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Christopher Moore, much beloved scrivener and peerless literary jester, now takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) with a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters, as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head. Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot. Well now the bangers and mash have really hit the fan. And the only person who can possibly make things right . . . is Pocket. Now he's going to have do some very fancy maneuvering: cast some spells, start a war or two - the usual stuff - to get Cordelia back into Daddy Lear's good graces, to derail the fiendish power plays of Cordelia's twisted sisters, and to shag every lusciously shaggable wench who's amenable to shagging along the way. Pocket may be a fool...but he's definitely not an idiot.
©2009 Christopher Moore; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Michael on 02-17-09

Mr Moore does it again.

This is story of King Lear through the eyes of his fool (court jester) named Pocket. Like his other stories his characters are witty, unique and at times crass. I will warn you that there is colorful language throughout the story. Not the normal language you would hear on cable TV, but new colorful language that only CM could create. There are lots of sexual references as well. If you are not completely opposed to these things you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy witches and potions, knights and wenches, kings that go crazy, dysfunctional families and the occasional shagging then this is the book for you. The narrator does a good job and adds to the story with his appropriate accent. It is a great listen and will have you laughing out loud.

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By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-06-12

I pitty the Fool!!!

I pitty the fool who does not buy this book. This is dry, sarcastic, witty humor.

After reading the Blood Sucking Vampire series and loving it, I did not know what to expect with this. I found I like it as well if not better then the vampire series. The fool is the only one in the kingdom with any brains. To be a small person and survive in this world of royalty and ruffians, you must have brains. If the fool's life is not threatened then it is a slow day. Almost everyday someone is threatening to hang him. Yet he lives on to shag all the queens, princess, and maids of England. He bad mouths the Kings, Princes, Queens, witches, etc with language I have never heard before in my life.

I was kept laughing through 75% of the book, toward the end it gets a little serious and less funny, but it is worth your credit and I can't wait to listen to my next CM book.

Narrator was excellent

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