27 Dec 2013



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.
...... Authors website

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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Kelly said...

This sounds wild, yet entertaining. Seems like Jenners use to read this author quite a bit. I've yet to try one of his.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I don't recall ever hearing of this author. This sounds like a unique read and something that I would have expected you not to enjoy- so the fact that you loved it has me intrigued! One for the list now.

carol said...

Loved this book - hilarious. It's one of the few I still remember, even years after reading it.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Hm... might have to check out this book. I do like that title. :) I also like subtly more than hitting over the head. Good review!

Brian Joseph said...

This sounds wondrously inventive and fun. I tend to really like tales that mock the world in general.

The true story of the Cargo Cults were fascinating in their own right.

Naida said...

I need to read Christopher Moore, and this sounds like fun.
Happy Holidays Tracy and Happy, Healthy New Year!

Naida said...

Also, I wasn't sure if you'd seen this yet. It made me think of you when I saw him.
Darcy the Internet Celebrity Hedgehog

marinela said...

Have a great holiday season x

Alexia561 said...

I adore Christopher Moore, but not sure why I haven't read this one yet. Sounds like another winner, and very happy that you enjoyed it!