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A Dirty Job: A Novel

A Humorous Look at the Job of Being the Grim Reaper

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Another Christopher Moore Classic

  • Jun 29, 2010

Christopher Moore's story of a recently widowed man who learns he must become a soul gatherer (also known as one of the levels of being a grim reaper).  The novel is filled with creative characters, one of my favorites being a fellow grim reaper named Minty Fresh, and a series of plot turn that keep you turning the pages long after you should be in bed. 

Moore has been my favorite contemporary author for over a year.  I started with Lamb, another must read, and A Dirty Job is a good addition to any reader of his works.  Moore's dry wit and his ability to spin a sentence to perfection is a joy to read.  Moore is able to mix the difficult reality of the life of a single father with whimsy and fantasy by giving him the job of a reaper.  Realy there is no way to describe this book other than to say it's a lot of fun and a joy to read.  Enjoy!

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review by . December 17, 2011
Charlie Asher wants people dead. Or more accurately, he needs people dead. He's recently been recruited for the job of death merchant, which has him taking little personal tokens called soul vessels off the recently deceased and passing them on to their next soul.     In A Dirty Job, literary funnyman Christopher Moore takes on the themes of death and dying. Asher is his personal vessel for telling the story this time. At first read, there would apear to be a lot of chaos going …
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
I love Christopher Moore's books. They are just hilarious and they make you feel good about your place in the world and that you don't have to deal with the supernatural on a regular basis.
review by . July 21, 2010
it is a brilliant author that can somehow spin a tale that combines death, humor, love, and battle with sewer harpies from the underworld into a book that you simply cannot put down.  there are elements that make you laugh out loud (to the chagrin of your coworkers) to moments which remind you of the truth that every moment in life should be savored like a piece of cheese -       the book is set in the city of san francisco, and has a slew of lovable characters that …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
while i love all of christopher moore's books, this one and lamb are my favorites. they are absolutely hilarious, but definitely have some deeper elements that are worth exploring as well.
review by . May 13, 2009
I saw the in-store promotions for Christopher Moore's novel, You Suck, so many times, that I decided that I would read one of his earlier works to gauge my interest in him.      The novel I chose, A Dirty Job, wasn't one that I would normally pick up, as it is, I suppose, a "horror" novel. But not like one that I have ever read. The book opens with the death of the main characters wife, shortly after she gives birth to their daughter, Sophie. But as the woman expires, Charlie …
review by . February 23, 2009
I really enjoyed this farsical look at the job of collecting souls and the battle between good and evil. Charlie Asher obtains a "dirty job" when he sees a soul collector at the bedside of his wife shortly before she dies. Strange things start happening to Charlie such as people mysteriously dying around him and red-glowing objects that only Charlie is able to see. Then names and numbers start appearing on a datebook and Charlies hears wierd noises from the sewer.     Charlie …
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