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 really didn't like this book. Too, too, too, weird.... I really wanted to just quit but once I start something I have to finish... so reluctantly I did finish.
I left the book with only one thought... can the daughter still kill someone by saying "kitty?"
It was really just plain DUMB.
This is my first Christoper Moore book and I had a blast listening to it. I loved the off-beat sense of humor and found my self laughing out loud to this book more than once while riding along in the car. A few warnings, this is NOT a book to listen to around children, the F bomb is used, A LOT! ADULT CONTENT! Ok, other than that, lets just say I can see my child saying "not up the ......" to some class too as I would be in some ackward situation like that. Enjoy it as I have!
This book was moderately entertaining, although the writer tosses in a few too many predictable racial stereotype jokes and icky underage sex situations. The narration, on the other hand, was downright irritating. The narrator phrases sentences as if he's seeing the material for the first time and doesn't know how a given sentence is going to end. He manages to kill the humor in nearly every line this way. He provides emotional range just by turning up the volume for "anger" and "scared." I will say he does an excellent job with accents (handy given all the racial cliches, including an elderly Chinese woman who eagerly steals and cooks up any animal carcass she comes across). I strongly encourage anyone to listen to the clip before purchasing. I usually do but for some reason didn't on this one - big mistake.
I didnt know what to expect from this book. I started listening and got hooked right away. I found myself laughing more than once! I hated to have it end. I would certainly recommend it, especially if you are looking for a different book, its not run of the mill!
Moore relies a little to much on stereotypes for laughs, but if you can get past that...
I found it very entertaining, and the reader was excellent. I will be purchasing more books by Moore.
I stumbled across this book and loved it. After reading this very funny book, I have gone and read 3 more by the author. All are very funny, however this is by far the best.
This was a great read/listen...I found myself forsaking podcasts b/c I couldn't stop listening to it. This may replace "King Dork" as my new favorite book...had great humor and some geek/sci-fi appeal. I hope his other books are as good...
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