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Christopher Moore’s Island of the Sequined Love Nun – A Review

Updated on January 30, 2015

Christopher Moore’s laugh-out-loud Island of the Sequined Love Nun introduces a string of interesting and zany characters that includes the native Shark People on the remote island of Alualu; a missionary and his much younger, beautiful, exhibitionist wife; a “girl-man” named Kimi and his/her talking pet bat Roberto; a dead, card-playing, World War II fighter pilot; and main character Tucker Case. It is a whacky and loveable tale from start to finish that is nearly impossible to summarize.

Tucker Case, your typical, womanizing, 30-year-old bachelor, finds himself in quite a predicament after he crash lands his boss’s pink plane while engaging in extracurricular, bachelor activities during flight.

Faced with unemployment, losing his pilot’s license, and the possibility of forever losing his favorite pastime due to an unfortunate and squeamish injury during the crash landing, Tucker accepts a keep hush-hush, don’t-ask-any-questions, high-paying job offer from a missionary and his wife as a pilot flying unknown cargo back and forth from the island of Alualu and Japan.

The terms of Tucker’s employment are nearly unbearable, at least for him. Forbidden to drink and cooped up in a bungalow with his every move monitored by flunkie ninjas, Tucker has a lot of time on his hands to discover himself and begins, slightly unwillingly, to develop a conscience after secretly befriending some of the natives when all he was looking for was a little bit of alcohol.

Christopher Moore has a unique ability to weave witty humor into thought, description and dialogue with ease, without a break in pace and without diluting a storyline unlike most authors of today.  Island of the Sequined Love Nun is a perfect example of this extraordinary talent and a great choice as an introduction to Christopher Moore.  It will not disappoint and will have readers running to the bookstore in order to purchase all of his books.  He published his first book in 1992, Practical Demonkeeping, and currently has eleven novels under his belt.  His latest novel is Fool.


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      Deni Edwards 7 years ago from california

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jean, and I hope you enjoy the read!

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      Jean Bakula 7 years ago from New Jersey

      I read one of his books a few years ago. I can't recall the name. I thought he was hilarious though, and really enjoyed it. I think I will check out more of his work now that you reminded me.

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      Deni Edwards 7 years ago from california

      Thanks for reading, ScottMadiJack. I just discovered Christopher Moore a few weeks ago and have been going crazy reading him ever since.

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      Deni Edwards 7 years ago from california

      Thanks, Martie! I really loved this book and don't believe the author is that well-known. I'm hoping the review did his book well and gains him some more readers!

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Deni, it has been a few years now that I don’t buy a book before I’ve read two or three reviews of it, because my personal library is bursting out of its shelves. You’ve written the kind of review I like – you did not reveal the end of the story – I hate it when people do that to me. You’ve just introduced the main character and his issues to overcome before he can greet us at the end as a winner and not a looser, and you gave us a hint that the narrator has a sense of humor. A perfect review, voted up and up!

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      Deni Edwards 7 years ago from california

      Karen, I know it is. You could very well be his female writing twin.

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      Karen Wodke 7 years ago from Midwest

      This sounds like a book I would enjoy.

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      Deni Edwards 7 years ago from california

      Thanks, bugslady8949!

      tnderhrt23, please come back and let me know what you thought.

      Thanks to the both of you for reading and commenting on this review!

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      bugslady8949 7 years ago from The Bahamas

      I think you did a great job on the hub, keep up the good work.

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      tnderhrt23 7 years ago

      This is a well written, enticing review! I have never read any of Christopher Moore's work but will, thanks to this review! Voted up!