The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore

This is the second book I’ve read on my new Kindle, and the first Kindle book I’ve reviewed.  One thing I like about the Kindle is the annotation feature, which will likely add a whole new  dimension to my book reviews. For example, I can highlight quotes to include in the review. That’s in addition to making notes as I go along, which will reflect better what my thinking while actually reading a book. A couple of sample quotes:

“The bat yelped, opened his leathery wings, and flew to the top of the Christmas tree, where he caught the star, swung halfway around and settled, upside down, hanging there above the room, looking, despite his cheery nature and hot pink sunglasses, a little creepy.”

(I love Christopher Moore in part because he loves bats, as I do. Also, we’re both comma spazzes.)

Or let’s try a line of dialogue from the climactic battle scene: “’Fire a salvo of garlic bread next!’”

Gotta love the an author who writes like that.

Anyway, what’s The Stupidest Angel about, you may wonder? It’s a Christmas tale of love, psychotics, stupid angels, homicidal Santas, a very big Christmas tree, lonely hearts, horny rodents, misunderstandings, lasagna, talking bats, Japanese swords, and the little miniature marshmallows that come in those packets of instant hot cocoa. Among other things. The plot is so convoluted that I can’t possibly begin to summarize it. Moore does good plots, but that’s not why you read his books. This would be a good one to start with if you’ve never read him before, because it includes his usual themes, good-natured hostility, and cartoon violence. He’s funny and irreverent and surprising. I highly recommend this book.

As for animals, the bat is pretty good and has appeared in another book. There’s a dog character, Skinner, and Moore “gets” dogs. There’s also a bat, Roberto, brought over from another book. Moore tosses in an unpleasant image or two, and rodents don’t fare so well, but it’s not revoltingly graphic or gross. So this book is MOSTLY SAFE for animal lovers. Enjoy!


December 31, 2010 - Posted by | animals, beach book, Book Reviews, dogs, humor, satire | , , ,

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