Noir: A Novel

Noir: A Novel

The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters, including a hapless bartender; his Chinese sidekick; a doll with sharp angles and dangerous curve...

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Title:Noir: A Novel
Author:Christopher Moore
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Noir: A Novel Reviews

  • Patrick Ewing

    Hilarious! He out does Chandler in his wisecracking. A lot of fun.

  • Lindsey

    A new favorite from Christopher Moore! NOIR perfectly balanced sweet characters, film noir style and lingo, and Moore's trademark humor. In short, I loved it. It may actually be in my top 5 favorite Chris Moore books.

    Sammy is a bartender who plans a get rich quick scheme that doesn't take long to go horribly awry. While he's trying to clean up the mess, he is also wooing a dame that entered his life named Stilton (aka The Cheese), and avoiding the "men in black" who are searching for the myster

    A new favorite from Christopher Moore! NOIR perfectly balanced sweet characters, film noir style and lingo, and Moore's trademark humor. In short, I loved it. It may actually be in my top 5 favorite Chris Moore books.

    Sammy is a bartender who plans a get rich quick scheme that doesn't take long to go horribly awry. While he's trying to clean up the mess, he is also wooing a dame that entered his life named Stilton (aka The Cheese), and avoiding the "men in black" who are searching for the mysterious "subject."

    I fell in love with nearly all the characters in this book. I loved how The Cheese was a strong female character, and how Sammy was a (not quite so innocent) bartender thrown into a weird and dangerous situation. It was a bit of a mystery, and I didn't always know where it was going in the best way.

    I also really appreciated the afterward, where Moore explains his inspirations behind characters and locations.

  • Joe Jones

    The perfect book to pick up when you are tired of reading the news of the day and need something completely different. Only Christopher Moore can do Noir like this! Every convention of the genre deliciously twisted in this laugh out loud read. Sammy "Two Toes" and the Cheese need a whole series of books to tell their story because I don't see how I could ever tire of their adventures. So. Much. Fun!

  • Joseph Carano

    I won a advance readers edition of this novel on the Goodreads site. I enjoyed this offering in just about any way a reader can. The characters were original and interesting as was the strange and very original plot. The style of writing, the prose in the equation, was also very original. Moore seemed to be trying to write in a late 1940's style. I do not know if he succeeded or not but I enjoyed the effort. All in all, a very enjoyable and comedic writing which I would highly recommend.

  • Robert

    I’ll start by saying I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

    That being said, the first half didn’t have the feel of a Christopher Moore novel. Fans will know what I mean. It was good, but not Lamb, good.

    Now halfway through something happens. Something delicious and crazy and perfectly Squirrel People. And from that point on, it is most definitely a Christopher Moore book.

    The man has yet to fail me. And Lamb still holds top spot for best book of all time.

  • Rayna

    I'm a fan of Christopher Moore's work and Noir did not let me down. As soon as I dove into this book I had trouble putting it down (stupid real life not letting me read all day). To sum it up without giving too much away this book made me laugh out loud in public multiple times which was awkward in a good way. You too can feel awkward (in a good way) all you have to do is read this book.

  • Stephanie

    It was a solid book. It had that film noir feel, while Christopher Moore maintained a good level of funny. I enjoyed the characters and the main plot, but I'm not sure if certain angles such as aliens really worked. The problem/solution of Officer O'Hara seemed to be more pointless than anything while the snake bit was strange. I thought the use of the snake throughout was worth the payoff, but the conclusion was a bit dry. Overall solid though, a fun time and nothing too serious.

  • Peter

    I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway program.

    Christopher Moore states in the afterword to his novel, Noir, that he started writing noir as the story of a poor, hapless working mug who gets roped into some nefarious goings on by a dame. He then explains that he ended up with something a lot closer to Damon Runyon meets Bugs Bunny. He accurately describes the novel and your reaction to it will depend upon whether you like screwball or madcap comedy mixed with Runyonesque

    I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway program.

    Christopher Moore states in the afterword to his novel, Noir, that he started writing noir as the story of a poor, hapless working mug who gets roped into some nefarious goings on by a dame. He then explains that he ended up with something a lot closer to Damon Runyon meets Bugs Bunny. He accurately describes the novel and your reaction to it will depend upon whether you like screwball or madcap comedy mixed with Runyonesque dialogue.

    The story centers on Sammy Tiffin, a bartender, who falls for a blonde named Stilton (like the cheese), when she enters his bar. Between Sammy's get rich quick scheme in Chinatown and Stilton's attempt to earn quick cash at a retreat of rich and powerful San Francisco men. there are plenty of comical plot twists that eventually involve Area 51 and some "men in black."

    Moore notes in his afterword that the novel is based on certain true events and the certain characters and locations in San Francisco also are derived from actual persons or places.

  • Sarah

    Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy of Noir!

    Not quite as good as Lamb (and I think I made the mistake of reading the two books too close together). Nevertheless, Moore has a flare for the hilarious, the zany, the wisecracking. Probably the most I’ve enjoyed a noir novel.

  • Erikka

    Every author is allowed one meh book. This is definitely Moore's. I am usually enamored of his work. Amazing characters, enticing plot lines, piss-yourself-laughing humor. Those were all missing from this. I feel like it was two separate stories: a valiant attempt at noir writing that fell short of its goal, and a weird sci-fi alien line that didn't seem to have a goal to fall short of. Everything just seemed flimsily pieced together with no real driving character to keep me interested. The side

    Every author is allowed one meh book. This is definitely Moore's. I am usually enamored of his work. Amazing characters, enticing plot lines, piss-yourself-laughing humor. Those were all missing from this. I feel like it was two separate stories: a valiant attempt at noir writing that fell short of its goal, and a weird sci-fi alien line that didn't seem to have a goal to fall short of. Everything just seemed flimsily pieced together with no real driving character to keep me interested. The side characters were the most traditionally Moore-ian. Lone Jones, Moo-Shoes, and Myrtle and Jimmy were more intriguing and funnier than our MCs, Sammy and Stilton. My husband and I read all of Moore's books together--he gave up with this one at about 20%. I was really disappointed.

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