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Secondhand Souls: A Novel Paperback – May 10, 2016
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“Writing should be fun. [Moore] takes that to a whole new level. . . .weird, expletive-laden, wildly entertaining . . . the perfect palate cleanser before the fall’s literary entrées. . . . You just can’t make this stuff up. But Chrisopher Moore can.” (Washington Post)
“[F]antastically bizarre . . . wickedly entertaining . . . [a] rollicking ride. . . Moore creates a novel that pulses with its own glowing soul start to finish.” (USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars))
“Moore has created a world all his own, tackling dark subjects with a light-hearted irreverence. There’s a surprising amount of pathos to be found in a story that centers around a squirrel-man with a giant dong. Moore fans, rejoice.” (AV Club)
“[A] perfect way to end your summer reading, proving once again that Christopher Moore is one of a kind.” (Huffington Post)
“Secondhand Souls is a romping tale… There are some great pairings of characters here, and their relationships hold the whole nutty sequel together.” (Bookreporter.com)
“This novel is as zany, heartfelt, irresistible, and flat out as strange as it is billed....Secondhand Souls does not disappoint as a sequel and stands up as a solid novel filled with fun, humor, horror, and a fantastical cast of characters.” (New York Journal of Books)
“Secondhand Souls isn’t a book you savor. ...This is a binge-reading book, a crazy, fast-paced trip that leaves you satisfied, a little sleepy, and ready for the next installment. I mean, I can’t wait to see what happens when Death goes through puberty.” (Dallas Morning News)
“Disturbingly hilarious. And vice versa.” (Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Didn't Happen)
From the Back Cover
It seems like only yesterday that Charlie Asher took on a very dirty job—collecting souls and keeping the Forces of Darkness at bay. The new gig came with the Big Book of the Dead and a host of other oddities: creatures under the streets, an evil trinity of ravenlike Celtic death goddesses, and one very bad Underworld dude attempting to conquer humanity. Charlie faced off against these denizens of darkness—and met his own end. But thanks to Audrey, his Buddhist-nun boo, his soul is still alive . . . inside a fourteen-inch-high body made from lunchmeat and spare animal parts. Waiting for Audrey to find him a suitable new body to play host, Charlie has squirreled himself away from everyone, including his seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, who enjoys being the Luminatus—spouting off about her power over the Underworld and her dominion over Death.
Then some really freaky stuff hits San Francisco. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge.
To get to the bottom of this abomination, Charlie and a motley crew of heroes will band together. And with little Sophie babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind, time is definitely not on their side. . . .
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A highlight of “Secondhand Souls” is that Minty Fresh and Inspector Rivera who have both appeared in numerous Christopher Moore novels are given key roles this time out, and they are not a disappointment.
The humor is more witty and verbal in this text than in some of Moore’s more recent works. The book is profanity laden, but it does not come across as gratuitous and cheap as it has in some of his novels.
“Secondhand Souls” is not nearly as touching as its predecessor “A Dirty Job”, but it does add to the story begun in that novel and gives the whole thing a completeness and satisfying arc.
The climax feels very cinematic. It is action driven and full of lots of visual images. The ending is also thoughtful and it works. It is actually kind of hopeful, and I liked it and usually Mr. Moore’s endings I find a little lacking.
Christopher Moore always delivers a fun story with a few chuckles and “Secondhand Souls” will not disappoint in either regard.
The book is well done for a sequel. I read the original when it was fresh out, and I haven’t gone back, so there were some blank spots in my memory about who was what, and in the early part that is brought back in a re-exposition that filled in those blank spots. So that was really nice.
The action rises and builds, and if there is one real criticism of the book is that it resolves a little too quickly, and the end comes too soon. I’m not sure if it is the end of the book, or a set-up for something new. I guess we’ll have to see.
Because this is a continuation of the Charlie Asher story, I wish that I had read the earlier episodes before taking this one on. it would have put some situations and characters in clearly context. Nevertheless, plenty to enjoy in this surreal story of death and love..
Charlie Asher has been "dead" a year and things are getting bad again. Can the mismatched crew get things set straight before it's too late?
Moore uses profanity in his humor, but it's realistic. I think it makes it easier to connect with the characters. I love his works because they make me laugh and I know if I'm in need of laughter that just thinking about these books will make me giggle.
Some of my favorite parts of the story actually didn't even do anything for the plot itself. I don't want to spoil it for those that plan to read it, so I'll just say the "short stories' within the story itself is what I am referring to.