The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Back in Pine Cove, CA again with its wealth of crazy characters, Moore
writes about a Christmas wish. A child sees a store Santa whacked over
the head with a shovel and wishes to have Santa brought back to life. An
angel, Raziel heeds the wish and the entire cemetery full of dead are
While Raziel is in town he is run over by the
police officer Theo Crowe, who is back to smoking dope. Only Raziel
doesn't die and Theo is confused as to why he wasn't hurt. Meanwhile his
wife, Molly is off her meds in order to save for Theo's Christmas gift.
Inserted into this list of zany characters is also Roberto, the
sunshade wearing fruit bat.
This is a crazy funny book. Moore
definitely writes stories from a completely different viewpoint. I
especially loved the dead in the cemetery talking amongst themselves.
First Line: "Christmas crept into Pine Cover like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe."