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Review: The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

The Stupidest Angel

Christopher Moore

‘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.

All the great and lovable characters from many of his series are back for one triumphant gathering in this novel. So, while it isn’t vital to have read his books, it does make it all the more pleasurable to know these peculiar and charming characters a bit more when you pick up ‘The Stupidest Angel’. In particular you really should read the Pine Cove books at least. That being said, nothing really prepares you for the holly jolly folly that ensues, this book is epically mental in the best ways possible.

Christopher Moore does an expert and exquisite job with descriptions and comparisons, causing moments in which one might burst out laughing at the smallest of details. But the importance of this minor sprinkle of humor throughout an entire novel is vital to what makes his books memorable and readable, again and again. These little notions can be missed on the first of second read, I always find myself learning a new quip, witticism or intelligent repartee.

Read this book, it’s invigorating, unapologetic and hilarious.

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