Review: Secondhand Souls

Secondhand Souls
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I enjoy Christopher Moore‘s books. Despite the fact he won’t own up to his writing fantasy, all of his books have wonderfully fantastical elements, from horny sea monsters to loser vampires to crazy whale boys to the best friend of the son of god, they’re all fun, entertaining reads. Continue reading “Review: Secondhand Souls”

Review: The Serpent of Venice

The Serpent of Venice
The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore once again visits the physical world of Pocket the fool and the literary world of William Shakespeare (with a slight touch of Edgar Allan Poe thrown in for good measure). This time around, instead of King Lear, the source material is a mash-up of Othello and The Merchant of Venice, only set in the late 13th century and Pocket is embroiled in a battle to save Venice from itself while at the same time, helping the course of true love… all while dealing with his own depression over the loss of his queen Cordelia. Oh yeah, and there’s some sort of sea monster roaming around the Venetian canals wrecking havoc an death on whatever comes across its path. Continue reading “Review: The Serpent of Venice”

Review: Divine Misfortune

Divine Misfortune
Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The idea of the gods interacting directly with mortals is not a new one for modern fiction. Neil Gaiman tackled it in American Gods and now A. Lee Martinez does it in Divine Misfortune – but that’s about as far as that comparison can go. Where Gaiman treats the subject with seriousness and gravitas and has something to say about the nature of belief and humanity, Martinez is just having a romp. Continue reading “Review: Divine Misfortune”