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A Dirty Job (2006)

by Christopher Moore

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A really fun, well-written book. I love the style and would laugh out loud often while reading. The only reason it didn't get five stars was a frustratingly obvious thing that the characters couldn't realize that led to a silly ending. Otherwise, great read. ( )
  Alliebadger | Jul 18, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book and its take on collecting souls, the titular Dirty Job. Called Death Merchants, our protagonist, Charlie Asher finds himself among the many Death Merchants that operate in San Francisco. For those who have read previous books by Moore, some characters will be recognizable from other stories, but this is a stand alone book that readers unfamiliar with Moore will have fun reading without feeling as if they are missing something. The characters from previous books feel like a gift from the author for those familiar with his other works, but do not take away from people who start off with this book as their first Moore novel.

I enjoyed the humor of this book and the story flows along very well. The characters are memorable and fun. I've heard that Moore was writing a sequel to this book, and I have to say that rereading this book in preparation for the sequel was joyous fun. There are always so many jokes or funny scenes in Moore's novels that still make me laugh out loud when re-reading his books. I would recommend this book for any fan of humor, the absurd, or fans of his other works. ( )
  jayble | Jul 10, 2015 |
Collecting souls after death is a dirty job but someone has to do it; that's the premise to Christopher Moore's current book, A Dirty Job. Most of these agents of Death (or Death Merchants) are antique dealers or junk shop owners like the protagonist, Charlie Asher. Every city has its own team of independently operating Death Merchants, each working from the "Big Book of Death" and the story focuses on a select few who live and work in present day San Francisco.

For fans of Moore's writing, A Dirty Job revises characters from Blood Sucking Fiends and Coyote Blue. While the book can stand alone, I was grateful to have recently read the other two books and see these characters come together under such unusual circumstances. People who have not read any previous Moore should still read A Dirty Job as he does a fine job of making sure the story stands on its own. All the back story one needs is provided.

After finishing the book, read the acknowledgements. In them Moore explains the inspiration for the story, namely the deaths of a dear friend and two mothers. Taking what he experienced in the hospice he put his own supernatural spin and sense of humor to work to create a book that both celebrates life (and death) and pokes fun at the whole process.

He returns to San Francisco for this story and in many ways it is a sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends but one that plays out with some of the minor characters. M. F. has also moved to town and fans of Coyote Blue will enjoy what his character brings to the story. Best of all Moore took the time to capture San Francisco's personality which he failed at doing in Bloodsucking Fiends. He does it in getting the little things right, like the fog that always manages to roll out in October, the absurdity of a seven mile per hour cable car chase, and the odd ex-suburb that is the Sunset District. ( )
  pussreboots | Feb 1, 2015 |
Più Monty Python che Neil Gaiman, Moore fa sorridere ma stupisce meno che non con il suo Biff. Alcune trovate sono tirate per i capelli e la scrittura vuole essere in molti punti un po’ troppo “simpatica”, ottenendo un effetto stucchevole. Rimane comunque una piacevole e rilassante lettura, con due o tre cose interessanti sul bardo thodol. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Overall..Good. Moore is a hilarious author. The concept of this book was great. The ending no matter how sad was still really funny and heart warming, even if you saw it coming a mile away! I enjoyed this one! Make this one a must read! ( )
  Samantha.Ann | Aug 20, 2014 |
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Epigraph
What you seek, you shall never find. / For when the Gods made man, / They kept immortality for themselves. / Fill your belly. / Day and night make merry, / Let Days be full of joy, / Love the child that holds your hand. / Let your wife delight in your embrace, / For these alone are the concerns of man. -- The Epic of Gilgamesh
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This book is dedicated to Patricia Moss, who was as generous in sharing her death as she was in sharing her life.

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To hospice workers and volunteers all over the world.
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Charlie Asher walked the earth like an ant walks on the surface of water, as if the slightest misstep might send him plummeting through the surface to be sucked to the depths below.
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"I don't even want to make her eat her green beans for fear she'll KITTY me."
"I'm sure you have some kind of immunity."
"The Great Big Book says that we're not immune to death ourselves. I'd say the next time a kitten comes on the Discovery Channel my sister could be picking out caskets."
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The story centers on Charlie Asher, a "beta-male" (as opposed to "alpha-male") who leads a satisfying life as the owner and proprietor of a second-hand store in San Francisco. At the moment when his wife Rachel unexpectedly dies in the hospital shortly after the birth of their first child (Sophie), Charlie becomes involved in a new sideline of retrieving the souls of the dying, so as to protect them from the forces of the underworld. He only gradually realizes the ramifications of this business as various clues and complications unfold. Ultimately Charlie resolves to confront directly the forces of darkness.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060590289, Paperback)

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.

It's a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody's gotta do it.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:11 -0400)

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Charlie Asher, a neurotic and anxious hypochondriac who hates change, confronts the challenges of being a widower and a single parent when his wife dies of a freak medical condition on the day his new daughter, Sophie, is born.

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