December 27, 2011

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

read an excerpt
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 21, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon
Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He's what's known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant -- you know, the one who's always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.

But Charlie's been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.

Yes, Charlie's doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie -- exhausted from the birth -- turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at Rachel's hospital bedside, a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird. . . .

People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It's a dirty job. But hey, somebody's gotta do it.
And the absurdity continues.

A good sense of humor is a must if you want to read Christopher Moore otherwise you'll just have a headache trying to make sense of his world.

I lived in San Francisco, CA for a while and after reading Christopher Moore, I felt robbed! Why? Because I wish I came across one of his characters! I would never have left the Bay Area if I was even remotely acquainted with one of these loonies.

First of all I've read a lot of material about Alphas be it male or female, human or another animal. I have yet to read anything about Beta Males (P1, P2, P3, P4) but after reading Moore's manifesto about Betas, I think I want to snag myself one instead of the coveted Alpha. To enlighten you a little bit, here's why:

For the Beta Male, if nothing else, is loyal. He makes a great husband as well as a great best friend. He will help you move and bring you soup when you are sick. Always considerate, the Beta Male thanks a woman after sex, and is often quick with an apology as well. He makes a great house sitter, especially if you aren't especially attached to your house pets. A Beta Male is trustworthy: your girlfriend is generally in safe hands with a Beta Male friend, unless, of course, she is a complete slut.

Charlie Asher's odyssey as a Death Merchant is a perfect combination of comical and chaotic scenarios. Vicious crows, hellhounds for babysitters, people and animals dropping dead on "kitty", a toddler who commands death join the circus. Plus characters from his other novel Bite Me, which I just read last week, made special appearances in this book which further fueled my San Francisco daydreams. I just dig Moore and his sense of humor though ridiculous is not dirty, his characters are delusional and have a different grasp of "normal". The hero is a BETA MALE for crying out loud! I'm telling you, Christopher is an author that you HAVE to add to your library. Everybody needs a good laugh once in a while and Moore guarantees that you will have a good one with him.

From what I heard, someone is trying to develop this book into a movie, I hope it doesn't fall through.

1 comment:

  1. Books with good sense of humor are very hard to find because I hate lame comedies so even though I like comedy books, I avoid them because one can rarely find a book with good humor and if this book has got a good humor content, it must be worth reading.


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