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on December 3, 2011
The Stupidest Angel
A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas terror

by Christopher Moore

The book opens with `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."

Now how in the world would anyone in their right mind pass that up?

Welcome to Pine Grove, California, a little hamlet of pseudo-Tudor architecture all tarted up in holiday quaint-age, peopled with some of the most flawed and deviously hilarious folks about to welcome in Christmas. Well, if not Christmas, at least a big Salvation Army bell-ringers pot of Christmas spirit! Told in a snappy David Sedaris-esque bent, as a reader you really have to toss reality out the window and get out of the way--this story is a deal-changer of any Christmasy tale I've ever read.

To whet your appetite and in an attempt to not reveal too many spoilers come meet a few of the main characters.Here's Lena Marquez, 38, in terrific shape with a heart of gold and a spade that eventually murders. Dale Pearson, Lena's ex, is the towns very own evil developer and a womanizer and one heck of a Santa. Theophilus Crowe (Theo) is the town constable and has an enormous patch of top-drawer weed, the profits of which he hopes to buy his wife a special warrior sword. That would be Molly Michon an ex B-movie actress who, if not on her meds, becomes her main character, The Warrior Babe of the Outland and is often nude while making ramen noodles and, having complete conversations with, well, herself.

Then there's the angel or Archangel Raziel. Over six feet tall with shoulder-length blonde hair and eyes so blue most folks can't look into them long. Underneath his floor-length (think Matrix) black trench coat is a set of wings. Oh, and his skin glows and if he happens to get run over by say, a Volvo going fifty, he heals up on the spot and off he goes. The man or angel rather, was sent to earth on a mission. He's to find a child and grant him one Christmas wish and then his job is done. So when seven year old Josh barker witnesses the murder of Santa in the graveyard on his way home he makes his wish.

That's when the story really spins out control. There's talking dead people over behind the chapel, a rare fruit bat that wears mini Ray Bans and occasionally speaks (with a Spanish accent) and the issue of zombies is presented in a really brain-sucking way. No lie. However, in the end, the crazy Christmas chaos swirls into a truly heartwarming tale--you just have to pay a price to get there...
Oh, and as an added bonus there's Mavis Sand's fruitcake recipe. There's not one, but two secret ingredients surly to get any Christmas bash off to a bang. Xanax and Ecstacy.

Ho Ho Ho--Merry Christmas!
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on February 16, 2005
Wow, this is hilarious. I definitely recommend it for a light hearted read. I seldom get the chance to read fiction with all of the serious readings from my courses. This is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Again, highly recommended.
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on January 21, 2009
I got this book for Christmas one year and it's become one of my all time favourites. It is sinful, funny, crazy and just over all fun to read. It's no Christmas Carol but close enough in its own twisted way.
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on December 14, 2013
Christopher Moore make me actually "Laugh Out Loud" while I am reading his stories. I love his off-beat sense of humour and his books always deliver!
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on January 3, 2014
Great story!! I laughed till I peed. Listening to this story is added to our list of Christmas traditions...though probably not for the kids.
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on June 30, 2008
The Stupidest Angel is right up there with Moore's Lamb for Christmas time must reads but it's also great for Christmas in July (or September, etc...) Just two things...
If you like this book, watch Bill Murray's SCROOGED (the movie). It is a great Christmas movie with a similar humour.
Be warned that if this is your introduction to Moore, reading anything but Lamb in its wake will be a let down.
Whether it's July or December, Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!
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on August 24, 2013
Christopher Moore brings a dark and funny side to murder, mayhem and Christmas Spirit.
From the evil developer to warrior babe then onto a horn dog pilot and a drug smoking town cop are only a few characters that will have you decking the halls with laughter, eggnog and sore sides.

Very happy with the delivery and product, look forward to buy from you again.
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on May 5, 2015
it was so-so. It feels like the author is trying too hard to be funny and im not really sure whos story he was trying to tell. It was a light read at best, the story didnt really come together well in the end and the characters seemed forced. I didnt see any chemistry amongst them. Disapointing read.
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on September 9, 2010
The story line is good but, it lacks the laughs you find in the vampire books or It's A Dirty Job.
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A Christmas angel has come to Pine Cove looking for a child, the only problem is that the residents think he is a pervert. Joshua Barker, 7-years-old, walking home one evening from a friend's house happens to see Santa murdered with a shovel. And thus begins this humourous Christmas frolic. The book is populated with characters from previous novels and is a lot of fun but not near so funny as his later work. The zombies were definitely the best part. A good book to read if you are looking for a laugh, just don't expect it to be as laugh-out-loud funny as others by Moore.
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