The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (Pine Cove #2)

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The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally—well, to be accurate, artificially—business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks...more
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Published August 4th 2009 by HarperAudio (first published April 1st 1999)
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Beth
May 19, 2008 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: those with strange sense of humor
When high school English teachers define fiction as "the willing suspension of disbelief", they should distribute copies of Christopher Moore's books to their students to illustrate the concept.

No matter how many time I shake my head or utter the words "he's warped" when I read Moore's books, I inevitably race through them, enjoying every word and chapter as though it were a big bowl of ice cream: deliciously satisfying and fun, fun, fun.

Really, what other author can make you believe that a se...more
Yael
Valerie Riordan, the sole psychotherapist in Pine Cove, California, has switched all her patients' antidepressants to placebos -- a reaction to the apparent suicide of Bess Leander, one of her patients, who, Val thought, might have lived had Val done more talk therapy and less drug therapy. As a result, business is booming at The Head of the Slug, the local Blues bar, run by Mavis, whose clients swear that underneath her ancient, wrinkled, liver-spotted skin there lurks the Terminator. Problem:...more
Amanda
Jan 14, 2009 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good laugh
Christopher Moore is, as always, a genius when it comes to the absurd and warped sense of humor that I enjoy oh-so-much. Who else could give us a plot that includes all of the following: a former B movie starlet who still lives the life of her most famous role as Kendra: Warrior Babe of the Wasteland, a sea beast with a vendetta against a wayward bluesman, a psychologist who decides to put the entire town on placebo anti-depressants instead of the real deal, a pharmacist with a fish fetish (yes,...more
Daniel Virtue
I just finished reading this, and as I explained to my fiancee last night when I couldn't stop reading it: it does not hold up the qualities that are necessary for me to classify a book a good book; however it is great escapism. The characters are not real. The author does nor reveal anything to me in the telling of the story. He has awareness that he is writing escapism and I like that. He is not your typical escapism writer like James Patterson or John Grisham who turn out one load of crap aft...more
bookczuk
Where to start? Where to start?

This book was my maiden dip into Christopher Moore, who should get a Pulitzer for his titles alone! Who can pass up a title like this? I have since moved on to read several other of his books.

Totally improbable, quirky, witty and twisted. My kind of humor.

From the tale of the Bluesman Catfish Jefferson, to poor Steve the Sea Monster, looking for love in all the wrong fuel trucks, to Molly and her narrator, the story just flowed. I loved the way Moorse chose to de...more
Marvin
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove is a warm-hearted probe into the meaning of inter-species fornication; Fornication with giant lizards, sea mammals, gas trucks, and a ex-soft porn movie actress in Xena costumes with broad swords. In other words, just another day in Christopher Moore's brain. The author has his brain working over-time in this silly little romp. Maybe a little too silly even for Moore. Yet it remains very funny and entertaining. Moore revives some of his Pine Cove residents incl...more
DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 DJ Harris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humor!
Michael Grove
Possibly the most low-brow novel I've ever finished, this book will take several points off your IQ. But what can I say, it's a guilty pleasure to read about stoners and sex-crazed dragons.
Susan
I tried listening to this book as I fell asleep. Big mistake. I fell out of bed laughing at least three times.
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
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Крайморски град, пълен с депресирани хора и чудовище, което се храни с тях – каква невероятно забавна атмосфера! “Похотливецът от град Тъга“ съчетава тъгата на септември с разбирането на човешката душа и ги въплъщава в себе си със завиден писателски талант и фантазия.

Аз лично не се бях забавлявала така с мисленето на чудовище от Хайнлайновата „Звездния звяр“ и “Похотливецът от град Тъга“ ме върна във времената, в които книгите се пишеха от майстори, а не о...more
Dylan


Kind of funny. Kind of interesting. Kind of different.

The Denver Post called it, "As funny as writing gets." Well, kind of not.

And so, a little less than halfway through, I decided I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters, or what happened next, and I had way too many books on my bedside table waiting to be explored. So I stopped reading this one.

Sorry, giant sea monster that likes to have sex with tanker trucks till they explode. You're kind of a lot funnier on the back cove...more
Elizabeth
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (pp. 304)

A pre-historic sea monster is drawn to the sleepy resort town of Pine Cove by a sudden drop in the residents’ usage of prescription anti-depressants. His presence inspires a higher than normal amount of libidos acts amongst the townspeople. The oversexed population also becomes food for the new resident resulting in some mysterous disappearances. Some of the characters and the town were introduced in Moore’s previous novel, Practic...more
Kai
Uno sbirro strafatto di erba, un bluesman cinico sul viale del tramonto, un biologo trasandato preoccupato per dei topi in fuga, un'ex attrice di b-movie postapocalittici affetta da schizofrenia e accompagnata da un “narratore”, uno sceriffo corrotto, dei narcotrafficanti, un nerd bulimico, una psichiatra che sostituisce i farmaci di un'intera comunità con dei placebo, un farmacista morbosamente attratto da pesci e cetacei, un paese in preda alle scalmane e, in pratica, Godzilla. Ecco un romanzo...more
C

I love his Pine Cove characters the way I love Terry Pratchett's Night's Watch. :) Theo and Molly are quickly working their way into my favorite characters list (followed by Skinner the Dog). There's something of the unexpected hero in Theo and perhaps an unexpected pragmatist in Molly.

The first book I read of Moore's had the same effect that Monty Python's Holy Grail had on me all those years ago. A sort of bemused wonder at being dragged into suddenly new and unfamiliar territory. I must one d...more
Susanne
Moore returns to the scene of his first hit: the coastal small town of Pine Cove, California, filled with weirdos, hippies, and the occasional nutter. This time, the town is in slightly more distress than usual - mostly because the town psychiatrist has decided to take some twelve hundred patients off their antidepressants; and partly because an ancient 50-feet sea monster has decided to stop by for a while.

It doesn’t improve matters that the sea monster, Steve, has the pre-evolutionary ability...more
Kevin
Pine Cove is a cozy little town nestled into the forests of northern California. During vacation season, the town is overrun with tourists. When that season dies down, so does the town. It just becomes your everyday, run-of-the-mill nothing burg. This off-season, however, is different. A suicide has rocked the populace, the town's shrink has decided to conduct an experiment in which she replaces everyone's depression meds with placebos, and a nearby nuclear reactor has sprung a tiny leak. But it...more
browse
Christopher Moore is the Piers Anthony of this decade.

He has found a comfortable home in romping, playful send-ups in the horror genre. I wouldn't call his books satire; he seems to have too much genuine affection for the field to be that biting. But there is no question the books choose humor over trying to scare the bejeezus out of the reader.

Lust Lizard was perfect beach fare (and yes, I read it during a couple of days in Hawaii). It was light, playful, and silly enough to encourage me to rea...more
Michiko
Book Diva, Jessica Ayres recommended this book of the month. I guess, she wanted us to read something fun and silly. This book is about a mysterious suicide, by a local resident, which takes the small town in distress. A pot addicted sheriff is trying to solve the case, while the entire town of Pine Cove is extra horny and off their medications. During that time, at sea monster reappears from prehistoric times and decides to take upon himself to get acquainted with several of the local residents...more
Kwoomac
I'm not sure how this book ended up in my bookshelves, but there it was. As you may be able to guess from the title, this is not serious literature. The story takes place in a small town on the coast, where a 5,000 year old sea monster has been awakened. He has a taste for warm blooded animals, so he proceeds into town to snack on the townfolk. The unlikely hero of the story is the pothead town constable Theo Crowe. Theo and his friends decide to help the sea monster return to the sea, so he doe...more
Meade
So this book - or probably any Christopher Moore book - could easily be too crude for most people and probably offensive. Yes, there is a love scene (minor spoiler alert!) between an ex-B movie apocolyptic warrior babe and a giant sea monster, for example. I personally find his books to be so outlandish that they are hilarious. Additionally, I constantly struggle to figure out what to read at night in bed - I don't have the energy for anything heavy or complicated, or the patience for anthing bo...more
Roger
This was my first Christopher Moore book, and it will not be the last. If you want a fun, adult, entertaining novel then this is the one for you. It has blues-men, aging movie stars, pothead constables, and a wide array of just deliciously weird and wacky characters. Then there is Steve. Steve is great. Steve is a monster with a conscience. Steve also has revenge on his mind, and maybe a weed whacker. You will just have to read it to understand.I could hardly put this novel down and it never fai...more
Amanda
I think this is my favorite* of the three Christopher Moore novels I've read so far. (This one, Fluke, and Lamb.) I must like this one because I'm so smart--I figured out the science mystery with the rats and stuff before everyone in the book did, so that makes me even smarter than Christopher Moore, a biologist, a psychologist, and a stoner constable combined. I also really like this book because the cover is green.


The End.







*Not that I pick favorites. I love everything the same.
H.N.
Quite frankly, I loved this book from beginning to end. It made me laugh out loud in places, and in fact read out loud portions to my fiance. It had an interesting structure, telling the story from multiple viewpoints (including that of a sea monster and a dog), and the writing was tight and strong. It was a fast read, a fun mish-mash of sea creatures, humans (both crazy and not), drugs (both legal and illegal). Two thumbs up.
Cara
I seriously love this author! The absurdity of his books is fantastic. The situations just get weirder and weirder, but I can't stop reading. I loved the changing POV, I loved the characters, and Pine Cove is starting to feel like a favorite vacation spot that I just can't wait to get back to. I'm not sure what that says about me. Go ahead and judge, I don't care.
Jim
Another adventure with the wackos of Pine Cove. There is something endearing about spending time with this crew, and Moore makes it so much fun even though Norman Rockwell would have had a stroke painting still-lifes of this crew.
Frida Orozco
This book was not as good as thought it was going to be :( it was very boring and not funny. I'm sorry to say this because I really like Christopher Moore, I'm planning on reading Sacre Bleu! and I just hope is better than this book.
Matt
Any book with an enormous, human eating, horny creature from the sea that can only be seen by an insane, sex-crazed former B-movie star and tamed by an old, depressed blues musician is OK with me!
Charlie
A sea monster comes to shore in Pine Cove. Lighthearted silliness ensues. A relaxing break from reality.
No good-guys or dogs were (irrecoverably) harmed in the making of this book.
Geoffrey
A delightfully twisted yarn involving a Sea Beast, sexy b-movie queen, A Bluesman, drugs, placebos, murder, lust and a dog. Oh yeah, some people get eaten, too.
Mike Graber
Not quite as good as Lamb but still an entertaining read that can be enjoyed over and over.
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Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

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