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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove | [Christopher Moore]

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.
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Publisher's Summary

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

Suddenly, morose Pine Cove turns libidinous and is hit by a mysterious crime wave, and a beleaguered constable has to fight off his own gonzo appetites to find out what's wrong and what, if anything, to do about it.

©1999 Christopher Moore; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Moore is Daniel Pinkwater for grownups, but a lot funnier; and his irreverent antics reveal a buoyant wit and surreal authority even while rendering the emotional range, sex life, and murderous tendencies of a sea monster." (Publishers Weekly)

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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-13-11
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Super fun read!"

    I really liked this book AND the narrating. Two thumbs up! I was apprehensive at first, but won't hesitate with the bizarre subjects moving forward. :-) I would totally recommend this book :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl las vegas, NV, United States 03-02-11
    cheryl las vegas, NV, United States 03-02-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious, and original."

    Christopher Moore as always is hilarious, This is not meant for serious hearted and there are certainly moments you need to suspend belief, However your usually laughing to hard to care.
    this like all moore's books is a fantasy, a fairy tale of gigantic proportion totally light and funny.

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    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 12-13-10
    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2001
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    "A Surprise Favorite"

    I have listened to many of Moore's books and bought this one reluctantly. The plot seemed silly and I couldn't imagine how a sea beast in a small town would be plausible (if any of his stuff can be described that way) or made entertaining. When it was done, it had become one of my favorites (behind Fool and Lamb). It's hard to say why, though, since the plot was as odd as Moore's usual stuff; it just had that vibe that made it fun and quirky. I smiled a lot. In a way, it reminded me a bit of Hiassen, but without the really tripped out characters (and, of course, that extra touch of whimsy that only a fantasy creature can bring). If you are afraid it's too weird, don't be--it's fun.

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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 02-21-13
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 02-21-13
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    "Just too silly"

    My grandchildren think I'm silly when I make up poems for them. My wife thinks I'm silly when I suggest that she should take out the trash, just once. But this book is just too silly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Robinson Texas 07-09-15
    B. Robinson Texas 07-09-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Always enjoyable combination"

    Always enjoyable combination of Author and Narrator. Fun book it's just not as good as most of Christopher Moore's other stories. This is my second visit to The Cove and I found "Practical Demon Keeping" the better book, but this story still should be read and or listened to by Christopher Moore fans.

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    shar 06-22-15
    shar 06-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Keep Santa Cruz Weird"

    Sci-fi,stoner, comedy with a side of sexual sea monsters. 👍🏻👍🏽👍🏿 Three proverbial thumbs up!

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    matt 04-05-15
    matt 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Christopher Moore Masterpiece"

    I am on a journey to listen to everything by Christopher Moore. I only have about 4 Moore titles to go. I was again overly satisfied with this story. Pine Cove is a place where my dreams come true. keeping with the spirit of Mr. Moore's telling of the mishaps and coming of age, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove is worth your time if you enjoy witty comedy with a dryish sense of humor.

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    Thomas Maufer 03-31-15

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    "gotta love the Pine Cove stories"

    the narration was excellent and the characters were well developed - read this in the order published for maximum enjoyment / my favorite sub-plot involved the artist and the blues singer

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    Amazon Customer PENSACOLA, FL, United States 03-26-15
    Amazon Customer PENSACOLA, FL, United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mr. Moore does it again"

    This is the second book I've listened to by my main man Chris. First it was the hilarious Dirty Job. I love his work. searching for another. Any recommendations?

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    Dawn 03-20-15
    Dawn 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "well...."

    bit of a strange book but interesting but what you should expect from this author

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