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. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the 7-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.
©2004 Christopher Moore; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishes, Inc.
"This little slice of perverse Christmas cheer is enough to make even the most cynical Scrooge guffaw." (Publishers Weekly)
This book has been nominated for the Quill Awards. If you know this author you know he deserves it. So please take the time to vote for Christopher Moore under Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror.
The story line was lacking....I kept expecting it to get better. I finally gave up with three or four chapters to go. I found it frustrating.
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
Definitely rated "R", not for children, and probably not teenages (at least not my teenager). I reveled in Moore's "Lamb". Although not of the same caliber, Stupid Angel, was still fun, silly and entertaining. If you're a Tom Robbins fan, check it out. Moore has the same twisted perspective.
This was a laugh-out-loud romp with outrageous characters and a highly original melange of plotlines. But special thanks goes out to the person who bought this title and plugged it in during a family trip thinking she was in for a wholesome G-rated prance with fluffy snowflakes, talking snowmen and cute little elves.
My listening pleasure was enhanced to the nth degree as I listened and tried to imagine how far you must have gone into the story before deciding the occasional flashes of profanity and adult humor were not anomolies, but *gasp* the central theme of the book!
Any book where one of the protagonists is a fruit bat is going to be a winner with me. Although I did not want to laugh at some of the author's twisted humor, I could not help myself. The characters are great and the plot, well... the plot is just crazy. I had great fun listening to this audio book.
This is nothing more than a rip off of multiple other stories reassembled. The angel character is right out of the John Travolta movie "Michael" right down to wearing a black trench coat, dropping feathers and having an addiction to sweet foods. The town folk hold up in the civic hall building as they fight off the walking zombies is straight out a B-movie. This belongs in the recyle bin...as the story line is nothing more than recycled material. A waste of time.
This is my first read by this author, but I was totally hooked after the first chapter. Christopher Moore is an insane and very funny guy and I'll be looking for more of his work. This story dragged in a couple of places, but overall, it was quite entertaining. There were lots of crazy characters and descriptions like I've never heard before. What an imagination! This is not a kids story and there is liberal profanity and some adult scenes. I loved it!
Here is another Vampire satire whose reason for existence the the chance to use clever contemporary dialog and say "f***" as many times as possible. Christopher Moore is an expert at creating truly crazy characters that are just plausible enough to keep you interested. He does that in this book, and if you like that a lot then you might like this book.
I like the characters, but the plot is not plausible and the ending is flat (he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't get out).
Dirty Job is very similar but the plot is intriguing even if wildly fantastic. Choose to get that one first and if you don't think it is terrific, then don't waste your credits on this one.
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