Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove #1)
In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. Behind the fake Tudor façade of Pine Cove, California, Catch see...more
this book. was. bad.
so effing bad there must be a logical explanation for it. the logical explanation is: christopher moore, you used to be a very stinky writer. i'm not sure what happened between "practical demonkeeping" and "a dirty job", but i'm guessing it was nothing short of an earth quaking, baby shaking, holy sweet mother of pearl miracle.
all the raw elements are there. the slightly deranged yet interesting menagerie of characters, the twisting, intercoursed plot lines, a cou...more
My impressions when I initially read it:
This is a quirky book about a young priest-in-training who unwittingly commands a demon into existence that gives him immort...more
The premise is fairly simple... A young man, Travis, conjurs a demon on accident while cleaning the accolyte candles at a Catholic church. He is stuck with the demon, who does not have to tell him how he can...more
The story itself is simple enough, one man (Travis) is cursed with being the "Master"...more
Granted, this is Moore's first book, but really, I think it's a good example of how I feel about his work in general sometimes. That is to say, a great idea with some genuinely funny bits thrown in, but overall, not so great in execution. There are lots of things I'm clearly supposed to think are hilariously dark and witty, but of...more
It's very clear from this novel and his others that Mr. Moore has a genuine fondness for his characters. He presents them just as they are, with all their flaws and virtues evident to the reader, in...more
How would you like to have a homicidal demon named "Catch" in tow - an unwanted burden that likes to swallow people whole and one you would love to shift but if you do so you will age something like 90 years in one fell swoop? This is Travis's dilemma as he searches for a solution in the fake Tudor Californian town of Pine Cove. To his aid springs a bad-tempered genie, named Gian Hen Gian, and an elderly gentleman, Effrom Elliot, who dreams about women, thinks...more
In a small coastal town popular with tourists (Pine Cove, California) an ens...more
Practical Demon Keeping tells the story of a man who accidentally invokes a people-eating demon (actually, a fallen angel corrupted by time spent in hell and on earth), and tangles he gets into trying to shoulder the bur...more
But compared to Moore’s later books, Practical Demonkeeping seems to lack maturity and courage - it feels as if the author was testing the waters that he would fully plunge into only later in his career. His gre...more
My massage therapist recommended Moore to me as an author that is very readable, whose books don't involve a lot of complex thoughts that could be forgotten if the book is read over long periods of time. I had lamented to her how much I missed reading adult literature for pleasure, and she suggested Moore books primarily because I could se...more
An ancient netherworld demon wrecks havoc on a sleepy little resort town in California as his handler tries to contain him while attempting to keep the demon’s presence a secret and battling other external elements.
Christopher Moore has long been recommended to me. This is the first novel of his and the first that I’ve read. From page one I realized I should have been reading this author much earlier. There’s a lot of enjoy.
There are elements...more
P.D. is one o...more
Of Moore's work, I read A DIRTY JOB first and really dug it, then subsequently picked up FOOL and LAMB and didn't make past the halfway point with either one. They weren't bad, they just didn't hold my interest, nor have I had a desire to return to them. DEMONKEEPING is closer to DIRTY JOB in terms of style and tone, a similar, lighthearted...more
As with the other books of his that I've read, Moore loses out on a higher score mostly because of deeply lazy stabs at humor he takes. Most obnoxious is the hotel worker pretending to be a woman on the internet. While it may have been slightly less well-worn territory back in the mid-90's, it still wouldn't have been funny. Moore has the sort of humor that aims low, even for the height he thinks...more
To those contemplating reading this book but put-off by some reviewers commenting on difficulties keeping the characters straight, take heart. Only 15 people really need to be tracked - not in great detail, mind you, just remember a one sentence description of who they are. If you'r...more
Just as in "Lamb" and "Dirty Job" we have very real people thrown into absurd, fantastical situations. (and, at least i...more
Travis accidentally summoned the demon "Catch" from hell, whilst training to be a priest in 1919. Since then Catch had followed him everywhere, and has been...more
Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.
Moore's novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters...more