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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (original 2005; edition 2004)

by Christopher Moore

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Title:The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
Authors:Christopher Moore
Info:William Morrow (2005), Edition: Enhanced, Hardcover, 320 pages
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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, with Bonus Material by Christopher Moore (2005)

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    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (sturlington)
    sturlington: Character cross-overs.
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    Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin (Death_By_Papercut)
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    Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Stupidest Angel is a Christmas book and further on the spectrum of craziness, but the two have similar types of humor. The movie star in Agent to the Stars also reminds me a bit of Molly Michon from Stupidest Angel.
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    Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt (Dr.Science)
    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books including Expecting Someone Taller, and Flying Dutch, but they may be difficult to find at your library or bookstore.… (more)

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Update: 12/16/09 - This hilarious read was an even better hearing. My only suggestion is that you don't listen to this at work unless you can keep your door closed. I had forgotten that there was a lot of mention of body parts and the f-word so I was constantly turning the volume down.

I picked up this book to listen to while inputting data and to get me in the Christmas spirit. Not sure how zombies and schizophrenic B movie warrior actresses was supposed to do that, but it was still a good way to help past the time.

This was the first Christopher Moore book I read. I could not stop laughing. It took me three days to read it because I do work and have other things going on in my life.

Nothing like zombies on Christmas Eve, a talking dog (well, he doesn't talk per se but he does get well represented by dog thought), a really, really stupid angel, and a schizophrenic former B-list Xena type actress.

If you need a good laugh, definitely pick up this book. It's totally worth it. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
A much disliked man dressed as Santa is missing in a small California town. A new good-looking man is appearing and disappearing around the town but saying things that are upsetting people. The town police constable trys to figure out what's going on amid his own pot problems and his wife going off her meds.

This was a wacky, humorous and irreverent Christmas story with quirky characters that have a lot of problems. I chuckled quite a few times throughout. Overall I enjoyed it. ( )
  gaylebutz | Dec 31, 2016 |
Raziel the Angel* has the task of granting a Christmas wish to a young child. The chosen child is Joseph who earlier in the day witnessed a man in a Santa suit being killed near a churchyard. He thinks this is the real Santa Claus and wishes for him to be alive again. Raziel earns the description from the book's title by raising not only the man in the Santa suit, but all the residents of the churchyard. Now the Lonesome Christmas party at the church is a feasting ground for zombies. Merry Christmas.

This is the third book to take place in Pine Cove, CA, featuring a sheriff who smokes pot, a former actress who sometimes forgets she is not the character she regularly played in B movies: Kendra, Warrior Babe of the Outland, and a whole town full of eccentric and hilarious characters. You needn't read the Pine Cove books in order. This first time I read this book, I had not read the others and it definitely didn't impede my enjoyment of this book. This edition is the 2.0 Enhanced Edition complete with a bonus chapter which takes places a year after the events of the main story.

I loved this enough to reread it and will probably read it again for Christmases in the future. It's funny and a little naughty and very ridiculous. Treat yourself to "a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror" this holiday season. You won't regret it.

*who previously made an appearance in Lamb, also by Christopher Moore ( )
  Jessiqa | Dec 9, 2016 |
Be careful what you wish for...especially if a Christmas angel is listening. It may grant it, but since angels don't get out much and have no real understanding of, well, anything, what you get may not be what you wanted. This short holiday tale is characteristic of Christopher Moore. It's full of juvenile humor of the 'adult' variety (by which I do not mean that it's intelligent or sophisticated or subtle). The cast of characters displays a wide range of dysfunctional personalities, from the pot-smoking constable to his wife, a former B movie fantasy warrior queen who has a tighter grip on her sword than she does on reality. And, of course, all are still plagued by the evolutionary drive that hits us like a speeding truck as we cross the metaphorical highway of puberty. They are characters to laugh at but not characters to empathize with. It's a bit more than pure slapstick, though. There is an underlying hint of social commentary about popular culture that points at it and laughs, but does so without further comment or criticism. It's just the way things are. That's us. Silly, aren't we? ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
This is the Christmas book for the Walmart shopper in all of us. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to Mike Spradlin who said: "You know, you oughtta write a Christmas book." To which I replied: "What kind of Christmas book?" To which he replied: "I don't know. Maybe Christmas in Pine Cove or something." To which I replied: "'Kay"
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Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.
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Christopher Moore's "enhanced" Version 2.0 (ISBN No. 0060842350) was published in the U.S. as a hardcover with red dust jacket by William Morrow, NY (2005), and includes a short story that doesn't appear in the 2004 original. The original edition (ISBN No. 0060590254), published in the U.S. as a hardcover with pale yellow dust jacket by William Morrow, NY (2004), only contains the original novel. The Kindle Edition (2011) is described as having "Bonus Material." Please do not combine these editions, except where they have the same content.
Christopher Moore's original novel (ISBN No. 0060590254), published in the U.S. as a hardcover with pale yellow dust jacket by William Morrow, NY (2004). The "enhanced" Version 2.0 (ISBN No. 0060842350), published in the U.S. as a hardcover with red dust jacket by William Morrow, NY (2005), includes a short story that doesn't appear in the 2004 original. The Kindle Edition (2011) is described as having "Bonus Material." Please do not combine these editions, except where they have the same content.
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'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

Move over, Charles Dickens -- it's Christopher Moore time.

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A humorous tale of what happens when a none-too-clever angel overhears a little boy, who, having witnessed Santa taking a shovel to the head, prays for Santa to return from the dead.

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