Sunday, June 15, 2014
The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
A comic mash up of Shakespeare (Othello, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear) and Edgar Allan Poe (The Cask of Amontillado) with Marco Polo and a Chinese Water Dragon thrown into the mix, along with a large dollop of ribald sexuality and Moore's distinctive snarky humor flavoring the stew.
This is a sequel of sorts to Moore's 2009 novel, Fool, although it can be read on its own. Moore may be an acquired taste but it's one that a lot of people are starting to acquire. Even if you HATED Shakespeare in high school, you will bust a gut laughing at Moore's version of events, complete with bloody ghost --- because there's ALWAYS a bloody ghost! Will would approve.