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TLC Book Tour & GIVEAWAY! The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

The Serpent of Venice: A NovelThe Serpent of Venice.

TLC Book Tour here.  I want to thank TLC for providing a book for the giveaway!

Venice, a really long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: the rascal-Fool, Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening with a rare Amontillado sherry and a fetching young noblewoman. Their invitation is, of course, a ruse. The wine is drugged; the girl is nowhere in sight. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool . . . and the story is only beginning.

Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a rousing literary satire and a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a dozen or so disposable villains; a cadre of comely wenches; the brilliant Fool; his sidekick, Drool; his monkey, Jeff; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (there’s always a bloody ghost).

Wickedly witty and outrageously inventive, The Serpent of Venice pays cheeky homage to the Bard and illuminates the absurdity of the human condition as only Christopher Moore can.

If you haven’t tried a Christopher Moore novel then you haven’t tried everything.  My first Moore reading was Lamb:The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal and I was amazed at the quality of the story and storytelling.  Irreverent is how I often describe it.  And with this novel, I am back on board the Moore bandwagon.  As I mention any chance I get, I love Venice.  It was my first overseas trip and that amazing city will always have a place in my heart so when I saw that Moore was taking on Venice AND Shakespeare (another love of mine) I knew I’d have to read it.

The sheer amount of talent it took to connect some of Shakespeare’s more recognizable characters from The Merchant of Venice, Othello and King Lear (with a little Edgar Allen Poe walled in) is impressive.  Moore’s sense of humor and wit is on prominent display in this over-the-top homage.

One of the main characters, Pocket, a favorite of the Doge who shows up first in Fool, grew on me as did this whole assembly of colorful characters.  There was sex, murder, revenge, resurrection, a monster, Marco Polo, and love.  Not bad for a few hours of delightful reading.

I don’t think Moore’s comic genius is for everyone.  You have to be willing to buy into the crazy.  And then you have to be able to tolerate, if not appreciate, quite a bit of juvenile boy language.  If you can do those two things I think you are a candidate for the Christopher Moore bandwagon.  Hop on in!

I HAVE A COPY TO GIVE AWAY!  To celebrate the release of the paperback edition I will randomly select one lucky winner on February 28th.  You’ll want to enter even if you are on the fence about the story because the cover is gorgeous and fun and you’ll want it on your shelves.  Open internationally.

To enter just tell me you want entered in a comment and you’re done.  If you want an extra entry you can Tweet about it and/or post about it on your blog.  Just let me know you did.  Good luck!

February 18, 2015 - Posted by | 4 Star Books, FREE | ,


  1. I’ve been wanting to read his Lamb book for awhile now. Glad this one is good as well. Don’t worry about entering me, though…the prices to ship overseas are pricey! 😉

    Comment by Heather | February 19, 2015 | Reply

  2. Well I’m not that interested (I don’t think) in reading the book, but I love the title! :–)

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | February 19, 2015 | Reply

  3. I’m interested to try Moore, I’ve heard so much about his books. I’d love to win.

    Comment by Word Lily | February 19, 2015 | Reply

  4. I wonder if I would understand his humor.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | February 19, 2015 | Reply

  5. Thanks for this fascinating giveaway.

    Comment by anne | February 19, 2015 | Reply

  6. My first Moore book was also Lamb! Please enter me in the contest! Thanks!

    Comment by holdenj | February 19, 2015 | Reply

  7. I think I will definitely be able to “buy into the crazy” and get a good laugh from this book. I’m glad you’re back on the Moore bandwagon! Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    Comment by Heather J @ TLC Book Tours | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  8. “Juvenile boy language” pretty much describes my sense of humor! HA!

    Comment by trish | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  9. I’d love to win this! I read The Stupidest Angel during the holidays and loved it. Thanks for the chance!

    Comment by thetruebookaddict | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  10. I tweeted about it!

    Comment by thetruebookaddict | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  11. When I was reading the blurb up there I was thinking ‘hey, those names are from Othello’. It all made sense when I read your comments. 🙂

    I think this book would definitely appeal to me. 🙂

    Comment by clicksclan | February 22, 2015 | Reply

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    Pingback by Christopher Moore, author of The Serpent of Venice, on tour Feb 2015 | TLC Book Tours | February 23, 2015 | Reply

  13. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Stacy! His website is a hoot to visit. 🙂

    Comment by Literary Feline | February 23, 2015 | Reply

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