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#173 Christopher Moore: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

Christopher Moore: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (18 Jan 2007)
ISBN-10: 1841494518
ISBN-13: 978-1841494517
Category(ies): Fantasy/Humour

This is closer to what I'm used to from Moore than Fluke is. It's set in a small California coastal town named Pine Cove - a place comprising little but tourist traps. A monster from beneath the sea (the Lust Lizard of the title) has woken from a long doze and is coming ashore, intent on eating. The town's psychiatrist has decided to issue only placebos to her depressed patients. The interaction of these two actions drives the plot.

As usual, there are some wonderfully funny moments. Moore is good at providing a dramatic vortex, with characters and plots starting slowly, then accelerating into a centre where they all collide. Here, those characters are a motley collection, including a weed-toking local cop, a former b-movie actress, a semi-cyborg bar owner, and the psychiatrist herself, as she starts to wonder whether she's made the right move. Not everyone survives, because this is Moore, and many of the nastier characters come to suitable ends.

All in all, good, midrange Moore (though with a daft title).
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