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