A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
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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.

 

About Christopher Moore

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Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 400 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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But plots thicken as Charlie undertakes (so to speak) his new duties, aided and abetted and abused by his Punk Goth teenaged store-clerk Lily, his take-charge lesbian sister Jane, his ethnic tenants Mrs. Ling and Mrs. Korjev, the self-proclaimed homeless Emperor of San Francisco (on loan from Blo...

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Christopher Moore's latest and wobbliest story, which takes on hellhounds and demons, suggests that his gonzo irreverence has its limits.

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Not very many of us think about death on a daily basis. Not only is it depressing, but it could end ...Death is serious business, but doesn't necessarily have to be taken seriously all the time.

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The 28 glossy illustrated pages boiled it down in a nutshell: he was to retrieve souls, pass them on to their new recipients, and never let them end up in the hands of the Forces of Darkness that are continually waiting to take over the world.

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Examiner

In Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job, published in 2006, Moore takes a self-proclaimed beta male and turns him into the hero of the story.

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Book Reporter

It might have helped if Lily had given Charlie THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF DEATH that had arrived in the mail, but she was so sure that it had to be for her.

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Entertainment Weekly

It seems important to mention at the top that Christopher Moore is a very funny writer with a terrific knack for dialogue and for bringing together the ordinary and the not-so-much, making the blend seem normal.

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Pajiba

I guess I can relate, because — and perhaps this is why my friends thought of me when they read this — when I was writing, I had the very same problem Moore seems to have: a raft of “quirky” side characters who totally overwhelm the relatively dull main character.

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Christopher Moore Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Fluke SF Site Review: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove SF Site Review: Island of the Sequined Love Nun SF Site Review: Island of the Sequined Love Nun If you've read any of Christopher Moore's previous novels, particularl...

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Red Room

Our narrator and hero is Pocket, King Lear's jester or fool, who is a young man of multiple talents: He can forge letters, throw knives with deadly accuracy and, most of important all, make the melancholy Cordelia laugh.

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SF Reviews

Not really the Death, though, simply a Death, a "Death Merchant" whose job it is to gather the souls of the recently departed — ensconced in objects that glow red to Charlie's sight — and move them on to new owners before the forces of darkness get hold of them and wreak all sorts of havoc upon t...

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He receives a book that explains the whole system, but it becomes clear that the book is misinformed on a few things.

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Meanwhile the man in green has sent a book to Charlie to explain his new predicament, it turns out that Charlie has been chosen to be a "death merchant" and ...

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The Austinist

Moore may not be the most skilled writer, but he’s an outstanding storyteller and a keen observer of the human condition (if we were to take Moore seriously, we could pull from such themes as mortality, identity, and theories of the soul).

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Along with other "Death Merchants" like him, the "Santa's Helpers of Death," Charlie eventually learns that his mission is to retrieve "soul vessels"—those personal objects which contain the souls of the dead people who owned them--which the Death Merchants see as red and glowing.

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