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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

This is a hilarious reworking of Othello and The Merchant of Venice with a little Poe thrown in for good measure. Pocket is a fool, well not a fool in the usual sense but a jester you could say. He wears his motley proudly and finds himself at the heart of a murder plot in which he is the star. After being rescued by a mysterious sea creature he sets out to undo the men who plotted his murder and that of his beloved queen. Oh and he has to rescue his idiot apprentice and his monkey as well. Of course he needs an accomplice and that void is filled by a young Jewish girl named Jessica whom he promptly corrupts. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and I also suggest that you check out the first novel featuring Pocket which is entitled Fool.
WARNING side effects of reading this book may include but are not excluded to: Bouts of uncontrolled bawdiness and the need to shout Fuckstockings at random times. As well as uncontrollable urges to hit people with a walking stick that is adorned with a fool's head.

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