In the first book, there was a mystery about whether the ghosts were real or just a madman's delusion which gave an interesting spin to a very violent story -- I enjoyed it a great deal and bought this (foolishly) without reading reviews. This sequel was just a long tedious slog through the squalid lives of characters I never want to "meet" again. How to make it better? Come up with another interesting original idea instead of wringing the last drops of bile from a story whose best part was already told.
Not without reading a lot of glowing reviews beforehand. He clearly has talent but ths was awful.
I read somewhere that Isaac Asimov and John Ciardi used to try to outdo one another writing limericks. Supposedly, they had a rule that there was no limit to the vulgarity of the limerick, so long as it was at least twice as funny as it was vulgar.
I think Christopher Moore in "Fool" reaches (and even exceeds) that metric. The story is full of vulgarity, but it's so funny I don't mind. As others have said though, not kid-friendly at all!
Between the writing and the excellent acting of Euan Morton (calling it narration doesn't do him justice), the story of King Lear is made into a really funny and entertaining tale. Something I wouldn't have believed possible.
If you like British humor, you'll love "Fool" -- I did. Note that Christopher Moore is American, but in a personal comment at the end says that "Fool" is his homage to British humor (or should I say "humour"?).
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