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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 October 6th 2009 by William Morrow (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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Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 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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Beth
Jan 07, 2008 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 13, 2013 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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Amanda
Nov 19, 2008 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
Yael
Feb 21, 2009 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
Marvin
Apr 30, 2011 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
Daniel Virtue
Mar 11, 2011 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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
May 17, 2014 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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DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humor!
Kevin
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, audiobook
If you like Carl Hiaasen you should give Christopher Moore a try, while Hiaasen writes quirky mysteries set in Florida, Moore writes quirky fantasy/urban fantasy set in California. There similarities for me are the characters, these guys come up with the oddest set of characters.

I liked this book, but prefer the Fool, Love Story and Grim Reaper series.

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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
Adelina  Genova
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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.
Gabrielle
What would happen if all the inhabitants of a small California town were suddenly off their anti-depressants? Well, the local bar would probably see a boom in business. The general libido would also probably go up a notch. Some people's behavior might become a bit erratic. All this would make life more than a little complicated for the small town's adorable and hopelessly high police constable, Theo. And just to add to Theo's already messy life, an old bluesman decides to set up shop at the afor ...more
John S
Jun 29, 2014 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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Amy
Feb 25, 2009 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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Abel
Feb 17, 2016 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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Danny Foncke
May 01, 2015 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.
Susan
Jul 13, 2010 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.
Michael Grove
Dec 04, 2012 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.
David Benefry
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove” by Christopher Moore – A Revolution of Lizards and Placebos

Christopher Moore's Pine Cove

A few strange things have been happening in the quaint town of Pine Cove. To begin with, the doctor has about a third of the population on antidepressants, but after an obsessive-compulsive patient commits suicide, the good doc Valerie Riordan finds herself at fault. After blackmailing the fish fetishist and pharmacist, she ensures that all of her patients are now receivin
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Jamie Collins
Some amusing bits, but this won’t be one of my favorite Moore books. It started off well, but I enjoyed it less and less as I read. I usually enjoy the first half of his books more than the second half; I suppose it’s because I like his characters more than his ridiculous plots.

This story returns to Pine Cove, where the inhabitants are going a little nuts, because in a fit of misplaced guilt, the local psychiatrist has taken all of her patients off their antidepressant medications. Also a giant
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Donna LaValley
Jul 24, 2012 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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Kai
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Glenn Conley
Feb 06, 2015 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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Kevin
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Susanne
Jun 16, 2011 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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C
Jan 12, 2013 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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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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