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Friday, November 17, 2006 at 1:59 PM

Heavenly Stupidity

I finished "The Stupidest Angel" by Christopher Moore. It is a very funny book. On occasion, books will make me laugh out loud, but this is generally limited to a single "Ha!" Not so with this book. I would sit on the couch and read it and giggle long enough to interrupt my reading. It is hard to go wrong with quotes like, "[He] smoked enough pot to put a choir of Rastafarians in a coma." The novel takes place in Pine Cove, California, populated with lots of colorful characters. Something like a highly dysfuncional Cicely, Alaska. Anyway, seven year old Josh witnesses the accidental killing of Santa several days before Christmas. Raziel the angel, is on a mission to grant a child's Christmas wish. And Josh's was to make Santa come back to life. Any watcher of B-horror movies knows that the resurrection of the dead means they return hungry for brains. And so it was with Santa and of course the rest of the dead in the chapel cemetary. Why Raziel didn't just raise Santa I guess is one reason why he is the stupidest angel. It is hard for me to imagine why anyone would need additional motivation to read this because fer pit's sake, it's got a zombie Santa in it. What more do you want? For those of you that do not properly appreciate zombies, the rest of the characters make for entertainig reading in and of themselves: the pot-smoking constable, the former(???) B-movie warrior princess, the crude broad who tends bar, the scientist who gives his testicles electric shock each time he thinks about sex, another scientist obsessed with her make-up, the horny pilot who doesn't want to spend Christmas alone, and to top it off, a talking fruit bat. What's not to love? Happy reading!

By adriennelibrarian at 1:59 PM

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