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Sesso e lucertole a Melancholy Cove (Pine Cove #2)

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A Pine Cove, California, regna e spadroneggia il Prozac, ma se lo psichiatra locale, in preda a un improvviso rigurgito etico, decide di sostituirlo con un placebo, come se la caverà la popolazione? Semplice: tutti al bar avvinghiati in scintillanti festini! Mentre lo spasso (o quasi) è d’obbligo, la falla di una vicina centrale nucleare risveglia Steve, un lucertolone pre ...more
Paperback, Scatti, 309 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Elliot (first published April 1st 1999)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: 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. Suddenly, morose Pine Cove turns libidinous and is hit by a mysterious crime wave,
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Beth
May 19, 2008 Beth rated it liked it  ·  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
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Edward Lorn
Feb 17, 2013 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've heard many good things about Christopher Moore, but mostly I've heard that I'd love his sense of humor. In life, I take two things seriously: The health and security of my family. Everything else is fair game. If you can riff on religion, politics, sex and the overall human condition, in a thought-provoking, sarcastic manner, you will find a friend in me. For this reason, I would love to just sit down and have a conversation with Moore. I'm sure we'd laugh ourselves stupid.

The Characters: A
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Yael
Feb 21, 2009 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  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
Marvin
May 02, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
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
Lyn
Feb 22, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Moore has a twisted sense of humor, his narrative style is Kurt Vonnegut meets the Adams family with a dose of John Steinbeck and a Faulkner chaser.

Very funny.

This one is set in his Pine Cove creation and concerns a Puff the magic dragon with a decidedly lascivious nature.

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Daniel Virtue
Mar 11, 2011 Daniel Virtue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrea
Apr 15, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a weird plot. Ten years since Pine Cove experienced its first monster, a new menace settled upon the sleepy community in the form of a Sea Beast that ate occasional passersby and gave out pheromones that made everyone bump uglies all the time. Hence the "lust lizard" monicker. The plot is weird and strange, but Moore's writing is comical gold. My favourite characters are definitely The Spider (who I envision as The Simpsons' Comic Book Guy) and Mavis (one part cranky old lady and one part T ...more
⊱ Irena ⊰
May 30, 2014 ⊱ Irena ⊰ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
2.5

You have to be high to read this.
Or drunk.
Or both. Yes, both would be best. Otherwise, the sheer amount of exaggerations would make you crazy.

With its title alone, you have to assume you'd have to suspend your disbelief completely. I don't mind that at all. It is supposed to be a silly book after all. But you don't get any respite from all the exaggerations. It's just goes on an on, one crazy situation or a person after another. After a while one gets tired of it.

I wonder if I am too serio
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was one of his best I have read so far. I could not stop laughing. Very hysterical story line.
bookczuk
Feb 25, 2009 bookczuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
http://knigozavar.com/the-lust-lizard...

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
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Abel
Feb 24, 2016 Abel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha costado bastante puntuar este libro... digamos que le daría 3,5 estrellas pero que prefiero redondear hacia arriba que hacia abajo. Las estrellas son gratis, y eso me hace sentir mejor en este caso :)

Esta novela me ha recordado mucho a 'El ángel más tonto del mundo'. O al menos me ha recordado a lo que recuerdo de 'El ángel más tonto del mundo'. Algo es algo, que uno ya no tiene la cabeza en tan buen estado como hace 10 años largos.

La historia en sí no tiene demasiada chicha. Parece más b
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DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 DJ Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humor!
Michael Grove
Dec 17, 2012 Michael Grove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried listening to this book as I fell asleep. Big mistake. I fell out of bed laughing at least three times.
John S
Jun 29, 2014 John S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief Synopsis: 'Lust Lizard' is set in Pine Cove, a small coastal town in Cali where the majority of the town has been taken off their anti-depressants on a whim by the one psychiatrist in town. There is a enormous sea creature masquerading as a trailer who happens to make people very horny (yes you read that sentence right). While all of this is happening, there is a underbelly of crime just simmering and waiting to overflow. Sound fun? Well it is.

Unlike Moore's other books, this one does take
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Susanne
Jun 16, 2011 Susanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tony
Apr 12, 2015 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderfully crafted book, thoroughly enjoyed. I like this bloke more and more.

A couple of notable quotes:

"On every paper route, there is a haunted house, a kid eating dog, an old woman who tips with twenties, and a woman who answers the door in the nude."

Oh so true!

And for those of you who have already read this:

"Hey Steve, cheer up, I brought home Chinese for lunch."

I'm starting to dread running out of old Moore's books!
Danny Foncke
May 06, 2015 Danny Foncke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You like it or you don't - and I do ! Quirky twisted nonsense humor. Ideally for those moments you really do not want to question what you're reading but just want to enjoy it.

Before you start this book, check if you have a sense of humor - if not, move on.
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.
Glenn Conley
Feb 06, 2015 Glenn Conley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is very strange. It starts out innocent enough, but just spirals out of control. It's like the author wrote the first half of the book sober, and the second half, stoned out of his fucking mind. Because the second half is just plain bat-shit crazy.

The story starts out nice and simple. A new sheriff comes to town. Greetings all around. Everything is fine. Nothing to see here. But then, naked people keep showing up everywhere. Fucking in the park. Fucking on the sidewalk. Fucking on the
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Dylan
Feb 27, 2014 Dylan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


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
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Stephen
Dec 12, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Pine Cove small town on the coast of California, the kind of town that comes alive during the tourist season but goes into hibernation in the winter when the local can reclaim the place for their own. Things will be a little different this year, however, when an ancient sea monster awakens and rises from the depths of the Pacific ocean...and makes everyone incredibly horny. Steve (that's the sea monster) is a predator who hunts by emitting psychic euphoria, you see, and the sexual frenzy of huma ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 02, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2010
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
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Kai
Jan 14, 2011 Kai rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2013 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
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Donna LaValley
Jul 24, 2012 Donna LaValley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove followed Christopher Moore’s successful debut novel, Practical Demonkeeping. I don’t know if he was high on his new popularity or high on something else, but this one disappoints, with colorful new characters being the only saving graces.

Still in Pine Cove, California, some of the same characters (and the new ones) again must confront something supernatural, although the giant Sea Beast “lizard” comes from deep in the ocean and has only one non-known animal cha
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Christopher Moore 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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