Review: The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

The Serpent of Venice

Quite frankly, Christopher Moore is one of my all-time favourite authors. I have no qualms saying this because he has tickled my funny bone frequently with titles such as Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Coyote Blue, Fool and by far my favourite Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D’Art. When I heard The Serpent of Venice was coming out I just knew it was going to knock anything else I was currently reading to the back burner while I devoured yet another masterful piece of comedic genius.

Of course I was not wrong.

The Serpent of Venice follows heartbroken Pocket—the mischievous hero we fell in love with from the novel Fool—as he adventures through Venice, foiling evil plans and causing mayhem. The novel opens with Pocket having been lured to a dark dungeon with the promise of promiscuity and spirits but receives far more than he has bargained for in the form of revenge from a spiteful trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago. Though these scoundrels know not with whom they are dealing with and through the help of a giant (but lovable) sea monster, Pocket has found his way out of danger… for now.

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore dabbles in William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satirical Gothic story that will have you shamelessly laughing out loud no matter where thou art standing. Woven into the theme of this playfully lewd tale are a mash-up of; foul plots, counter-plots, true love, jealousy, murder, betrayal, revenge, three mysterious locked boxes, a boatload of gold, a pound of flesh, occasional debauchery and a love sick sea serpent. I absolutely adore Christopher Moore’s writing style and can tell there was much thought and research put into the scenes, characters and plot because they are all brimming with life and basically leap off of the page and into your imagination just as his other works have done in the past.

I highly recommend The Serpent of Venice for anyone in search of wickedly witty wordplay combined with a cleverly researched Shakespearean style plot. Moore has fearlessly merged a myriad of memorable characters and once again won me over completely. Not to mention the hardcover edition of this book is worthy of any bookshelf as it is a work of art in itself.


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