A Frolic in the Woods Never Did No Harm (Shakepeare For Squirrels – A Book Review)

Shakespeare For Squirrels (Fool #3)

Author: Christopher Moore

Published: 2020

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My Rating:

Rated S for squirrel-y frolics and Shakespearian insults in peak form.

“We’d been adrift for eight days when the ninny tried to eat the monkey.”

Pocket, the fool, and his fellows were last seen sailing away, having succeeded in defeating a vile villain. But now, a adrift, Pocket finds himself in Athens. There, fairies bicker amongst themselves whilst playing dirty jokes and frolicking. Pocket finds himself in the middle of many things gone awry, one in particular being the mysterious death of a certain Puck. With friends’ lives at risk, Pocket goes down a trail of murder, madness, magic, and even love, as inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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The Serpent of Venice

Outstanding writing and storytelling. Was up and beyond about this book. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my utmost favorite by Shakespeare. I must have said that over a dozen times. Add humor to an already humorous play and it’s off the wall. Moore really kept me laughing and when I went back to reread lines it was because they were so damn good.

While Pocket was reeling from heartbreak, his apprentice was taken away from him, and he came too close to losing the head on his shoulders, he still managed to be brought into the thick of some fae problems. Shortly after meeting Puck, Pockets happens upon him dead and all hell breaks loose. It was put on him to find out who and why somebody would kill Puck. With all of his trickster ways, who wouldn’t seek his death? Still, finding his killer came with cleaning up his mess, including an angry amazon queen and a group of mismatched lovers. Pocket was pulled into a world of magic and wit, and this time there was no bloody ghost.

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Moore really knows how to spin a tale and create a wild and fun retelling. Filled with love trickery, fae, and amazons, I was at every page’s whim. What has continued to be so great about each of the Fool’s books is that each one can stand on its own though remain connected. Each one is funny in its own right. Moore is a fantastic talent and I recommend his work through and through. It’ll get you saying “what the feck?” a lot but it’s non-stop laughs with a side of feels. And let me tell you, the recitation of Romeo + Juliet was one of the best bits!

Pocket’s had horrible luck in love. His first love was murdered and his second dumped him over a ship and then went home. This time around he met a feisty fae after his own heart. The two shared much in common with their shenanigans and feisty words. After so much rotten luck, it warmed my black heart to see him get his happy ending (?).

There were many interesting twists and turns I didn’t expect. Of course, Bottom became quite an ass. I loved that Moore really made that pop because it’s one of the funniest parts of the whole play. Still, Moore proved there was quite a bit that was surprising and kept me guessing.

While easily immersed in the story, it made the world Moore created so easy to dive into. He’s incredibly interactive with his characters that they make up the setting more than the actual setting. Even more, the dialogue, as always, was fantastic. Remaining true to form with it’s vulgar nature, it kept the story pumping and the laughs rolling. Seriously, Shakespeare would love some of these Shakespearian insults.

Overall

Wild and fun. A must read for sure. This sweeps you away out of the crackhead world we live in. Definitely be adding this to your TBR. I couldn’t get enough of it. Moore gave life to this in a way I never thought possible. Always inventive and upbeat. This is the kind of laugh I reccommend to everyone.

Quotables:

“Bow to your betters, thou chicken-witted catch-farts!” (p. 23)

“She’s the queen of a race of bloody warrior women who keep men as pets, bonk them for offspring, then make coin purses from their scrotums.” (Pocket, p. 73)

“Shut your fetid cakehole, thou festering canker blossom.” (Hermia, p. 92)

More to come soon…                                                                                               

  -K

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