Wow did this suck. The disjointed plot's major conflict couldn't get me to invest and the characters were boring...which would have been fine if the book lived up to the humor promised in other reviews.
That's not to say I'm not a fan of this brand of humor. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Robert Aspin, Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, and their ilk were mother's milk to me growing up. You can tell this book aspires to it, but didn't quite reach it.
I will say this, even those other authors I cited turned in some lame work, and while I think this is one of Chris Moore's strikeouts, I've also read two of his home runs. I highly recommend those two other books: 'A Dirty Job' and 'Fluke'.
The entire story is darkly funny, the characters are lovable, and the conclusion is supremely satisfying. I was sad when this was over!
Christopher Moore's books are always a good choice for a fun and entertaining story. Good voice work keeps the characters distinguished from each other.
Great story, as all by Christopher Moore, my only complaint would be:
The ending, it seemed kind of rushed, compared to the tempo of the book. Cheaply finished, overall an excellent read!
This is my 4th book by Christopher Moore and whilst I enjoyed this one it definitely wasn't as engaging and his others. I didn't get attached to any of the characters in the way I did with Dirty Job. If you like the author then don't skip this one but maybe try some others first
Let me preface this review with the fact that I'm a huge Christopher Moore fan. I've read and loved many of his later books, and I wanted to go back to the beginning, so I decided to pick his first novel "Practical Demonkeeping" up. That said, it was unmistakably his first novel, and I'm really glad his writing has improved and that he has since become the writer he is today.
It was difficult to get through. It starts off ok enough, not super enthralling, but not boring, and then it just drags all through the middle. It took me a while to finish because reading it felt like a chore. It starts to pick up again at the end though, and he finishes it pretty nicely. I'm still going to read the rest of this Pine Cove series, because I feel pretty confident that it must get better. He really is (or at least has become) an excellent writer, and the actual concept for the story isn't bad. I can definitely see the following books in this series being worth reading. I guess I'll find out though.
I started reading Christopher Moore's books at You Suck. Hilarious with memorable characters. Lamb should become the 5th gospel.
Good narrator, fine characters, decent plot. Christopher Moore is always a fun, slightly twisted escape but this is not one of his better books. Nowhere near his fantastic "Dirty Jobs".