level storm is bearing in on the town and there's a Christmas party to put on....
The Stupidest Angel is Moore at his peak. Despite being a semi-sequel to other books, this stands alone, so don't hesitate to read it. Moore's unique brand of humorous horror stories is a complete delight, enough to penetrate even the most hardened Christmas fatigue....more info
a new christmas tradition this is not your average cute widdle christmas story.
it's christmas gone all wrong, and then some. it was hilarious. i loved the crazy characters, and the stupid angel from lamb is in it.
this book is about the worst christmas party ever. zombies attacking, wives off of their meds and thinking they are warrior princesses, pot smoking cops who forget their guns and leave their cuffs hooked on the bed posts, murdered santas, etc.
don't read it to your kids, but curl up with the big people and some spiked coco, and have yourself a scary little christmas. ...more info
stupidest angel=smart read This book was hilarious! I love the writings of Christopher Moore, and the more books I read by him, the more I become addicted. I definitely recommend this book to those with a sick humor, or just want a cheap laugh. ...more info
Ahhh Christmas! Could anything be more mundane than another Christmas story? Well, not when Chritopher Moore is the author!! This is a heartwarming tale of people coming together during the holiday season. If you have read Chris Moore you understand his version of heartwarming, if you have not read him this is a nice one to start with....more info
Laugh-Out-Loud Holiday Treat
Moore's cynical wit and Robert's voice artistry make this a must have audiobook, especially when the holidays make you crazy. You'll learn what crazy really is....more info
A must read! This was my first introduction to Chistopher Moore's work. I laughed so hard I cried. My son gave me this for Christmas and for days after my family found me laughing out loud or chuckling to myself as I recalled passages from the story. VERY entertaining! I have since purchased most of his other books, all very good. But I like this one the best.
Love this! If you like to color outside the lines occasionally, and like wonky stories, then this is for you. I have found that it is the perfect antidote for Holiday smarminess and is full of interesting characters who you'll instantly recognize as parts of people you know & love/hate. Who can't resist a holiday story with angels and zombies! ...more info
Maybe the funniest book I've ever read! This book kept tears rolling down my cheeks! I was disappointed it couldn't keep going. Quite possibly the funniest I've ever read although I think that everytime I finish one of Moore's books. It made these characters seem just like every guy and I could truly imagine these things actually happening. I thought it was especially funny that he wrote the afterword to specifically remind people he didn't write the book to convert anyone's religion, just to entertain. You just can't take things too seriously. ...more info
Moore is simply brilliant Christopher Moore once again delivers in this interesting, yet clever Christmas terror tale. A man who isn't afraid to go outside the lines, Moore's ingenious use of satire keeps on coming and only makes room for the ending. Satire is one of the fading writing skills and Moore will not let it die....more info
Jolly Good Fun Christopher Moore is brilliant, there is no other way to put it. His satires are funny, witty and wildy entertaining. The Stupidest Angel is a Christmas story, but it's unlike anything you've read before. As its title states, this truly is a tale of Christmas terror!
Theo is the cop in a small Californian town that is readying itself for Christmas. Everyone in town is just a little too quirky. Theo's wife is an ex B-movie actress who still believes her on-screen persona is real. Her best friend kills her husband accidentally and tries to hide the murder with the help of a stranger who's best frien is his pet bat. The town's bar owner is crazy, bordering insane. The town's scientist is just crazy enough to attach electrodes on his private parts in an attempt to try and cure his obessession with a certain woman...
When a tall hansome stranger with a shining glow surrounding his body arrives in town, everything turns sour. The man, an angel who's on earth to realise the wish of a single child, isn't the smartest angel in the sky. In fact, he's quite stupid. Misunterstanding the child's wish, the town's dead are soon brough back to life, turned into brains-hungry zombies that attack the town festivities on Christmas eve.
You think all of this is silly? It is, and it's only a part of it. The Stupidest Angel had me laughing so hard I had to put the book down. Moore has a way of taking something that we consider part of every day life to make fun of it. For example at one point, our characters are trapped in a church with all the town members. Theo asks for those of them who have a SUV to raise their hands. Everyone does. This moment comes into a scene of horror and is a great, humorous moment. Moore has a way with dialogue. Someone always has something witty and funny to say.The book even offers us moments where the dead talk with one another. Again, these scenes are hilarious.
So is this a Christmas tale? Why not. Who said that Christmas stories had to be all nice and pretty? The Stupidest Angel is a book that will become a yearly tradition for me. I can't wait to read this one again. I'm sure it'll make me laugh and entertain me as much the second time around. ...more info
MY Angle on the Angel I'm a huge Christopher Moore fan, have enjoyed all of his writings to date, and this book met all my expectations of wit, wry humor, and warped storylines featuring many of the eccentric personalities I've grown to know and adore in Pine Cove and from other Moore books. I recommend starting with "Practical Demonkeeping" (the first book in Christopher Moore's series and the reader's intro to Pine Cove) and following his array of books in the order he's written them. All are winners, just some more special than others. Enjoy!...more info
A Wonderful Phanasy Should you wish to be cheered and if you can take off beat humour, then this CD is for you. The presentation and voices are unusually good and the use of slightly weird Christmas music adds to the glow. The story is a joy, prepostorous, wild and it makes fun of so much that is tripe. You'll laugh, even if your alone....more info
Absolutely hysterical I decided to buy this book after reading half of the first paragraph -- and it just got better from there. I read it twice in the first week. Check out the "Search Inside" function on this one! ...more info
Great Book The Stupidest Angel is funny, clever, and surprizing. I got to like the characters; in fact I'd like to be their friend. They are real, vunerable,funny and really screwed up. ...more info
The Best of Christopher Moore I listed to this book as an audio book and had to almost pull off the road several times because I was laughing so hard. I love Christopher Moore books, but this one is my favorite....more info