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A Dirty Job: A Novel

A Humorous Look at the Job of Being the Grim Reaper

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Laugh Out Loud Funny Look at Death!

  • Feb 23, 2009
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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 finally encounters the soul collector he saw at his wife's bedside (Minty Fresh) who explains what a soul collector's role is and that Charlie needs to read "the book." Charlie doesn't know what Minty is talking about because Charlie's assistant (Charlie runs a second hand store) has intercepted the book.

The plot gets wierder as Charlie's daughter is able to kill people by calling them kitties and two giant hellhounds appear to guard his daughter from the evil forces that would do her harm.

The book may sound wierd but it is not once you start reading it and a lot of the dialogue is gut-ripping funny. The author just has a great casual way of weaving the tale that is compelling. I had difficulty putting this book down.

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March 05, 2009
Yup, Chuck Palahniuk also wrote Fight Club, which is also an amazing book. Choke was also made into a movie late last year. It wasn't a huge release, but it was still good, and not as heavy as Fight Club. It's worth checking out.
March 04, 2009
I think the author you refer to also wrote Fight Club. I really need to read some of his work as I liked the film alot. Thanks for sharing your review.
March 03, 2009
This book sounds like a trip. I take it it falls under strange fiction? And Minty Fresh? Really? That's awesome! I think you would really like Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. If you haven't already read it, here's my review of it. It kind of has the same thing going on where the plot sounds really weird, yet it makes sense and becomes compelling. Oh, and it's funny :P I will definitely have to pick up A Dirty Job!
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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 …
review by . June 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, …
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 …
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