But Charlie's been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.
Yes, Charlie's doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie, exhausted from the birth, turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at Rachel's hospital bedside, a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird.
People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It's a dirty job. But hey, somebody's gotta do it.
©2006 Christopher Moore; (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers
"Moore's enthusiasm and skill make it convincing, and his affection for the cast of weirdos gives the book an unexpected poignancy." (Publishers Weekly)
I purchased this book because I am looking for new authors to enjoy. Enjoy I did. I wasn't really reading what this book was about, and of course, got a suprise with the content! just goes to show, you can once in a while pick a book blindly and love it. Very funny, content was handled well, not scary but facinating. Mr. Moore will sell another book to me. Recommend for the light side of scary! funny funny funny
Christopher Moore's wicked and twisted sense of humor is right up my alley. I have only read two other books by him (before this one) but now, I'm going to have to get them all!
I'm not sure why this book is so popular with audible listeners. I found it weird and not well written.
Once again Christopher Moore has delivered a funny,clever and totally believale book about a dark topic. Well developed plot and characters. This book was fun to listen too.
It is very hard to give this book ONE star--but I did not see an alternative. I am so tired of the so-called supernatural being used with mortals with "no story" to back it up. What a waste of credit and money.
Maybe I'm just a fan of Susan Bennett's narration but I did not find this book entertaining in the least. The story was cute and I laughed out loud maybe once. I found myself daydreaming about other things, not paying attention to the audiobook, and not caring about rewinding and replaying the parts I missed. I'm a huge fan of Moore but I don't think I would pay for the sequel to this book if/when it comes out.
Thought the idea for the story had promise. Little did I know that the narration was going to be done in the most annoyingly whiney voice. I wasn't able to listen past the first chapter. Fortunately, this was not my first listen or I might have reconsidered the value of audible altogether.
Daddy, baby, Death
The equanimity with which the characters accept the fantastic things that happen. That, and Charlie hollering at the Morigan at sewer grates.
Oh, that's hard. I like Lily because she's such a good kid and wants not to be, so she's my favorite--today.
When Sophie shows up to save Charlie in the battle under the city.
This is a fun and entertainig look at death and Death that lets you read for pure entertainment or delve for deeper meaning. I'm an entertainment girl myself.
Wow. I guess Christopher Moore hates Asian people. Seriously folks, I haven't been this uncomfortable since I watched Mickey Rooney portray a Japanese guy in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's that bad. In terms of horrible Asian stereotypes, the gang is all here in this book. There's a Chinese grandma who will cook and eat anything, including dead pets. There's a guy who runs an illegal fireworks shop in the back of his dry cleaning shop (a twofer, if you will). This same character's youngest granddaughter is named Cindy Lu Hu (just couldn't help yourself, could you, Moore?). Oh, and don't worry, there's a long, cringe-worthy scene at an Asian massage parlor. The list goes on, but you get the idea.
In short, don't give this racist jerk your time and money.
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