If the dead rise up again at the end of the world, do we have any guarantee that they're not going to be zombies? Let's just hope the Archangel Raziel isnt in charge of that - he's easy on the eyes, but not so much in the brains department, so its best that he not be given any important jobs. And the "not so much in the brains department" thing would make him pretty useless as zombie food....
Raziel - previously introduced in Christopher Moore's Lamb
- is the title character of The Stupidest Angel, but he doesn't actually appear very often in the novel. He does make an impact when he shows up, though.
This seriously funny short novel is one of my favorites by the author, partly because it's a greatest-hits collection of characters - including one Im especially fond of, geek in a cool guy's body Tucker Case - and a return to the setting of his earliest books, the postcard-pretty Central Coast town of Pine Cove. But like many postcard-pretty small towns, it's occupied by some less-than-pretty people. Pine Cove's notable residents include a former B-movie actress best known for her Warrior Babe character - she may lapse on her anti-psychotic meds, but she keeps up her martial arts training; her husband, the pot-smoking town constable; and, of course, the evil developer. When said evil developer has an unfortunate mishap during a disagreement with his ex-wife after a Christmas party, and a small boy accidentally witnesses said mishap, events are set in motion for the weirdest, scariest holiday this town - which has seen a lot of weird, scary stuff - has ever had.
I keep my copy of The Stupidest Angel with our Christmas decorations; I put it out, along with several other holiday-themed books, every year. I decided that this year it wouldn'tt just go on display, though - it was time for a re-read. There's not a lot of substance here; while novels like Lamb and Fluke (and even, to some extent, A Dirty Job) show that Moore does sometimes weave bigger themes into his fiction, this one's just good, quirky fun - a fast and frequently laugh-out-loud funny read. If there's any lesson here, it's a twist on "be careful what you wish for".
Be careful to tell your wish to someone who won't misunderstand what you're wishing for, or else your Christmas miracle could go very, very, wrong.