Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #31 - The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

This week I am looking forward to getting my hands on The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore. In fact I've already put in a request for it as a birthday present this year. Signed copies have been available at  Barnes and Noble online. There is a free preview available on Christopher Moore's blog as well.

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal-Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters-the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago-have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

Pocket does tend to be a little lewd and profane in his speech,  but still the book will most likely be well plotted, characters well developed, funny and worth the read. The average rating on Goodreads so far is about 4 stars.

So, What book are you waiting on this week?