I don't care how long the tree has been up or how many presents are under it, how many carols I've heard or holiday things I have eaten -- if I do not read The Stupidest Angel, it's just not the holidays.
Christopher Moore is everything, and I discovered him by pure accident. Years ago, when I was temping in an office on the 40th floor of a building in downtown Chicago, I would travel home to Michigan to see family via Amtrak. In the train station was a small bookstore, and I needed something to read for the 3 hour trip. A book cover caught my eye across the room like it was fate, and the book was Moore's sublime and totally perfect absurdist masterpiece, A Dirty Job.
I bought it, and read it all in one trip to Michigan. When I returned to Chicago, I hunted down all his others books and devoured them and continue to devour them to this day. A Dirty Job is on my top 5 all-time favorite reads list.
But there's nothing (NOTHING!) like the brilliance of The Stupidest Angel.
Many of Moore's books take place in his own quirky universe, and Angel takes place in the seaside town of Pine Cove. Previously, Pine Cove has been victim to all sorts of crazy happenings, and this time - it's CHRISTMAS ZOMBIES. But this is a different kind of zombie tale, and they have to go up against against the citizens of Pine Cove; the pothead Sheriff, a former B-movie queen, a DEA pilot with a pet fruit bat, a sweet little boy who saw Santa get killed with a shovel, and all the barflies and weirdos you can imagine.
It's utter nonsense. It's profane. It's totally great. Go read it immediately and let me know if you don't have just the wackiest time going on this adventure.
The Stupidest Angel and the other works of Christopher Moore are available just about everywhere.
Pairs well with -
Like the very famous Tiki cocktail, the Zombie. And yet, that seemed too obvious.
So my pick is a cocktail called The Bamboozled Angel, made of grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup, bourbon, lemon juice, and bitters. It's a sweet little treat that would be perfect served in a Tiki glass and enjoyed on a tropical island...like the one in Moore's Island of the Sequined Love-Nun.
I LOVE CHRISTOPHER MOORE'S BOOKS SO MUCH! <3<3<3<3<3
And a crazy Christmas horror flick like A Christmas Horror Story...
Now, A Christmas Horror Story might not be your thing. That's totally fine. It's a grisly horror movie, but its a damn clever one with twists and turns I didn't see coming, and I loved it. Also, it features William Shatner and I'm not entirely sure why. If you like horror flicks, check it out. (Note, I would also not frown at you if you watched Silent Night, Deadly Night or Jack Frost.)
I bet you didn't think zombies and horror would appear on this list, did you? ;) Well, I contain multitudes!
Stop back tomorrow for a contemporary holiday romance. No zombies, I promise.