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Subject: Christopher Moore
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 11:11 AM ET
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I was browsing the wish lists just now and saw a lot of books by Christopher Moore.  I usually keep up on books but somehow this guy has stayed off my radar.  Some of the descriptions sound pretty fun though.  I'd like to hear more about some of his stuff from anyone who has read him.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 11:15 AM ET
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I've only read A Dirty Job and Lamb.  I loved a Dirty Job, it was a cute, dark comedy, which is very hard to do.  Lamb was good and I know a lot of people love it, but for me it was just ok.

Subject: Christopher Moore
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Beth - this guy is great! 

I loved Dirty Job - but my favoite of his (I have read them all except Lamb) is the Stupidist Angel. His books do have some re-occuring characters - but you really don't need to read them in order. Give him a try - I think you'll be hooked!

Darlene

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 11:58 AM ET
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I would actually recommend reading them in order so you get the in-jokes.

Lamb can be read  without having read any others and is rather funny

Island of sequined love nuns and The lust lizard of melancholy cove are another two that can be read any time.

Plus the Lust lizard one reminds me so much of Big Sur and I know Mr Moore has spent time there.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 1:51 PM ET
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I would actually recommend reading them in order so you get the in-jokes.

Can you please tell me what order they go in? I have A Dirty Job. What others do I need?

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 2:13 PM ET
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Lamb is my favorite! It was the first book by Moore that I read.

Here is a list of the books in publishing order:

  •     * Practical Demonkeeping (1992)Orbit Book Co. ISBN 9781841494470
  •     * Coyote Blue (1994) Simon & Schuster ISBN 0-06-073543-0
  •     * Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story (1995) Simon & Schuster ISBN 0-684-81097-2
  •     * Island of the Sequined Love Nun (1997) Avon ISBN 0-06-073544-9
  •     * The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (1999) Harper Collins ISBN 0-06-059027-0
  •     * Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (2002) HarperCollins Publication ISBN 0-380-81381-5
  •     * Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings (2003) William Morrow & Company ISBN 0-380-97841-5
  •     * The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (2004) William Morrow & Company Publication ISBN 0-06-084235-0
  •           o The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, v. 2.0 (2005) -- contains the same text as the above, with an additional 32-page short story at the end
  •     * A Dirty Job (2006) (awarded The Quill Book Award for General Fiction for 2006) Harper Collins ISBN 0-06-059027-0
  •     * You Suck: A Love Story (2007) William Morrow ISBN 0-06-059029-7
  •     * Fool (2009) William Morrow ISBN 0-06-059031-9 (Will be published on February 10, 2009)

 



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Date Posted: 10/22/2008 2:15 PM ET
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My question is....Do I have to read any of his other books before I read A Dirty Job?

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 2:18 PM ET
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As far as I can remember, A Dirty Job did have some recurring characters from other novels (Bloodsucking Fiends, Cayote Blue,and maybe another one?). But, I think you should be fine reading it without reading the others first. I don't think knowing about those characters will really sully your reading experience.



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Date Posted: 10/22/2008 2:20 PM ET
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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Practical Demonkeeping and the Stupidist Angel all take place in Pine Cove, CA and have some reocurring characters.

Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck both center around Tommy, Jody and vampires.

I've enjoyed them all (except Fool, LOL), but my favorites are the Pine Cove books.   The only ones I would be concerned about reading in order, really, are Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck.  The others do have cross-over characters, but I don't think enough to confuse you or ruin the story line.



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Date Posted: 10/22/2008 3:31 PM ET
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I loved, loved, loved Lamb! I haven't laughed that hard at a book in a while. Haven't read the others, though.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 3:33 PM ET
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I've seen these books at the bookstore and thought that the covers were amusing and cleverly designed...after reading all this I might have to pick one up.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 7:29 PM ET
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I would read bloodsucking fiends then A dirty job before You suck .  I did find it best to read them in order since it does help understand the characters AND know which ones are reoccuring.  I all for reading things in order.

I've yet to read stupiest angel :( its on my list of books to buy but borders nevers seems to keep it in stock long .

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 8:40 PM ET
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Does anyone else think that Moore possibly writes with a giant bong at his side?  :)

I really liked Fluke, too. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 10:37 PM ET
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LOL, Jo!   :)

I've read most of his books and enjoyed them all, but Lamb is far and away my favorite.   

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 10:41 PM ET
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The only one of his books I really liked was "Lamb."  For me, the rest range from ok to really stupid.  "Lust Lizard" was ok and really pretty funny.  OTOH, I didn't like "Fluke" at all.  And I didn't like "The Stupidest Angel."  I found it contrived.  But, obviously, many folks really like them. 

I'll stick with Hiaason and Terry Prachett.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 11:58 PM ET
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"Lamb" was a GREAT book.....possibly in my Top Ten.

"Sequined Love Nun" was just stupid IMHO.

I had "Dirty Jobs" on my WL and took it off after reading the Nun....I'll leave my Moore reading to just "Lamb"

Date Posted: 10/23/2008 1:05 PM ET
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I've read Lamb (very good), A Dirty Job (great), and The Stupidest Angel (outstanding!!).

Date Posted: 10/23/2008 5:07 PM ET
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I read "You Suck" a few months ago and loved it. His writing is so campy and over-the-top I found myself loling during the whole book. I'm also looking to read more of his stuff. He seems to be gaining in popularity lately - many of his books have long waitlists.
Date Posted: 10/24/2008 11:10 PM ET
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Thanks for all the feedback!  I've got him on my wishlist...

Subject: More Moore!
Date Posted: 10/26/2008 12:25 PM ET
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Good to see another book coming out next year. I'd love to see anything by him as a movie!

Terry Pratchett is another fantasy writer that I'd highly recommend (I see someone else agrees already!) Anything he writes is great!

You might also want to consider another British author; Robert Rankin. The first thing I read by him was "Nostradamus Ate My Hamster" (I was drawn by the odd title!) He likes to think of his work as "far out fiction" and that is an apt description. I think it is safe to say that he has had his share of the ol' hash pipe! Some of his plots are a bit outlandish, but very, very funny as well!

 

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I'm glad somebody said "really stupid."  I've looked at the descriptions and they all just sound like that - I'm not trying to insult everyone because humor is such an individual thing, but they just haven't sounded like something I'd enjoy.  I know he's very popular so I've wondered about it.

DD has read one and is supposed to read "Lamb" and report back to me.  That should give me a better idea since she can probably evaluate something like that for me.  She wasn't too impressed with the other book she read (forget which one though).  We do love Pratchett and DS is not so much a fan.  See what I mean by tastes?

Robert Rankin is odd.  Just when I think there's no point in continuing, there's something really great.  I don't find his plots outlandish at all ;)  Which one did you find believeable?  True, I've only read a few of them.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 2:02 PM ET
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I love Robert Rankin too,  his work is really funny if you get british humour. My hubby loves Moore but does not find Rankin very funny at all due to the difference in humour..hehe 

The books are meant to be silly and over the top. 

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 1:02 AM ET
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I loved LAMB so much I've read it twice, which rarely happens for me.  Everybody I've lent it too has loved it. 

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 2:23 PM ET
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I know I'm probably the only mother who has her kid check her books for "suitability."  I hear some people do it the other way around.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 10:49 PM ET
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Jocelyn, I wore my first copy of Lamb out because I loaned it to so many friends and family members.   :)

To make it up to me, my brother gave me a copy in the limited edition bible binding for Christmas last year...  http://iconicbooks.blogspot.com/2008/03/christopher-moores-lamb-special-gift.html

Good brother.    ;D

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