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A Dirty Job (2006)

by Christopher Moore

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I thought this book was interesting. It had an interesting premise and did a decent job of building up the mythology and background. However it seemed as if the author got half way through writing the book and realized that he had a page limit. The book went from a slow build up of characters and suspense to throwing in new characters that are some how very important with no real explanation and the final battle was a bit of a let down. I was disappointed with the book. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 12, 2014 |
Pretty good read. Are we finally getting some good American humor authors, stepping up to the plate established by Pratchett, Rankin, et. al. ? ( )
  noelhx | Mar 15, 2014 |
A typical fun Moore romp. Some interesting musings on loss and grief, mostly overwhelmed by wacky weirdness; the end was a little brief/jarring, but predictable. Enjoyable, and probably mostly forgettable. ( )
  sben | Feb 11, 2014 |
Oddly enough, this is the book that Lamb (by the same author) should have been - a raucous comedy that takes its subject seriously (albeit in a subversive fashion). I think this book succeeds where Lamb ultimately failed because the story is Moore's own and isn't tied to history. The looming crucifixion effectively drained all of the comedy out of Lamb, whereas the ultimate showdown in A Dirty Job managed to be a serious matter and absurdly funny at the same time. This is easily Moore's best book, and I look forward to what he has in store next. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 6, 2014 |
If it were possible I would've given it 3 1/2 stars. This book is a great combination of tragedy and comedy. The characters were likeable and of course funny, this is the first urban fantasy book i have read and will come back for more. ( )
  AyeshaF | Dec 9, 2013 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:40:20 -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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