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Secondhand Souls

(Grim Reaper #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  14,208 ratings  ·  1,646 reviews
In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing—and you know that can't be good—in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by William Morrow
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Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I guess I am a Christopher Moore junky, I am compelled to read his books. I must.

I’ve read them all so when his latest came out, I was like a kid counting out spare change on the counter of the beer store for a six pack of Milwaukee’s Best. I needed to read.

But I got this way for a reason – Moore can write, and his is an imagination that is twisted just right, like a Hunter S. Thompson goldilocks figuring out which pillbox of Mexican jumping beans holds just the RIGHT bean.

Moore’s latest,
I'm not feeling a long review for this audiobook, but I do feel that I should say something , so here it goes:

1. Fisher Stevens is an excellent narrator and this audio performance is no exception. He did all the voices so well and with such gusto-I love this guy.

2. Christopher Moore is hilarious. Sometimes juvenile, but that's okay with me. With characters like Minty Fresh and Lemon Fresh and phrases like "Shy Dookie" (that was a pet name for someone who could only poop at home), how can you
Gail Strickland
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I became a widow five years ago, death has been no laughing matter...unless I'm reading Christopher Moore's take on it and then I snicker, giggle, laugh out loud and snort once or twice. If you have a sense of humor, or even if you don't, Secondhand Souls is a marvelous read that is the best of Moore. Along with King, Hiassen, Tim Dorsey, I sometimes worry about Moore's mental state but as long as he writes hilarious books like this one (it's also a good meditation on death), I'll read ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want Banshees?
Want rodent people possessed by the souls of the dead?
Want a list of heroes including a goth chick, a Buddhist monk, a police detective, a two foot tall alligator-mutant with a foot long . . . well . . . you know, and a guy straight out of 70s blaxsploitation films named Minty Fresh?

Moore is always so wonderfully wired and wacky. This book (and the dualogy that it is part of) are so nonsensical, but so perfect at the same time. Sometimes when I read authors that are "out there", I
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
A Dirty Job was one of my first Moore books, and also my favorite, so I was excited to find out there was a sequel in the works, and when I saw my library had it, I just had to get it.

So it's with some level of disappointment that I must report that I didn't really like it all that much.

One of the big disappointments was that Sophie, who you would expect to be a pretty main character in this story, is pretty much relegated to second-tier player, again, and doesn't really do all that much -
Laura Martinelli
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, arc, saved-from-work
I got into Christopher Moore years ago after picking up a copy of Lamb at my old job, and I loved it. I quickly devoured the rest of his books that we regularly got in, and while there were some gross missteps in those spurts of binge reading (Fluke, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove), I generally thought that his books were funny, irreverent, and with a lot of heart. (I actually would tell people to go read both Lamb and Good Omens because despite their different senses of humor, I thought ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This comic novel is the sequel to "A Dirty Job". As the story opens Charlie Asher - enemy of the forces of darkness who was killed in the last book - now inhabits a makeshift foot-high body made of mismatched animal parts and luncheon meats. Charlie and the other 'Death Merchants' of San Francisco, whose job is to collect souls from the dying and pass them on to new bodies, have been shirking their responsibilities. Thus there are thousands of loose souls in the city, a situation that
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantastical
Eh. I liked it. I didn't love it. Maybe I had way too high of expectations, since I loved A Dirty Job so much (and Lamb, and You Suck, etc.). Secondhand Souls had some clever moments and some funny moments, and it was nice getting to hang out with Charlie and Minty Fresh again...but... I thought some of it fell flat. Like Christopher Moore was phoning it in. Granted, his phoning it in is still amusing. But you get what I'm saying, right? Read it if you love Moore and A Dirty Job and need a quick ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Temper expectations and Secondhand Souls then becomes a great second half to the Grim Reaper saga.

This novel feels as if A Dirty job was Vol. 1 of a two part story. Secondhand Souls serves as that concluding Vol. 2. It pays off on all the unanswered questions from the first book. The transition between books is seamless. It is also consistent in narrative tone, humor and the characters spirit.

If you loved the A Dirty Job and want to know how the story ends, then youll love this sequel. If you
Christopher Moore and the Grim Reaper gang are back. A lot of things have changed since the battle with The Morrigan. Beta male Charlie Asher’s soul is stuck in one of his Buddhist girlfriends “meat puppets”, his daughter Sophie aka Death who is now being raised by his sister and her foul mouthed wife has seemingly lost all her powers and Inspector Rivera has taken a break from duty, any everything else for that matter, to get used to his role as the cities newest death merchant. Minty Fresh, ...more
Christopher Moore is a nut, he has such a twisted story telling ability that it is like a train wreck, you just can't not watch/read. The characters in this book are off the hook weird and funny. IMHO Dirty Deeds was a little more laugh out loud funny but this one had a great story and is a good Segway to the next in the series.
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban, humour
Falling somewhere between offbeat/quirky and silly/juvenile, Secondhand Souls was actually a much more enjoyable read than I anticipated. Clearly I've missed something by diving into the second book of a series, butChristopher Moore recaps previous events well (and often . . . a tad too often), so I don't really feel like I've missed anything.

What you have here is a world where people are 'chosen' to become Grim Reapers - yes, plural Grim Reapers, because it really is too big a job for one
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know how it is when you finish a book and you actually wish it was an additional two hundred pages? This is that. The latest installment of Moore's Grim Reaper series gave me an awesome amount of pleasure, as my favorite San Francisco Death Merchants reappear (along with their entourage) and gird their loins to take on another menace to humanity. Everyone plays a part, and there are naughty hi-jinks galore. Yes, Moore has a delightfully prurient mind, and no doubt would rattle the morality ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
No. Just... no.

Look, I worship at the altar of Christopher Moore just as much as the next hilarious-yet-irreverent-fiction fan, but this just did not work for me. A Dirty Job was already one of my less favorite of the Moore canon, so I guess I shouldn't have expected much from the sequel. But this literally read like a bad Christopher Moore fan-fiction written by a team of stoned college sophomores.

I laughed at the patented Moore-isms. I thought the dynamic duo of Mrs. Ling and Mrs. Korchev was
It's a sequel to a favorite book of mine, by a favorite author, with some of my favorite characters of his, set in a city I adore. It's full of snark, and irreverence, and humor, and completely whacko situations, and a touch of philosophy. You expected I wouldn't like it?

Thank you so much to library thing and the publishers for sending this one my way. It came while I was ill, and everyone knows laughter is the best medicine.
Kat Jones
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! I got it as an advanced reader copy and couldn't put it down! I need more Sophie; she is easily my favorite character! The way she mouths off like a sailor but infinitely more creative than just the constant f-bombs and the wide eyed innocence only a 7 yr old can pull off, what's funnier than a mouthy kid or grandma if you're not the one having to discipline them? I'm not sure if my favorite part was from her interaction with the drag nuns, or telling a strange man that she named ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, scifi-fantasy
Christopher Moore's novels are additive. Besides the info in the "book description", it's a lot of fun reading the book! The story is fascinating with out of the world imagination,
which I got a total kick out of. His writing is good and dialogs are humorous. Highly recommend.
Amy Spector
Sep 18, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Why does this have to be so expensive?!

JG (The Introverted Reader)
Sophie seems to have lost her mojo at the same time that some freaky stuff starts going down again in San Francisco. The Squirrel People are restless, ghosts are swarming the Golden Gate Bridge, and there's a man in a yellow suit drifting around stirring up trouble. What's going on this time?

2.5 Stars but I'm feeling generous but I'm not feeling generous after getting my thoughts down.

What this feels like is a contractual obligation. My guess is that Christopher Moore signed a deal for a
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Point of embarkation: Christopher Moore isn't for everyone! Indeed, when a student first convinced me that I would enjoy The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove 15 years ago, I admit I was concerned what my students thought of me and what kind of role model I was (or was failing to be). But Moore made me laugh, and that's good. His stuff is weird and, let's be frank, skates along the fine edge of just plain stupid, but, when he hits his stride, he's really funny. Frankly, I've always thought his ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The follow-up to Moore's A Dirty Job - possibly my favorite of all his books - is even wilder and wackier than that book. So many twists! Only in Christopher Moore land could such things happen. And of course it is all delivered with a singular sense of humor. Moore may have equaled A Dirty Job with this book, no easy task.

Also, a fun fact about this book: the advance copy I have, and one would assume the finished copy due out in about 8 weeks, glows in the dark! The combination of the white
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christopher Moore makes death weirdly funny. This was my first Moore book, but it won’t be my last. His humor is right up my alley. I had no idea that this was a sequel when I started it, but it worked fine as a stand-alone book. Clever and a little profane, just like me.
Lisa Wolf
I'll just say it: Christopher Moore can pretty much do no wrong. Enormous lizards? Artificial whales? Stupid angels and Jesus? Shakespeare, Impressionist painters... you get the drift. For ultra-weird but extremely funny (and even touching) stories, you really can't beat the Author Guy's books.

Secondhand Souls is a sequel to A Dirty Job, which is just an awesomely funny, entertaining, vulgar, crazy tale -- and Secondhand Souls lives up to it, not quite perfectly, but awfully darn close. The
David Katzman
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of humor writing, camp and/or Christopher Moore
DO NOT READ THIS UNLESS YOU READ BOOK 1 i didn't. (Good luck deciphering that triple negative.)

Kind of dumb, I grabbed this at the bookstore when it came out because I love Christopher Moore but didn't realize it was the second book in a series. So while there are many hilarious moments in this book, there is also a lot of convoluted backstory that would have been much easier to follow had I read A Dirty Job.

Even so, I quite enjoyed it. No one can do paranormal comedy like Moore.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Can you like a book a lot and not like the story? I think that might be a real thing after reading this book.

I absolutely loved A Dirty Job! Moore's best book in my opinion. So naturally I was super, super excited to hear that there was a sequel! One of the things I loved the most about DJ was the characters. All of them were so well drawn out, so funny and likable so it was a real pleasure to see all of them back on paper again.

That's when it goes down hill for me though. I think the
Scott Bell
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's not just the genius with which Moore creates his strikingly unique characters and imbues them with distinct speech, or the brilliance of how he builds the symphony of increasingly outrageous events to a crescendo, it's...well, it's every one of those things and much more.

Constructing readable prose is hard. Constructing prose that surprises with hidden meaning and marvelous metaphors takes a master. Christopher Moore never falls to the pedestrian usage of a phrase. He raises it a notch,
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off I am biased towards Christopher Moore as I have read and throughly enjoyed a majority of his books.

Revisiting the characters of A Dirty Job was a fun visit as I loved hearing from Charlie , the Beta Male. However it more fun reading about the characters and the chemistry and jokes they share. The story itself suffered a bit .

It's like having brunch with really good friends who are funny and interesting and realizing that not too much has happened since that brunch where you had so much
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, c-moore-books
3.5 Stars

This is The Grim Reaper # 2. The first book in the series is, Dirty Jobs.

I enjoy this series, it's fun and outlandish, like most of Christopher Moore's stories.

Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book for free from the GoodReads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

I was initially rather excited when I won this book. I had enjoyed both Lamb and Coyote Blue and was looking forward to reading more by an author that I remembered for doing extensive research and drawing upon altogether fascinating mythology in a humorous way. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, used extensively in Lamb isn't exactly obscure or difficult to come by. I was hoping what would be
Heidi Ward
Of all Christopher Moore's novels, which range from the adolescent and ridiculous (Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings) to the pretty much perfect (Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal), the ones that Charlie Asher lives in are my favorites. Secondhand Souls is of course the sequel to A Dirty Job, which introduced us to Charlie, beta male junk shop owner, and the hidden world of the Death Merchants. (Also: a devastatingly cool record-shop owner called Minty Fresh, ...more
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Christopher Moore 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.

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