Set in the sleepy little town of Pine Cove previously featured in the novel Practical Demonkeeping and later in The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror , it tells the story of drug dealers, dolphin-philiacs, psychologically unstable psychiatrists, retired B-movie stars, and the prehistoric sea monster who loves them. Examples: Advertisement: Anything That Moves : Steve; he even tries having sex with a fuel truck at one point. Bestiality Is Depraved : Winston Krauss, owner of the town pharmacy, has a thing for marine mammals. Butt-Monkey : Theo. Captain Ersatz : H. Lovecraft or an Affectionate Parody of him.
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Its residents are some of the quirkiest and most idiosyncratic people you will ever meet, and seldom does a moment go by without something majorly surrealistic taking place. To give this just a tad bit of sense, a few things have been happening simultaneously around town. To begin with, the doctor has about a third of the population on antidepressants, but after an obsessive-compulsive patient commits suicide, the good doc Valerie Riordan finds herself at fault. After blackmailing the fish fetishist and pharmacist, she ensures that all of her patients are now receiving placebos instead of the real medication they need.
At the same time, a radiation leak from a nuclear power plant is seeping deep into the water and awakening something fierce, a foot sea lizard named Steve.
All in all, everything is about as far from order as can, and as the town descends deeper and deeper into a decadent and nonsensical revolution, any hope for redemption is becoming increasingly ridiculous.
A Trove of Black Humor and Absurdity Those of you already familiar with the works of Christopher Moore should already know what the main course here will be: black humor. Moore delights in it tremendously and never passes up a chance to point and laugh at the tragic. There are lots of people that die in unexpected and funny ways as well as loads of raunchy absurdities that befall them. More often than not, the real meat of the story lies in seeing what fate ultimately befalls the many people we come across.
Every single character is unique and differentiated from the others in very obvious ways, all of them having major quirks and strong defining personality traits, giving them all an eccentric quality, especially Steve the giant lizard from the sea. This is the kind of story where the characters are used for more than the mere sake of advancing the plot; the unfolding of their destinies is just as much part of the adventure. Whether they are meant to be good or bad, the characters are all likeable for their sheer absurd qualities.
The Meaning of Decadence Now, some of you might be wondering as to whether or not there is an overall purpose or meaning to this book, whether Moore meditates on some issues or tries to send some kind of a message. While I am certain that many of his thoughts on real-life topics made it in here, such as the monopoly of the pharmaceutical industry on our daily lives, I am quite convinced that he never intended for this to be a serious adventure.
The story is filled with ridiculous decadence and even some topics which a few readers might find distasteful, with there being a decent amount of immoral eroticism to be found. As the reader, I believe it is best to adopt the perspective that this is simply an adventure about having fun and letting go. Instead, just sit back and enjoy the wild and crazy ride wherever it may take you, which in this case is a land where all sense of morality is becoming increasingly blurred.
The Final Verdict It seems that Christopher has done it yet again, penning a novel far outside the limits imposed by rules and conventions. Christopher Moore is an American writer whose forte lies in the weaving of comedic fantasies. The rights to his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping were sold to Disney before the book was even published. He is also known for writing A Dirty Job and Fool.
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove Quotes
Into this depressed mess stumbles Steve, the near-sighted, confused and horny "lust lizard" of the title. The sea monster also gives off a sort of pheromone which heightens the sexual urge in most of the Pine Cove population. The resident Crazy Woman, former B-movie queen Molly Michon may be one of the most sane people living in Pine Cove, and even she has her mental problems. Theophilus Crowe, whose problem is his marijuana addiction, not his name, demonstrates the ability to grow beyond the simple stereotypes Moore initially paints him with. There are a variety of issues discussed in The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, beginning with responsibility and moving through sexual hang-ups and relationships, but the main reason to read this novel is for the humor which Moore brings to the page. Some of the funniest lines belong to Skinner, the dog who refers to his master as "Food Guy" and has the uncanny canine ability to simplify life into categories of happy or dangerous or hungry.
“Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove” by Christopher Moore – A Revolution of Lizards and Placebos
Edit The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally -- well, to be accurate, artificially -- business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks. Several characters from the earlier novel return in this one. A brief reference to the events of Practical Demonkeeping is made towards the end of the novel. Details pages in thirty-three chapters following a prologue.
THE LUST LIZARD OF MELANCHOLY COVE
In life, I take two things seriously: The health and security of my family. Everything else is fair game. If you can riff on religion, politics, sex and the overall human condition, in a thought-provoking, sarcastic manner, you will find a friend in me. For this reason, I would love to just sit down and have a conversation with Moore.
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Gabe stood there for a second, distracted from his research for the first time in thirty-six hours. Val Val Riordan watched the lanky constable coming through the restaurant toward her. She tried to hide behind a copy of Pusher: The American Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacological Practice, but the constable just kept coming. Riordan, do you have a minute? Theo sat down and dove right in.