15 Replies Latest reply on Oct 7, 2010 7:51 PM by DiAnneInDover

    Christopher Moore's books

    DiAnneInDover

      I've heard that Christopher Moore's books are rather entertaining and I want to give them a try.  My library only has a few of them available as eBooks.  When I went to his site (and subsequently Wikipedia), it mentioned that there are characters that are "interchangeable" throughout his books, which I interpret as being the same characters pop up in other books.  Again, I like to read authors chronologically, but his first two or three books aren't availalbe from the library. 

       

      If anyone has read his books, can you give me a heads up on whether it would be wise to actually buy the first couple of books (since they're not availalbe from the library) or if the order doesn't matter?  I know that there are a few that are series (for instance, the vampire series has three books so far).  Here is the list of his books chronologically.

       

      Practical Demonkeeping

      Coyote Blue

      Bloodsucking Friends (I presume that's the first of the Vampire series)

      Island of the Sequined Love Nun

      The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

      Lamb

      Fluke

      The Stupidest Angel

      The Stupidest Angel 2.0

      A Dirty Job

      You Suck (presume this is #2 of the Vampires)

      Fool (according to Wikipedia, this is the only one without the "interchangeable" characters)

      Bite Me (listed as part 3 of the vampire trilogy)

       

      I hate paying for books.  But...I'm willing to pay for a few if you folks think it is necessary.

       

      Thanks!

      --DiAnne

       

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          I've only read Lamb.  As far as I know, that one is stand-alone.  It's hysterical.

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            --DiAnne

             

            My first and only experience with Christopher Moore is A Dirty Job. It was very funny and I will be reading another of his books.

             

            Give him a try.

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              DiAnneInDover

              The only ebooks the libray has are:

               

              A Dirty Job

              You Suck (Vampire #2)

              Fluke

              Island of the Sequined Love Nun

              Lamb

              The Stupidest Angel

               

              So I borrowed the oldest in the list (Island of the Sequined Love Nun) and we'll see what happens.  I first heard of this author with "Lamb" and it sounds like it is one of his best. 

               

              Thanks for the info! 

               

               

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                I've only read A Dirty Job and the vampire books.  I remember a cameo from the vampire series in A Dirty Job, but it wasn't necessary to the plot.  I read that one first and didn't find out who or what she was until I read the vampire books.  A Dirty Job was hilarious and my favorite of the ones that I've read so far.  I would recommend reading the vampire books in order though, since they follow the same characters.  There might be repeat characters from other books that I didn't recognize not having read the earlier books, but I didn't feel like I was missing out on any critical information. The rest of his books are still on my TBR list, so I can't speak for them.

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                    I think only the books including and after A Dirty Job really need to be read in sequence. My best friend, who loves Christopher Moore, indicated that. I have read Fluke, Lamb, and a couple others, and I have never noticed missing/needed information. There are some characters that do cameos, but they really are just cameos.

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                        Read the vampire books in order. A dirty job crosses with You Suck but not in such a big way that it matters, it was more of a "ah, ok, I get why that happened"; however, it is not a 'book breaking' event by any stretch.

                         

                        Lamb was hillarious. I read the stupidest angel after it and I thought it was meh.

                         

                        Next up for me is Fool. At some point I will most likely own all his books though, he as become a favorite author of mine.

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                            Thanks DiAnne! And believe me I really appreciate your offer of help and I will certainly call on you to walk me through sideloading (library books or books purchased from other sites...and I do have unlimited long distance so would not be a problem).

                             

                            However I have always had this strange mentality with books.  I never use a library. That is why (like many I am sure) I have so many books and book cases that one of the Nook's biggest features was alleviating that storage problem. I always wanted to buy a book that looked interesting immediately and then have it right there for the exact moment I was ready to read it...and then of course I can't get rid of it.  I must keep it!  I know libraries are more than wonderful and great for reading all those books that are just great reads but not a book you would want to keep or not by an author you might want to have all his/her books.  But my mentality carried over to the Nook...got to have them downloaded on my Nook for the very moment (whenever that may be) I am ready to read them...and take as long as I want with them too. So for all the right reasons libraries exist (and I have a friend who is an avid reader and maybe owns one shelf of books at the most because she always borrows from the library) I just want my own books on a shelf or on the Nook.

                             

                            Now, I am so happy you started this thread and I appreciate other members here sharing what they think of Christopher Moore's books.  It is a big help!  

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                          DiAnneInDover

                          Thanks for all the replies!!  It sounds like everyone who has tried his books has loved them.  I'm reading in order...but only insofar as what the library has available.  Hopefully they'll get the rest, but I don't hold out much hope.  I will probably buy Bloodsucking Friends since it is the first book in the Vampire trilogy and the library has the other two.  

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                          I usually try to read books in chronological order, but I am finding that most of Moore's books, with the exception of the Bloodsucking Fiends series, are stand alone.  However, sometimes his books reference eachother and some of his characters appear in more than one book.

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                            I have read all of his books. I would concur with the consensus here that other than the vampire series, the rest don't really have to be read in order.

                             

                            I actually started with "A Dirty Job" picked up from a book sale put on by a local charity. I loved it so much I went back and read the rest of his books. My library actually didn't carry any of his books, so I ended up buying them all off of ebay. This of course was in the days before my nook. Bite Me was actually one of the first books I pre-ordered from B&N because I knew I couldn't wait.

                             

                            Good luck in your search for his books, they are certainly worth it. I can't wait for the next one! 

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                              DiAnneInDover wrote:

                              I've heard that Christopher Moore's books are rather entertaining and I want to give them a try.  My library only has a few of them available as eBooks.  When I went to his site (and subsequently Wikipedia), it mentioned that there are characters that are "interchangeable" throughout his books, which I interpret as being the same characters pop up in other books.  Again, I like to read authors chronologically, but his first two or three books aren't availalbe from the library. 

                               

                              If anyone has read his books, can you give me a heads up on whether it would be wise to actually buy the first couple of books (since they're not availalbe from the library) or if the order doesn't matter?  I know that there are a few that are series (for instance, the vampire series has three books so far).  Here is the list of his books chronologically.

                               

                              Practical Demonkeeping

                              Coyote Blue

                              Bloodsucking Friends (I presume that's the first of the Vampire series)

                              Island of the Sequined Love Nun

                              The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

                              Lamb

                              Fluke

                              The Stupidest Angel

                              The Stupidest Angel 2.0

                              A Dirty Job

                              You Suck (presume this is #2 of the Vampires)

                              Fool (according to Wikipedia, this is the only one without the "interchangeable" characters)

                              Bite Me (listed as part 3 of the vampire trilogy)

                               

                              I hate paying for books.  But...I'm willing to pay for a few if you folks think it is necessary.

                               

                              Thanks!

                              --DiAnne

                               


                               

                              I've read a few of Christopher Moore's books and I think he's absolutely hilarious. I didn't like The Stupidest Angel though. Lamb, to me was laugh out loud but I will say some people may get offended by the context. If you take it for what it is, a book in the humor genre then you won't.

                               

                              Another author I may suggest if you like humor is Laurie Notaro

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                                DiAnneInDover

                                Thanks for the info, guys!

                                 

                                I had decided to read the books in chronological order, but only the ones the library has.  Because of that, I started with "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" and really didn't care for it at all.  Admittedly, the title didn't do much for me, but the story was just...not funny.  I didn't even finish it, which is really unusual for me.

                                 

                                However, I've heard enough good comments about his other books that I'm not going to judge them on this one. 

                                 

                                Since "Lamb" has gotten the most comments, I'm gonna go with that one next.  I'd like to try the vampire series, but the last I checked (which was in May!!), my library didn't have the first one, so I'll cross my fingers that they've bought it since.

                                 

                                Thanks!

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                                    DiAnneInDover wrote:

                                    Thanks for the info, guys!

                                     

                                    I had decided to read the books in chronological order, but only the ones the library has.  Because of that, I started with "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" and really didn't care for it at all.  Admittedly, the title didn't do much for me, but the story was just...not funny.  I didn't even finish it, which is really unusual for me.

                                     

                                    However, I've heard enough good comments about his other books that I'm not going to judge them on this one. 

                                     

                                    Since "Lamb" has gotten the most comments, I'm gonna go with that one next.  I'd like to try the vampire series, but the last I checked (which was in May!!), my library didn't have the first one, so I'll cross my fingers that they've bought it since.

                                     

                                    Thanks!



                                    I didn't read the first book in the vampire series and I didn't feel like I was missing anything so don't let that hold you up on reading it if they don't have it yet.

                                     

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                                        Christopher Moore is one of the funniest human beings alive.  There are a lot of cross overs in his books and some characters from, say Practical Demonkeeping, will pop up in very unlikely places in his later works (like in Lamb, for instance). 

                                         

                                        I do agree that the vampire trilogy should be read in order, although you could skip the last one (I thought it only average and not among his best--like he was trying too hard to tie up loose ends).

                                         

                                        Other than that, its kind of fun to read them out of order and get those "OOOOOHH, now I get it." moments.

                                         

                                        If I had to pick, Lamb, Fluke and Dirty Job are probably my absolute favorites.  I have Fool qued up, but I haven't read it yet. 

                                         

                                        But I have had to put every book of his down at some point to wipe the tears from my eyes because I was laughing so hard. 

                                         

                                        Enjoy.

                                         

                                         

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                                      DiAnneInDover

                                      That's exactly what I've been hearing (that he's incredibly funny) and I know I just didn't give him a fair chance. 

                                       

                                      My library's ebook selection for his books is pitifal.  I think there are only three of them available (Dirty Job, Lamb, and the second of the vampire books.  Frustration!!   I just downloaded Dirty Job and we'll see if my impression changes.

                                       

                                      Thanks for the suggestions!