"Don't be ridiculous, Charlie, people love the parents who beat their kids in department stores. Its the ones who just let their kids wreak havoc that everybody hates." — Christopher Moore, A Dirty Job
I love Christopher Moore's writing so much, I often have to stalk him on his blog or his website because I can't wait for the next book to come out.
I really like reading him in public where I can't help but laugh outloud at some of the tweets he writes. By the way just in case you were wondering the other people at Starbucks really like it when you do this. They either stare in irritation or try to look over your shoulder to see what you are reading.
So imagine my excitement when Fool came out. In an effort to be more fiscally responsible I waited my turn in the library line. It took forever -read faster people!!!! Have you thought maybe taking a class or something? Then I had to tackle my 16 year old to get it out of his hands. He outsmarted me and snuck it into his backpack when I was putting on my make-up. Crafty little son-of-a gun. He thought it was funny to quote lines all day until I was forced to threaten to give him the noogie of his life if he didn't knock it off.
I wish I could say it was worth the wait....and well, it was, sort of...it was OK...I give it a B+. It was no Lamb though that's for sure or even A Dirty Job. I think I've gotten spoiled. I only laughed out loud twice, other parts were merely smile worthy.
Loosely based on Shakespeare's King Lear, only Christopher Moore could could inspire me to pick up the Baird's work (when not assigned) just to make the comparisons. Told by the main narrator the king's fool, Pocket, the story has all of the necessary elements of a great Shakespearean comedy/tragedy/comedy, the mad royal, his devious daughters, rhyming ghosts and a large cast of truly interesting characters.
Give it a whirl and then move on to some of this other work- you won't be disappointed.