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In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. Behind the fake Tudor façade of Pine Cove, California, Catch sees a four-star buffet. Travis, on the other hand, thinks he sees a way of ridding himself of his toothy traveling companion. The winos, neo-pagans, and deadbeat Lotharios of Pine Cove, meanwhile, have other ideas. And none of them is quite prepared when all hell breaks loose.

Topics: United States of America, California, Small Town, Speculative Fiction, Debut, Parody, Funny, Witty, Dark, Demons, Supernatural Powers, and 20th Century

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061802638
List price: $8.99
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Starts slowly but builds to a wonderful crescendo of activity in the last few chapters. read more
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This was a cute book, but not the best things I've ever read by a long shot. I think this could have been a great book, but Moore kind of missed the boat on it. I've read several of his books and have had the same experience with all of them. He seems to be very hit or miss. I'm gonna have to call this one a miss.read more
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I've just read this book again for the first time in years - I was looking for something fun and easy as a beach read. I fell in love with it all over again!I am absolutely in love with the misfits of Pine Cove, and though so many of their stories and actions are far-fetched, they are also very real and beilevable characters. They are flawed and funny and wonderfully fleshed out.The whole concept of Practical Demonkeeping is delightfully absurd, and Moore weaves everyone you meet into the main story line flawlessly. Everyone in Pine Cove has their role to play, and they play it well. And Catch, the demon - who loves comic books as much as he loves eating people? How ridiculous and fantastic!If you're looking for a break from reailty, or looking for a light read before you embark upon your next 800 page historical fiction epic, I'd suggest giving this (or almost any other) book by Christopher Moore a chance. Give your brain a break and just have some fun!read more
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Starts slowly but builds to a wonderful crescendo of activity in the last few chapters.
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This was a cute book, but not the best things I've ever read by a long shot. I think this could have been a great book, but Moore kind of missed the boat on it. I've read several of his books and have had the same experience with all of them. He seems to be very hit or miss. I'm gonna have to call this one a miss.
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I've just read this book again for the first time in years - I was looking for something fun and easy as a beach read. I fell in love with it all over again!I am absolutely in love with the misfits of Pine Cove, and though so many of their stories and actions are far-fetched, they are also very real and beilevable characters. They are flawed and funny and wonderfully fleshed out.The whole concept of Practical Demonkeeping is delightfully absurd, and Moore weaves everyone you meet into the main story line flawlessly. Everyone in Pine Cove has their role to play, and they play it well. And Catch, the demon - who loves comic books as much as he loves eating people? How ridiculous and fantastic!If you're looking for a break from reailty, or looking for a light read before you embark upon your next 800 page historical fiction epic, I'd suggest giving this (or almost any other) book by Christopher Moore a chance. Give your brain a break and just have some fun!
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Fun read, but not nearly as good as "Dirty Job" or "You Suck"
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After reading a more serious book, such as Memoirs of a Geisha, I like to balance it out with something a little more wacky and zany...enter Christopher Moore!My massage therapist recommended Moore to me as an author that is very readable, whose books don't involve a lot of complex thoughts that could be forgotten if the book is read over long periods of time. I had lamented to her how much I missed reading adult literature for pleasure, and she suggested Moore books primarily because I could set them down and may not necessarily be able to pick it back up again for a while and I wouldn't have to go back 50 pages to re-read what had last happened to refresh my memory. She was right! Although it took me much longer than I would have like to read his books (pre-iPod), I was thrilled that I actually managed to squeeze in about ten minutes of reading a day!Practical Demonkeeping is about a man named Travis who unknowingly summons a demon named Catch. As a result, Travis becomes his Master with one of the benefits being perpetual youth. Travis wants nothing more than to get rid of Catch, and his life revolves around trying to find a way to send catch back to where he came from him.This was not my favourite Moore novel, but it was pretty good. Narrator, Oliver Wyman, is a pleasure to listen to.MY RATING: 3.5 stars!
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I’ve sort of gone about reading Moore’s books backwards, I think – or, in some sort of sideways rhythm anyway. This is his first book, and yet it’s the fourth of his I’ve read. I mention this because I think my impressions on the book were colored by this fact. This is one author whose writing, wit, repartee, and timing has definitely improved as he’s gone along. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book – it definitely had it’s moments where I laughed or rolled my eyes along with the characters, but it wasn’t what I had come to expect from him after reading “The Stupidest Angel” or “A Dirty Job” or even my least favorite until now “Bloodsucking Fiends.” There was a review on Amazon that got it right – it said that there were too many people being eaten by Catch, the demon, to really make it amusing even if the way they went was sometimes amusing. It was still well written, the plot was intricate but well laid out and the characters were each and every one well developed and had at least some redeeming qualities – you couldn’t hate them all the way – even Catch. (This is Moore’s ultimate strength I think). Anyway, I’d recommend it, but not above any of the three other Moore books I’ve read.
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