This book was well written and REALLY well read. Is the narrator Fisher Stevens – the actor? It would make perfect sense – this book is so..Show More » much fun - and the read was a big factor.
I enjoyed the whole experience and would happily recommend you get this one. It is not often the reader will get me to laugh out loud – ( I wonder what the other drivers on the road with me were thinking?) - This is an interesting and silly take on death and the transition of the human soul. If you have ever been a fan of Piers Anthony, you will surely enjoy this romp through the macabre. This author is a more mature writer. Please Note: This book not intended for anyone but an adult audience, so be sure you are not sharing with the kids. There are a few words the kids can wait to learn – at least until after your mother-in-law comes to visit.
A Dirty Job is probably my favorite Christopher Moore novel, and it's a frequent re-listen in audiobook for me, partly due to Fischer Stevens' fantast..Show More »ic narration. I was so excited for this sequel.
While it was lovely to see some old friends (Minty Fresh! And I laughed out loud at Lemon), Lily (who has a much larger role in this one), Charlie, Jane, Sophie, the Emperor, Mrs Ling and Mrs Korchev, etc. - many of the characters seemed to have lost their heart or become a more slapstick version of themselves in Secondhand Souls: Sophie's urban slang/potty mouth was more jarring than funny to me; Jane was a one note joke; Minty was strung out and dropped the n-bomb way too much for me; the Emperor gets tasked with a list that basically meant nothing. Really? Moore couldn't have found a better use for such an awesome character?
The new characters seemed more to be plot devices than actual full-fledged characters. Mike Sullivan was sort of a Charlie-esque beta-male voice of reason from the first book, but in the end he was only an information delivery device and a convenient vessel. Lemon Fresh was awesome at first as we tried to guess his purpose, but I never really know how to feel about him either, and I wasn't thrilled about how Minty's character competed with him and got more abrasive/violent. Wiggly Charlie was the Jar Jar Binks of the book. Ugh. I hated the squirrel people and Bob/Thebe the Wise.
If you loved A Dirty Job, you will want to read this to see how the story ends. This is fast-paced, energetic (maybe even frantic), full of offbeat and ridiculous humor and snarky, irreverent verbal wordplay. Some of the jokes land well and others splat on their faces. There is more of everything - swearing, violence, action, romance, slapstick, and exposition... but I'm not sure that the final explanation really makes any sense. The great bits are really great, the rest mostly gets lost in the tornado of sound and furious madcap action. It felt like this sequel had a little less heart than A Dirty Job.