An author of absurdist fiction – often writing about things that could never really happen (right?) in the real world, Christopher Moore is probably best-known for his books “Lamb” and “Bloodsucking Fiends.” What’s best about these novels (and many of his others), are the absolute comedy that starts with the subtitles. If you enjoy a particularly silly laugh, or you’d just like to know how a stupid angel tries to make a child’s Christmas wish come true, give these books a try:
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
Jody never wanted to be a vampire. Unfortunately, she didn’t have much choice, because she sort of woke up dead. Adjusting to the change from 9-to-5 office drone to, well, bloodsucking fiend, is a lot harder than she’d ever imagined. Lucky for her, she meets Tommy, a night-shift worker (and champion turkey bowler). He agrees to help her during the day, and eventually falls for her at night in this comedic tale.
Moore followed up this novel with 2007’s “You Suck: A Love Story.”
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
The chronicle of Christ’s life has been told and retold many times, but never quite like this. Levi (who is called Biff) is called upon by the angel Raziel to tell his side of the story, and he starts from the very beginning, when he sees Joshua-bar-Joseph (Jesus as a child) reanimate a dead lizard. What follows is the telling of Joshua growing up in one of the most comedic ways possible, with occasional reflections from the modern world as Biff tries to convince Raziel to let him stick around for a while.
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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
Raziel is back, this time, doing his best to grant a child’s Christmas wish – to have Santa Claus back. Unfortunately, the Santa Claus in question is the town drunk, who was killed by a shovel to the head. When Raziel intends to revive Santa, he accidentally raises a cemetery of dead people, who are surprisingly as amusing and lively as the living.
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Also available in audiobook
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A Dirty Job
Poor Charlie Asher – in the same day, he loses his wife and gains a daughter. Oh, and becomes the new Grim Reaper (called Death Merchants). People all around him start dropping dead, and his only clue is an instruction manual accidentally opened by Lily, the goth girl and Death wannabe who works in Charlie’s secondhand shop. Add in Moore’s wacky humor, his favorite setting, San Francisco, and find out how a beta male like Charlie learns to take charge of his life – and, kind of by accident, other’s lives and deaths, too.
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Also available in audiobook, ebook and eaudiobook.
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Thanks to AD for this author suggestion!