If you’re buying this book as a gift for your grandma or a kid, you should be aware that it contains cusswords as well as tasteful depictions of cannibalism and people in their forties having sex. Don’t blame me. I told you.”
So begins The Stupidest Angel, A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. Am I interested? Immediately. And that’s before it even mentions zombies with a thing for flat-pack furniture.
If you know me at all (and I assume you do by now, at least a little, otherwise why are you putting up with these terrible videos and bad jokes?), you will know that my TBR is far too out of control (and I’m too disorganised) to consider seasonal reading. Plus, Christmas books seem to run to the romance (eh) or schmaltzy (double eh, and if it involves animals, no, because I’m too scared they’ll die) areas of story telling.
Enter Christopher Moore, creator of such masterpieces as The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and The Island of the Sequinned Love Nun. He also wrote the funniest vampire stories I’ve read, that were as gripping as they were silly. So, do I trust him to write a good Christmas story?
Oh, I do.
But because I’m disorganised I haven’t actually read it yet, so you’ll have to put up with me reading the blurb, trying to remember if I have actually read the book at some point in the fuzzy past, and getting quite excited about the prospect of reading it (or re-reading it).
And now tell me, lovely people – do you have your Christmas reading sorted, if that’s a thing you do? What do you like reading at this time of year? What other non-romance and non-schmaltzy Christmas books would you recommend to me? (Bonus points if they include zombies and/or giant fruit bats). Let me know below!