Vulgar, baudy, endearing and hilarious. Christopher Moore brings his twisted sense of humor to new heights with this retelling of King Lear. Told through the eyes of the King's fool, Pocket of Dog Snogging, Fool unleashes Shakespeare from literary snobbery and lets him run wild in the streets.
— Shannon, Chicago
March 2009 Indie Next List
“Christopher Moore's take on Shakespeare's King Lear is full of sharp, snappy wit (as well as a bloody ghost, bodily fluids, bawdy humor, a bit of graphic violence, and a great deal of sex). In the end, it is rib-achingly hilarious.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
an of infinite jest, Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years, from the time the king's grown daughtersselfish, scheming Goneril, sadistic (but erotic-fantasy-grade-hot) Regan, and sweet, loyal Cordeliawere mere girls. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Learat the insidious urging of Edmund, the bastard (in every way imaginable) son of the Earl of Gloucesterdemands that his kids swear their undying love and devotion before a collection of assembled guests. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordeliabelieves 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...