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A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job (2006)

by Christopher Moore

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Series: Death Merchants (1)

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Intense, dark, twisted, and very ,very finny. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
with the sequel coming out in a few days I reread Dirty Job this weekend and think I laughed as much the 2nd time as the first. Moore has an original, unique, and surprising sense of humor. the combination of take-no-prisoners language and wild imagination leads to incredible laughs. ( )
  jimbomin | Jan 23, 2017 |
Christopher Moore's style and subject matter is indescribable, as usual. In this novel, Charlie Asher, thrift store owner, loses his beloved wife Rachel when she dies shortly after giving birth to their daughter Sophie. But, in the throes of grief and the chaos of new parenthood, Charlie has to deal with another issue. Apparently, without any warning or particular desire on his part, Charlie has become an assistant of death, responsible for the collection and keeping of human souls while they await re-embodiment. The job seems to be lucrative, but, when the Dark Forces begin to become restless, Charlie finds his natural timidity and desire to avoid conflict are not exactly the resources required to deal with harpies, hell hounds and other miscellaneous creatures he encounters. Laugh out loud funny as Moore generally is. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Really, a 3.5. I was definitely amused and this was very original. but I figured out most of the ending by the middle of the book. ( )
  Sareene | Oct 22, 2016 |
***2nd Read (1st of Audio) / BR with The Hubsters***

This book was still a lot of fun, but the language is a bit of a deterrent for me. Quite a few f-bombs. As for the story, it doesn't have a lot of substance for rereads. It serves as framework for Moore's unique style of humor. In fact, I like that the story is broken into two parts, but it can probably be broken down into more. Many of the chapters read like short vignettes. It's still a very entertaining book and the humor has it's moments of absolute hilarity, but I can't give it four stars this time.

I will say narrater Fisher Stevens deserves five stars for his performance! He does a great job with all the wild wackiness that goes on in this book. He keeps the energy level high. Very nice job! ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Jun 14, 2016 |
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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
This book is dedicated to Patricia Moss, who was as generous in sharing her death as she was in sharing her life.


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.
Thing settled in the City of Two Bridges, and all the dark gods that had been rising to erupt out over the world remembered their place and returned to their domains deep in the Underworld. (Epilogue)
'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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