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Practical Demonkeeping

by Christopher Moore

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Series: Pine Cove (1)

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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 one-hundred-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.… (more)
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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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    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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    John Dies at the End by David Wong (meggyweg)
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Short and fun. Lots of fun.

A demon invades the small village of Pine Cove and... well, a lot of people get involved. Maybe too many. Maybe there's a bit too much happening, too many details. Feels like another Pratchett wannabe, but it doesn't need that, it's funny enough in itself. ( )
  cwebb | Sep 18, 2023 |
Hilarious and riveting. This series by Moore does have some PG for teens content, but nothing extensive or very graphic. ( )
  acb13adm | Sep 13, 2023 |
Not inpressed. ( )
  GGmaSheila | Jan 27, 2023 |
Ah, there is hope yet that the NaNoWriMo script you so carelessly tossed in the corner can be published.

Practical Demonkeeping is a great title for a book, but the story wasn't quite as good as I was hoping. It's a quick and dirty read. In the end, I just wish the demon had eaten everyone in the beginning. It would have saved me so much time. ( )
  talon2claw | Dec 31, 2022 |
I am amazed that no one has turned Pine Cove into a television series. It has quirky characters, trenchant absurdist humor, comic violence, and offbeat romance. The folks who brought you Resident Alien and Dead Like Me should find it a good fit. ( )
  Tom-e | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Fusari, LucaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyman, OliverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 one-hundred-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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