rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I believe that Island of the Sequined Love Nun is the sixth or seventh book that I’ve read by Christopher Moore. Moore’s novels are always packed with sardonic humor that makes me silently snicker. Island of the Sequined Love Nun was originally published over 10 years ago. The book was still as crazy as some of his more recent works.
This absurd adventure follows Tucker Case, a geek in a stud-muffin’s body, who starts out the novel as a pilot for a cosmetics company. One night, he picks up a woman at a bar who says she wants to join the mile high club immediately. So, Tucker, even being slightly drunk, takes her up in his boss’s private jet. Drinking, flying, and sex don’t mix and Tuck ends up crashing the plane and impaling his special man-place. OUCH! He gets fired and ridiculed in the media.
Out of nowhere, Tuck is offered a job as piloting a private Lear Jet for a Methodist mission on a remote island in Micronesia. It sounds too good to be true, but Tuck has no other options so decides to take the job. And so his wacky adventure begins…an adventure that includes a talking fruit bat, cannibals, a trans-gendered prostitute and some natives worshipping the image of a woman painted on a plane (cargo cult!).
I read this book as I jetted off to a tropical island. It was total brain candy. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite Moore book (an honor that is held by Lamb), but it was a good beach read. It took a little while for me to get into it, but it got better a little further into the book. It was a fast-paced, quick-witted, easy read. I recommend Island of the Sequined Love Nun to anyone looking for a crazy getaway to a tropical island.