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Christopher Moore is v. v. good at bringing the funny. I got a little fatigued by his ongoing use of the term "beta male" to describe the main character's behavioral tics and pseudo-inappropriate interactions with attractive women. My guess is that men who find themselves relating to the main character (or attracted to his quirkiness) will find this one more entertaining than I did. BTW, I did, legit, enjoy this book, just not that specific element!
"Congratulations, you've been chosen to act as Death. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it."
The birth of your first child is supposed to be one of the highlights of your life; however, for Charlie Ascher, a mild-mannered beta-male, and second-hand store owner the day turns out to be so much more. Charlie's wife Rachel dies shortly after childbirth, and Charlie sees a tall black man in a mint green suit by her bedside -- but no one else sees him. The man turns out to be Minty Fresh, a soul-collector, or as Minty like to say - "death merchants."
Charlie is coping with his grief and raising his daughter, Sophie, with the help of his sister and his neighbors, when strange things start to happen to him. People start to die and objects near them begin to glow red. Sophie begins to exhibit some unusual traits -- killing people by uttering the word "Kitty", and a very unlucky streak with pets, that is until she finds herself protected by two (big, like bear) hell hounds. Minty steps in to help Charlie understand his new responsibility.
In his new role, Charlie is tasked with collecting soul vessels of those people who passed, and then keeping them in his shop (which is the perfect cover for a death merchant) until the new owner comes in to buy it. He must strictly adhere to the names and dates that start showing up in his death datebook; for if he doesn't the underworld can take over. As the story unfolds, the demons of the underworld, or in this case the San Francisco's sewers, start to get restless. Charlie and Minty, with the help of a police detective and Charlie's employee Lily work to keep the balance in order.
nice fast read, humor, a little pathos...entertaining...
Glad I found this author....
funny quick read. lots of one-liners and sexual references/scenes. Some deeper themes about death, etc.
A funny, sad book about coming to terms with Death (personified). I am occasionally offended by Moore's coarseness, but in general his witty and imaginative style makes up for it.
This is a funny story with lots of wicked jokes! It has a few cross-over characters with the Bloodsucking Fiends which is fun trying to follow! But not necessary.
This stands alone as a fun read but can also be considered an interval in the Bloodsucking Fiends trilogy between You Suck & Bite Me.
Upon friends recommendation I checked out this audio book. Was very different from anything I've read in the past, so was not too sure about it at first, but by the time it came to an end, I was totally in love with the story--had an absolutely wonderful ending!! Definitely listen on CD--very funny story with lots of laughs along the way.
At the Semi-Annual Used Book Sale at the Main Library Downtown, I picked up this title for .50 cents. I'd read Christopher Moore's "You Suck" and while it was entertaining I wasn't expecting a whole lot from "A Dirty Job." Holy twisted cheese doodle, was I wrong!!
Charlie Asher is an average "Beta-Male" who has the unlucky fortune of receiving the calling of "Death Merchant." He's basically a soul-reclaiming Repo Man. As people die their souls are stored into one of their treasured possessions and it's Charlie's job to reclaim these soul items from the family of the deceased .
This book was memorable because I laughed out loud the whole way through. Whether it was the Gothic employee Lily, with her charitable sexing; the squirrel people creatures in complete time-period costumes; or Sophie and her set of 400 lb. Hell Hounds; there were laughs to be had through all 384 pages.
There was a fair amount of sex, a lot of swearing and copious amounts of violence. Like I said, fun for the whole family!!
A book to compliment Moore's " Bloodsucking Fiends", "You Suck", and "Bite Me". Many crossover characters from said series, equally funny. I thoroughly enjoyed all of these books.
A fun book with some interesting ideas. The book was predictable but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. Fisher Stevens does a fantastic job performing the audio book. Highly recommended.
I found this to be a thoroughly amusing and engaging read. It is a little bit predictable but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.
Not as good as some of Moore's other work. I thought the ending was very predicatable. I knew how the book would end about half-way through.
An AMAZING book! Great for laughs, as it's so effortlessly funny. Reading it feels natural, as if it's just everyday conversation that you're hearing, and you'll really feel a bond with the characters. A must read!
My favourite of Moore's books so far. I have never laughed out loud as much while reading a book as I did with this one. A must read.