Christopher Moore comes to the blog with a new release, full of laughs, intrigue and sharp wit with
Shakespeare for Squirrels
Not having read the earlier stories that featured Pocket, there were moments here I worried that I’d not have the background to fully grasp the story. As for Moore’s retelling of a Shakespeare story, I was fortunate enough to have an English teacher who reveled in the ‘naughty’ that was Shakespeare’s dialogue and intent – bringing the satire and salacious to the masses while couched in language that often isn’t obvious to modern eyes. Moore goes a few steps beyond that, his dialogue is approachable, the plot is fast-paced and most (if not all) of the multitudes of characters that are introduced are cleverly inserted with phrases oft repeated, speaking in riddles, and being, in that way only reading the book will illuminate, foul-mouthed and uproariously laughable. The book speaks to the 12-year-old in all of us with the ‘naughty’ tones, while managing to become a solidly readable and enjoyable story that removes the onus of ‘reading Shakespeare’ that lingers for years for many.
Wholly derivative, which worked well with Biff, the story gives us a series of moments that feel natural to the plot as we’ve experienced it, as well as those wandering bits into ‘wherever’ that Moore does so well. Not at all linear or organized as a traditional story, characters appear, disappear, are murdered and are suspects in single breaths, and the opportunity to laugh at the situation, the descriptions or even the conversations is never-ending. Yes, there is a mystery, yes there is a monkey with a penchant for hats, and squirrels. Why not? This book is destined to be yet another “read it when I want silly and escape” and it will deliver every single time.
Be warned – the language is rough and crude (in all the best ways). The action ranges from detective-like to wholly raving madcap, with some steam and questionable coupling (and tripling) added in the mix. It’s not a story for everyone – but if you’ve never tried a book by Moore, this is one that requires no real ‘knowledge’ of earlier works, only the openness to go on a spinning teacup ride that is mixed up with a roller coaster and a comedy show. If that intrigues, this book is for you!
Title: Shakespeare for Squirrels
Author: Christopher Moore
Genre: Adult Fiction, Comedic Elements, Fairies, Magical Realism, Mystery Elements, Reimagined Classic, Satire, Shakespeare
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 12 May, 2020
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 48 minutes
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Shakespeare meets Dashiell Hammett in this wildly entertaining murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore—an uproarious, hardboiled take on the Bard’s most performed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.
Set adrift by his pirate crew, Pocket of Dog Snogging—last seen in The Serpent of Venice—washes up on the sun-bleached shores of Greece, where he hopes to dazzle the Duke with his comedic brilliance and become his trusted fool.
But the island is in turmoil. Egeus, the Duke’s minister, is furious that his daughter Hermia is determined to marry Demetrius, instead of Lysander, the man he has chosen for her. The Duke decrees that if, by the time of the wedding, Hermia still refuses to marry Lysander, she shall be executed . . . or consigned to a nunnery. Pocket, being Pocket, cannot help but point out that this decree is complete bollocks, and that the Duke is an egregious weasel for having even suggested it. Irritated by the fool’s impudence, the Duke orders his death. With the Duke’s guards in pursuit, Pocket makes a daring escape.
He soon stumbles into the wooded realm of the fairy king Oberon, who, as luck would have it, IS short a fool. His jester Robin Goodfellow—the mischievous sprite better known as Puck—was found dead. Murdered. Oberon makes Pocket an offer he can’t refuse: he will make Pocket his fool and have his death sentence lifted if Pocket finds out who killed Robin Goodfellow. But as anyone who is even vaguely aware of the Bard’s most performed play ever will know, nearly every character has a motive for wanting the mischievous sprite dead.
With too many suspects and too little time, Pocket must work his own kind of magic to find the truth, save his neck, and ensure that all ends well.
A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.