This is a bawdy tale. Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity, as well as nontraditional grammar, split infinitives, and the odd wank . . . If that’s the sort of thing you think you might enjoy, then you have happened upon the perfect story!
The world is a better place for having Christopher Moore in it. I could end this review with that one lone sentence and it would sum up my feelings perfectly.
Unfortunately - and I hate myself for this! - I wasn't able to finish Fool before it was due back at the library. A nasty cold found me earlier this week and I wasn't able to do much of anything. However, as I've mentioned before I work at a bookstore and one of our perks is being able to borrow anything from the store. :) So I have no doubts I'll be finishing this one shortly.
Christopher Moore definitely is not an author for everyone. His humor is pretty off-the-wall and is something a person will either adore or absolutely detest. Fortunately I'm in the "OMG I LUV U" group. I first fell in love with him through Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (♥ I have the leather-bound cover and it's so, so gorgeous!!) and have been on a quest to gobble up everything else he's released.
Fool is a retelling of King Lear, one of the many Shakespeare plays I have never read. I don't feel that hinders my understanding - or enjoyment - of the novel in any way, however.
I only managed to get halfway through the novel, but there were so many passages and lines that made me snort and laugh to the point of crying.
Despite not being able to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed what I did read. That said, if someone is reading Moore for the first time, I'd definitely recommend Lamb instead.(less)
How awesome does this sound: the Prince Charming we all know and love isn't one man, but an entire family. T...morethis review will go live on the blog10/11
How awesome does this sound: the Prince Charming we all know and love isn't one man, but an entire family. The Charming title is passed down from generation to generation - and these men aren't your everyday Prince. They're highly trained assassins, capable of taking down the toughest dragon and nastiest witch.
While pregnant, John Charming's mother was bit by a werewolf. John came into this world as the one thing his family was trained to hunt: a monster. As a child John showed no signs of being anything other than human. Perhaps it was a fluke; John might just be safe after all. Unfortunately, puberty struck. If you think it's hard on humans, well, you can imagine what it was like for John. While he doesn't sprout fur or fangs, he does have a heightened sense of smell and strong urges to kill. So far he's managed to keep a low profile, working at a bar and leading a rather ordinary life. That is until the day a vampire walked into the pub.
I wanted to be head-over-heels for Charming. This book sounds like it would be the ultimate Leah Novel; it has all the makings of a story perfectly suited for me. Sadly that wasn't the case. I'd like to think I'm fairly lenient to the start of new series. I understand there's a certain amount of world-building that needs to be done, especially for sci-fi/fantasy. That said, Charming was nothing but one massive info-dump - usually right in the middle of a big action scene.
I made it roughly halfway through this one before setting it aside. Charming was by no means a bad book - in fact I quite enjoyed it! I plan on revisiting it one day when I have more time (and patience) to devote to Charming's world.(less)