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Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise—a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.

Topics: Island, Adventurous, Funny, Pilots, Sex, Plane Crashes, Transgender, Romantic, and 20th Century

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I’ve read a few of Christopher Moore’s books by now- Lamb, A Dirty Job, You Suck: A Love Story and Fool. I never really know what to expect from him, so I tend to read his books blindly and hope for a good laugh which I usually get. With the exception of Fool, I’ve found all of Moore’s books hysterically funny. There is always a creative plot line and left field twists and turns that keep me on my toes and makes me wonder how does he think of these things?!

Island of the Sequined Love Nun is one of Moore’s non-paranormal books, so I was excited going into this since I knew it would be different than the others I’ve read. I admit I didn’t find it as funny as his paranormal stories or Lamb, but I had moments where I was chuckling out loud while trying not to look like a fool in public.

Tucker Case loses his job as a pilot for Mary Jean Cosmetics after his drunken airborne sex-capade with a prostitute goes horribly wrong. Not only does he crash the giant pink plane nearly taking out his manhood in the process, but the prostitute threatens to sue him and Mary Jean has sent henchmen after him. Looking for a way out Tucker finds a job opportunity on a remote island piloting secret missions for a shady medical missionary. Getting to the island is half the adventure for Tucker. On his way he encounters Kimi, a cross dressing transvestite with a fruit bat named Roberto for a companion, the Shark people, a few ninjas and the High Priestess. The secondary characters were pretty funny and their interactions with Tucker had me laughing for the most part. However, at times the story did get serious and the secret part of Tucker’s missions was nothing to laugh about.

Overall the story did have its hilarious moments and surprisingly enough it ended up being a feel good book, but I felt like it took some time to get there. If the book was a bit shorter with more hilarious scenes than I probably would have rated it a star higher since I thought it had potential.more
Okay this was way different from any book I've ever read but it had me cracking up from the beginning! A definite palate cleanser. If you want a good laugh and some entertainment, read this one!more
This was a really great read that was easy to pick up no matter where I left off. I really enjoyed the progression of the characters and the humor in the small details. It was like listening to a friend tell a funny story about a time in their life rather than reading a novel. Excellent change in pace for our book club!!!more
Crazy, convoluted story that had me laughing in places. My favorite character was Roberto, the talking fruit bat with an array of sunglasses.more
You can’t really take this novel seriously, what with the cannibals, cargo cults, an organ-harvesting conspiracy, a talking fruit bat and the theft of a 747 from a Hawaii airport. But it is a funny and light adventure fantasy, set in the South Pacific, with a band of memorable characters and a plot that concerns, among many other things, the establishment of a new religion worshiping a WWII fighter pilot named Vincent. A fun read for your next island vacation.more
Christopher Moore books are not for everyone. He has been described as, “A very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.” His books are an escape for me, and I desperately needed one after reading A Child Called "It". He is zany, his humour is dark, and his books are totally off-beat.My massage therapist recommended Moore to me because his books are easy to read, don’t take a lot of brain power to follow, and leave you entertained.I have read four of his other novels (Fluke, A Dirty Job, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, and Practical Demonkeeping), and this one was my least favourite.This book is about a pilot, Tucker Chase, who winds up in a lot of trouble after crashing while engaged in a drunken tryst. He winds up taking an extremely lucrative job offer to fly medical supplies for a missionary on a remote island.It was an enjoyable book, but not Moore’s best work.If you are interested in reading one of Moore’s books, I recommend starting with A Dirty Job about a guy whose job it is to gather up souls before the Forces of Darkness get to them.Oliver Wyman is the perfect narrator for Moore's novels. He is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to!MY RATING: 3 stars!more
Very funny and well written story about a guy who has a good heart, but does not always use his head. There's action, adventure, one cannibal, some WW2 history, a bit of mystery, and a sequined love nun who is the master of all she surveys (when not drinking or reading trashy magazines). Great summer read.more
A great story that introduses us to Roberto, a wonderful reoccuring character. Good Job Mr Moore.more
This book was released several years ago and is a typical Chris Moore novel filled with zany characters. It tells an excellent story. The hero of the book, Tucker Case, is a small plane pilot who takes off in a Learjet while drunk. He flies all right, but his landing wrecks the plane and him. Disgraced, jobless and broke, he accepts a strange job offer to fly for a missionary doctor on a tiny island in the South Pacific, but he misses his connecting boat to the island from Truk. A transvestite native named Kimi agrees to take him across hundreds of miles of ocean in a open boat. Kimi is accompanied by a fruit bat called Roberto. THe bat wears a variety of stylish sunglasses to keep the sun of his eyes and occasional talks.When they finally reach the island, they are captured by the island's last remaining cannibal and things rapidly go downhill after that. The missionary doctor and his beautiful wife/nurse run a nefarious business and are guarded by a half-dozen Japanese thugs armed with Uzi's.I won't give away the plot, because it's a good one with many twists and surprises. After the first few chapters, the humor dies away, but by then the reader is immersed in the plot and the characters. An enjoyable story: four starsmore
His best. Washed up pilot ends up on a Pacific island working for two very strange medical people.more
Tuck stared out at the ocean for a moment, wondering whether it was time to give this gift horse a dental exam. There was just too damn much money showing on this island.When pilot Tucker Case foolishly goes for a drunken flight with a hooker who wants to join the mile high club, and crashes his boss's plane, he loses his pilot's licence and is lucky to escape with his life. Out of the blue, he is offered a lucrative job flying a Lear jet for a mission doctor on an out of the way island in Micronesia, but it isn't long before he starts thinking that there must be a catch.It is a comedy with disturbing undertones which gradually becomes more and more sinister. It; is the first of this author's books that I have read, and I was surprised that it featured such sinister goings on. Back in the 80s, I read several of the M*A*S*H books, and the tone of this extremely funny novel really reminded me of them."Island of the Sequined Love Nun" is a very enjoyable book, and gets bonus points from me for including a map of the island.more
This is my first Christopher Moore & I was looking forward to a good laugh but as I read I kept thinking when does it get funny? The plot was goofy ,nonsensical, wacky and flip. The book was filled with silly antics, colourful language and graphic sex scences. I felt I wasted my time reading this book. I will try one more book by this offer in hopes this was just an "off" book,more
Good, though not outrageously funny. Tucker is a loser who rises to the challenge of saving an island community from being taken advantage of by a greedy scientist and his soulless wife (who is the love nun). Tucker is a well drawn character and one that you like despite his flaws, and who you cheer for. This one muses on religion - whether someone can become a god through his or her actions. Good as a recommended light reading but not anything profound enough to read again.more
Typical Moore, a good quick read, that makes you laugh out loud, and not notice the social commentary. Lamb is still his best book ever, but it is always good to laugh out loud while you are reading.more
This was better than the last few Christopher Moore books we’ve listened to. In this book, we meet Tucker Case, who also appears in Moore’s later book, The Stupidest Angel. Tucker gets himself in a bit of trouble when he takes a drunken joyride in one of his employers jets with a beautiful lady. About $2 million in damages later, Tucker’s lost his pilot’s license. When he’s approached by some supposed missionaries wanting to hire him to pilot their jet back and forth from their Micronesian island and Japan, it’s an offer he can’t refuse (at least, not if he wants to fly again). Unfortunately, when Tuck gets to the island, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that everything isn’t as it seems. People are getting hurt in the name of cash, and Tuck can’t be a part of it. He really has to step outside of himself and take on some major challenges to save these innocent island people. Tuck isn’t a particularly likable character at first (really, he’s a screw-up), but by the end of the book he’s grown into someone who can be proud of himself. Even if he did steal a 747.more
The story of Tucker Case, washed up pilot with a weakness for drinking and women, the Sky Priestess, the Sorcerer, and Vincent, a dead American bomber pilot. The front half of the book was slow to the point of tedious, but once the story took hold it became a page turner. Written with the typical Moore wit, this is a good vacation book or book for true Moore fans. If you can only read one Moore book, don't make it this one.more
I picked this up because I liked Lamb and heard his other books were really funny. But this one wasn't. I felt like I'm reading a story formed from elements drawn from a hat. The characters were merely walking personality traits without actual personalities, and the plot was contrived beyond the point of amusing silliness. The story appeared to have been written with the belief that random automatically equals funny. It doesn't.more
This was a good book. Not my favorite Christopher Moore book, but still funny. I was a fan of the Shark People, they made me laugh more then any of the other characthers within the book.more
Who would've thought...Christopher Moore is not all hilarity and racuousness. This very funny story is actually a pretty powerful portrait of faith and redemption--not just for one man, but for an entire population. Filled with intriguing characters and plain old cool-ass storytelling, The Island of the Sequined Love Nun kept me entertained and in semi-suspense through the entire book. Some parts of the plot were a bit too predictible, so of course Moore threw in some absurd coconuts from left field just to keep the readers on their toes. All in all, very enjoyable, highly snort-inducing, and even a little bit thought-provoking. Classic Moore.more
I was entertained by it, but not as much as his vampire books.more
Reading this book was like watching a "B" movie, but in a good kitschy way. It was very entertaining and I looked forward to reading it. The story line and characters were a bit absurd and silly, but I think that is what made it fun.more
In a world full of books which make us smile, here's a twisted tale that had me chuckling, suppressing giggles and admiring a level of wit and wackiness rarely seen. Christopher Moore has a talent for taking a normal guy, albeit one with low moral values, and bending bad luck around them. Love Nun, although bordering on farce at times, is so slick you are tugged along with the story, the lunacy is so integral to the tale it could be misplaced for normalcy. It centres around a cargo cult and a mysterious missionary doctor who needs a pilot for his brand new Lear jet. Curious how a missionary doctor has a Lear jet... Even more curious is why he wants our central character, since he's banned from flying for having relations with a hooker, whilst flying, and then whilst crashing. So, if you want a mystery book, that is cleverly plotted, filled with sharp humour, which is bold and shows no fear, then grab Love Nun now. A masterpiece.more
Cargo cults, Shark People, talking bats, cannibals, the Sky Priestess and a god named VincentTucker Case’s was introduced to the island of Alualu while hanging upside down from a breadfruit tree and being eyed by a hungry cannibal. How he arrived there and how he saved the Shark People from the Sky Priestess form the narrative of The Island of the Sequined Love Nun. Christopher Moore, who reminds me a lot of Kurt Vonnegut, delivers another irreverent, maniacal tale. One might, if so inclined, see the Love Nun as a morality play and a modern commentary on religion. I am not so inclined. A great escapist read, but it did introduce me to Cargo Cults.more
Another one of my favorites. It isn't in the Pine Cove series, but introduces a character, the Talking Fruit Bat, who does move to Pine Cove, so reading this gives you background on him.A disgraced pilot ends up flying supply runs for the Methodist Missionary Doctors on an island in the South Pacific. The natives are controlled and fooled into worshiping the wife as the Sky Priestess. There are strange medical things going on, and the missionaries have way too much money. Very funny, as well as thrilling, with pointed commentary about religion and the destruction of native culture in the name of god and civilization.more
Tucker Case is a pilot working for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Company, flying the little pink corporate jet and ferrying Miss Mary Jean from one sales rally to another. Tuck doesn't have nearly the "way with the ladies" as he'd like to have, so when he gets approached by the pretty lady in the airport bar who wants to join the Mile High Club RIGHT NOW, he doesn't refuse, even though he's tossed back a few gin and tonics already. After the resulting crash (which they both survived -- barely), Mary Jean decides that firing him isn't quite enough, so she sets her goons on him. Tuck has lost his pilot's license and is under Mary Jean's thumb, so he takes the only job offer left to him. He'll be working for a Methodist Missionary doctor on the Micronesian island of Alaulu, flying a brand new Lear Jet for "supply runs" and making $10 grand a month. The doctor's wife is a crazy blonde former nurse who controls the native population of the island by appearing as the Sky Priestess, who they all worship. Something is fishy about the whole operation but Tucker is just grateful for the job. At first. When it slowly dawns on him how a Methodist missionary can afford a Lear jet, Tuck calls upon a friendly ghost, a couple of natives and a talking fruit bat to save the day.This book was hilarious, like all the Christopher Moore books have been. This thing should be made into a movie because it was full of visuals that need to be up on the big screen. The characters in this book are imaginative, the plot just zips along, and the writing is good. This one gets a high 5.more
Very funny and very exciting. Rare that you can have such high comedy, and still be serious enough to have, "edge of your seat suspense" all rolled into one. The main caricature (Tucker Case) is so great that Christopher Moore has put him in his other books.more
Take a down and out pilot who crashed a private jet while initiating a prostitute into the "Mile High Club", a talking fruit bat, a Micronesian cargo cult, an unreformed cannibal, and the black market organ transplant market; mix it thru the warped mind of Christopher Moore, and you have this book. Not the best of Moore, but anything by him is worth reading. I love his edgy comedy and his wordplay. I love the quirky characters he develops. Tucker Case, for instance, has a backstory that reads like a modern day Hamlet (except he's not dead yet). I love that regardless of how weird things get, there's a "happy" ending to the story.Not as good as some of Moore's other books - I liked both Lamb and Fluke better - it still belongs on the reading list for every Christopher Moore fan.more
Unlike Moore's other novels, Island of the Sequined Love Nun takes readers to a tropical paradise for a tale of evil doctors and cargo cults. Tucker Case, a pilot for a make up company, has a humorous/tragic accident that could realistically have ended his pilot career. However, he is given a second chance by a mysterious man on an island, which he reluctantly accepts. While this is not Moore's best work, I found myself reading for hours longer than I wanted to before bed each night and taking time out of the day to make room for it. Moore continues to find ways to keep me laughing out loud while simultaneously making a truly amazing story. And who wouldn't want to read a book with a talking giant fruit bat? This book is definately worth picking up.more
This is an interesting take on how religions get started, masquerading as a wild, funny story of sex and crime in the Western Pacific. Or vice versa.Looking back, this seems like a practice run for Moore's later, and better, "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal."more
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I’ve read a few of Christopher Moore’s books by now- Lamb, A Dirty Job, You Suck: A Love Story and Fool. I never really know what to expect from him, so I tend to read his books blindly and hope for a good laugh which I usually get. With the exception of Fool, I’ve found all of Moore’s books hysterically funny. There is always a creative plot line and left field twists and turns that keep me on my toes and makes me wonder how does he think of these things?!

Island of the Sequined Love Nun is one of Moore’s non-paranormal books, so I was excited going into this since I knew it would be different than the others I’ve read. I admit I didn’t find it as funny as his paranormal stories or Lamb, but I had moments where I was chuckling out loud while trying not to look like a fool in public.

Tucker Case loses his job as a pilot for Mary Jean Cosmetics after his drunken airborne sex-capade with a prostitute goes horribly wrong. Not only does he crash the giant pink plane nearly taking out his manhood in the process, but the prostitute threatens to sue him and Mary Jean has sent henchmen after him. Looking for a way out Tucker finds a job opportunity on a remote island piloting secret missions for a shady medical missionary. Getting to the island is half the adventure for Tucker. On his way he encounters Kimi, a cross dressing transvestite with a fruit bat named Roberto for a companion, the Shark people, a few ninjas and the High Priestess. The secondary characters were pretty funny and their interactions with Tucker had me laughing for the most part. However, at times the story did get serious and the secret part of Tucker’s missions was nothing to laugh about.

Overall the story did have its hilarious moments and surprisingly enough it ended up being a feel good book, but I felt like it took some time to get there. If the book was a bit shorter with more hilarious scenes than I probably would have rated it a star higher since I thought it had potential.more
Okay this was way different from any book I've ever read but it had me cracking up from the beginning! A definite palate cleanser. If you want a good laugh and some entertainment, read this one!more
This was a really great read that was easy to pick up no matter where I left off. I really enjoyed the progression of the characters and the humor in the small details. It was like listening to a friend tell a funny story about a time in their life rather than reading a novel. Excellent change in pace for our book club!!!more
Crazy, convoluted story that had me laughing in places. My favorite character was Roberto, the talking fruit bat with an array of sunglasses.more
You can’t really take this novel seriously, what with the cannibals, cargo cults, an organ-harvesting conspiracy, a talking fruit bat and the theft of a 747 from a Hawaii airport. But it is a funny and light adventure fantasy, set in the South Pacific, with a band of memorable characters and a plot that concerns, among many other things, the establishment of a new religion worshiping a WWII fighter pilot named Vincent. A fun read for your next island vacation.more
Christopher Moore books are not for everyone. He has been described as, “A very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.” His books are an escape for me, and I desperately needed one after reading A Child Called "It". He is zany, his humour is dark, and his books are totally off-beat.My massage therapist recommended Moore to me because his books are easy to read, don’t take a lot of brain power to follow, and leave you entertained.I have read four of his other novels (Fluke, A Dirty Job, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, and Practical Demonkeeping), and this one was my least favourite.This book is about a pilot, Tucker Chase, who winds up in a lot of trouble after crashing while engaged in a drunken tryst. He winds up taking an extremely lucrative job offer to fly medical supplies for a missionary on a remote island.It was an enjoyable book, but not Moore’s best work.If you are interested in reading one of Moore’s books, I recommend starting with A Dirty Job about a guy whose job it is to gather up souls before the Forces of Darkness get to them.Oliver Wyman is the perfect narrator for Moore's novels. He is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to!MY RATING: 3 stars!more
Very funny and well written story about a guy who has a good heart, but does not always use his head. There's action, adventure, one cannibal, some WW2 history, a bit of mystery, and a sequined love nun who is the master of all she surveys (when not drinking or reading trashy magazines). Great summer read.more
A great story that introduses us to Roberto, a wonderful reoccuring character. Good Job Mr Moore.more
This book was released several years ago and is a typical Chris Moore novel filled with zany characters. It tells an excellent story. The hero of the book, Tucker Case, is a small plane pilot who takes off in a Learjet while drunk. He flies all right, but his landing wrecks the plane and him. Disgraced, jobless and broke, he accepts a strange job offer to fly for a missionary doctor on a tiny island in the South Pacific, but he misses his connecting boat to the island from Truk. A transvestite native named Kimi agrees to take him across hundreds of miles of ocean in a open boat. Kimi is accompanied by a fruit bat called Roberto. THe bat wears a variety of stylish sunglasses to keep the sun of his eyes and occasional talks.When they finally reach the island, they are captured by the island's last remaining cannibal and things rapidly go downhill after that. The missionary doctor and his beautiful wife/nurse run a nefarious business and are guarded by a half-dozen Japanese thugs armed with Uzi's.I won't give away the plot, because it's a good one with many twists and surprises. After the first few chapters, the humor dies away, but by then the reader is immersed in the plot and the characters. An enjoyable story: four starsmore
His best. Washed up pilot ends up on a Pacific island working for two very strange medical people.more
Tuck stared out at the ocean for a moment, wondering whether it was time to give this gift horse a dental exam. There was just too damn much money showing on this island.When pilot Tucker Case foolishly goes for a drunken flight with a hooker who wants to join the mile high club, and crashes his boss's plane, he loses his pilot's licence and is lucky to escape with his life. Out of the blue, he is offered a lucrative job flying a Lear jet for a mission doctor on an out of the way island in Micronesia, but it isn't long before he starts thinking that there must be a catch.It is a comedy with disturbing undertones which gradually becomes more and more sinister. It; is the first of this author's books that I have read, and I was surprised that it featured such sinister goings on. Back in the 80s, I read several of the M*A*S*H books, and the tone of this extremely funny novel really reminded me of them."Island of the Sequined Love Nun" is a very enjoyable book, and gets bonus points from me for including a map of the island.more
This is my first Christopher Moore & I was looking forward to a good laugh but as I read I kept thinking when does it get funny? The plot was goofy ,nonsensical, wacky and flip. The book was filled with silly antics, colourful language and graphic sex scences. I felt I wasted my time reading this book. I will try one more book by this offer in hopes this was just an "off" book,more
Good, though not outrageously funny. Tucker is a loser who rises to the challenge of saving an island community from being taken advantage of by a greedy scientist and his soulless wife (who is the love nun). Tucker is a well drawn character and one that you like despite his flaws, and who you cheer for. This one muses on religion - whether someone can become a god through his or her actions. Good as a recommended light reading but not anything profound enough to read again.more
Typical Moore, a good quick read, that makes you laugh out loud, and not notice the social commentary. Lamb is still his best book ever, but it is always good to laugh out loud while you are reading.more
This was better than the last few Christopher Moore books we’ve listened to. In this book, we meet Tucker Case, who also appears in Moore’s later book, The Stupidest Angel. Tucker gets himself in a bit of trouble when he takes a drunken joyride in one of his employers jets with a beautiful lady. About $2 million in damages later, Tucker’s lost his pilot’s license. When he’s approached by some supposed missionaries wanting to hire him to pilot their jet back and forth from their Micronesian island and Japan, it’s an offer he can’t refuse (at least, not if he wants to fly again). Unfortunately, when Tuck gets to the island, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that everything isn’t as it seems. People are getting hurt in the name of cash, and Tuck can’t be a part of it. He really has to step outside of himself and take on some major challenges to save these innocent island people. Tuck isn’t a particularly likable character at first (really, he’s a screw-up), but by the end of the book he’s grown into someone who can be proud of himself. Even if he did steal a 747.more
The story of Tucker Case, washed up pilot with a weakness for drinking and women, the Sky Priestess, the Sorcerer, and Vincent, a dead American bomber pilot. The front half of the book was slow to the point of tedious, but once the story took hold it became a page turner. Written with the typical Moore wit, this is a good vacation book or book for true Moore fans. If you can only read one Moore book, don't make it this one.more
I picked this up because I liked Lamb and heard his other books were really funny. But this one wasn't. I felt like I'm reading a story formed from elements drawn from a hat. The characters were merely walking personality traits without actual personalities, and the plot was contrived beyond the point of amusing silliness. The story appeared to have been written with the belief that random automatically equals funny. It doesn't.more
This was a good book. Not my favorite Christopher Moore book, but still funny. I was a fan of the Shark People, they made me laugh more then any of the other characthers within the book.more
Who would've thought...Christopher Moore is not all hilarity and racuousness. This very funny story is actually a pretty powerful portrait of faith and redemption--not just for one man, but for an entire population. Filled with intriguing characters and plain old cool-ass storytelling, The Island of the Sequined Love Nun kept me entertained and in semi-suspense through the entire book. Some parts of the plot were a bit too predictible, so of course Moore threw in some absurd coconuts from left field just to keep the readers on their toes. All in all, very enjoyable, highly snort-inducing, and even a little bit thought-provoking. Classic Moore.more
I was entertained by it, but not as much as his vampire books.more
Reading this book was like watching a "B" movie, but in a good kitschy way. It was very entertaining and I looked forward to reading it. The story line and characters were a bit absurd and silly, but I think that is what made it fun.more
In a world full of books which make us smile, here's a twisted tale that had me chuckling, suppressing giggles and admiring a level of wit and wackiness rarely seen. Christopher Moore has a talent for taking a normal guy, albeit one with low moral values, and bending bad luck around them. Love Nun, although bordering on farce at times, is so slick you are tugged along with the story, the lunacy is so integral to the tale it could be misplaced for normalcy. It centres around a cargo cult and a mysterious missionary doctor who needs a pilot for his brand new Lear jet. Curious how a missionary doctor has a Lear jet... Even more curious is why he wants our central character, since he's banned from flying for having relations with a hooker, whilst flying, and then whilst crashing. So, if you want a mystery book, that is cleverly plotted, filled with sharp humour, which is bold and shows no fear, then grab Love Nun now. A masterpiece.more
Cargo cults, Shark People, talking bats, cannibals, the Sky Priestess and a god named VincentTucker Case’s was introduced to the island of Alualu while hanging upside down from a breadfruit tree and being eyed by a hungry cannibal. How he arrived there and how he saved the Shark People from the Sky Priestess form the narrative of The Island of the Sequined Love Nun. Christopher Moore, who reminds me a lot of Kurt Vonnegut, delivers another irreverent, maniacal tale. One might, if so inclined, see the Love Nun as a morality play and a modern commentary on religion. I am not so inclined. A great escapist read, but it did introduce me to Cargo Cults.more
Another one of my favorites. It isn't in the Pine Cove series, but introduces a character, the Talking Fruit Bat, who does move to Pine Cove, so reading this gives you background on him.A disgraced pilot ends up flying supply runs for the Methodist Missionary Doctors on an island in the South Pacific. The natives are controlled and fooled into worshiping the wife as the Sky Priestess. There are strange medical things going on, and the missionaries have way too much money. Very funny, as well as thrilling, with pointed commentary about religion and the destruction of native culture in the name of god and civilization.more
Tucker Case is a pilot working for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Company, flying the little pink corporate jet and ferrying Miss Mary Jean from one sales rally to another. Tuck doesn't have nearly the "way with the ladies" as he'd like to have, so when he gets approached by the pretty lady in the airport bar who wants to join the Mile High Club RIGHT NOW, he doesn't refuse, even though he's tossed back a few gin and tonics already. After the resulting crash (which they both survived -- barely), Mary Jean decides that firing him isn't quite enough, so she sets her goons on him. Tuck has lost his pilot's license and is under Mary Jean's thumb, so he takes the only job offer left to him. He'll be working for a Methodist Missionary doctor on the Micronesian island of Alaulu, flying a brand new Lear Jet for "supply runs" and making $10 grand a month. The doctor's wife is a crazy blonde former nurse who controls the native population of the island by appearing as the Sky Priestess, who they all worship. Something is fishy about the whole operation but Tucker is just grateful for the job. At first. When it slowly dawns on him how a Methodist missionary can afford a Lear jet, Tuck calls upon a friendly ghost, a couple of natives and a talking fruit bat to save the day.This book was hilarious, like all the Christopher Moore books have been. This thing should be made into a movie because it was full of visuals that need to be up on the big screen. The characters in this book are imaginative, the plot just zips along, and the writing is good. This one gets a high 5.more
Very funny and very exciting. Rare that you can have such high comedy, and still be serious enough to have, "edge of your seat suspense" all rolled into one. The main caricature (Tucker Case) is so great that Christopher Moore has put him in his other books.more
Take a down and out pilot who crashed a private jet while initiating a prostitute into the "Mile High Club", a talking fruit bat, a Micronesian cargo cult, an unreformed cannibal, and the black market organ transplant market; mix it thru the warped mind of Christopher Moore, and you have this book. Not the best of Moore, but anything by him is worth reading. I love his edgy comedy and his wordplay. I love the quirky characters he develops. Tucker Case, for instance, has a backstory that reads like a modern day Hamlet (except he's not dead yet). I love that regardless of how weird things get, there's a "happy" ending to the story.Not as good as some of Moore's other books - I liked both Lamb and Fluke better - it still belongs on the reading list for every Christopher Moore fan.more
Unlike Moore's other novels, Island of the Sequined Love Nun takes readers to a tropical paradise for a tale of evil doctors and cargo cults. Tucker Case, a pilot for a make up company, has a humorous/tragic accident that could realistically have ended his pilot career. However, he is given a second chance by a mysterious man on an island, which he reluctantly accepts. While this is not Moore's best work, I found myself reading for hours longer than I wanted to before bed each night and taking time out of the day to make room for it. Moore continues to find ways to keep me laughing out loud while simultaneously making a truly amazing story. And who wouldn't want to read a book with a talking giant fruit bat? This book is definately worth picking up.more
This is an interesting take on how religions get started, masquerading as a wild, funny story of sex and crime in the Western Pacific. Or vice versa.Looking back, this seems like a practice run for Moore's later, and better, "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal."more
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