The first, of two, book reviews of this week is currently one of my favourite Christmas holiday themed novels to read at this time of the year, The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore.
Arriving home late one night, convinced he’s now on the naughty list just a few days before Christmas, little Josh Barker witnesses Santa being murdered with a shovel. Christmas in Pine Cove is well and truly ruined, so Josh decides to do the only sensible thing he can do, pray for a Christmas miracle.
Unfortunately the only person around to hear Josh’s plea is the inept Archangel Raziel, who’s been tasked with the mission of this year’s Christmas miracle by losing at cards to the Archangel Michael. He has one job, bring Santa back to life for little Josh Barker, what can possibly go wrong? Rather a lot as it turns out.
Meanwhile, in walks down on his luck DEA pilot Tucker Case who surreptitiously sweeps Lena Marquez off her feet by lending a hand with her unfortunate problem, but his pet fruit bat, Roberto lands him in hot water with the authorities.
The authorities being local cop and supposedly ex-stoner Theophilus Crowe, investigating the sudden disappearance of Dale Pearson, Lena Marquez’s ex-husband, last seen dressed as Santa for the annual Caribou Christmas Party. His quiet chat with Tucker ends in stalemate.
When the residents of Pine Cove meet in the Chapel for the Lonesome Christmas party on Christmas Eve chaos rears its ugly head in a hunger for juicy brains.
“That Volvo was chasing a pine tree.” – Tucker Case. (p41)
Theo: “How do you know the ceiling is thirty feet tall?”
Molly: “From our wedding pictures. I cut you out and used you to measure the whole building. It was just under five Theos tall.”
“If you think anyone is sane you just don’t know enough about them.” – Tucker Case. (p117)
The Stupidest Angel is a cracking Christmas tale, at 5 out of 5 stars, surrounding a useless angel who grants a young boy his holiday wish, unleashing pandemonium on an unsuspecting coastal California town.
Christopher Moore’s sense of humour mimics my own sarcastic and somewhat sadistic tones, which may explain why I love him as a writer and why his books never disappoint. The Stupidest Angel is one of many novels that take place in the town of Pine Cove and include numerous characters that have appeared in previous tales, however he never leaves you feeling like you’re missing something important if you haven’t read the previous books, meaning it can be fully enjoyed on its own as a dark Christmas horror imbued with laugh out loud comedy and “holiday quaintage”.
However I am a little confused about the lasagne made with noodles for the Lonesome Christmas festivities? Are lasagne noodles an American thing?
Anyhoo, please head the author’s warning before choosing whether or not to purchase The Stupidest Angel as it sums the story up quite nicely:
“If you’re buying this book as a gift for your 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.” – Christopher Moore.