I have to admit, this book almost walked out of my house without me even reading it- my brother saw it lying on my coffee table and picked it up. He read the back, really wanted to read it, and almost left my house with it. I almost had to wrestle it out of his hands, but I got it back. I’ll probably give it to him to read now that I’m done with it, I mean, I’m all about sharing!
The Serpent of Venice
Title: The Serpent of Venice
Author: Christopher Moore
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: Paperback, 316 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in The Serpent of Venice, a satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.
Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal Fool Pocket.
This trio of cunning plotters–the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago–have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of spirits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio’s beautiful daughter, Portia.
But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn’t even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he’s got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.
About the Author
From Author’s Website
Christopher Moore is the author of eleven novels, including the international bestsellers,Lamb, A Dirty Job and You Suck. His latest novel is Fool, a retelling of King Lear from the perspective of Pocket, the Fool.
Chris was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a highway patrolman and his mother sold major appliances at a department store. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. He moved to California when he was 19 years old and lived on the Central Coast until 2003, when he moved to Hawaii.
Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, and insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris has drawn on all of these work experiences to create the characters in his books. When he’s not writing, Chris enjoys ocean kayaking, scuba diving, photography, and sumi-e ink painting. He divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco.
I have never read a Christopher Moore book before, but as I mentioned earlier, my brother is a big fan of Christopher Moore so when I saw that this book was available for a book tour I immediately knew I wanted to join it. I’m glad I did. This book was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the “chorus” (aka narrator) who set the stage throughout the book. He added humor and wit, and I really appreciated the sarcastic comebacks not only the narrator said, but that the characters said to the narrator. I thought it was a great way to help narrate the story without making it dry and dull by simply writing things in sentence/paragraph form.
This story is a combination of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Othello and one of Poe’s pieces. You definitely don’t have to have read any of these in order to appreciate Moore’s book, but it is fun to draw the comparisons between them. I have read Othello before and it was interesting to see how Moore changed Shakespeare’s story into something more modern and much more humorous.
I really enjoyed the writing and the characters and I could not put this book down. I am so glad I gave it a chance and read it. I will be passing it along to my brother so he can enjoy Moore’s book, but he better give it back because I will definitely be reading this one again.
** Warning- this book does contain some foul language, so just beware if you are thinking about picking this book up**
I give this book:
4.5 out of 5 Hippos
Thank you to
for allowing me to participate in this tour!