Christopher Moore has written many novels, all falling within the genre of dark humor, subtlety and well, a little twisted. A Dirty Job is no exception to this comedy book collection and an excellent addition at that. As a fan of shows that follow the same line (Dead Like Me) this was right up my alley
The novel stars Charlie Asher, very recently widowed father, who witnesses the collection of his wife’s soul. Not supposed to be able to witness such an event, it comes to light that Charlie himself is also a Death Merchant. Charlie’s life as a new father, pawn shop owner and Death Merchant takes him on a path of confusion, soul collection and diapers that he never imagined. Of course as if the addition of soul collection to his life wasn’t enough, something dark is stirring beneath the streets, the Morrigan. Without spoiling it too much, let’s just say these are the bad guys and not only does Charlie now have a multitude of new responsibilities, he’s got some demons trying to take the souls he’s supposed to collect for their own dark deeds.
This novel moves quick, through great one liners, poignant thoughts on death and dying and moments of out and out hilarity. While I felt the very very end was a little rough and almost tacked on, that by no means should be the basis in which to judge the entirety of the novel on.
Recommended to me by a Barnes and Noble employee as a good book to take on vacation, I am now hooked on Christopher Moore beyond the beach. He has many other novels and is working his way to his very own book of the month club. Currently I am reading the tale of Biff, who recounts his life as Jesus’ best friend through childhood, in the novel Lamb.
On the Bookalicious scale: 4- Satiated! A most tasty read, yet not overfilling.