Who wrote this book and when?
Christopher Moore published this in 1999.

Has there been a film version?
Nope.

Who are the main characters?
Theo Crowe – the Pine Cove constable who is also a marijuana addict
Molly Michon – a slightly schizophrenic former B-horror movie actress
Valerie Riordan – Pine Cove’s resident psychologist
Catfish Jefferson – a Delta man hired to play the blues in a local bar, the only black man in town
Estelle – a widowed painter
Gabe – a biologist
Steve – a sexually voracious sea creature recently awakened and come to Pine Cove

What’s it about?
In the town of Pine Cove, California, the residents are just settling in after the last wave of tourists on vacation has finally vacated. Then three things happen: the local bar (the Head of the Slug) hires a blues man, a tiny leak springs in an underground Nuclear Power Plant pipe, and an almost Amish woman commits suicide. This leads to the discovery that the town psychologist has replaced everyone’s antidepressants with sugar pills and the arrival of Steve, a libidinous lizard newly awakened from the briny deep. Theo Crowe, the local sheriff and pot head, finds himself surrounded by a town full of horny people who keep either copulating or turning up missing, a former B-level horror movie actress who begins to act even more strange than usual, and a new, ominous looking trailer in the local trailer park. Theo isn’t sure what to do, how to go about doing it, and how to avoid getting caught by his corrupted boss.

Why is this book a classic?
It’s only a classic in the sense that it’s a Christopher Moore classic. Anyone with a sense of humor vaguely near mine in resemblance will appreciate this man’s work.

Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes, but it does have a lot of sex and a lot of swearing in it (used humorously, not graphic), so I’d recommend it with a bit of hesitation.

Why did this book make your list?
Because I love Christopher Moore’s writing, sense of humor, and his appreciation for Steinbeck and Vonnegut.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“It was rumored among the regulars at the Head of the Slug that under Mavis Sand’s slack, wrinkled, liver-spotted skin lay the gleaming metal skeleton of a Terminator.” – p10

“You pay your dues, do your time behind the wheel, put in long hours on boring roads, your vertebrae compress and your stomach goes sour from too much strong coffee, and finally, just when you’re seeing the light at the end of the retirement tunnel, just when you can hear the distant siren song of a bass boat and a case of Miller calling to you like a willing truck stop waitress named Darlin’, a monster comes along and f**** your truck and you are plum blowed up. Al’s story.” – p60

“One powerful religious group (whose prophet was a hack science fiction writer and whose followers included masses of deluded movie stars and supermodels) had fielded a media attack against antidepressants, recommending instead that the depressed people should just cheer up, buck up, and send in some gas money to keep the Mother Ship running.” -p 170

Anything else?
Here’s the link to Christopher Moore’s website and blog: http://chrismoore.com/index.html

Personal thoughts:
Christopher Moore is a humorist after my own heart. He is irreverant, indiscriminate, and creative in his writing – making for side-splitting tales with twists you’ll never predict. I have never been disappointed in a Christopher Moore novel, and this is my third foray into his world. They’re a mixture of quirky, science fiction, psychology, and an examination of very flawed individuals. This one is no different. Who else but Moore could produce a horny prehistoric sea monster, a town full of crazies, a pot smoking sheriff, and part of a narrative made by animals?

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