I heart Christopher Moore

So if you were to head over to my LibraryThing account and check out all the books I’ve read recently, you might notice that the past 4 books I read (of the 8 I’ve read this year so far) are all by Christopher Moore.

My heartfelt thanks must go to my best friend, who sent me copies of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal and Island of the Sequined Love Nun about a year ago. I devoured them and immediately picked up Practical Demonkeeping to keep on with the theme.  And then I must have been distracted by something, for I didn’t read any more of his books until earlier this month.

In the past five days, I’ve read:

Oh my god is this man hilarious!  The second two – Fluke and A Dirty Job – I enjoyed more than the others (even Lamb).  I think it’s because the scenarios are much closer to home than the rest of his oeuvre.  Fluke tells the story of a whale researcher trying to figure out why humpback whales sing, and A Dirty Job tells the story of a man who becomes a Death Merchant, moving souls along from dying people to the people who need them next.  I suspect my love of the Death book stems partly from my love of Terry Pratchett’s Death books too – nothing better than knowing that Death isn’t some scary non-entity, but rather is an anthropmorphic personification or a second-hand shopkeeper.

Anyhow, if you want to read some really absurdly funny books, I can’t recommend Christopher Moore highly enough.  Your local public library should have some of his books, and if they don’t, you should ask them to purchase them.  Of course, you could also head to your local bookstore to get them.  Whatever floats your boat.

4 thoughts to “I heart Christopher Moore”

  1. He just came out with a new one about a vampire. It was reviewed in the NY Times yesterday. They do look funny, so I’ll have to check out my library’s inventory.

  2. I love his books. I’m waiting for Dirty Jobs now and plan to devour it as soon as it arrives.

    The Stupidest Angel is on of my favorites. I think because I read it just as the first Ikea in Phoenix was opening and everyone was going nuts about it…kind of like the zombies.

  3. And now I just have to gloat a little bit :). I just found out Christopher Moore is doing a reading/signing at an independent bookstore here on Feb 3. I am so there! (and now I have an excuse to buy his newest book.)

    If you happen to be in the Phoenix area…

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