Books by Christopher Moore

NOIR by Christopher Moore
Released: April 17, 2018

"A frantically comic tale of guys and dolls that shoots and just misses."
A regular joe stirs up a whole pot of trouble when he meets a damsel in distress. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT OF VENICE by Christopher Moore
Released: April 22, 2014

"Fool's gold, replete with junk jokes, from one of America's most original humorists."
Iago from Shakespeare's Othello, Antonio, the titular merchant of Venice, and Monstressor Brabantio from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" walk into a bar…. Read full book review >
SACRE BLEU by Christopher Moore
Released: April 3, 2012

There are really two ages and two operating modes for hugely popular comedic writer Moore (The Griff, 2011, etc.). There's the deceptively easy humor of his early California novels, which only gets sharper and funnier in his San Francisco-based vampire novels. But from time to time, Moore gets obsessed with a particular subject, lending a richer layer to his peculiar brand of irreverent humor—see Lamb (2003), Fluke (2003) and Fool (2009) for examples. Here, the author gets art deeply under his fingernails for a wryly madcap and sometimes touching romp through the late 19th century. The story surrounds the mysterious suicide of Vincent van Gogh, who famously shot himself in a French wheat field only to walk a mile to a doctor's house. The mystery, which is slowly but cleverly revealed through the course of the book, is blue: specifically the exclusive ultramarine pigment that accents pictures created by the likes of Michelangelo and van Gogh. To find the origin of the hue, Moore brings on Lucien Lessard, a baker, aspiring artist and lover of Juliette, the brunette beauty who breaks his heart. After van Gogh's death, Lucien joins up with the diminutive force of nature Henri Toulouse-Lautrec to track down the inspiration behind the Sacré Bleu. In the shadows, lurking for centuries, is a perverse paint dealer dubbed The Colorman, who tempts the world's great artists with his unique hues and a mysterious female companion who brings revelation—and often syphilis (it is Moore, after all). Into the palette, Moore throws a dizzying array of characters, all expertly portrayed, from the oft-drunk "little gentleman" to a host of artists including Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Read full book review >
FOOL by Christopher Moore
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Less may be more, but it isn't Moore. Wretched excess doth have power to charm, and there are great reeking oodles of it strewn throughout these irreverent pages."
Moore's 11th novel (You Suck, 2007, etc.) re-imagines Shakespeare's most austere tragic masterpiece with a transgressive brio that will have devoted bardolators howling for the miscreant author's blood. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Think of a collaboration among Anne Rice, S.J. Perelman and Pedro Almodóvar. In other words, Moore in the usual vein (jugular, that is)."
The biology and ethics of vampirism are revealed with frat-house gusto in Moore's fitfully entertaining tenth novel, a sequel to his 1995 romp, Bloodsucking Fiends. Read full book review >
A DIRTY JOB by Christopher Moore
Released: April 1, 2006

"Not quite to die for, then, but one of the antic Moore's funniest capers yet."
Contemporary fantasy and New Age fiction take another good-natured licking in Moore's ninth, which bears strong resemblances to his Practical Demonkeeping (1992) and Bloodsucking Fiends (1995). Read full book review >
FLUKE by Christopher Moore
Released: June 1, 2003

"Smooth as a piña colada, and just about as substantial. Still: let Moore be Moore, and he will show you a good time."
The culture of cetacean research is cheerfully lampooned in this antic seventh novel from the Tom Robbins/Douglas Adams-like author of Lamb (2002) and other gag-filled romps. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"Interesting, original, not for every taste."
An audacious and irreverent novel about Jesus' childhood seen through the eyes of his best pal. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1999

Godzilla comes to Pine Cove, nestled somewhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco, in Moore's latest foray into the zany and the zonked. If Steve Martin ever wrote a novel, it might be something like Moore's farcical labors in the field of psychotropic fiction. Here, one knows from the start that not only is nothing sacred to the author but also that nothing is important, and by mid-novel you're doubtful that anything life-changing will come of this bemused cartooning. Even so, Moore's latest is marginally less sick and more serious than 1997's Island of the Sequined Love Nun. It's September in Pine Cove. Cleaning freak Bess Leander has just hung herself. Investigating is stoned constable Theophilus Crowe. Meanwhile, Bess's therapist, Valerie Riordan, who counsels a large number of the town's population and keeps them tranquilized on a variety of psychotropics, gets scared by the statistic that 15 percent of all depressed people commit suicide. This means that perhaps more than 200 of her patients are slated for self-exit, despite her widely dispensed pills—for which she gets a kickback from the local druggist, a dolphin fetishist. When her qualms overcome her, Val instructs the druggist to replace the pills with placebos. As autumn leaves fall, her patients go into withdrawal and self-medicate, en masse, with alcohol. What's more, elderly Delta guitarist Catfish Jefferson has just been hired to play at the Head of the Slug Saloon, where his marvelously sad blues add to the local scene's seductive narcosis. Fifty years ago down on the Delta, Catfish 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 . . . . Patches of good writing break through the looniness and give hope for better things from Moore when his hare-brained imagination settles down. (Author tour) Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

The Commissioner of New York City Landmarks (historian Moore) and a senior editor of Essence (Johnson) team up for a biracial Christmas story about white St. Nick and black Pete, who stand side-by-side atop Terrence's Christmas tree in Harlem. Terence, now married to Cassandra, was only seven when his silver-haired grandfather took him on as copilot of his city bus on its 12-mile route and related to the boy the history of various African, Indian, and Dutch landmarks, especially those'such as St. Nicholas Avenue—tied to blacks. Terence, raised in black culture with Miles Davis's "Sketches of Spain" playing in the background, has attended Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. His mother is a librarian at the Countee Cullen branch of the New York City Library. Grandfather still mourns his wife's death and doesn't attend family functions. As Terence discovers, St. Nicholas was born 1,600 years ago, while Pete, born a slave in Spain under the Moors, was a kind of all-purpose genius who earned his freedom at 18, went through various occupations and studies in Seville, and (during the Inquisition) fell in with St. Nick—who had been imprisoned as a spy. Pete, his jailer, helped him escape and joined him as an equal partner, eventually coming to New Amsterdam. Now Pete's genius is put to good purpose in helping Nick provide gifts to the needy. A mind-expander, perkily illustrated with woodcuts by Julie Scott. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Another farce about feckless mortals exploited by sarcastic supernaturals—all for a good cause—from Moore (Bloodsucking Fiends, 1995, etc.). Corporate jet pilot Tucker Case, ``a geek in a cool guy's body,'' gets into trouble when, after downing seven gin-and-tonics, he agrees to take a prostitute on a quick trip to the stratosphere for some ``mile-high'' cockpit sex, only to lose control of the jet while making his final approach. A strange flight-suited fellow appears in the copilot's seat, helps Tuck (and his passenger) survive the crash, and vanishes. Case wakes up in a hospital bed to find himself a tabloid celebrity, and unemployed. The hapless Case gets a job offer from Dr. Sebastian Curtis, a missionary physician who wants Case to pilot his island-hopping jet, currently based on the fictional Micronesian island of Alualu. During an error-prone odyssey across the Pacific, Case meets a variety of chatty, smart-alecky island denizens, including a transvestite navigator with a pet bat who takes him over shark-infested waters in an open scow right into a typhoon. Case washes up half dead on Alualu to find that its primitive, former cannibal inhabitants, who call themselves the Shark People, have been enslaved by a silly cargo cult involving Dr. Curtis and his trashy sexpot wife (the sequined love nun of the title), who are selling the organs of Shark People sacrificed to the Sky Priestess to a Japanese firm. His ghostly copilot returns, revealing himself to be a divinity (more or less), and charges Case with saving the Shark People, which he does with ingenuity and hilarious, if graceless, aplomb. A lightweight traipse on the gross side of paradise, packed with sick jokes, intentionally hokey dialogue, shameless parodies of Hamlet, the bibical book of Exodus, organized religion, and WW II flyboy movies. The best yet from Moore. (First printing of 35,000) Read full book review >
BLOODSUCKING FIENDS by Christopher Moore
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

A doggedly hip tale of vampire love in modern-day San Francisco, from the author of Practical Demonkeeping (1992) and Coyote Blue (1994). Gorgeous 26-year-old Transamerica claims clerk Jody (inexplicably never given a surname) is habitually unlucky in love until the night she's attacked by a vampire on her way home from work. Two days later, when she wakes up under a Dumpster near her office, the young woman's senses are heightened, she can't stand sunlight, she craves human blood: In short, Jody is now a vampire. Enter former midwesterner C. Thomas Flood, an aspiring writer by day and a supermarket stock-boy by night. Jody needs a human to help her both find and neutralize the bad-guy vampire (who's now at large), as well as solve the mystery of why she's been chosen to live for all eternity. And Tommy, who's struck by her beauty and vampirish panache, is an all-too-willing victim. As Jody and Tommy struggle togetherunder cover of darknessto learn the secrets of vampire life, they fall in love, of course, and suffer all the routine problems inherent in interspecies romance, including wildly divergent eating and sleeping habits, immortality, and murder. But with the help of a wise homeless man known throughout the city as the Emperor (a variation on Robin Williams's character in The Fisher King) and ``The Animals,'' Tommy's low-IQ'd band of Safeway employees, not too much blood is shed before the inevitable finale allows Jody and Tommy to be together...forever. There's still a shred of lifeblood here, but Moore never does sink his fangs into the story, which remains, for the most part, rather pallid. Read full book review >
COYOTE BLUE by Christopher Moore
Released: March 1, 1994

Lust proves the catalyst that reconnects a hotshot insurance salesman with his buried Indian past, and with a spirit guide he'd prefer to avoid: a fast-paced and funny, if somewhat fragmented, follow-up to Moore's Practical Demonkeeping (1992). Sam Hunter, formerly Samson Hunts Alone of the Crow reservation in Montana, left home in a hurry as a teenager after throwing a cop over a dam, established himself successfully in L.A. as an unflappably congenial insurance hustler, only to have his past catch up with him 20 years later when he stops to gawk at a gorgeous, leggy blond on his way to an appointment. A mysterious Indian appears in his life at the same time, and within 24 hours Sam has lost his job, his condo, and his equilibrium. The blond, Calliope, leaves him hopelessly in love after a first date, while the Indian, by changing into a coyote, a raven, a mosquito, and other shapes, is revealed as none other than the Trickster, Old Man Coyote of Indian legend. Having appeared to Sam as a boy on his first vision-quest, Coyote now wants to put the grown man's successful but empty life in order, but when Sam begs for a return to normalcy, Coyote complies—and Calliope vanishes. The two follow her to Las Vegas, where Coyote gambles away all of Sam's money and his car, but they team up with her in traveling to South Dakota to rescue her son, abducted by her crazed biker ex-husband. In a getaway with the boy, Calliope is killed—but when Coyote later makes the ultimate sacrifice in Crow Country, she magically revives for the sappiest of happy endings. Lively and loopy, and certainly imaginative, but the conventional underpinnings offer little support for frequent flights of fantasy, yielding an entertaining but hollow romantic adventure. (First printing of 50,000) Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 1992

Good-natured, often funny, but excessively complicated tale that matches a people-eating demon against his reluctant master and the citizens of a small California town. First-novelist Moore throws in more plot twists than the Pacific Coast highway has curves. He obviously knows and is amused by the flawed but feisty denizens with which he inhabits Pine Grove, south of the Big Sur wilderness area. To this tourist town comes Travis O'Hearn, a 20-year-old who, 70 years before, got saddled with a demon, Catch, who gave him eternal youth plus problems. Catch is sometimes under Travis's control but often not, particularly when he's hungry. Travis wants out, namely by finding an incantation that will return the demon to Hell. On Travis's side are the King of the Djinns and August Brine, Pine Grove's purveyor of bait, tackle, and fine wines. Others who swell the cast past overflowing include waitress Jenny and her estranged, alcoholic husband Robert; tough old Mavis, who owns the Head of the Slug bar (it had been Head of the Wolf until animal-rights activists leaned on her); retired woodcarving codger Effrom and his wife Amanda; hotel night auditor Billy Winston, who flirts with other males by computer modem while wearing red silk panties; once-battered Rachael, who runs a coven to empower women through worship of the Goddess; and Detective Sergeant Alfonse Rivera, who fears he will end up bagging microwave burritos at a 7-Eleven unless he nails down a case. The author's youthful high spirits, insight into small-town people, and comic brashness help to overcome the fact that too many characters jump through too many hoops with too much unnecessary hocus-pocus. Read full book review >