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)
Christopher Moore is funny and irreverent. But there are always points where his work slogs. This book is no exception. But it is well worth slogging along with him. It is darkly funny and insightful.
What a great book! Charlie, an unlikely hero and unwitting saviour of the world, is the kind of guy you usually ignore. His job as a second-hand junk merchant dovetails nicely with his unasked for avocation as a death merchant.
Set realistically in San Francisco, this book is just flat out funny. I've always suspected there were demons in the Trans Bay BART tunnel, and this book just confirms it.
The first few chapters were a little slow, but stick with it. They introduce the characters and set the scene for a great story.
I was disinclined to write a review because there are so many already, and they are generally so good, and I thought, "What's the point?" But I have anyway, since I find myself constantly recommending this book to my friends! I agree that the first couple of chapters set a strange and dark tone, and are very "sad" for a comedy, but I recommend ignoring this and the journey will more than reward you. Even the extreme sadness in the beginning finds it's own "redemption", eventually. The characters are terrific, and the dialogues with Minty Green had me laughing out loud. And what bizarre characters they are, dredged up from mythology, some, but others merely invented from a hugely inventive imagination. Yes, it's a dirty job, but you'll find out why SOMEONE has to do it!
Perhaps this book would have been good if I could have skimmed over the boring parts. But as an audiobook, it was a real struggle to get through the first couple of chapters. The main character was annoying and unlikeable. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but gave up before it did. The idea was good, so I might try again someday with a hard copy.
this book was a very nice surprise. Had not heard of the author before. The book had a some wicked humor and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is my first review, but I felt compelled to add a few more words in praise of this fabulous book. The story is incredibly creative, and the plot moves along at a good clip. The characters are well developed with exceptional dialogue. Very funny, as is to be expected with any Moore book. I laughed so hard I actually cried in a few places. The narration by Fisher Stevens is so well done, I wish more books used him. I highly recommend this book!
Rarely does a book make me laugh out loud in an abrupt, embarassing, bark-like manner but this one did repeatedly and I was glad I was alone when it did. Steven's brisk, upbeat, earnest narration suits Moore's story brilliantly - kudos to both of them.
This is my first review of a book on Audible and I have to say I loved this book. It was funny and the main character is so likable. I could not stop laughing and I found myself wanting more at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I will read it again. It was all-around great.
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I thought that this was a great book. It was humorous, and the characters were hysterical. You have to love the main character as he is so likeable. I did not know that the book would Have a sci/fi bent so that was a bit of a suprise. If the sci/fi part was not in there, it would definately get five stars. Go for it if you want a great read and a good laugh.
I absolutely loved this book. The author is so funny, I had to pull over my truck to laugh at some parts of the book. I can't wait to read his next book!
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