A Dirty Job
Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited...more
Christopher Moore - image from the Portland Mercury
Charlie Asher is a pretty regular guy having a regular life, until he sees death hovering over his wife following the birth of their first child. Strange things begin to happen and it takes a while before Charlie learns that he has been selected as a Death Merchant, a collector of the souls of those nearly or recently deceased. The job comes with a rulebook which, like most instructional manuals is of limited value. It gets even weirder when he ...more
If you threw Carl Hiaasen and Stephen King’s brains into a blender and pureed them with nutmeg and cinnamon, drank it like a protein shake and decided to take up writing, your resulting book might be this. You have death merchants, hounds from hell, grotesque monsters living in the San Francisco sewers and impending doom. For Hiaasen you have a huge dollop of quirkiness. Every character is quirky. Hand me a handy wipe, for I have quirk all over my shirt.
Charlie Asher is a ...more
This tends to be a consistent problem in all of his books I've read to date - he seems ...more
The only bit I did not like was the very imaginative ending. I just can't deal with monsters and evil crow women or 50+ creatures made out of mixed animal parts.
The characters were brillant. Funny situations and funny conversations.
Loved the Russian and Chinese woman that looked after Sophie all the time "strong like bear"
My favourite quote from the book has to be " Mrs Ling covered Sophie's eyes to shield her from the abomination her fathers' unwillingly journey into beasti ...more
Way back in HS I read Piers Anthony's On a Pale Horse, and this is a satirical, humorous variation on that theme. Moore is stringing together elements of his other novels and has recurring characters, all the more fun.
A Dirty Job deals with the tale of Charlie Asher, the owner of an antique store in San Francisco who is a “beta male” as opposed to an alpha and he is raising his daughter alone follo ...more
Is it my usual fancy? Probably not. I generally like my humorous reads to straddle the edge of believability, and this went a bit further than that. I accept though the boundaries of other people's imaginations can stretch a lot fu ...more
"When Alpha Males set out to conquer neighboring tribes, to count coups and take heads, Beta Males could see in advance that in the event of victory, the influx of female slaves was going to leave a surplus of mateless women cast out for younger trophy models, with nothing to do but salt down the heads and file the uncounted coups, and some would find solace in the arms of any Beta Male smart enough to survive.... The world is led by Alpha Male ...more
Get it? Hell-of-a-book?
Christopher Moore is one sick bastard. That’s the only explanation I came up with for the stuff he threw at me.
And yes, that’s a compliment. This guy rocks.
So what do we have here?
A total geeky Beta Male who becomes Death. Check.
Snoop Dogg aka Minty Fresh (yes, that is his real name) as a faithful sidekick. Check.
A baby who owns two hellhounds and kills with the word “kitty”. Check.
Hot bird creatures that give men hand jobs in dark alley ...more
The main character is a white man but the supporting cast are all drawn from offensive stereotypes (racial and otherwise): a big black man who is sassy, violent and who gets accused of pulling "the race card" for no apparent reason; an old Russian grandmother who's always talki ...more
The book started off with great premise: for some unknown reason a guy assumes the office/duties of DEATH. It was reminiscent of "On a Pale Horse" by Piers Anthony. It's hilarious for the first 2 sections. It reads like an action screenplay. I pictured Paul Rudd (40 year old virgin) as the main character, Asher. All was well and then the book tanked in section 3. I don't ...more
As if all of this wasn't enough, poor Charlie has to figure out how to keep ...more
Charlie: "I can prove it. Just take me to the music store in the Castro. You need to talk to Minty Fresh" (actual character name)
Rivera: "Of course, that clears things up. I'll have a word with Krispy Kreme while I'm there"
Somehow, this book kept getting pushed back in my reading list, even though I've clearly remembered what it's about all this time; how could I NOT when there's the Grim Reaper involved?
Honestly, this book would have gotten a full 4 stars if there weren't too many crude ...more
...until it wasn't.
Here's the weird thing about this book. That cover, it intrigues me, it always has. I see it and think, "I want to read that!" but then I never do.
Or do I?
Because I popped this audiobook into my super-modern six-disc changer that resides in the trunk of my car (seriously, how did anyone ever think that was a good idea?) and immediately felt a sense of deja-vu which lasted for, oh, I dunno...maybe 7 discs?
I think I know what happened. I th ...more
Un trabajo muy sucio es divertido, rápido de leer y tiene un equilibrio envidiable (desde el punto de vista de un escritor, c ...more
He’s the owner of Asher’s Secondhand Store in ...more
Anyway. I chose this book for my upcoming Real-Life Bookclub because, well... It's Christopher Moore. He makes me laugh, and since this bookclub happens to fall the day after my 31st birthday, I figured some laughing was in order. Because otherwise, there would be crying. Lots, and lots of crying.
(Side note. I have stumbled across a surefire way to tell when you're "old". Watch 15 minute ...more
The main character is Charlie Asher, self-described "beta-male" who owns a second-hand store in San Francisco. Following the unexpected death of his wife, Charlie takes on a new job, that of retrieving the souls of the dying with hilarious results. Smart and very funny but also emotionally touching. A ...more
Poor Charlie… Not only is he an awkward beta male who lost his wife, but he also has insubordinate employees, an unhelpful sister and sewer harpies to deal with! To cap it all off, his infant daughter can kill people with an innocuous word and he thinks he’s Death…
This book made me laugh. It also made me cry way more than I expected a Chris Moore book ever could, which either means that he is a genius or that I am, in fact, a weep-bag. “A Dirty Job” is set in Moore’s San Francisco univ ...more
A Dirty Job starts with a fun premise - a sad sap becomes a collector and placer of souls called a Death Merchant. Then it deteriorates as evil forces come after him, giving him hand jobs in alleys and speaking to him from the s ...more
Christopher Moore is wack. Funny-wack, not disturbingly mentally-ill wack (although that might explain a few things...) (As an aside: Do people still say "wack" or was that, like, so 2004? Just wondering, haven't heard people use it much anymore...)
"A Dirty Job" is spot-on hilarious, as one has come to expect from Moore. In this one, Charlie, a mil ...more
Making an apperhance are also abby Normal and Minty Fresh. The former only for a short passage, but Minty is on for most of the book. The Emperor also gets a ...more
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.
Moore's novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters suddenly struggling through supernatural or extraordinary circums ...more
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