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Shakespeare for squirrels.

by Moore, Christopher, 1957-

Format: Large Print 2020
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Summary

New York Times Bestseller!

Shakespeare meets Dashiell Hammett in this wildly entertaining murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore--an uproarious, hardboiled take on the Bard's most performed play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.



Set adrift by his pirate crew, Pocket of Dog Snogging--last seen in The Serpent of Venice--washes up on the sun-bleached shores of Greece, where he hopes to dazzle the Duke with his comedic brilliance and become his trusted fool.

But the island is in turmoil. Egeus, the Duke's minister, is furious that his daughter Hermia is determined to marry Demetrius, instead of Lysander, the man he has chosen for her. The Duke decrees that if, by the time of the wedding, Hermia still refuses to marry Lysander, she shall be executed . . . or consigned to a nunnery. Pocket, being Pocket, cannot help but point out that this decree is complete bollocks, and that the Duke is an egregious weasel for having even suggested it. Irritated by the fool's impudence, the Duke orders his death. With the Duke's guards in pursuit, Pocket makes a daring escape.

He soon stumbles into the wooded realm of the fairy king Oberon, who, as luck would have it, IS short a fool. His jester Robin Goodfellow--the mischievous sprite better known as Puck--was found dead. Murdered. Oberon makes Pocket an offer he can't refuse: he will make Pocket his fool and have his death sentence lifted if Pocket finds out who killed Robin Goodfellow. But as anyone who is even vaguely aware of the Bard's most performed play ever will know, nearly every character has a motive for wanting the mischievous sprite dead.

With too many suspects and too little time, Pocket must work his own kind of magic to find the truth, save his neck, and ensure that all ends well.

A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night's noir--a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Pocket, star of Moore's Fool (2009) and The Serpent of Venice (2014), returns for another comic adventure based on a play by William Shakespeare--this time it's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Stranded in Greece, Pocket is determined to worm his way into the duke's inner circle. Well, don't you know, his plan goes horribly, hilariously wrong, and, before you know it, Pocket is wandering around in the Forest of Arden, ruled by King Oberon, whose fool, a fellow by the name of Puck, has been--gasp!--murdered. It takes a certain amount of guts and wild abandon to recast a Shakespeare comedy as a hard-boiled detective story, but if anyone can pull it off, it's master satirist Moore, whose gift for funny business apparently knows no bounds. What sets him apart from most of his fellow comic storytellers is his determination never to let the story take a back seat to the jokes. And yet, the humor flows from the story; the story isn't dictated by the jokes. A welcome return of a fan-favorite character in a romp of a tale that will delight not only mystery buffs but also fantasy fanatics, and, of course, Bard lovers."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Moore's amusing third installment to the Fool series (after The Serpent of Venice) finds series hero Pocket of Dog Snogging transported into the plot of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. When Pocket and his apprentice, Drool, are shipwrecked in Greece, they quickly run afoul of the powers that be. However, their initial adventures seem harmless enough: they discover a group of tradesmen rehearsing a play, run into Demetrius's jilted lover, Helena, and make good use of their codpieces to store the nuts and berries they collect in the forest. But when Pocket witnesses the murder of Puck, the sprightly fellow responsible for the hijinks in Shakespeare's original, he is forced to begin negotiations with various kings and queens-- Duke Thesesus and his soon-to-be bride, Hippolyta the Amazon; the sex-crazed Fairy Queen Titania; kinky King Oberon--to deduce who committed the murder. Along the way, Drool is thrown into Duke Theseus's dungeon, and Pocket aims to free him and solve the mystery with the help of enchanted puppet Jones and Cobweb the fairy. In this raucous, crass, and innuendo-filled romp, Moore once again delivers light and derivative fun. This cheeky homage will please lovers of Shakespeare and camp. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 02/11/20 xa
Publisher 2020
Edition Large print edition.
Description p. (large print) cm.
ISBN 9780062999955
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