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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror | [Christopher Moore]

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.
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Publisher's Summary

Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

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.

What the Critics Say

"This little slice of perverse Christmas cheer is enough to make even the most cynical Scrooge guffaw." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Julia Walton, KY, USA 12-21-04
    Julia Walton, KY, USA 12-21-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Delightfully Demented"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher St. Louis, MO, USA 12-06-04
    Christopher St. Louis, MO, USA 12-06-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Did you even bother to check out the author first?"

    This is not a family book. Anyone who's familiar with Christopher Moore could tell you that. The book is hilarious though.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Morley Salem, MA 12-21-04
    Christian Morley Salem, MA 12-21-04 Member Since 2003

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    "Hilarious"

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Louis Feldstein 09-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book; lousy narrator."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Weatherford, TX, USA 02-01-07
    John Weatherford, TX, USA 02-01-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Odd, but funny"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Baking, Christmas and Z......, oh my!"

    I do a lot of baking at Christmastime, and good audiobooks keep the kitchen from seeming like a jail cell. Well, this will be my 3rd Christmas listing to "The Stupidest Angel". Much like the Grinch, "A Christmas Story", egg nog, and sugar cookies, "The Stupidest Angel" has become a holiday tradition. I think the egg nog helps it fit in with rest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cranberry 12-11-07
    Cranberry 12-11-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Insanity!"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-05-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Best Christmas read."
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Tony Roberts – was your favorite?

    The Sherriff


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-18-12
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Fun little book with lots of good laughs"

    Fun little book with lots of good laughs. As with all Christopher Moore books, he does not take his subject matter too seriously and you can tell he thoroughly enjoyed spinning this yarn.

    This is not so much a story about a stupid angel. While there is a stupid angel -- very stupid, in fact -- the story is really about a sleepy California town and its eccentric inhabitants.

    I'm not giving much away here so the basic idea is we have an Angel sent to give a holy gift to a chosen boy. Before searching for the boy, the angel asks about town and is naturally considered a child molester. We have a dead Santa who was killed by a wayward shovel and a very insane ex-B-Movie actress that wields a sword to calm her spirits. Other characters like a crazy bat that looks like a dog, a crazed scientist and a pot smoking cop round out the novel nicely.

    All these characters have their own little sup-plots and stories which come together in a very forced way toward the end of this novel.

    I listened to The Stupidest Angel on audibook and while I love Tony Roberts as the pitch-perfect narrator of the Stone Barrington novels, he was not my favorite for this book.

    While laugh-out-loud funny in parts and enteraining throughout, some of the story felt a bit forced, with big awkward words being used for the purposes of creating more humor. If you want a really funny and much more thought out story about a stupid angel, check out Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

    -Bill

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn charlotte, NC, United States 12-04-10
    Lyn charlotte, NC, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2005
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    "The cure for holiday fruitcake..."

    If you have endured one too many Christmas carols, this book will bring the holiday back into focus, Christmas is the time of giving gifts and slaying zombies after all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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