Fool

Before I get into my thoughts on Christopher Moore's <i>Fool</i>, let me tell you how I got a copy. What feels like a long, long time ago on a LibraryThing not so very far away I requested and was told I'd receive an Early Reviewers copy of Fool. My response was something along the lines of," alt="" />Harper Collins Canada saw my whine and sent me a message saying, "Hey, want me to send it to you?" What more could I say than "Holy heck yes!" Harper Collins Canada is my hero.

Fool reached me when I was in a reading slump. While I'd love to say that Fool knocked me out of it, it didn't. When I picked it up and read it I loved it. But then I'd put it down and forget about it for a couple of days. This is highly unusual for me and a Christopher Moore book and says volumes about how much of a slump I was  in.

Fool is a retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear from the point of view of the court jester Pocket. If I had to describe it in a single word that word would be "bawdy". Fool is not for everyone, particularly anyone that would describe themselves as a prude. There is, of course, a ghost, spoiled princesses, knockers, witches, war, treason and oh yeah, lots of heinous f- ...erm, never mind.

Recommended for fans of Moore and fans of Shakespeare who really appreciate bawdy tales. It's also the standard from which I will measure all retellings. I read this before I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I can't help but wonder what Christopher Moore would have done with it...