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Sunday, July 16, 2006

A New Discovery (for me)

I like to read thrillers, and some of my favorite authors include Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, Carl Hiaasen, James Grippando, and Bill Fitzhugh. But I have now discovered an author that many of you may already know, Christopher Moore.

I'm currently reading Moore's new novel, A Dirty Job, and it's great! It's the story of Charlie Asher, an average person leading an average life until his wife dies shortly after giving birth to their daughter. Death seems to follow Charlie wherever he goes, plus, he's seeing glowing objects, hearing voices, and being chased by ominous shadows. It turns out that Charlie has been selected to be a death merchant, whose job is to collect soul vessels (ordinary objects that contain a recently deceased person's soul) before the deities of death can claim them. This is not a job that Charlie wants, but he has no choice but to accept it.

Charlie is surrounded by a hilarious cast of offbeat characters. The dialogue is witty, and the situation Charlie find himself in is wacky and fascinating. I'm only 100 pages into the book so I'm not able to write a complete review yet, but it's obvious that Charlie is on a crash course to a full confrontation with the deities of death, and the fun is going to be seeing how he gets there.

It may seem odd to call a book about death fun, but it is. Moore is the author of several outlandish novels such as The Stupidest Angel, Lamb, and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, and now that I've discovered him, I can't wait to read his other books.

Mike, webmaster


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