- Paperback: 405 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060590289
- ISBN-13: 978-0060590284
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (937 customer reviews)
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Cult-hero Moore (The Stupidest Angel) tackles death—make that Death—in his latest wonderful, whacked-out yarn. For beta male Charlie Asher, proprietor of a shop in San Francisco, life and death meet in a maternity ward recovery room where his wife, Rachel, dies shortly after giving birth. Though security cameras catch nothing, Charlie swears he saw an impossibly tall black man in a mint green suit standing beside Rachel as she died. When objects in his store begin glowing, strangers drop dead before him and man-sized ravens start attacking him, Charlie figures something's up. Along comes Minty Fresh—the man in green—to enlighten him: turns out Charlie and Minty are Death Merchants, whose job (outlined in the Great Big Book of Death) is to gather up souls before the Forces of Darkness get to them. While Charlie's employees, Lily the Goth girl and Ray the ex-cop, mind the shop, and two enormous hellhounds babysit, Charlie attends to his dangerous soul-collecting duties, building toward a showdown with Death in a Gold Rush–era ship buried beneath San Francisco's financial district. If it sounds over the top, that's because it is—but Moore's enthusiasm and skill make it convincing, and his affection for the cast of weirdos gives the book an unexpected poignancy. (Apr.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
It's certainly original. Even the harshest critic can't begrudge Christopher Moore his vivid imagination, satirical plots, and humor. Like a good sleight-of-hand artist, Moore builds up a huge reserve of goodwill to pull off his most demanding trick yet: laughing at death. The already-strained boundaries of his previous work (Lamb, an alternate history of Jesus's life; Bloodsucking Fiends, a vampire love story; and The Stupidest Angel, concerning the resurrection of Santa Claus) stretch even further to produce this tale that critics praise for its "improbable humor" (New York Times) and courage in "embracing what we fear" (Washington Post).<BR>Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
But I did not want to disappoint him so I resolved to at least give it a try. Since I love audio books, I added audio to this book and voila, the book took a totally new meaning. I love the narrator Fisher Stevens and listening to him brought the book to live.
The book is funny and sweet and strange and I loved Charlie Asher. The story takes place over number of years where newborn Sophie is growing up on top floor of Charlie’s second hand clothing store. She is being cared for by two immigrant ladies Chinese and Russian.
The talent of Fisher Stevens is so great that all character voices and accents are tailored to the characters, recognizable and in case of babysitters very funny because they were so real sounding.
Charlie Asher is identified as Beta male, which according to the book description is dependable, loyal, responsible and sensible individual. It sounds boring but Charlie is far from it – Charlie is a Death Merchant and Soul Collector.
Since Charlies wife Rachel died right after Sophie was born, Charlie is raising her himself and she is the most important person in his life, but his job sometimes takes him away from Sophie under most unusual circumstances.
The writing is very good. The dialogue between the different characters is so real and entertaining that it reminded me of my own family gatherings.
All characters are worth mentioning – Lillie, the Goth girl; Ray, the retired disabled detective; Charlie’s sister Jane who can’t decide on her life partner and Charlie’s daughter Sophie, who just by saying word “kitty” makes people and animals disappear.
And the ending did not disappoint.
5 stars for the story and 5 stars for the narrator Fisher Stevens
In the last quarter of the book one might get the impression that the author had to conquer some writer's blockage or get rid off of a cliffhanger situation as it gets seriously weird with the introduction of the squirrel people being undead soul vessels based on Tibetan monk practices. Sure, it's cool to continue the plot like that but wow what a change compared to the previous chapters. Last but not least, it's pretty obvious at an early stage of the story who the real Luminatus is... Nonetheless, it's A Dirty Job to do.