The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

Hardcover | October 28, 2008

byChristopher Moore

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'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

Move over, Charles Dickens -- it's Christopher Moore time.

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'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deat...

Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, includingLamb,The Stupidest Angel,Fool,Sacré Bleu,A Dirty Job, andThe Serpent of Venice. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1.13 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060842350

ISBN - 13:9780060842352

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jokes. Not his best work, but seriously funny take on an angel. It's easy to get through and a pretty quick read.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughed Out Loud This is, by far, my favourite Moore book. I would read this again, but would even love to see this on film!
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Another awesome book by moore
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stupidest Angel Hilarious, but then, anything by Christopher Moore can't be anything but hilarious.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smart and funny! If you want an amusing story with colourful characters, a Christmas miracle and a few zombies thrown in, this will definitely do the trick. When an Angel grants a small town boy his holiday wish, all hell breaks loose. The B movie actress, the suave pilot, the county cop and belligerent barmaid battle it out with the undead. It’s a good deed gone wrong and the citizens of Pine Cove must work together if they want to survive. A lot of fun!
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun! The small town of Pine Cove, California is back for a second Christopher Moore book, this time close to the Christmas holiday. The town, quirky as ever, is preparing to celebrate Christmas when a stranger with glowing blonde hair appears, as police officer Theo Crowe runs over him. Being an angel, no harm comes to this stranger, though Theo doesn't know that's why he isn't hurt. The angel is in town to provide a Christmas miracle, though he'd really much rather use his sword and kill some people. True to Moore's style, these characters are completely off the wall. Molly is off her meds, thinking she's a Warrior Princess again, Gabe is studying the effects of lust on rats, Theo is back to smoking pot, and the town is just generally off its rocker. I enjoyed this book more than its predecessor, Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. It still wasn't laugh-out-loud funny, though there was a part at the beginning at the book that had me smiling to myself on the train, however it was still an enjoyable read. There's an additional chapter added to the end of this book and I'm not sure why it's there. It seemed unnecessary to tell the story.
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just not into it Couldn't get into this book and I tried. But I will look into his other books and try again.
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from off the wall Christmas fun 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 now zombies. 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.
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eggnog-injected brains! ...is what I feel like I'm in the mood for this season after reading this book, lol. Some of the twists and turns of this book I really did not expect. Pay attention to the author's note in the front of the book, for this is seriously not a novel you should read to your kids as they go to sleep waiting for Santa! Though this is not as good as some of Moore's other works, it definitely will add to your holiday cheer this year!
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK.. I did like it, but it is not as funny as some of Moore's other books. Still a good read though, especially for a good funny Christmas Story.
Date published: 2009-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining Chris Moore is a great practitioner of cynical humor. If you like flawed people in weird situations you will love this.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zombies for Christmas! A Christmas angel has come to Pine Cove looking for a child, the only problem is that the residents think he is a pervert. Joshua Barker, 7-years-old, walking home one evening from a friend's house happens to see Santa murdered with a shovel. And thus begins this humourous Christmas frolic. The book is populated with characters from previous novels and is a lot of fun but not near so funny as his later work. The zombies were definitely the best part. A good book to read if you are looking for a laugh, just don't expect it to be as laugh-out-loud funny as others by Moore.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book. Ever. The moment I finished this book I did something I've never done before - I immediately started rereading it and then I had to run out and buy all the Christopher Moore I could get my hands on. He is by far the funniest author I've ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed all of his books. He has a unique writing style that will have you laughing out loud at the absurd antics of all his lovable characters.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching Tale of Christmas Terror! HAHAHAHA!! Truly the more hilarious and unfortgeable story of the season. I bought a copy for all my friends and they loved it too! Christopher Moore is a brilliant writer!
Date published: 2006-06-15

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“You’ll laugh your head off. Grade: A.”