SOURCE: Ex-library stock.
Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise — a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guys body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his bosss pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jeans goons. Now theres only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1: The Cannibal Tree): Tucker Case awoke to find himself hanging from a bread-fruit tree by a coconut fiber rope.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 260):The bat had indeed changed from rhinestone glasses to aviators, but once you accept a talking bat, the leap to a talking bat with an eyewear wardrobe is a short one.
MY THOUGHTS: If I were to tell you I'm a bit of a prude who doesn't generally understand satire and that Christopher Moore is something of a satirist with a sense of humour that tends towards the adult you'd probably put money on the fact that I wouldn't 'get' this somewhat bizarre novel let alone find its sometimes bawdy humour funny. And yet I loved every outrageously, often laugh out loud, page of it.
Not just the story of a bumbling (dare I say rather geekish) hero or mad scientists. Not just a tale of a religious cult, an elderly cannibal, a Filipino transvestite, a ghost pilot, or, perhaps, best of all, a talking fruit bat. Island Of Sequined Love Nun is a rather ethical novel in which the author examines such issues as faith, hypocrisy, scruples and retribution albeit it in a way that rather than 'hitting the reader over the head' subtly plants the seed of a message allowing the reader to make of it what they may.
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