Author Rating: A++

Fool (read 1/28/10) Highly recommended

Based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, Moore takes the reader on an incredibly funny and poignant adventure with a fool named Pocket and his sidekick Drool. There is not a moment when Moore fails to deliver. This is the book that so many promise but few deliver.

Lamb (read 5/18/10) Recommended

An imagined life of Jesus — the missing years not included in the bible. Moore imagines Jesus (Joshua) and his best friend Levi, known as Biff, traveling to India and China, looking up the three wise men, so that Joshua can figure out how to be the messiah. The story is told by Biff, brought back to life and to America by an angel. The parts that take place in the hotel room are really the weakest. Not nearly as good as Fool but still an entertaining and thought-provoking read.

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (read 2007) Recommended

Not one of Moore’s best but still amusing.

Practical Demonkeeping (read 2007) Recommended

Like the previous novel, this isn’t among his best but if you’re a Moore fan you can’t skip it.

A Dirty Job (read 3/3/09) Recommended

Charlie Asher, second-hand store owner, finds himself responsible for retrieving the souls of the dying to protect them from the evil forces of the underworld. Nicely done.

The Stupidest Angel (read 3/9/09) Recommended

The angel Raziel (previously in Lamb) is sent to Earth to grant a wish to a child and winds up putting the townspeople under siege by brain-hungry zombies who arise from their graves. Very funny.

You Suck (read 12/7/09) Recommended

This is a 2007 sequel to Moore’s 1995 novel Bloodsucking Fiends, which I haven’t read, involving vampires. Pretty good but not his best.

Island of the Sequined Love Nun (read 1/18/11) Recommended

Now this is one of Moore’s best. Tucker Case is a pilot for a cosmetics company who, as a result of crashing the corporate jet, winds up working for a doctor/missionary on a island in Micronesia. Very funny, at times dark. This book should be at the top of your list.