Book Title/Author: The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
Publisher/Year: October 2008 by William Morrow (first published October 2004)
Genre: Humour, Fiction, Fantasy, Christmas
Series: #3 of Pine Cove
Format: eBook (Kobo)
“‘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.” (Goodreads)
The book is funny, there were scenes that made me chuckle. It had potential and I really wanted to like it. The Author’s Warning at the start already me laughing out loud:
If you’re buying this book as a gift for your grandma or a kid, you should be aware that it contains cusswords as well as tasteful depictions of cannibalism and people in their forties having sex. Don’t blame me. I told you.
I was off to a good start. Then I started to get bored before I even hit the halfway point. I continued on; I was invested. I have been wanting to read this book for two Christmases in a row and I haven’t, so I carried on.
The story is funny, but it’s an “in your face” style of humour, which started to wear thin on me after a while. I have read other books by Christopher Moore (Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal & A Dirty Job) and I enjoyed both — even gave them 4 stars on Goodreads. However, I did read these other Moore books 6+ years ago, perhaps my sense of humour has changed since then.
I was taken back by an unexpected twist — I will not spoil it, but I will say that if you have read the book, then you should know by this hint: 7 letter word & IKEA. I enjoyed the twist, thought it was a funny concept, but I found the delivery poor.
Towards the ending, the story became too random and far-fetched, making it hard for me to finish. If you feel the same way about this book or are hesitant about reading it, I would recommend trying a different Christopher Moore book. I recall enjoying Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff and Christ’s Childhood Pal & A Dirty Job. I might add both these to my Re-Read List just to see if my tastes have changed.
“If you think anyone is sane you just don’t know enough about them.”
“Christmas Amnesty. You can fall out of contact with a friend, fail to return calls, ignore e-mails, avoid eye contact at the Thrifty-Mart, forget birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions, and if you show up at their house during the holidays (with a gift) they are socially bound to forgive you—act like nothing happened. Decorum dictates that the friendship move forward from that point, without guilt or recrimination. If you started a chess game ten years ago in October, you need only remember whose move it is—or why you sold the chessboard and bought an Xbox in the interim. (Look, Christmas Amnesty is a wonderful thing, but it’s not a dimensional shift. The laws of time and space continue to apply, even if you have been avoiding your friends. But don’t try using the expansion of the universe an as excuse—like you kept meaning to stop by, but their house kept getting farther away. That crap won’t wash. Just say, “Sorry I haven’t called. Merry Christmas” Then show the present. Christmas Amnesty protocol dictates that your friend say, “That’s okay,” and let you in without further comment. This is the way it has always been done.)”