Apr 17, 08
Read in July, 2007
Never do I laugh out loud more often during a novel than when I am reading Christopher Moore. Nobody does "dark humor" better. In A Dirty Job Charlie Asher has spent his entire life as a beta male, always living in the shadow of the alpha male. Despite his hypochondria, constant worrying, and general nerdiness Charlie has managed to wed a beautiful woman who loves him. Unfortunately she dies of a rare complication following childbirth and Charlie is left raising his daughter alone.
But when Charlie sees a mysterious stranger in his wife's hospital room that claims that he shouldn't be seen at all, Charlie is pulled into the dark world of being a "Death Merchant". It is now Charlie's job to roam San Francisco and search for the souls of the recently departed and make sure they get to where they need to go. Now his world is filled with thoughts of raising his daughter alone in addition to Sewer Harpies threatening him from every storm drain and giant ravens attacking him on the street. Moore gives a typical insane cast of characters including a police officer who is tracking Charlie, a cynical goth teenager working for him, another employee who is convinced that Charlie is a serial killer, a gay sister who insists on wearing all of Charlie's clothes, a 7' black colleague named Minty Fresh ... oh and don't forget the squirrel people.
Hilarious from start to finish. Full of dark and twisty situations. If you don't mind dealing with death from a humorous point of view and some graphic language you won't be able to put it down. And those around you will wonder what you are laughing at.