in a word, hilarious. i read this quickly over the holidays, and i even restrained myself from reading the whole thing aloud to the hippie, who now has custody of the book. this is the story of the arch-angel raziel, who is sent to grant a child's christmas wish, but bolluxes the whole thing, as dumb blonde angels are wont to do. throw in a cast of insane (some literally) characters, and really--i could not stop laughing. and not just giggling, i am talking about spitting tea all over the book funny here, people. i love christopher moore's sense of humor, and have greatly enjoyed most of his other books. he is irreverent and amusing as hell while still being somewhat thought-provoking, and anyone who can pull all of THAT off get a good-writer vote from me. this book is set in a fictional california village called pine cove, sharing location and/or characters with many of his other books: lamb (my favorite!), practical demonkeeping, the lust lizard of melancholy cove, and island of the sequined love nun. a couple of these have fallen through the cracks of my book radar, but i will definitely be picking them up. my two cents? thumbs way up!