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.
'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):
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!!