48. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
Pine Cove, book 2

Pages: 304
Finished: Mar. 2, 2009
First Published: 1999
Genre: humour, monsters
Rating: 4/5

Reason for Reading: I am reading the author's works.

First sentence:

September in Pine Cove is a sigh of relief, a nightcap, a long-deserved nap.

Comments: Oh, how does one begin to summarize the plot of a Christopher Moore book. This time let us not even try but instead let's take a glimpse into the characters in this novel. First and foremost, we have Steve, sea monster, who has recently woken from a long sleep and has come ashore in Pine Cove. Steve has an unusual way of catching prey, he sends off pheromones that make any nearby mammals "horny" and they seek him out. This plays particular havoc on Pine Cove's population as the local shrink, Valerie, has just decided to take all her patients off antidepressants (about 1/3 of the population) and try talking to her patients instead of just medicating them. Then there is local constable Theophilus Crowe, a pothead, who had been given the job to keep Pine Cone off the local sherrif's hands, as he is too busy working his meth empire to bother with policing sleepy Pine Cove. By no means the last and certainly not the least, there is Molly Michon, aging warrior actress in Italian movies who dresses daily in her Warrior Queen outfit and works out with her broadsword, but known to the locals as "the crazy lady".

A hilarious romp, this somewhat of a sequel to the first Pine Cove book, Practical Demonkeeping, and is by far a better read. Hilarious, far-fetched, un-politically correct and a down right page-turner. I really enjoyed this. Moore is not for everyone but if you like your humour a little over the top and don't mind some well-placed vulgarity you'll enjoy this ride with the citizens of Pine Cove.


  1. I have never read Christopher Moore before. I really should remedy that!

  2. I just got a copy of his latest book - my name finally came up on the library's waiting list! I'm really looking forward to reading it. I'm glad you liked this one!

  3. Oh, Kailana, you must read Moore. You will love him! And if I know you right I'd say start with "A Dirty Job"

    Darla, Yeah!! Fool is a blast! but I'm so glad I took the time to read King Lear first so I got all the inside jokes.


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