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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.

Topics: Death, Funny, Supernatural Powers, San Francisco Bay Area, Black Humor, United States of America, Dark, Grief, Macabre, and The Afterlife

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061801822
List price: $8.99
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Once again, Mr. Moore has delivered something that is at once really funny, but also disconnected and distracting. While the characters were quirky and different, I didn’t really care how things turned out. Maybe it’s just his style, but I didn’t feel compelled to finish this novel despite how entertaining it was to actually read. The book did have black endpapers, which was cool. And great cover art, too. I’ll probably read more of Moore, but not right away. I’ll need time to digest whether or not I really like him or not.Moore has a really great turn of phrase that make me smile a lot and laugh out loud a couple of times. Lots of sarcastic questions & comebacks. I loved the Morrigan. Just the word itself and the particular grammar of it. The Morrigan. Three-in-one devils of the underworld. Nice. Charlie’s sporadic outbreaks of gangsta-speak are hilarious.read more
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My all time favorite book
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Once again, Mr. Moore has delivered something that is at once really funny, but also disconnected and distracting. While the characters were quirky and different, I didn’t really care how things turned out. Maybe it’s just his style, but I didn’t feel compelled to finish this novel despite how entertaining it was to actually read. The book did have black endpapers, which was cool. And great cover art, too. I’ll probably read more of Moore, but not right away. I’ll need time to digest whether or not I really like him or not.Moore has a really great turn of phrase that make me smile a lot and laugh out loud a couple of times. Lots of sarcastic questions & comebacks. I loved the Morrigan. Just the word itself and the particular grammar of it. The Morrigan. Three-in-one devils of the underworld. Nice. Charlie’s sporadic outbreaks of gangsta-speak are hilarious.
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Who knew that death and destruction could be laugh-out-loud funny?
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That was my first book by Christopher Moore and I am sure it won’t be the last. There are a lot of events, things and persons I really liked. Death (with a capital D) for instance who does not know who he is and wonders why all the pets he buys for his daughter wouldn’t last long. Lily, the goth-girl giving pity-sex from time to time, the Emperor with his troops roaming through San Francisco, Minty Fresh the not-gay shopkeeper, Jane the lesbian sister, some cute squirrel-people and some not-so-cute Evil Monsters. It’s nice to watch two men (one of them a wannabe ex-com with a penchant for cybersex with Philippine drag-queens, the other one Death) who think both the other one is a serial-killer, the fuck-puppets, two babysitters from Russia and China, respectively obsessed with bears, and – most important – Sophie with her shoe-eating puppies. But there is one aspect that really bothered me. I like serious books without jokes. I like serious books with some jokes. I like funny books that are just – funny. But I don’t like funny books that turn – if only for some pages – serious, spiritual and sentimental. No complains about Death as a fool mixing up old CDs with the souls of dead people, but, please, don’t give it an earnest background and/or a semi-religious explanation. “She liked the way that he could find the silliness in such dark territory.” (page 344) For me it’s exactly the other way round: I dislike the way Moore could find the darkness in such silly territory.
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Christopher Moore is a cross between Douglas Adams and Lenny Bruce. Charlie Asher, the hero of A Dirty Job, is a Beta Male."Beta Males have survived not by meeting and overcoming adversity, but by anticipating and avoiding it. That is, when the Alpha Males were out charging after mastodons, the Beta Males could imagine in advance that attacking what was essentially an angry, wooly bulldozer with a pointy stick might be a losing proposition, so they hung back at camp to console the grieving widows. When Alpha Males set out to conquer neighboring tribes, to count coups and take heads, Beta Males could see in advance that in the event of victory, the influx of female slaves was going to leave a surplus of mateless women cast out for younger trophy models, with nothing to do but salt down the heads and file the uncounted coups, and some would find solace in the arms of any Beta Male smart enough to survive. In the case of defeat, well, there was that widows thing again. The Beta Male is seldom the strongest or the fastest, but because he can anticipate danger, he far outnumbers his Alpha Male competition. The world is led by Alpha Males, but the machinery of the world turns on the bearings of the Beta Male."Works for me!
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I enjoyed the book as I have all the others I have read by Christopher Moore. I enjoy his ability to blend humor and the supernatural. I thought the epilogue undermined the pathos of Charlie Asher's character arch. Here is a person that spends much of his life being as innocuous as possible and then finds a purpose larger than himself through death (mostly other peoples).
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