The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

The Stupidest Angel, a Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore (2004)

The Stupidest Angel, Zombie BooksJust listened to The Stupidest Angel in audiobook format (a freaking awesome way to enjoy zombie books!) while driving to see relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday. There are few things that can make a long holiday drive more bearable than a good audiobook to listen to along the way – and this drive was long enough to listen to two complete books. Wish I could say they were both worth reporting on, but this “Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror” by Christopher Moore is certainly worth talking about.

The story itself involves a cast of more or less normal everyday characters you might find living around a Southern California resort town (the actual town of Pine Cove in this instance). A pot-growing town constable, a washed up B-movie actress, an evil land developer and a helicopter pilot contracted by the DEA all figure into the plot of this touching Christmas tale – along with a mentally challenged Archangel and a traumatized kid with a Christmas wish. I believe that many, if not all, of the characters in this book also appear in other Chris Moore books and therefore come across as quite well developed and believable.

When seven year old Joshua witnesses the (accidental) murder of the evil land developer, Dale, who happens to be dressed as Santa, he figures that, with Santa dead, Christmas is ruined for sure. Meanwhile the mentally challenged Archangel, Raziel, is sent to Earth to perform a Christmas miracle by granting the wish of a single human child. The first child he encounters is Joshua, who’s greatest wish is, of course, to see the murdered Santa resurrected in time for Christmas. In granting the wish, the dim-witted Archangel manages to raise a small army of brain hungry Zombies comprised of Pine Cove’s dearly departed, all led by Dale, the evil developer. A delightful round of brain-sucking Zombie mayhem ensues.

This was my first encounter with Christopher Moore’s intelligent, sharp-witted writing style, which I suspect has been influenced by the likes of Kurt Vonnegut. I am definitely left wanting to explore some more of his work. A quick check on Amazon reveals that his other books are all highly rated by readers. If his other works contain the same biting style that he uses in The Stupidest Angel, they will definitely be worth checking out – even though they don’t appear to have anything at all to do with Zombies! ;-) The Stupidest Angel is definitely a Christmas classic for Zombie lovers. Check it out.

- Bxb

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