Looking for a good adult comedy for the holiday season? Look no further than Christopher Moore's, The Stupidest Angel. Subtitled 'A heartwarming tale of Christmas terror,' this Christmas story takes you through the life of a small coastal town during its festive season.
The story centers around a young boy who knows that Christmas is hosed when he witnesses the death of Santa. But riding to the rescue is the town's hippie sheriff and his B-movie actress wife (who was once know as the 'Warrior Babe of the Outland'). The story has strong tendencies towards the Christmas short story, 'The Gift of the Magi,' but with the excessively humorous twists and zombies... well...
Christopher Moore's word play always amazes me and highlights his truly skilled talents. But more than this, the structure of his stories are dazzling to behold.
The Stupidest Angel has a thrilling climax that harvests a hilarious story that has been littered with key elements throughout. Each of these elements pay of in the climax, but incredibly, there is a plot twist that emphasizes how each element progressed the story.
There is quite a bit of language in this book, but Christopher Moore gives the following warning at the start of the book: "If you're buying this book for a grandma or a kid, you should be aware that it contains cusswords as well as tasteful depictions of cannibalism and people in their forties having sex. Don't blame me. I told you."
The language is probably the worst thing about the book since the sex is well placed and not gratuitous.
If you're easily offended by language or nudity, don't pick up this book. But if you can tolerate the little amount there is, you'll love sarcasm and word-play. You'll love it even more on audio since the narrator (Tony Roberts) has a rich voice that conveys the humor and style of the story.
So pick up The Stupidest Angel, it'll lighten your humor during the holidays.
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