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Discuss "The Stupidest Angel" by Christopher Moore

  • Dec 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Sheila's Place

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

In keeping with the festive season, Sheila has chosen, after much soul searching, this outrageous, tongue in cheek novel of Christmas chaos.

Amazon.ca Blurb:

'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit. But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead. But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen. Move over, Charles Dickens -- it's Christopher Moore time.”

“As we meet each resident of Pine Cove, Calif., the story bends, becoming as twisted as an image in a funhouse mirror. To top that off, there's Tucker, a lonely pilot who has a Micronesian fruit bat for a pet, and a rather witless archangel named Raziel who comes to Earth to grant one boy's Christmas wish. It is that wish which turns this Christmas comedy into a holiday horror story. It is, in part, a parody of the Christmas classics—albeit a gruesomely entertaining one”. Publishers Weekly

Here’s the Amazon.ca link with a Look Inside the Book feature (see back cover for further excruciating kudos):

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Stupidest-Angel-Heartwarming-Christmas/dp/0060842350/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1383505535&sr=1-4

At the Ottawa Public Library there are three paperback copies available, presently out, and 2 “talking books.” But it’s unavailable as an eBook.

At Amazon.ca the hardcover is $12.99, Kindle eBook $10.99, Chapters Hardcover $13.67, Kobo eBook $10.99. Both websites offer free shipping if you spend $25.

Due to overpowering demand, we will be also be watching “The Maltese Falcon” with Humphrey Bogart. No need to have read the book to join in!

Festive discussion at 7pm. Video at 8pm (100mins) followed by extended frivolity and merriment, in keeping with both the season, and video addition.

Food such as finger food, snacks or desserts, and drink would be gratefully appreciated but not required. I will have some red wine, beer and simple snacks. This is NOT a dinner.

Parking is available in my lane way and on the street.

Regrettably, our fearless leader Victor, will be unable to join us, as he will be out of town celebrating the holidays. ): Have a wonderful holiday Victor!

See you there for serious, festive fun!!

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  • Sheila

    Wonderful time, great company, laughter and discussion... even of the book, between and outside the covers. My heartfelt thanks to all those generous souls who donated delicious food and drink. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help with the food and cleanup. A special thanks to Laura who saved me from burning the hot food in the oven. Also a special thanks to Scott who provided his wise seating, heating and musical expertise. You all made it easy for me to have a wonderful meetup. The only sad note was that Victor, our fearless leader, could not join us. May you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward with baited breath, to seeing you at the next chapter of Books and Beer!

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Marg M

    This was my first meet-up and I enjoyed it very much. The members were very welcoming and the discussions varied & interesting. Laughter & fine food & drink were bonuses. I look forward to meeting up with my new friends at the next Books & Beer.

    December 20, 2013

  • philip G.

    Great!! Wonderful!! A shame Victor was away!!!

    December 20, 2013

  • Peter

    Vivid conversations and good food, etc., facilitated by a terrific hostess.

    December 20, 2013

  • Noah g.

    Shelia i think i left a bag with an army uniform at your place. Whats a good time this weekend for me to come get it?

    December 19, 2013

    • Sheila

      I'm here most of the weekend Noah. Just let me know when you want to come by.

      December 20, 2013

  • Noah g.

    Hoping to show up with rum, if buses allow me to show up at all

    December 19, 2013

    • Sheila

      The 86C is the closest, gets you to Viewmount and Four Seasons but it runs very infrequently. Good Luck!!

      December 19, 2013

  • Sheila

    To any bibliophiles who are interested in coming, but have not RSVPed, I will send you my address and details once you've RSVPed. Merry Christmas to one and all!

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to tonight. Buns baked, all ready to be eaten.

    December 19, 2013

    • Sheila

      Thanks! Can smell them from here! Drooling with anticipation!

      December 19, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Sheila, I must send my regrets as well. :( I was really looking forward to it too... Catch you in the new year!

    December 19, 2013

    • Sheila

      Devastated you can't make it. ): Have a wonderful Christmas and definitely looking forward to catching up in the new year!

      December 19, 2013

  • Cathbha

    I now must sadly change my RSVP, because I am très sick, vâchement malard. :-(

    December 18, 2013

    • Sheila

      Really sorry to hear it Cathbha! Hope to catch you next month.

      December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I won't be able to make it after all. Hope everone has a fun time! Have a great holiday season and will see you in the new year

    December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make this meet-up (but have read previously read the book and it's fun) but looking forward to meeting you all in the new year.

    December 16, 2013

  • Cathbha

    I can bake some bread.

    November 4, 2013

    • Sheila

      Sounds good, bread buddy!

      November 6, 2013

    • Sheila

      Thanks, Cathbha!

      November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wait, aren't we supposed to pull a Phil and discuss a book we aren't going to read?

    November 5, 2013

    • Cathbha

      How much is having Phil kidnapped and made to change the book to you?

      November 5, 2013

    • Sheila

      My lips are sealed.

      November 5, 2013

  • Sheila

    Laura, thanks for the generous offer! However, I'm not having a dinner as such, for this event, as we're watching a video which cuts into having a sit down meal. I meant to suggest finger food, snacks, desserts etc. rather than main courses, that can be eaten anywhere including during the movie. Hope this helps. Can't wait to see you and all the other festive bibliophiles for loads of festive merriment!!

    November 4, 2013

  • Laura T.

    Sheila, I can bring some food, e.g., soup and tourtieres. How would that be?

    November 3, 2013

  • Laura T.

    Looking forward.

    November 3, 2013

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