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Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
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Practical Demonkeeping (edition 1999)

by Christopher Moore

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Granted immortality by Catch, a lovable demon, a young man named Travis O'Hearn struggles to rid himself of this man-eating gremlin, who promises to make eternity hellish for him, in a supernatural comic romp through a California tourist town.
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Title:Practical Demonkeeping
Authors:Christopher Moore
Info:Spike (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
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Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore

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    The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (sturlington)
    sturlington: Set in the same fictional town and featuring some of the same characters.
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    John Dies at the End by David Wong (meggyweg)
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    Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt (Dr.Science)
    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books including Expecting Someone Taller, and Flying Dutch, but they may be difficult to find at your library or bookstore.… (more)
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Funny book, the ending was more interesting than I thought it would be. ( )
  jonvoigt21 | Jan 7, 2020 |
After delightfully devouring Noir, I wasn’t quite sure where to go with Mr. Moore, so I went back to the beginning–as good a place as any. The story was okay, but you gotta love the menagerie of colorful characters on both sides of the Human/Demon equation, with just enough snark to keep me grinning along the way. ( )
  mtbass | Dec 28, 2019 |
Plot revolves around a Demon named Catch and his Keeper Travis. Travis wants out of the job of minding Catch, who only wants to eat people. In the town of Pine Cove, Travis and a band of unlikely cohorts try to break the spell and send Catch back to where he belongs. Story was a bit disjointed in the beginning but picked up speed midway through. The humor throughout kept it a nice read for me. The whole backstory of King Solomon and Djinn was a nice twist. ( )
  Val_Reads | Nov 4, 2019 |
A young man thinks he may have finally found his way of getting rid of the demon he's been saddled with for years. The demon dates back to the time of King Solomn. Along the way we meet a djin who is from the same time period and may hold the secret to finally banish him. Has some laugh out loud moments but may not be Moore's bet. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Sep 2, 2019 |
Like all of Moore's books, this was hilarious and entertaining. I loved how this was set away from San Francisco, but there were still characters from his other books present in this setting, namely Detective Rivera. I enjoyed his great scene and character building, and I came to empathize with the main character. Moore is really good at making you feel pressed for time and that you have to make it to the next page to solve the problem. Love it!!! ( )
  VoodooYeager | Jun 1, 2019 |
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Like one that on that lonesome road / Doth walk in fear and dread, / And having once turned round walks on, / And no more turns his head; / Because he knows a frightful fiend / Doth close behind him tread. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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For the Demonkeepers: Karlene, Kathy, and Heather
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The Breeze blew into San Junipero in the shotgun seat of Billy Winston's Pinto wagon.
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In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is 100-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

Behind the fake Tudor façade of Pine Cove, California, Catch sees a four-star buffet. Travis, on the other hand, thinks he sees a way of ridding himself of his toothy traveling companion. The winos, neo-pagans, and deadbeat Lotharios of Pine Cove, meanwhile, have other ideas. And none of them is quite prepared when all hell breaks loose.

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