|The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
introduces a large sea monster lured ashore by lust. However when he rapes the fuel tanker
he was attracted to, it explodes beneath him. Miffed, he disguises himself as a caravan
and eats several passers by, and a herd of cows. But it turns out that the monster
is lactose intolerant, and he vomits the herd of cows back up again. After that it gets
It's impossible to describe a Christopher Moore novel. The word indescribable
was especially coined so that it could be used to describe Christopher Moore novels.
Suffice it to say that the novel is extremely sick, extremely funny and extremely extreme.
I loved it.
Take a small coastal Californian community called Pine Cove, a suicide, a repentant
psychiatrist (the suicide was one of her patents) who takes all her patients in that
community off their anti-depressants and with the connivance of her tame in-therapy
pharmacist (hes another of her patients), a cannabis-dependent policeman under the
thumb of the county sheriff, a certified insane former actress, a dog, and a caravan-sized
reptile with impatient chromosomes and you have the starting ingredients of The
Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.
The reptile tries to have sex with a petrol tanker with explosive consequences; the
suicide wasnt; the reptile gets hungry and eats people (but manages to hide as a
caravan); his food gathering pheromones cause an outbreak of unbridled lust in Pine Cove;
the policeman investigates against the orders of the sheriff; and the dog adds his
tuppenceworth of commentary.
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove is a comic tale of havoc and
mayhem in the tradition of Tom Sharpe and Carl Hiaasen. The bad guys get their just
desserts and the good guys get their mates. And the dog gets away with mauling someone. A
fine book with lots of laugh aloud moments.