With a body of work that boasts some of the most outlandish plots and outrageous characters ever to make it onto the printed page, Christopher Moore is rapidly making a name for himself as the clown prince of contemporary fiction. It may be a dirty job, but Moore is more than up to the task.
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Hawaii and San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1958
Place of Birth:
Quill Award, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Book of the Year, for The Stupidest Angel, 2005 and A Dirty Job, 2006
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|Moore's Latest||Selected Works|
|You Suck: A Love Story|
Moore's latest is a cheerfully perverse, gut-busting tale of young vampires in love. Nineteen-year-old Tommy is a bewildered hipster recently relocated to San Francisco from Incontinence, Ind. His sarcastic redhead (and bloodsucking) girlfriend, Jody, brings him into the fold of the undead ("I wanted us to be together," she says). Tommy, understandably, has mixed feelings. Moore writes with the jittery energy of a brilliant, charming class clown, mixing sex and gore and a potty mouth with a goofy-sweet sensibility to deliver laughs on nearly every page.
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Practical Demonkeeping (1992)|
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story (1995)
Island of the Sequined Love Nun (1997)
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (1999)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (2002)
A Dirty Job (2006)
You Suck: A Love Story (2007)
Christopher Moore chronology
|A Fan Favorite|
|Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings|
Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals. Until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: "Bite me." By turns witty, irreverent, fascinating, puzzling, and surprising, Fluke is Moore at his outrageous best.
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|Moore on 'Getting a Life'|
|"When you write books for a living, it doesn’t take long to realize that if you don’t do something, you’re going to spend the bulk of your life in a room, alone, making clicky noises on a keyboard," Moore reflects in our interview. "I think I realized that early on, so I try to pick the subjects of my books so every other one gets me out there doing something."|
We asked Moore to share some of his all-time favorite books with us, and John Steinbeck's Cannery Row made his list. "Steinbeck writes about very flawed people, but with great affection, and by doing so, shows us that it is our flaws that make us human, and that is what we share, that is our humanity," he observes.
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 25th Anniversary Edition|
Moore also names Douglas Adams's offbeat classic as a favorite. "This book was just outright, laugh-out-loud funny. Wildly so," he recalls. "It did something I hadn’t seen done before successfully: it made science fiction funny by recognizing the conventions and turning them on their ears." Read our interview with Moore to learn about more of his best-loved books, including: