So I read a lot. Not as much as I used to now that I have to work but I still buy books and read as often as I can. My husband bought me two books for my birthday. “Candy Girl” by Diablo Cody (him: It was in the gender studies section!). and “Fool” by Christopher Moore.
I have already finished “Fool” which is a very rough take on King Lear by Shakespeare, but William fans will find references to his other books such as the 3 witches from Macbeth (“There’s always a bloody witch”). It’s a great book, told from King Lear’s fool’s perspective and how he plans civil war and orchestrates murder and intrigue, all while being a right jack ass.
Is “Fool” the most feminist and progressive book out there? Absolutely not but it’s a hell of a lot of fun and Moore knows how to create good stories. The thing I love most about Moore is how much effort he puts into his stories. To write “Fool” he studied Shakespeares works, traveled to England and consulted with historians as to what the society would look like when he was writing his book. He obviously takes creative liberty with some things to help the story along, but you can always tell the effort and detail he puts into his work.
He has also written one of my favorite books of all time: “Lamb, the gospel according to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal”. This book looks at the story of Jesus (called Josh) life from birth to death and includes him traveling to mystics, Buddhists and India to learn their religion and beliefs to help him become the messiah. It also doesn’t give Mary Magdalene the shaft as far as character development goes. His take on Christ’s journey is hilarious (Did you know that the original Beatitudes were supposed to include an ode to the ‘dumbfucks”).
Anyway, If you’re looking for fun, light reading that will make you laugh out loud check out Christopher Moore.