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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (original 2000; edition 2004)

by Christopher Moore

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Title:The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Authors:Christopher Moore
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (2000)

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    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (Ti99er)
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    Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore (sturlington)
    sturlington: Set in the same fictional town and featuring some of the same characters.
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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 Thomas 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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The storyline for this seems to be as follows..."Fifty years ago down on the Delta, Catfish...a blues singer... first met the Sea Beast, a hundred-foot creature that loved his steel guitar and that has now risen from the depths, awakened by a sexy nuclear radiation leak, to blister the countryside with radiant energies of lust." I found the parts that actually featured "The Sea Beast" to be more interesting and readable than the sections featuring the dysfunctional little cove residents. The lizard's antics were funny I have to admit. The 3 star rating wasn't due to bad writing on the author's part...it was more than likely based on two things that the author had no control over whatsoever.. 1. I just wasn't in the mood for this "looneyness", and 2. I think I just might be getting to old to fully appreciate this type of thing. ( )
  Carol420 | Nov 23, 2018 |
Strange things are happening in Pine Cove, CA. The town psychiatrist has replaced all of her patients' antidepressants with placebos, and an ancient sea beast has resurfaced, causing abnormal levels of horniness in the townspeople. Hilarious, as usual, even if not as well executed as some of his other books. Reading this made "The Stupidest Angel" make WAY more sense. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
I've been waiting to find another Christopher Moore book as hilarious as Lamb. This isn't it. I returned it to the library unfinished, I just couldn't push through it. ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
This is not a sequel to Practical Demonkeeping. It is a book set in the same small California town and it does have some familiar names. Think of this book in relation to PD the same way that Kurt Vonnegut Jr used similar settings and familiar characters sprinkled throughout his books.
Actually, there were several times throughout this book that I was reminded of Vonnegut. It's the way that Moore sprinkles in facts about the world or throws in s description for a character, usually a minor character. There are also the off-hand comments, particularly in dialogue, that make me laugh out loud.
This is the seventh or eighth book by Moore that I have read, and I think that just like I have done with Vonnegut, I am going to make an effort to read the rest of his books, too. ( )
  Eric.Cone | Sep 28, 2017 |
A sea monster comes ashore in Pine Cove, California, at a propitious time. It seems that a local shrink has taken all her patients off their meds, so they think they are hallucinating. An amusing story, well-written, satisfying ending. ( )
  NickHowes | Jan 5, 2017 |
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September in Pine Cove is a sigh of relief, a nightcap, a long deserved nap.
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Human-generated environmental activity stirs a prehistoric sea-beast from its underwater keep to come ashore. In addition to its ability to change form, the beast exudes a pheromone that inspires uncontrollable lust among the residents of Pine Cove and also lures some of them as prey.
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Reading a Christopher Moore novel is a little like eating a potato chip--it's hard to stop at just one. And you don't have to look beyond the titles to understand the allure; who could pass up a book called Practical Demonkeeping or Island of the Sequined Love Nun? Each of Moore's tales skewers a particular literary genre. In Coyote Blue he nailed New Age fascination with Native American religion; in Blood-Sucking Fiends: A Love Story he put a new twist on the classic vampire tale. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove is a companion piece to his first novel, the hilariously twisted horror story Practical Demonkeeping, and readers of that book will recognize the setting, Pine Cove, California. In addition, Moore includes plenty of his patented weird sex, occasional gross-out death, several off-kilter but nonetheless affecting love stories, and some fabulous secondary characters such as Mavis Sand:
Mavis first began augmenting her parts in the fifties, first out of vanity: breasts, eyelashes, hair. Later, as she aged and the concept of maintenance eluded her, she began having parts replaced as they failed, until almost half of her body weight was composed of stainless steel (hips, elbows, shoulders, finger joints, rods fused to vertebrae five through twelve), silicon wafers (hearing aids, pacemaker, insulin pump), advanced polymer resins (cataract replacement lenses, dentures), Kevlar fabric (abdominal wall reinforcement), titanium (knees, ankles), and pork (ventricular heart valve).
In a nutshell, the plot revolves around a gigantic prehistoric lizard whose slumber deep beneath the ocean surface is interrupted by a radioactive leak from a nearby power plant. At the same time, a woman in Pine Cove hangs herself; the local psychiatrist (who has been prescribing antidepressants to everyone in town with gay abandon) decides the suicide was her fault and yanks everyone's medication; and an elderly black blues singer named Catfish Jefferson arrives to perform at the Head of the Slug saloon. Into this already strange brew mix one schizoid former B-movie starlet, a pot-head town constable, a bereaved local artist, a biologist tracking anomalous behavior in rats, a crooked sheriff, and a pharmacist with a bizarre sexual fixation on sea mammals, and you have a recipe for the kind of madness Moore does so well. --Alix Wilber

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A comedy on a town where hundreds of inhabitants are on anti-depressants, prescribed by Dr. Valerie Riordan. After a patient dies she asks the druggist to substitute placebos. Freed of drugs, the town comes alive with wine and song, so loud it even awakens a sea monster.… (more)

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