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 is not a family book. Anyone who's familiar with Christopher Moore could tell you that. The book is hilarious though.
This upcoming holiday season, if you're looking for a heartwarming and hilarious tale of Christmas and zombies, allow me to suggest Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Angel". It's now among my favorite of his books. You'll appreciate it more if you read "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" and "The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove" first, though, since it's more or less a direct sequel to both. (It features most of the characters from both books, later on.)
However, I do have a bone to pick with the narrator of the audiobook version. "Raziel" is not hard to pronounce: "RA-zee-el". Exactly how it looks.
The narrator not only mispronounces it and puts the emphasis on the wrong syllable, he also can't decide which wrong pronunciation he likes. He cycles between "ray-ZEEL", "ra-ZEEL", and "ra-ZHEEL".
As if this weren't bad enough for a professional voice actor, he also mispronounces the obviously Spanish-derived town name "San Junipero" as "San Yoo-NIPPER-o". As anyone who's ever had thirty seconds of Spanish will tell you, J makes a "h" sound. Never a "y" sound.
The worst part is he does a great job of acting out the characters and reading the story... But every time he thinks he can just invent whatever the hell pronunciation strikes his fancy, I want to reach through my stereo and strangle him. This pulls me right out of the narrative, and whoever directed the audiobook really should have caught it. Very unprofessional.
All that being said, I would definitely buy it again and I see myself listening to it again in the future. But it's best to know what you're getting into, especially if you're interested in language like I am.
Christopher Moore's esoteric recipe for a terribly twisted tale of hysterical holiday horror: Add equal parts of The Gift of the Magi, The Monkey's Paw, Bad Santa, Xena Warrior Princess, and Postcards From the Edge; stir in a bit of concentrated pot smoke and sprinkle with brain-sucking zombies. Remove mixture from all anti-psychotic drug therapy for one month, cover with a very stupid, though well-intentioned angel, and simmer until you actually get a heart-warming ending.
While not for everyone (and certainly not young listeners), Christopher Moore is an absolutely hilarious writer. Hopefully Audible will be able to stock more of his work. If you enjoy this you will love his other novels. The Stupidest Angel brings back some of my favorite Christopher Moore characters for a truly insane holiday season. If you are looking for a heart-warming Christmas story, you clearly didn't actually read the title of the book.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
I liked that this book was so crazy. Not at all what I expected. A pleasant break from the many sappy but good Christmas reads.
Yes. It was a crack up and not being a reader of Christopher Moore, I thought it was a thriller. Who knew. Laughed out loud!!
This will be a year after year Christmas read for me. The holiday season is a wonderful time, but it can also have its not so great moments. This book is a great remedy for those.
This book is funny! It gets a little out of control at times, but that only adds to the insanity. Narration isn't nearly as good as "A Dirty Job" but doesn't detract too much.
This is a hilariously messed up book (meant in the best way). There are graphic descriptions of death, sex, and violence, in addition to really foul language (definitely not for kids). However, it all comes together in a "laugh out loud by yourself in the car" kind of way.
From beginning to the end this hilarious book had me laughing, rewinding and glued to every word of it. Then I did it again and again. Not a family book but a very enjoyable listen.
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