Published: April 16, 2014 at 9:12 AMAs always, great article! I loved the video at the end! And I'm sorry I couldn't include Cartmanland in my article about the Theme Parks of Denver...are you sure you can't pull some strings and get me in the next time I visit Denver?
I thought I was so used to your humor that I was getting jaded, but this article had me laughing out loud. Great work!
Published: April 16, 2014 at 9:35 AMSo I'm at working listening to an audiobook while I work. And it just hit me with the funniest thing that I have heard for a while...and kinda ties into this article.
"Most killer whales are just 4 tons of dufus dressed up like a police car."
Christopher Moore from the book "Fluke"
My co-workers think I am a little touched...
Published: April 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM"You're never too old to have fun."
The thought I painfully force into my head when I see dads fawning over Disney princesses.
Published: April 16, 2014 at 11:54 AMJeff, this is the second time you've mentioned a Christopher Moore book in reference to this column.... It explains a lot :-). Is this your first time reading his stuff, or are you an old fan? Fluke is one of my favorites -- it's completely and totally odd... but in a good way!
Published: April 16, 2014 at 12:15 PMThis is my first go round with Christopher Moore. He writes like I write, although I go with the grounded in reality or established myth/folklore while he just goes for the bizarre (but explains it pretty well). He is currently my favorite author.
Terry Patchett (read all but the last few), Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Carl Hiaasen, and Christopher Moore are currently on my read list, although I throw in some Stephen King and Dean Koontz whenever I need something a little darker.
It was funny when I noticed that Christopher Moore was using a technique I had used for comedic effect, namely old people talking vividly about things young people find uncomfortable.
My own first publishable novel is approaching 110,000 words (on the second draft) and going strong. I just hit the first major climax on the way to the major showdown at the end of the book.
If you have suggestions for which book(s) I should go for next, I'm all ears...
Published: April 16, 2014 at 1:58 PMOoh, I hope I have the opportunity to read your book someday!
Definitely read Practical Demonkeeping, if you haven't already, and the Island of the Sequined Love Nun. And the vampire series is good, but be sure to read them in order -- Blood Sucking Fiends, You Suck, then detour to Dirty Jobs to pick-up some crossover characters, and Bite Me.
A few of Moore's books haven't done that much for me -- I read Coyote Blue once, but I've never been able to finish a re-read, which is unusual for me. And I haven't been able to finish Sacre Bleu at all. Fool was good, but a little tough to read. And while I'm looking forward to the Serpent of Venice, I hope the best thing about it isn't its title :-).
Published: April 16, 2014 at 6:54 PMI would like to imagine the Disneyland Paris Spiderman as snooty, with a cigarette in one hand and wearing a beret. What a great photo op that would be!