I spend a large amount of my income on books. I mean, a lot. Seriously. It's a problem.
I have tried several. I like his style, but man, it's hard to get on board with several of his storylines. This one was pretty bad.
I like that he takes really extreme things and puts them in mundane situations. In the case of this book, though, I didn't like any of the characters.
I HATED his voicing of the demon. It was so irritating.
Oh geez, over half of it. Too convoluted.
Simply a fun trip through Moore's imagination
My favorite is still Moore's The Stupidest Angel
I'm an avid reader who loves having my hands free to work or engage in other projects.
I have been a fan of Mr. Moore's writing for several years, and this book does not change that... However, this book does cause me to view the author in a different light. This book is grimly entertaining. The author's sense of humor is tempered here by some kind of darkness, that while present in some of his other books, seems colder here.
I kept thinking about Hunter S. Thompson, and how his gonzo journalistic style opened my eyes as a reader. This book reminded me of that writing. Mr. Moore's characters, no matter if they are a central figure in the story, or merely a side note, are described in such a way as to become archetypes.
Not one character in the book is particularly likable, yet, they are each very unique in that. I disliked them each for their own particular flaws. It was like working with someone that you tolerate, and small talk with, but you'd never hang out with during your off time. So real that they are surreal.
This does not make the book any less enjoyable. The pacing is quick, but flows well enough, and the narration is crisp. I do feel that Oliver Wyman's female voices are kind of a stretch for him, but overall he was a pleasure to listen to. Catch was a surprise.
If you are a fan of Christopher Moore, you will enjoy this book, but I wouldn't recommend it as a new reader.
I first read this book in the library years ago and was happy when I found the audio version on audible. It's a funny story, and Christopher Moore has a style that always keeps you on your toes.
A demon named Catch that can be seen by most only in his "eating" form, an accidental and reluctant demon keeper, the salt-seeking king of the Djinn choosing Augustus Brine as his knight errant, flour explosions as invisible quarry tracking strategy (saw that on "Alphas" on TV last year as well), uneasy romance and murder -- it is a quirky cast. The book is entertaining in a frequently clever and occasionally vulgar sort of way. The demon may be the most rational of all. Good listen...
So, I thought I would try a new author. The story was good, not great, but enjoyable. The narration was horrible! The guy sounded like Casey Kasem, and it got old real fast. The story made me keep listening but I will never by a book with this narrator again.
My fourth Moore, and not his best. I bought it for comic relief, but no guffaws here--droll, no more. I've seen the pieces before: the California coastal town with its cast of characters, the Demon from Hell who blends the ancient with American pop culture (think the stupid angel in Lamb), etc. A too-tidy ending. Mildly amusing, no more.
A good beginning to Moore's style. Very funny. Story lacks form in the middle.
Yes, Funny lite reading.
No, But he was great.
This book's odd cast of characters are likeable and the lighthearted and absurd plot is an easy and entertaining read.
Wyman is my favorite performer - there are a lot of characters in this story and his voices are unique enough that it doesn't get confusing. His demon voice is the best!
I liked it. Maybe in the top 5 of my Christopher Moore "likes." :-) I would recommend this one.