Another master peice from the master of humorist writing Christopher Moore. Like so many of his books he thinks ouside of the box and doesn't let you down. Everything that needs a voice has one. Enjoy the romp through 1947 San Francisco.
Not anywhere as good or funny as it thinks it is. I've never read this author before, and after this novel, I have no desire to try anything else he wrote. Go read Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler instead, if you haven't already.
This would be a fun read for any of us locals. It is set in early post-war San Francisco, and right-or-wrong, has a lot of city "lore". The plot is, as said in the reviews, "zany", but fun, with a lot of laugh-out-loud (I really seem to be into hyphens today) quips. I will be looking for some more from this author, whom I haven't before this time, noticed.
Just an average C Moore novel...would be good for a flight SFO to Paris...
This was my first Christopher Moore novel, and it's a "parody" of a dark genre, so it's not a regular CM novel, but anyway it's funny as blazes. I got 3 belly laughs, 5 moderate laughs and about a dozen snickers out of it. I don't know if it's "forced" but it's certainly entertaining!
I love Christopher Moore - I've been reading his books for about 15 years now, and they don't usually disappoint. This one, however, felt a little forced. He's too much of a humor writer to write something dark, in my opinion. That being said, it was a quick read, and pretty enjoyable.
I'm an ardent fan of Hammett and Chandler. They set the bar high; so far only Loren D Estleman has met it to my satisfaction. Other authors have attempted tributes to the noir genre, including Norman Mailer and Ray Bradbury, but they disappointed me. Luckily I sneaked a peek at Christopher Moore's afterword and read where he cheerfully admits his effort went astray, and explains just how, so I could read this book in the spirit of a Guys and Dolls type of lark (plus a space alien) and enjoy it as such. Not my favorite Moore novel but he's always fun.
It's cute in that old bumbling Debbie Reyonlds movie way. Didn't have that C Moore feel though.
I did not find "Noir" to be a parody of the hardboiled private eye genre. The dialog reminds me of a Damon Runyon radio play. The book is also sentimental like a Damon Runyon radio play. Considering that the author breaks no new ground, I would rate "Noir" at only 2.50 stars.
Moore's cheesy love story. Only several people die and there's some bad and offensive language. I've read all his books and this would be in my top three least favorite along with his attempts to spoof Shakespeare. Still it wasn't horrible.
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