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The Serpent of Venice: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Moore
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“Shakespeare and Poe might be rolling in their graves, but they’re rolling with laughter. Christopher Moore is one of the cleverest, naughtiest writers alive.” (Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author of a whole bunch of excellent books, including Bad Monkey, Nature Girl, and Sick Puppy on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“Fans who enjoyed the rollicking play within a play of Fool or the historical whimsy of Sacré Bleu will find many of the same gifts here . . . from one of America’s most original humorists.” (Kirkus Reviews on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“Fans of Fool will be overjoyed to rejoin Pocket and company . . . for their latest adventure, and newcomers will find that Shakespeare isn’t nearly as dry and dusty as they thought, at least not when Moore is at the helm. (Library Journal (starred review) on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“Moore’s imaginative storytelling, bawdy prose, puns aplenty . . . succeed in transforming two classical tragedies into outrageously farcical entertainment.” (Publishers Weekly on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

Moore’s greatest asset is his skill with language. Readers with a certain Monty Python nerdiness will rejoice in its hundreds of insults . . . and jokes. . . . [W]itty and wise . . . Serpent is a bright, quick novel.” (3 out of 4 stars) (USA Today on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“The dialogue is extremely witty, and . . . you will laugh hard and find yourself hurling bawdy insults throughout the day, even if you don’t say them out lout.” (Louisville Courier Journal on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“Moore . . . is an excellent writer, and there are passages of prose—Pocket’s defense of Othello and the entire Pound-of-Flesh trial—that sparkle with Moore’s trademark wit and intelligence. Moore’s strength is his ability to appropriate supporting characters and make them wholly his own creations. (Dallas Morning News on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“To get a sense of the tone, imagine the merry pranksters of Monty Python in their heyday taking off on Shakespeare while simultaneously trying to break the record for F-bombs currently held by The Wolf of Wall Street.” (Tampa Bay Times on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“A gleeful and wonderfully strange mash-up. Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and Othello are its chief ingredients, with Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ thrown in. The result? An imaginative, wildly inspired satire.” (Seattle Times on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

“[Moore] brings back one of his favorite characters, Pocket from 2009’s Fool. . . . Add a weirdly satisfying combo of literary in-jokes and low sex gags to the mix and what comes out of the Christopher Moore meat grinder is unique and sublime.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

The Serpent of Venice is a remarkable reimagining of classic literature, churned through historical backgrounds and research and set to a different drum. Tragedy becomes comedy in this side-splitting, hair-raising adventure. . . . A piece of literary gold.” (Bookreporter.com on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)

Kurzbeschreibung

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: the rascal-Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

Greed, revenge, deception, lust, and a giant (but lovable) sea monster combine to create another hilarious and bawdy tale from modern comic genius, Christopher Moore.


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Christopher Moore hat bereits mit einigen seiner Bücher die Bestsellerlisten gestürmt, so etwa mit "Die Bibel nach Biff", "Ein todsicherer Job" oder "Liebe auf den ersten Biss". Moore wurde 1975 in Toledo, Ohio, geboren. Er besuchte die Ohio State University und das Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Kalifornien. Bevor er 1992 seinen ersten Roman "Der kleine Dämonenberater" veröffentlichte, jobbte er u. a. als Dachdecker, Kellner und Fotograf. Moore lebt auf Hawaii und in San Francisco, wo er in seiner Freizeit den Ozean paddelnd und tauchend genießt.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Illiterate nitwits 27. April 2014
Von Abby Normal TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Nach dem großen internationalen Erfolg von Fool legt Christopher Moore nun eine geniale Fortsetzung nach.

Und ja, es ist eine Fortsetzung. Sie basiert hauptsächlich auf Shakespeares Werken Othello, The Merchant of Venice und der Kurzgeschichte The Cask of Amontillado - zeitlich aber so angepasst, damit das neue Abenteuer von Hofnarr Pocket im Anschluss an King Lear spielt.

Christopher Moore blödelt dabei nicht einfach nur herum, sondern hat sich richtig ins Zeug gelegt! Es ist fantastisch, wie er Shakespeares Figuren adaptiert hat, wie er die Geschichten erhält und miteinander verwebt und dazu etliche Zitate einfließen lässt.

Und wer wissen möchte, wie das Wortspiel im Titel zustande kommt, der sollte sich das aufschlussreiche Nachwort zu Gemüte führen. Aber eine kleine Warnung: Die Sache mit dem Titel bleibt im Buch eine ganze Weile ein Rätsel. Wer sich das nicht zerstören möchte, der sollte das Nachwort lieber erst hinterher lesen.

Etwas verwirrend fand ich allerdings die Erzählperspektiven. Zum einen erzählt der Hofnarr Pocket (wie bereits im ersten Teil).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a must for Moore and Shakespeare fans 11. Juli 2014
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Combining Othello, The merchant of Venice and Fool Christopher Moore creates his next masterpiece! It is both Fun anf thought provoking! I am looking forward to his next book. By now you may have realized that English is not my first Language, thus I really aprea
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Moore-Humor 22. Juli 2015
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Wie schon bei "Fool", lustig ist es immer bei Moore, wer sich bei Shakespeare auskennt, lacht öfter als die anderen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Among the best in black humor today 19. März 2015
Von Jan Heart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There is a small handful of modern writers I count as the best in black humor today: Carl Plumer, author of ZOMBIE EVER AFTER, A. Lee Martinez, and (of course) Christopher Moore, who ticks all the right boxes for me.
Each author has his own special traits, but they all share a great individual insight laced with wicked humor.

The Serpent of Venice from Chris Moore has become my favorite book from this author to date. The mix of Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe, whose novels my parents forced me to read (yes, I'm finally grateful they did this) works so well with Moore's clever yet slightly bawdy humor. Unlike popular comic writers of today who seem to focus on what is trendy and topical, Moore goes his own way, using his own unique style and humor to pave his way to yet another winner. A big cheer for Mr. Moore - he's pulled out another gem of a novel from his rich repertoire.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Better than Sacre Bleu but not as good as Fool 12. November 2013
Von Stacia R. Roesler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read absolutely everything that Christopher Moore writes---my favorite of his books is LAMB, although I really really like nearly all of his early ones. Of his last three, I thought Fool was pretty darned good, but I gave Sacre Bleu a three. This one falls in between them, so it gets a four.

The Fool character is terrific, as are his sidekicks, and I'm glad he's reappeared in this book. The dialogue is wonderful and witty. The Othello character is terrific and really comes to life. I found the melding of three Shakespeare plays interesting (if sometimes a bit hard to follow) but the complicated construct of the serpent just really pushes belief and makes the story a bit foolish. (Not that island ghosts and space whales didn't push belief in earlier books....)

In short, a solid effort, but not as thought-provoking as some of his other books. More like an enjoyable larkish romp, and so (for me) in the bottom 25% of his body of work. Which still gains it a four, because he's a great writer and pretty much all of his books are well worth reading (i.e. better by far than most of the tripe available these days). Worth your time to read, but believe those other reviewers when they say this sequel isn't as enjoyable as the first Fool.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pocket The Fool Is Back In Another Lunatic Tale Blending Two Of The Bard's Classics With A Touch Of Poe 8. November 2013
Von K. Harris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There is an undeniable and irresistible lunacy to the literary worlds created by author Christopher Moore. I have read every book he's ever released, so I guess you could call me a rather large fan. As much as I love his kooky portraits of a San Francisco populated by vampires and other supernatural or exotically strange entities, I really enjoy when he steps away to something altogether different. To date, my favorite Moore books have been "Lamb" (an unlikely tale about Jesus) and "Fool" (a rollicking take on the King Lear story). Having skewered Shakespeare quite effectively once, Moore is back with "The Serpents of Venice." Not necessarily a sequel as much as a companion piece, "The Serpents of Venice" reunites Pocket, Drool, and Jeff the Monkey for another adventure. Drool and Jeff don't play much of a role until late in the story, but Pocket is front and center for a tale that combines elements of Edgar Allen Poe's ""The Cask of Amontillado" with characters and plot points of both "The Merchant of Venice" (which you might have guessed from the title) and "Othello." Not a small task, to be sure, but one that Moore executes with much humor.

As the story unfolds, Pocket is still grieving the death of his beloved Queen. As an emissary in Venice, he has befriended the Doge but alienated almost everyone else. If you recall, Pocket is a boisterous little imp filled with profane thoughts and a universally biting commentary who presents his most cutting barbs through the pronouncements of a puppet. A wealthy merchant and his cohorts want to put an end to our good Pocket, and they enact a plot to make him disappear. Without spoiling anything, let's just say that his demise is forestalled when an unlikely ally comes to his rescue. Almost immediately, he finds himself ensnared in the tribulations of Shylock (from the Merchant of Venice) before traipsing off to visit Othello and Desdemona (from Othello). The two tales are woven together with some intricacy and the mash-up works surprisingly well. I don't want to reveal too many specifics, but here's another tasty teaser: The title isn't just metaphorical, a literal serpent figures prominently into the story.

As with "Fool" (or perhaps any Moore), the irreverent and profane tone of this novel may not appeal to every audience. The book is bawdy and lacks any sense of political correctness, but I wouldn't have it any other way. If you are not familiar with the Shakespeare tales that Moore is riffing on, you might not get quite as much pleasure in "The Serpents of Venice" as those who are. Part of the cleverness stems from the way Moore folds the stories over and enmeshes them together. In many ways, "The Serpents of Venice" shouldn't work. But Moore swings for the fences as only he can. "The Merchant of Venice" is largely comedic (despite a number of powerhouse scenes) and "Othello" is a dark tragedy. They don't fit together in tone. But Pocket is the perfect host to make even the most dramatic moments seem utterly ridiculous, while still serving up some pointed social critique. A must for Moore or "Fool" fans, this was a wholly satisfying follow-up. It may not be as laugh-out loud funny, but I loved the sheer ambition behind the blending of several literary masterpieces. KGHarris, 11/13.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Didn't Finish 23. Mai 2014
Von Deb - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First: I'm a huge Moore fan - I still believe 'Lamb" was one of the best books I've ever read. Sadly, I couldn't finish this one. I disliked the main character, Pocket. I mean, I really did not like him. I wasn't crazy about 'Fool', but at least I finished it. The cleverness of this novel was its undoing - little to no plot and characters so weak they were transparent. And the sexual innuendos were far too sophomoric - felt as though I was listening in on a high school boys locker room. Wish Moore would lose Pocket and get back to novels like 'Fluke' and 'Sequined Love Nun'.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another one knocked completely out of the park for Moore. 12. Mai 2014
Von Reeka aka BoundbyWords - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Obvious fact #1: if Shakespeare read anything like this while I was in high school, I would have been a HELL of a lot more inclined to read it. Obvious fact #2: Christopher Moore is a bloody GENIUS (that goes without saying, but I'll say it a million times if I have to).

It will be a GRAND feat to refrain from completely losing my hold on comprehensible words, so bare with me here. I ADORED Fool, every last witty, satirical, smart-mouthed word. I sat curled in highly uncomfortable positions, and laughed until I cried. I loathed, I loved, I pitied, and I sympathized. I had never READ King Lear, but still, nothing flew far over my head. Needless to say, when I found out that Moore was generously providing us simple, lowly, folk with a SEQUEL....a SEQUEL! I was finished. Done. I would have pretty much traded my left lung to get it. Good thing I sometimes have a little money...

The Serpent of Venice picks up on the trail of Fool, but with a completely different set of actors, and this time, within the well-loved worlds of Othello, the obvious, The Merchant of Venice, and a nice dash of Edgar Allen Poe. Now, again, I've only ever read Othello, and unfortunately, seen the modern, cool kid, movie adaptations of it. But I reiterate, nothing I read was so far beyond me. Because it's bloody Chris Moore-he could have wrote a story about the life and times of Jesus Christ, and I would enjoy the heck out of it. (Shameless plug: he DID, you know, write a story about Jesus. It's called Lamb, and you will be a become a better person for reading it, 100% sure). Anyways, point is, you don't NEED to know the source material for his books: it's pretty much impossible NOT to love them.

There's an actual review in here, I promise. Here is comes...The Serpent of Venice was another one knocked completely out of the park for Moore. It, unfortunately, cannot take the place of my beloved Sacre Bleu, but was on point with Moore's writing style, and his outrageously snarky dialogue. Pocket has found himself in Venice, sent there by his beloved Cordelia, with instructions to put an end to some shenannigans. Antonia, Brabantio, and Iago are the conspirators this time around, with Portia and Desdemona as the female leads. But there are twists (there's always a bloody twist), and Pocket seems to have been underestimated once again. With his signature gusto, and cunning ways, Pocket embarks on a new whirlwind of betrayal, war, treachery, and of course..much shagging.

Then there are these: a monkey, a sea dragon, and cheeky, cheeky Chorus.

Do I need to say anymore? I didn't think so....
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