Mia has lived her life on “The Fringe,” the popular kids rarely notice her, she gets good grades and she has an obsession with “Buffy.” When Rob, theMia has lived her life on “The Fringe,” the popular kids rarely notice her, she gets good grades and she has an obsession with “Buffy.” When Rob, the most popular boy in school suddenly starts taking her out on dates she can’t believe it, much less his asking her to the prom. But suddenly Samantha, the popular girl in class is trying to steal Rob away – and it looks like it is working. Dejected, Mia and her hypochondriac best friend Candice, go to visit a creepy old lady who sells herbs and spells. After completing their “Love Spell” Mia believes it’s working when Rob begins paying more attention to her, but then suddenly everyone is being nice to her, and giving her snacks… and for some reason they all think she smells like roasted chicken. The quiet new boy, Chase, lets Mia know that the spell she cast wasn’t actually a Love Spell – it was a spell that was slowly turning the whole school into zombies. Mia, Chase and Candice get to work trying to save their school from a zombie infestation and only a week before Prom!
Written for the 12 and up age group, this book is sweet, funny and quite charming. Themes of friendship and childhood relationships run through the book. (Example: just because a guy is popular doesn’t make him the right guy for you.) This book is geared toward females and plays heavily on the scattered over dramatic mind of high school girls. Told entirely from the viewpoint of Mia, we see things as she sees them, and if you aren’t a teenage girl, it can be enlightening on how they think. There is a romantic thread in the book, though it’s by no means in the forefront of the story. Adults are merely peripheral characters with very few lines at all in the book so there is very little in the way of parental guidance or morals to be found in this story. Also there is a significant amount of skipping classes or school to go to the mall. I didn’t have an issue with it but parents who are purchasing this for a younger child may want to be aware of that (there are no repercussions for the skipping). I would have no trouble handing this to one of my children to read – however with them both being little boys I don’t believe they will be interested in it.
Rating – PG, though there is no profanity, there are people who have the intention of eating Mia, there is a kiss, and some name calling of the catty high school girl type. ...more
The final Rincewind book, and a fitting but bittersweet end to the Silver Hoard. This huge coffee table sized book is filled with touching and geniusThe final Rincewind book, and a fitting but bittersweet end to the Silver Hoard. This huge coffee table sized book is filled with touching and genius artwork that will make any Discworld denzian wish that posters or t-shirts could be made from the pictures.
The story is short, and sweet. Cohen and the Silver hoard have decided to go out with a bang. There is nothing else to conquer and everything has gotten so complicated... there aren't even any good Dark Lords anymore. Sure there are evil nasty buggers, but they don't follow the "Code." So these last heros decide that the need to return to the Gods what the First Hero Stole... namely Fire... plus interest. When the rest of the world gets wind of it, they must all come together to stop Cohen, since he will effectively destroy the disc.
This book at least mentions most of the main characters from all of the series. We have Lord Vetinari, Rincewind, Cohen, the Luggage, The Librarian, Carrot, Vimes, Leonard de Quirm, the Wizards, and quite a few new characters... the only series left out that I could determine was the Witches.
Hysterically funny, touching and sad... this book is a must read, and possibly even a must own to any Discworld fan. I would NOT start here... you must have at least read a few of the other books (particularly [Book: Interesting Times]) to truely enjoy this story....more
I read this book last year, and just finished listening to the Audiobook (Read by Nigel Planer) with my children. "Interesting Times" is the fifth booI read this book last year, and just finished listening to the Audiobook (Read by Nigel Planer) with my children. "Interesting Times" is the fifth book in the Rincewind series, in case you want to read them in order here they are: [Book: The Color of Magic] [Book: The Light Fantastic] [Book: Sourcery] [Book: Eric] [Book: Interesting Times] [Book: The Last Continent]
To fully appreciate this book, I would suggest reading at least the first two of the series first since those are the ones that explain the luggage, develop the chaotic relationship between Rincewind and Twoflower, and introduce Cohen the Barbarian.
This particular Pratchett book is a satirizing look at the western view of the Orient (specifically China), revolutions, tourism, barbarism, civility, government in general, and the perception of the elderly. The humor in this book is fairly constant, and hysterical along the same lines as the previous Rincewind books. However as with all of his later books, there is much more of a plot and more substance than his first several books.
Summary of the book: Rincewind the failed wizard is finally where he wants to be - stranded on a deserted island with plenty of food and nothing that wants to eat him... oh and the luggage is there with him just in case. Meanwhile Lord Vetinari receives a message from the "Counterweight Continent" requesting that he send "The Great Wizzard" So he sends for the Wizards and informs them that they are to find this "Great Wizzard" and send him to the Empire. The Wizards bumble through it all but eventually manage to get Rincewind teleported from his island of perfection into the Empire. Meanwhile Cohen the Barbarian has collected five other aging barbarians and they have named themselves "The Silver Hoard." The Silver Hoard has big plans for the Empire... probably the largest theft they have ever done... but in order to be sucessful, they have to act "Civilized." So a teacher they have brought along is helping them to "blend in to society" with hysterical results. Twoflower makes a reappearance and in the end Rincewind manages to accidentally save the day yet again.
Now for the review of the audiobook (courtesy of audible.com) I get these to listen to in the car with my little ones... they think that TwoFlower is the greatest and are huge fans of The Luggage. I let them listen because for the most part there is very little profanity and sex is only eluded too (and in a manner way above their heads) now there was on use of "the S word" and a few "Bastards" but other than that the tale was clean enough for them to listen to. Nigel Planer does a wonderful job of reading the tale however the footnotes are rather distracting and I wish they had been left out to help with the flow.
I have about 7 or so Discworld books left that I have not read and this is officially one of my favorites. Though the middle slows down when going into "Lord Hong" The bits with the Silver Hoard had me in hysterics....more
Leslie Lloyd has had a bad day… her boss is dead, it’s tax day, she’s missed her hair appointment and she’s the prime murder suspect. Her bad day becoLeslie Lloyd has had a bad day… her boss is dead, it’s tax day, she’s missed her hair appointment and she’s the prime murder suspect. Her bad day becomes a bad week as the rest of her news crew team start to become the news. She tries to hold it all together with caffeine and a possible new love interest while trying to solve a new and very close to home string of deaths.
Kill-TV is written in the internal dialogue of Leslie, we follow her most intimate thoughts as her mind wanders while her body blunders through life. Leslie’s voice is what truly carries this book, every woman is a little like her, and we all have a friend she will remind us of. Her honest voice makes reading this book similar to listening to a hilarious and yet disturbing story being related to you over coffee by one of your girlfriends. Leslie is constantly having very entertaining mental battles with herself she has to come to terms with disturbing event after disturbing event. Written much like a murder mystery, the candid mind of Leslie never lets the reader sink too deeply into the tension of the plot. We all know she’s innocent, but then who among the lively crew of news people she works with – isn’t so innocent? Who is it with blood on their hands, and are they gunning for Leslie next? The assembled cast of characters is for the most part very believable and fairly well fleshed out. The dialogue is spot on, even when Leslie places her foot in her mouth time and time again, the reader cringes with her.
This is one of the most well written indy-authored books that I have read, and with it being from a small press there are only minor printing issues that may or may not annoy the reader. One is that the font is small with wide spacing between the lines, I had no problem with it, but I cannot see anyone in the 50 and up crew reading it without the aid of a pair of readers. The second is simply that the justification used makes the final sentences of some of the paragraphs space way out. Nothing major, and if these are the only complaints I have about the book then you know the author is doing something right.
Though I wouldn’t say this book is for everyone, the audience it is for has a lot to look forward to. This book is geared more toward female readers, specifically those that like a little humor and a little mystery and have had their fair share of ups and downs in life. I can honestly say that I hope a large publishing house picks this book up and gives it the physical polish that the tale contained within deserves. So if you don’t mind a few typesetting issues, pick up a copy of this to read while relaxing and enjoying a cappuccino. ...more
How does one even begin describing this book? Can you even sum up the plot and do it justice? Talk of Malachi and his adventures/mishaps or Beatrice…How does one even begin describing this book? Can you even sum up the plot and do it justice? Talk of Malachi and his adventures/mishaps or Beatrice… To we follow Roomford as he appears and disappears as the earth rotates? To we talk about the invasion from Mars? Or the years spent on Mercury? How to we discuss the plot when in reality the plot is only a vehicle to get the reader to the destination, the realization that Vonnegut is trying to make us come to. The best summary that I can come up with is that we follow Malachi/Unk through the end of his life… starting from his receiving a prediction that he would go to Mars, Mercury, back to Earth, and then to Titan… and ending at the end of his life and his journeys.
So what is this book even about? Well there’s religion, and the sense that God is not responsible for us, or our futures, rather we survive in a series of random accidents. Then there is the meaning of life, and the futility of the search for it. We have the satirical take on family, business, politics, and war. Then we have the long and involved satire of our purpose, and being used as humans toward a purpose that is both completely beyond our mental grasp, and not something that we would be happy to know about in the first place.
I personally cannot stand sci-fi so I put off reading this book for quite a while, even through I LOVE Vonnegut. In the end, the Sci-Fi aspect did not bother me because Vonnegut never spent all that much energy on that aspect. Sure they were on Mars, and Mercury, and Titan… and there was an alien life form or two and some spaceships… but as with the plot, the sci-fi aspect of this book is merely a vehicle to drive the reader to the proper conclusions. People are often upset that one cannot classify a Vonnegut book into any one genre; I find that this is because he is a philosopher who is wiling to take you to any extreme in order to open your eyes to what he views as reality. And what is Vonnegut’s reality? Simple – Life is a series of accidents, both good and bad. The Creator is off doing what he does best – Creating, not guiding our every movement and desire. And finally, that we shouldn’t put too much stock into our purpose, instead focus on just being nice, and being happy in the life that you have.
Even if you are not a fan of Sci-Fi I highly recommend this book. True it is not Vonnegut’s seminal work, nor is it his most humorous, but it has so many important themes running through it that it should be required reading in school. The number of discussions that can be had after reading and truly dissecting this book are amazing. The Simple line stated by Boaz on Mercury when he makes his decision, the true purpose of the Martian attack, the over all meaning of life. The ending of this book is a truly joyous, utterly ridiculous and yet so profoundly meaningful revelation that the reader cannot help but sit back and shake their head in both disbelief and astonishment, both appalled and amused, and most of all, completely unable to keep from wondering… is that what it really IS all about? Something so….. Now I don’t want to spoil it for you!
Though this book is only just over 300 pages, it took me longer than normal to read it, because you really don’t want to skim. The language is brilliant, and the satire is sometimes so deeply laced into what is being said that it can be easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. As I said before, I highly recommend this book. ...more
I would say a "Must Have" for any Discworld fanatic, but unfortunately it's not a "Must Have"... what it is however is a very fun, whimsical cookbookI would say a "Must Have" for any Discworld fanatic, but unfortunately it's not a "Must Have"... what it is however is a very fun, whimsical cookbook assembled by our favorite dirty minded witch of Lancre - Nanny Ogg. Though this book does contain recipes (and most of them appear fairly legit) the reason to buy this book is for the old fashioned wisdom that used to come in cookbooks. The more of the Discworld books that you have read, the more you will recognize the names and people mentioned in the recipes. Everyone from the Patrician, to Nobby's Mum, to The King of Lancre have contributed their favorites (Even CMOT Dibbler has contributed his "Sausage-inna-bun recipe). There are also a series of "Ethnic" foods from Klatch, Quirm, Lancre, and many other of the Discworld lands including multiple Dwarven recipes which (include the ever popular "Dwarf Bread.")
Throughout the cookbook you will find not only recipes, but also Nanny's quips, and advise, as well as notes from the "editors" who are very concerned about Nanny's tendency towards the vulgar. It is safe to have around the house because the kiddies won't get the references as Nanny always states them with double meaning and a wink. At the end of the book there is a section on life and etiquette which is absolutely hysterical. Having just been married two years ago, the section on weddings nearly had me in tears, specifically the instructional part about how to have the obligatory wedding fight among the guests.
Note to those of you wavering about the purchase of this book. It's cute, it's funny, but it is by no means a novel. If you plan to sit down with it and read it as a book, you will be done in less than an hour and will probably be disappointed. If you are the type who has a few "Discworld junkie" friends, this is the perfect help to any party... you can all get together and make dwarf bread and see who's flies the farthest. This would also make an excellent gift for a Discworld fan. If you are planning to put it in your kitchen with the rest of your cookbooks, I would advise getting the hardcover version. ...more
If you pick this book up, don't even bother looking at the back cover, what is written there cannot even begin to tell you what you are about to read.If you pick this book up, don't even bother looking at the back cover, what is written there cannot even begin to tell you what you are about to read. I picked this book up based off of a few different people's recommendations and hearing the author's name dropped by several of my favorite authors. I had been told over and over how absolutely hysterical this book is, so of course I had to read it.
First let me warn you this book is not for everyone... in fact it's not for most people, but there is a select group out there that this book is perfect for. In this book you will find addictions, depravity, sex acts of all kinds, death, pain, obsession, profanity, blasphemy, and enough repetition to drive an English major insane. But don't let that stop you from reading... this is actually a very strange yet disturbingly profound book.
Short Summary: Our title character is a sex addict who fakes choking in restaurants to make people feel like heroes... he's had a terrible childhood with a completely insane mother who kidnapped him on multiple occasions. She's now in a home and is fast approaching her end, while her son, Victor, attempts to deal with his past, his problems, and his future.
If you are looking for a book about redemption, this isn't it. Victor is a failed med student who is riddled with psychological problems raging from sexual addiction to severe childhood trauma. He wanders through life searching desperately for meaning, purpose and hope... all while fighting to keep from being a "good guy." The only truly multidimensional character in the story is Victor, and the book is told stream of conscious from Victor's point of view. Victor behaves badly and fights to mentally defend his behavior to both the reader and himself. We swap between the current day and his childhood, or actually his memories of his childhood which are told with a bitterness not toward his mentally unstable mother, but toward himself.
Victor is filled with a deep rooted self loathing that comes across clearly to the reader, however he constantly defends his actions and feelings but his defense is hollow. It is clear that he knows that his life is pathetic and his future is going to be devoid of true happiness should he continue on his current path. As a reader you follow his mental wanderings, excuses, and find yourself hoping that he latches on to something healthy.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away, although there really isn't much of a plot. This is more of a character study of an addict, and addict who knows that things should be different but rejects and rebels against society to the point that he cannot even comprehend a healthy existence. As I said this book will not be for everyone, it is harsh, gross, filled with bodily fluids, depraved sexual acts, profanity and bad choice after bad choice. Most of supporting cast is filled with stereotypes and one dimensional jokes, also the way that this is written is very repetitive and the style will be jarring to many readers. It is not an easy read to whip right through due to the way that it is written. I am glad that I read this book, but I don't really know who I know that I would recommend it to.
Oh, and yes, parts of this book are very funny... but on the whole I was left feeling rather sad for the people in it. Perhaps I'm just feeling sensitive today, but the hopelessness of the situations that these people put themselves into is a rather sobering idea. The concept that keeps reiterating itself through the book is the idea of reality and who we are, do we create ourselves or do we let society decide who we are... if we try to fight against society are we just dooming ourselves to unhappiness and ultimate misery?...more
Before you begin reading this review, please be sure that you have read "Bloodsucking Fiends" which is the first in this series. If you read these revBefore you begin reading this review, please be sure that you have read "Bloodsucking Fiends" which is the first in this series. If you read these reviews prior to reading "Bloodsucking Fiends" then you will already know how it ends - Now for the review.
"You Suck" picks up where "Bloodsucking Fiends" leaves off with Jody escaping her bronze statue and turning Tommy into a vampire so that she won't be alone. We follow the new Vampire couple as they search for a replacement minion. When they find one (a 16 year old wannabe goth/punk/drama queen) she is absolutely hysterical. The Animals are back - though not quite as funny as they were in "Bloodsucking Fiends" and of course the Emperor of San Francisco and Protector of Mexico returns with his two furry companions to do some more vampire hunting. Our old police friends return with bit parts and predominantly to have arguments with Abby the new minion. These are outlined in Abby's Diary which is in many cases the most hysterical part of the book.
Other than Abby, we have several other new characters, Blue the Vegas hooker who has died her skin blue, and a 30 pound cat named "Chett" with his homeless alcoholic owner. The banter in this book is great, the humor really picks up once they come across Abby, and the bits with Chett had me snickering to myself. I don't know that I would say that this is one of Moore's strongest works, but it is definitely a fun read. There are minor cameos from some of the characters in "Dirty Jobs" but you don't have to have read it to get the humor in that scene. If you are a fan of irreverent humor and happen to like vampires, then pour yourself a bloody latte and sit back in your running suit to enjoy this book....more
What are the guys that aren’t Alpha Males? Why they are Beta Males of course! Charlie Asher is the quintessential Beta Male… amazed and terrified by wWhat are the guys that aren’t Alpha Males? Why they are Beta Males of course! Charlie Asher is the quintessential Beta Male… amazed and terrified by women, passive aggressive, and perpetually panicking over his hyperactive imagination. Poor Charlie loses his wife during childbirth and is left a single dad to raise Sophie. Unfortunately for Charlie, he also acquired a new profession as his wife passed away. Charlie has become death, no not the death with the big D, more like the Santa’s Elves of Death… he, along with a few other San Francisco residents collect soul vessels after people pass on and get them to their proper places. But poor Charlie doesn’t get it… and to make matters worse he has quite the assortment of odd neighbors, employees, family, and random passersby to make his quest even more difficult. And if he doesn’t succeed? Well then the Sewer Harpies will come out and plunge the world in Darkness.
Much like Moore’s other books, the greatest amount of humor comes from the supporting cast. Lilly, the of kilter goth girl who works for Charlie (you may recognize her from You Suck – She is Abby’s best friend) Ray, who is Charlie’s other employee at the antique shop, another Beta Male who is always looking for love on foreign bride sites. Then you have the foreign neighbors Ms. Korjev and Ms. Ling who help to raise Sophie while Charlie is trying to figure the Death thing out. And of course with this being in San Francisco you have the Emperor and his two sidekicks as well as a minor unidentified appearance from Jody (from Bloodsucking Fiends).
I found this book to be both hilarious and sweet. Charlie as a single dad is touching… panicking over everything that could happen to his new infant daughter, while having to deal with the loss of his wife and a new found concept of death. One can only assume (not only from the content of the book, but also from the acknowledgements) that this book was written after a painful loss on the part of the author. There is a little more soul searching than one is used to in a Moore book, but that doesn’t keep the laughs from coming. I actually found the slightly more serious aspect to be refreshing and a great counterbalance to the humor that Moore is so famous for. By far my favorite characters are the two foreign neighbors, the scene with the dead hamsters is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while, and the Hell Hounds were a wonderful addition… especially everyone’s reactions to them.
True, many of the characters here are a bit stereotypical, but rather than detracting from the story, these stereotypes are molded into entirely new creations and made into characters that you can’t help but to love. There is a plot here, and it is true that the ending is a bit weak, and not what the reader wants… but we don’t read Moore for the plot, we read Moore for the wonderful people who inhabit his world. Because in the end, we all know someone just like them. I highly recommend this book, but would suggest reading it after “Bloodsucking Fiends” and “You Suck” because you will have a better appreciation for Rivera and the Emperor. That and since they all three take place in the same literary world, you might as well read them in order. Happy Reading! ...more
This is one of the few books that my husband read before me, and I had to sit there listening to him howl with laughter while I patiently waited for hThis is one of the few books that my husband read before me, and I had to sit there listening to him howl with laughter while I patiently waited for him to finish it. Many times he was brought to tears and had to stop reading so that he could breath. Now I was never brought to hysterics, but this IS a funny book. A vicious satire of vampire life, youthful dreams, and relationships without ever becoming a mushy romance or a bloodthirsty horror.
A short summary: Jody is a pretty redhead who wakes up under a dumpster after what she thought was a mugging to discover that she is a vampire. Unfortunately she never liked horror so she knows nothing about vampires. She enlists the help of a local night-shift grocery worker and aspiring writer to help her figure out how to negotiate her new lifestyle. Meanwhile the vampire that made her is leaving a trail of dead bodies throughout San Francisco and all the signs are pointing to her.
This book is funny, it's characters real... I would say they were over the top, but unfortunately I've known too many people like them to dismiss this as absurd. Though this is no great masterwork of literature, it is well written and extremely fun to read. Right at 300 pages I finished it in 2 hours, hesitating to put it down at all.
Now this book won't be for everyone, if you are looking for horror, this isn't it. If you are looking for sappy romance... well there's some romance but it's not the kind you are looking for, and if you are looking for Douglas Adams does Vampires for comedy, again you will be disappointed. Still this book is a really fun trip, enough fun that I ordered "You Suck: A Love Story" the sequel right away.
The reviews here are quite varied on this book, they are all obviously written by Pratchett fans however one of the problems with being a Pratchett faThe reviews here are quite varied on this book, they are all obviously written by Pratchett fans however one of the problems with being a Pratchett fan is that he has SO many novels that you are bound to find a few that aren’t your taste. I personally loved this book. My favorite of Pratchett’s creations include the Witches and the Guards series.
An attempt at a short summary: The King of Lancre and his new wife the former Witch Margrat have their first child, and are holding the Christening ceremony. In The King’s usual attempt to be “Modern” he invites the Magpyrs, a family of Vampires from Uberwald. Vampires of course cannot go where not invited, so they capitalize on the invitation to take over the entire country of Lancre. The Vampire clan however, is obsessed with becoming “Modern” and is quite Yuppyish. They have made themselves immune to garlic, sunlight, religious symbols, and just about everything else that normally works against Vampires. Meanwhile Granny Weatherwax’s invitation to the Christening was stolen, so in a typical Granny fashion, she is off in a huff. The soppy priest of Om that comes to do the Christening becomes quite the major character, and the “Wee Free Men” make their first appearance. Add in Igor, the Vampire’s henchman who wishes things would go back to the way they are, and the Falconer who spends most of the tale hunting down a Phoenix and you’re in for a non-stop good time. Nanny Ogg and Agnes/Perditia Nitt are put into the position of attempting to rescue the kingdom from the Vampires without Granny.
The witches are all their standard unique selves, Granny stubborn as a mule but with a heart of gold, Nanny with her wild ways and lewd comments, Margrat with her new aged ideas but strong backbone when needed, and the newest of the coven – Agnes Nitt a very big girl with a thin girl trapped inside her. Agnes becomes a major character in this book and really develops her unique personalities. The Priest of Om also becomes quite an interesting character with his on again off again faith crisis. The Wee Free Men are entertaining, but hard to read, Igor is an absolute trip.
Some will say that this is a re-write of “Lords and Ladies” I personally didn’t find it so. Sure bad guys arrive and threaten Lancre, and the Witches step up to do battle in their round-about humorous ways. But then again what fantasy/sci-fi/action or horror doesn’t have bad guys showing up and good guys trying to stop them? Of Pratchett’s novels I found this one to be much darker than the others because the Vampires are quite sinister for one of his villains. Still I found this to be an amazingly humorous tale. The bickering between the witches, the family fights between the vampires, Igor’s wanting to make everything dusty and covered in spider webs and longing for the old-school days of his master, the Falconer’s obsession with trying to catch a bird he’s never seen, the Wee Free Men stealing anything they can get their hands on, and even Greebo.
The pace of the book is unbelievably quick, numerous characters come and go and you’ll find yourself wondering how all of this will tie in together. But you can’t put it down. I can attest to that first hand, I read way past my bedtime to finish the book because the action never stopped long enough for me to stick in a bookmark. The humor wasn’t as non-stop as in some of his other books, but the funny parts were hysterical. I found that this book had far more meaning to it than many of the others.
If you are first time Pratchett reader, I would not recommend this book as a starting place because some of the history of the witches is almost required to get full enjoyment out of this story. I can’t imagine that a first time reader would understand the concept of “Borrowing” from this book or get the humor of the “I ain’t dead” sign. This is one of my favorite of Pratchett’s novels so far. ...more
This is officially the Hiaasen book that has proved his genius to me. Never in my wildest imagination would I have guessed that I would not only readThis is officially the Hiaasen book that has proved his genius to me. Never in my wildest imagination would I have guessed that I would not only read a book about bass fishing, but that I would also enjoy it. This book, bass and all, was a hysterically funny who-done-it of the highest caliber. Pro-Sports fishermen are dropping dead, a renegade photographer/PI has been hired to prove there are cheaters in the Bass Tournaments, a loveable crazy hermit turns out to be more than meets the eye. This is a viciously fun romp skewering the pro-fishermen circuit, politicians, the typical “good ol’ whiteboy” mentality, trailer parks, high school sports fanatics, and fashion models among others. His hysterical with and sharp double edged tongue make this a read that will bring tears of laughter to your eyes.
I have only ever read two other Hiaasen books and each I read seems funnier than the last. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny, well written read. Read this even if you hate fishing… I can’t stand fishing but couldn’t put this book down until I was done with it. ...more
Madness... this novel is complete and total madness from beginning to end. Returning once again to Pine Cove we can only call this a sequel to "PractiMadness... this novel is complete and total madness from beginning to end. Returning once again to Pine Cove we can only call this a sequel to "Practical Demonkeeping" in that it takes place in Pine Cove several years after Catch has been taken care of. The Demon is referenced once and several of the town's folk are back, specifically Mavis, owner of the "Head of the Slug" tavern, Jenny - Still working as a waitress, and HP, who is still recovering from Pine Cove's last battle with the bizarre.
Theo is the town constable of Pine Cove and boy does he have a rough week ahead of him. Starting with a suicide and ending with a random sea beast named Steve terrorizing and consuming the weaker minded people of Pine Cove, as Theo says - I didn't get training for this. The maddening series of events that drives this novel to its completely insane and fun filled ending includes the town shrink replacing everyone's meds with placebos, a mad biologist studying rats and chasing them all over town, A washed up and completely insane B-Movie queen tearing about town wielding a sword and wearing only her barbarian bikini, Theo's boss - The sheriff who has a few secrets of his own and Catfish - a blues singer who has seen Steve the Sea Beast before.
Moore manages to hit a level of comedic insanity in this book, without ever losing control of it, which is amazing in itself. As always his characters are strange, wacky, and entirely loveable. The plot, though insane, is always fun, and his dialogue is spot on. All Moore fans have their favorite book, this is rarely listed, the reason being that many of his others (Bloodsucking Fiends, Biff, and Dirty Jobs) have much stronger plotlines while retaining the completely mad characters that everyone falls in love with. This is stronger than his first novel "Practical Demonkeeping" but not as strong as some of his others. If you are an avid Moore fan, I would suggest reading this after Demonkeeping, if you have never read Moore before, I would suggest starting with either "Bloodsucking Fiends" or "The Gospel According to Biff." Still I highly recommend this to Moore fans, it's a fun ride and you will find yourself giggling throughout.
Parent note - Moore's books are NOT okay for kids. There is foul language, bizarre sex scenes, and often a few gross death scenes. ...more