About the Author
Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.
This story is a retelling of Othello with a mash up of The Merchant of Venice but with a mermaid / sea serpent / um, dragon? It includes Marco Polo, Desdemona and Portia, and of course, Fool. The Fool is sent to Venice by his lovely queen Cordelia to make the Italians stop the crusades which she thinks are stupid and costly. While in Italy, his queen dies and he is left adrift, taken in a by a (surprise!) Merchant in Venice. The intrigues of Venetian Court are well detailed in the story in true Shakespearean fashion with choruses and everything. Of course, the Fool tells them to shut up more than once.
This makes up for Fool. OK, I was not a fan of that book. I am a huge Christopher Moore fan, but Fool lost me completely. I was probably in the minority on that one from the book signing I attended for Sacre Bleu ( pure genius) where everyone couldn’t wait for this book. I take it back. I am going to try Fool again to see if it clicks. This should really appeal to hardcore Shakespeare, mash up and of course, Christopher Moore fans.
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