Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore- Review

From Amazon:
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 for a new position: as Death.

It's a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody's gotta do it.

I have to say the big downfall of being a book blogger is the absolute towering mountains of books I constantly want to read.  I read A LOT, and, I suppose, fairly quickly (I'm not a skimmer, but apparently I eat through books faster than normal? I have no idea who defines this, but it's what people like to tell me), however even I can not read all the books that appeal to me.  So more often than not it can take ages for me to get to a recommendation that's not on my radar already.

I tell you all this, to explain how much it's been killing the hubby that I hadn't read any of his beloved Christopher Moore books.   He discovered Moore about a year ago, and has been chortling his way through every book he's written since then.  I need no other recommendation then his constant laughter, but I did need that perfect moment to sit down and crack one of the spines (though not literally, GACK! Book abuse!).  That moment presented itself recently when I finished Mockingjay for the second time, and for the second time felt decidedly deflated and broken.  I needed a good laugh, and since Moore is in Toronto for a signing this Saturday, I also needed to read one of his books before then, or the hubby was going to lynch me.

It took me a chapter or two to switch gears and get into his irreverent, tongue-and-cheek humor, but once I did I was sold.
Charlie had Sophie strapped to his chest like a terrorist baby bomb when he came down the back steps. She had just gotten to the point where she could hold up her head, so he had strapped her in face-out so she could look around.  The way her arms and legs waved around as Charlie walked, she looked as if she was skydiving and using a skinny nerd as a parachute.
The characters were charming, mains and sides alike, maybe even more so because Moore subjects you to many of their less than endearing moments.  All the warts and moles are exposed, and not only is it funny but it makes you love these people in a way you wouldn't normally.  They're just so lovely and defective, it's like adopting little bedraggled shelter puppies, with torn ears and who hump the legs of anyone who walks through your door.  Embarrassing sure, but down to earth.

I did find that the wonky story arc was of decidedly less interest to me than the relationships and general comedy.  The convergence of the forces of dark and what Charlie was supposed to do about it didn't have me flipping the pages in a race to the end.  Also, and I just have to say it, I didn't like the ending.  It left me feeling a little ripped off.  Buuuut, the comedy and characters were so engrossing that both of these things, which would normally be deal breakers for me, seemed relatively inconsequential. I told you he was funny.  I'm so tickled that some of my favourite characters from a A Dirty Job crop up in Moores Vampire books that I might even have to disregard that dangerous looking TBR pile glaring at me from the corner of the living room, and pick them up.

The goods on the signing.  Christopher Moore's latest book Sacre Bleu hit shelves last week, and he'll be in TO this Saturday at the Chapters next to the Scotiabank Theater at 2pm.  If you come out make sure to keep your eyes peeled for me and come say hi!

A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore
Published by HarperCollins, March 2007
Buy A Dirty Job on Amazon


  1. I always enjoy Christopher Moore books. I have not read A Dirty Job yet, but it is on my bookshelf now. Hopefully I will get to it soon!

  2. He is so enjoyable to read. Refreshing take on death. Glad he is coming out with a new book soon.

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