I’m featuring two books this week, only because I stumbled upon a new A. Lee Martinez book this morning, and since Martinez and Moore both write humorous fantasy, I thought it would be nice to pair them together.
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It’s finally here! A new Christopher Moore book is always cause for celebration, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about Sacré Bleu. I’ve been a Christopher Moore fan since Practical Demonkeeping came out twenty years ago. His writing is not only funny, but downright irreverent. If you are of the conservative persuasion, you may not “get” or appreciate Moore’s style, but I dare you not to laugh while reading his books. Here’s what Amazon has to say:
It is the color of the Virgin Mary’s cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . .
In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor’s house for help? Who was the crooked little “color man” Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?
These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent’s friends—baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who vow to discover the truth about van Gogh’s untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-century Paris.
Oh là là, quelle surprise, and zut alors! A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history—with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure—Sacré Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.
A. Lee Martinez’s books are also hysterically funny. I don’t think he’s as well-known as he should be, so I’m trying to spread the word. Martinez has lots of books under his belt, and his latest is Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Martinez, and I’m putting this one on my list. Plus, how much do you love that title? Here’s the description from Amazon:
Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth.
Not bad for a guy without a spine.
But what’s a villain to do after he’s done . . . everything. With no new ambitions, he’s happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel alien invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he’d prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course.
Retirement isn’t easy though. If the boredom doesn’t get him, there’s always the Venusians. Or the Saturnites. Or the Mercurials. Or . . . well, you get the idea. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s also the assassins of a legendary death cult and an up-and-coming megalomaniac (as brilliant as he is bodiless) who have marked Emperor for their own nefarious purposes. But Mollusk isn’t about to let the Earth slip out of his own tentacles and into the less capable clutches of another. So it’s time to dust off the old death ray and come out of retirement. Except this time, he’s not out to rule the world. He’s out to save it from the peril of THE SINISTER BRAIN!