The Serpent of Venice

  • Title: The Serpent of Venice
  • Author: Christopher Moore
  • ISBN: 9780062194879
  • Page: 159
  • Format: ebook
  • The Serpent of Venice New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging the eponymous hero of
    New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, JeffVenice, a long time ago Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile enNew York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, JeffVenice, a long time ago Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia 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 than a few tricks and hand gestures up his sleeve.

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    About Christopher Moore


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name Christopher Moore is an American writer of absurdist fiction He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.Moore s novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters suddenly struggling through supernatural or extraordinary circumstances Inheriting a humanism from his love of John Steinbeck and a sense of the absurd from Kurt Vonnegut, Moore is a best selling author with major cult status.


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    1. Some might think that William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe would be rolling in their graves at the way Christopher Moore has used their works, but it’s just as likely that they’d be laughing their asses off. Moore has (In his own words.) ‘stitched together an abomination’ out of The Merchant of Venice, Othello and The Cask of Amontillado using the character of Pocket as the thread. Pocket was the hero of Moore’s last Shakespeare spoof Fool, and while he may be a Fool by training and [...]

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    2. CHORUSGondola knifes through vasty nightPast dying stars of lantern lightAnd distant cries of tart’s delightRide drunken songs to bawdy heights.Beneath a bridge doth stand the fool,Crafting plans to free young Drool.By stealth or guile or cutting throats,No plots commence without a boat.We find Pocket at the beginning of this novel in a bit of a pickle. He is shackled and chained in a room that is so close to the sea that when the tide comes in water rises to his armpits. His enemies have left [...]

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    3. Chorus: And so, from the anointed pen of yon modern bard, comes a re-telling of the Merchant of Venice, Othello, and Cask of Amontillado, what doth pretend to amuse with glad tidings!Iago: Tis truly spoken, the knave Moore has again made sporting use of the fool Pocket.Bassanio: Ha!, but a jest, he has made loutish amusement of Will’s Venetian comedy.Jessica: The jester doth make rude jest.Pocket: Well I am a flippin’ tosser, ain’t I? This is a hero’s tale, ain’t it? There is a might b [...]

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    4. Hot on the heels of finishing Fool, I couldn't have been more pleased to hear that I was mere days away from another bawdy tale of heinous fuckery most foul featuring our pal Pocket. (Thanks Amanda!) And, as usual, Christopher Moore (below) delivers another raucous ride in the most Moorish of ways (Othello pun).So what's in store for Pocket and friends? Well, once again Moore is borrowing from good old Will (Othello and The Merchant of Venice, with bits and pieces from elsewhere in the canon). B [...]

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    5. Ode to the Bawdy BardThis is Shakespeare turned to eleven, and while there's no Spinal Tap reference there are an enormous amount of tweaks and nods from Poe to The Princess Bride. Frankly, this is too clever and I too dull of wit to do justice to the absurdist skewering.Nonetheless, I shall sally forth. I'll be blunt, as soon as a dragon named Vivian makes an appearance and decapitation takes the front seat I was pretty much invested in this story and it was going to be hard to shake me. Plus, [...]

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    6. I have been a huge fan of Christopher Moore for years, so when I saw this available, I snapped it up. Sadly, I must say it is *not* one of his better books.Pocket is back, though without his sidekick Drool and pet monkey Jeff for most of the book. In 'Serpent of Venice', Pocket is busy getting mostly dead, working with Othello, and saving a Jewess. Among other things. Oh, and revenge (as is common is most Shakespeare related writing) is a main component of the story.I really didn't find the humo [...]

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    7. “Stay back from the edge for a bit, would you matey?”“The Serpent of Venice” disappointed me. No other way to say it. Its predecessor, “Fool”, was clever and an enjoyable read. This one just did not do it for me.Christopher Moore seems unable to give up a lame joke. This novel is his standard vulgarity (mix and repeat and repeat and repeat…) distasteful sexual jokes (am I the only person not interested in a protagonist who has sex with a sea serpent? In addition, Moore has used thi [...]

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    8. An excellent, most humorous, and quite bawdy amalgamation of The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Cask of Amontillado. Moore brings back everyone's favorite court jester, Pocket of Dog Snogging from Fool, as well as his apprentice Drool and his monkey Jeff, and sends them to Venice to intertwine with Othello, Iago, Shylock, Antonio, and even Marco Polo, among other senators, merchants, soldiers and whores. It was a deftly plotted romp, with plenty of deceit, treachery, and villainous plottin [...]

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    9. What can I say.I loved Fool. It was tightly written, crisp,and hilarious. This sequelt so much. I can't say I am sorry I read it. It's part of the story I guess. It seemed like Chris had too many irons in the fire,and he was trying a bit too hard in this one this book has it's great moments,and some funny stuff. Just not enough, I didn't feel. I laughed outloud some, but not nearly as much as I have with other of Chris's wonderful books and stories. That disappointed me. Too disjointed,and not c [...]

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    10. I'm thrilled and a little humbled that, through the kindness of the author, I got to read the story six months before its release date.Having said that Othello and the Merchant of Venice meet over a Cask of Amantillado? With a snake monster thrown in? Sounds awful, right? And from any other author, it might *be* awful. But Serpent isgical. The three stories blend together more or less seamlessly. I totally bought that Desdemona and Portia were sisters, and that the father's anger by the one daug [...]

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    11. Guys, Pocket is back!I heard about this book ages ago, then promptly forgot it existed, and rediscovered it at my library. (Libraries are awesome that way.) My first reaction was, “Ooh, a Christopher Moore novel I haven’t read.” My second reaction was, “Bloody hell, it’s a semi-sequel to Fool!” (No English accent though. Two years in England and I still can’t do a decent English accent. *sigh*)Fool was the first Christopher Moore book I read and in many ways one I consider the funn [...]

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    12. Where do I begin? I'll start with the good. I tested the limits of my Kindle's highlighter function while reading this book. There are some absolutely hilarious lines and thoughts and paragraphs--as you become accustomed to in any Christopher Moore novel. There are lines in this book that will leave you shaking your head, lines that will have you chuckling, lines that will double you over and make your stomach hurt and lines that will test your bladder control. I don't know if my most favorite l [...]

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    13. Once again, I’ve been misled by bestseller status. So many people LOVE Christopher Moore. He’s hilarious, I’ve heard. He’s been recommended to me multiple times as an author I simply must read. All those people couldn’t be wrong, right? Yes, yes, they can. Christopher Moore’s fiction, if this book is anything to go off of, is so completely not the sort of humor I enjoy that I read this book with a big frown permanently on my face, except for those moments where it put me to sleep. Th [...]

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    14. "Well, that's a bloody great bundle of bull bollocks!"And if you like that, you'll like this book.A Christopher Moore parody of The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Cask of Amontillado, this book is a bawdy, raunchy ride through 13th century Venice. (It's good to know that ahead of time so you don't recommend this book to your book group consisting of nice, lovely, church ladies who probably aren't aware that Shakespeare himself can be bawdy and raunchy.)There's a few extra characters not fo [...]

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    15. Christopher Moore's novels are a bit hit and miss for me, but the ones I love I love. And FOOL, a retelling of KING LEAR, is absolutely one of my favorites. I was quite excited to see that Moore was returning to the character of Pocket. (Jeff and Drool are back as well.)In THE SERPENT OF VENICE, Moore throws OTHELLO, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and "The Cask of Amontillado" into a pot with a dragon and lets loose with the results. Pocket goes to Venice on Cordelia's orders, to try to prevent another [...]

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    16. The Serpent of Venice was an absolute hoot. While I have always loved Shakespeare’s sonnets, I never did have the same love for his written plays. Don’t shoot me, I enjoy them immensely – but reading them can be a taxing experience. Now those plays seen live or on screen? Fabulous darling. So when I saw Christopher Moore was going to do his own Shakespearean rendition of a mashup of Othello and The Merchant of Venice I was fully unprepared but thought it would be fun to give it a whirl.Moo [...]

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    17. I always feel a bit of pedantic guilt when I give a book like this four stars. But you know what, for all the pretentious posturing I can't hide who I am, and dammit I "really liked it." How could I not laugh when Othello, yes the Othello, is called a "twat"? Or when Brabantio insists that Desdemona is enchanted by magic to be met with the rejoinder "Or [by] his crashing huge cockIt swung out of his robe last week and nearly concussed the landlady's dog" (162). This is like the perfect marriage [...]

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    18. I find it hard to believe that GR readers rate this 4.15 on average. I really did not find it funny at all, just tedious and silly. Murder and mayhem. The attempts to make this seem Shakespearean fell flat for me. Read Moore's Sacre Bleu instead. Moore thinks he is much more clever than he actually is.

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    19. This book feels like a passion project for Moore. It's one of his more multi-layered, deeply researched, finely tuned works. When Moore is in this zone he's brilliant, and The Serpent of Venice is just that.Taking not one, but two Shakespeare tales (The Merchant of Venice and Othello) and a Poe story, Moore produced a funny and entertaining novel. I liked Fool, and I liked the characters in Fool. This book, however, took it to the next level. I LOVED Pocket! I felt like he really came into his o [...]

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    20. I just couldn't get into this book. As a follow-up on Fool which I thought was okay, just didn't match up. I read about 55% of it and finally put it down for the last time. Just wasn't anything I would like to read.

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    21. Pocket is back and as funny as ever, this time playing around in Othello and the Merchant of Venice! Christopher Moore plus Shakespeare makes me just so happy.

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    22. A surprisingly enjoyable, hilarious, and irreverent take on several Shakespeare classics.

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    23. Bye Tyrion PocketWe had so many good times.Be good Jeff.Don't get into too much trouble Drool!Viv, don't decapitate anyone on the way home plz.Jessica you will be a smashing pirate!A fantastic mash up of William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe as only Moore could pull off. Highly recommended.

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    24. Do you enjoy the sketches and films of the British comedy troupe Monty Python? Can you appreciate Shakespeare's plays? Are you an Anglophile as well as an Italophile? If you answered "Yes!" to all three of those questions, then you should enjoy reading The Serpent of Venice.In a faux British and or Elizabethan English writer Christopher Moore follows his comic creation, Pocket the King's Fool from the novel Fool, through his next adventure in his storied life. Surrounded by settings, characters, [...]

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    25. I won an ARC from Hot @ Harper a few weeks ago, and I hadn't realized it was ostensibly the second in the series. However, even though I haven't read Fool, it was fairly easy to get up to speed -- my favourite short story is "The Cask of the Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe. And Moore mixes it up with two of Shakespeare's plays -- Othello and The Merchant of Venice. I've never read those plays (le gasp!) but I know the storyline of Othello. This is also my first book by Christopher Moore. I have [...]

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    26. This is not Christopher Moore's best novel.This isn't even his best riff on Shakespeare. Fool surpasses it by miles. Though, to be fair, Fool surpasses a vast number of books by miles.No matter the reader, I could recommend them a Christopher Moore book they would love. I have done, many a time. In fact, I'm on my fourth copy of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal and my second Island of the Sequined Love Nun. (I've loaned out every one of the others, but I never ever coun [...]

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    27. MY THOUGHTSABSOLUTELY LOVED IT(you may want to read this book using voices from Monty Python) This story is a retelling of Othello with a mash up of The Merchant of Venice but with a mermaid / sea serpent / um, dragon? It includes Marco Polo, Desdemona and Portia, and of course, Fool. The Fool is sent to Venice by his lovely queen Cordelia to make the Italians stop the crusades which she thinks are stupid and costly. While in Italy, his queen dies and he is left adrift, taken in a by a (surprise [...]

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    28. More like the Serpent of AWESOME!This books was, hands down, a super great read. Pocket is back at it again with his tom-foolery. This was great mix between some Poe and Shakespeare and of course, Moore's wicked sense of humor.I enjoyed this thoroughly. I can't honestly say that Moore's work has EVER let me down. Chris just has this way with his work that makes you laugh and cry, and laugh more and on occasion laugh even more.If you're a reader of classics like Shakespeare and even Poe, or even [...]

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    29. This is the second time I've accidentally read the second in a Christopher Moore series without reading the first. Everyone says Fool was better. I think that's pretty good. This book was fun. The plot was a little whatever, and a few of the characters were interchangeable, but I like an empowered Jewess and any reference to gigantic dongs being swung around, so all in all I'd give it a B+. The use of Shakespeare and Poe was both simple and layered, so there's something for everyone here regardl [...]

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    30. If James Bond were a jester in the court of Queen Cordelia and sent to straighten out the Venetian plays of Shakespeare, with a short detour into Edgar Allen Poe, this would be his story. Moore has saved Shylock and Othello from the casual bigotry of their creator, but can he save them from their situations? Can Pocket, the jester, save himself? Despite the weightiness of the source material (and the thoroughly researched history), the book is often beset by juvenile humor (notably in all the va [...]

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