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Island of the Sequined Love Nun (original 1997; edition 2004)

by Christopher Moore

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Title:Island of the Sequined Love Nun
Authors:Christopher Moore
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore (1997)

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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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A cannibal, a mad missionary doctor, an aspiring god, a bunch of Uzi toting ninjas, and a lusty nurse--what more could a guy want? This sometimes raunchy, always funny book will keep you engaged and chuckling. Trying to summarize or analyze it would defeat the purpose so I won’t try. Just read it. It’s funny. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
This book reminded me of Meet the Parents, a movie that I stopped watching after the main character's name was revealed to be Gaylord Focker (his first name has "gay" in it and his last name sounds like "fucker"! That is hilarious). So when Moore presented the character Zoophilia Gold, I knew that the book could safely be added to my trade-in pile.

Granted, my simple lady-mind is ill-equipped to recognize and appreciate humor. In the 30 or so pages before Zoophilia's entrance, nothing struck me as funny, though clearly it was meant to. Hey, the jerk main character Tuck flies a pink jet! Pink! And he's a dude! How wacky! And then he crashes it while initiating Meadow, a prostitute, into the mile-high club, getting his junk impaled on shrapnel in the process. Most of the subsequent "jokes" were about his injured dick. Will he recover before he comes across his next prostitute?!

Speaking of sexually objectified women characters, the ratio in the first few chapters was quite high. Meadow introduces herself to Tuck by smooshing her chest into his shoulder. Then there's a nameless priestess wearing nothing but fishnets, heels, and a lot of makeup who touches herself to a news report about Tuck's crash. Mary Jean, cosmetics mogul and Tuck's boss, is not sexualized but instead fills the role of the aggressive, hypocritical business executive. Once again, it's nothing but the same two tired options: sexxxy or megabitch (or dead, in Zoophilia's case, which according to SVU is the best of all). Way to move outside that dichotomy, Moore, you iconoclast!

Yeah, humor is definitely a subjective thing. To me, goofy unrealistic names and nutty situations can't stand on their own as humor; they're lazy substitutes for actual comedy that's created from the interactions of established, believable characters and from events observed in a new light. Shoving in cartoony-ass cannibals and slapstick bodily harm isn't going to make a story funny just because it contains those elements.

I'm sure I'm missing out on a lot of fart and boob jokes by not finishing the book, but I'll probably survive. ( )
  xicohtli | Jul 20, 2016 |
couldn't finish it
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
I listened to the book on CD version, read by Oliver Wyman. Mr Wyman did an EXCELLENT job with voice characterization and bringing the written word to life.

If you've not read Christopher Moore before, beware, he's not for anyone who can't handle an irreverent view of religion, or a few R rated scenes. That said, his creativity is amazing and you find yourself buying into the story - including the talking fruit bat, and a god named Vincent.

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  KylaS | Feb 18, 2016 |
Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

This isn't the first Christopher Moore book that I've read this year and it definitely won't be the last. As usual, Moore delivered a hilarious, great story. While raunchy in some parts, this book had me laughing quite a bit. I enjoyed the characters. They were well written and described. I love how in many of his books, characters criss-cross so the main character I met in this book can also be found in his Stupidest Angel book. Moore has yet to disappoint me with his writing style. My greatest sadness is that it took me so long to find the humorous genius that is Christopher Moore. His writing may not be for everyone but I thoroughly enjoy it. ( )
  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060735449, Paperback)

Pilot Tucker Case has a weakness--well, Tuck really has two--and the combination of drinking and sex in the cockpit of the pink Mary Jean Cosmetics Learjet puts him on the front page of papers all over the planet. But he finds another job with a mysterious employer--someone with a brand-new Lear 45-- who's willing to pay Tuck generously and ask no questions about his record. The jet and job are on Alualu, a speck in the Pacific Ocean, and Tucker has nowhere else to go. But first he has to get to Alualu, and once there, he faces a hurricane, Shark People, atypical missionaries, and boredom ... and the responsibilities assigned to him by Capt. Vincent Bennidetti, U.S. Air Force, deceased bomber pilot and present-day deity of the Shark People.

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Tucker Case is a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells.… (more)

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