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A Dirty Job
A Dirty Job: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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. Christopher Moore, the man whose Lamb served up Jesus' "missing years" (with the funny parts left in), and whose Fluke found the deep humor in whale researchers' lives, now shines his comic light on the undiscovered country we all eventually explore -- death and dying -- and the results are hilarious, heartwarming, and a hell of a lot of fun.
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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

The back-and-forth this book put me through regarding what I liked and didn't like had me struggling to stay invested long enough to finish it and consequently has me struggling to sum up how I feel about it, so here are the pros and cons, do with them what you will.
Continued in comments.

Robotswithpersonality What I liked:
-imaginative world-building aka what-the-fuckery
-Tender, sensitive moments between main character and loved ones, or remembering loved ones, occasionally made me cry
-palpable love for a place shown by author's descriptions of San Francisco neighborhoods and buildings
-reverence shown for hospice workers
-humourous banter among ridiculous happenings
-the skillful tying together of so many loose ends in that last 60 pages

4mo
Robotswithpersonality
What I didn't like (and cannot tell whether it is ignorance/callousness or purposeful provocation for shock value):
-leaning heavily into shallow racial stereotypes
-obsession with THOROUGHLY DEBUNKED alpha/beta male dynamic
-sacrifice of on page character development for pacing
-unnecessarily crude simile/metaphors
Currently on the fence about whether I will try reading from this author again.
4mo
Robotswithpersonality Bonus: Certain elements of the cover GLOW in the dark. Didn't know that until nightstand suddenly obtained legible luminosity. Very odd experience. 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @klou
Prompt: The Lost Boys

Soubhiville I loved both of these! 6mo
Bookish_Viking Excellent duology! 6mo
Klou omg this sounds brilliant!! Added to my tbr!! 6mo
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Robotswithpersonality
Dirty Job | Christopher Moore
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Latest theme to pop up from library hold list....💀👻

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Tera66
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#BookspinBingo #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks
#Seriesread2020 @TheSpineView
(This is the first book in a duology, so I think it counts??)
This is the second book I have read by this author, and just enjoy his writing so much. He cracks me up! He creates characters that are deeply flawed but still lovable. Even the "villains" have pretty great dialog. And this story is right in my wheelhouse, creepy with a side of humor. ? ⬇️

Tera66 This won't be for everyone, lots of cussing and adultish behavior. But I loved it. Four 🌟 11mo
TheSpineView Duologies count! Great job! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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Bec_lectic
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Mehso-so

I struggled my way through this book…the storyline was interesting and it has humor. Any book where the author calls someone a butt nugget scores points with me but the story was just a little too weird for me to fully get into it. I skimmed my way through to see how it ended but have no intentions of seeking out the sequel 😕.

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Tera66
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨ I could have done without the crude sexual conversations and situations that happened in this book. It did not add anything to the story except cringing. The concept of normal people collecting souls that would be passed to another that didn‘t have one yet was an interesting concept that I was interested in. I‘m planning on reading the next book and hope that it dropped the crudeness.

Roary47 This is also my #DoubleBookSpin book @TheAromaofBooks 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 12mo
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Roary47
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I had a really bad couple of days at work so my hubby surprised me with flowers, sushi, and hot Cheetos (my favorite things). With instructions to read in my library while he took care of the kids. So going to finish some sushi and finish the tagged book.

wanderinglynn Aw, how awesome! What a great partner! I hope your weekend is happy and full of fun. 🧡 12mo
Roary47 @wanderinglynn thank you! 💛 12mo
LiteraryinLawrence Enjoy your me time! 12mo
Ruthiella So sweet! Enjoy. 😊 12mo
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Conservio
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Reading outside in some beautiful weather.

Making my bookclub read One of my favorite Christopher Moore books.

#death #darkcomedy

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HeyT
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Mehso-so

I had a good time reading about Charlie and his new found job as death merchant while raising his daughter after the loss of his wife but there were a few things that bothered me. The side characters were really cartoonish cultural stereotypes that I know the author meant to be lighthearted humor but that in today's social landscape I felt a bit in poor taste. Aside from that though it was weird in a good way.
#BuriedAliveChallenge

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HeyT
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Now that I‘ve finished all of my challenge commitments for the year I figured I‘d tackle this duology for my last books of the year. I read this first one over ten years ago so I felt the need to reread before heading on to the sequel.

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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I started reading this a few years ago & it wasn't spooky enough for Halloween. I tried audio this time, read by actor Fisher Stevensb and it's still just OK. Charlie Asher is a beta male, but a sarcastic and neurotic beta male. Talking about his beta maleness happened early and often and it was all just over the top for my tastes. A new dad & widow, he is chosen to be a merchant of death.Most characters felt one-dimensional, but one of his ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick employees, Lily the goth girl, showed some growth as this covers a five year time span. There's humor but more from snappy one-liners and stereotypes than actual funny plot. I doubt I'll read Secondhand Souls as I'm good with where Charlie's at when the book ends. Another book finished in November for #CrushTheRush 2y
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triplem80
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Mehso-so

I have to admit that I didn't love this book (although I do love the cover!). It's not that it was bad, it just wasn't for me. I do think Christopher Moore does humor well (that's what I enjoyed most), but I'm not a huge supernatural/horror fan, so the story dragged a little for me.

On the plus side...this was my November #bookspin read, and I finished it with more than a week left in the month, so I'm excited about that!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!!! 2y
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Patchshank
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Oddly my book involves death. It's my favorite book by Christopher Moore.

The reason I chose this book is because it's about a man who becomes a psychopomp after the death of his wife. It's a new beginning because now he has to learn to deal with that as well as be a single father. There's literal rebirth in there too...kind of...sort of. In a way. But I don't want to give away spoilers.

#tarottakeover @ErinSueMreads @Meaw_catlady

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alexa_d
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LOL snap

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Blueberry
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Blueberry 20 hrs after making this post I see that I didn't include the photo so adding it now. 3y
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sharread
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It glows in the dark! ☻ How cool is that. 😯🧙‍♀️

TheBookgeekFrau Omg! I never realized that 🤦‍♀️🥴 Now I must make mine do it! 😂 3y
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Zoes_Human
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The narration on this audio is terrible. The reader has absolutely no sense of the beat of a joke. I'm setting this aside to pick back up later as a print book.

That-Bookish-Hiker This book is awesome! I didn‘t listen to the audiobook and read the paperback copy. I laughed so much and then recommended it to my husband who never reads and he loved it too! Hope you enjoy it. 3y
Zoes_Human @That-Bookish-Hiker I expect that I will. I‘m a fan of the author already, and the story, for as far as I got into it, seemed interesting. 3y
sharread Does it glow in the dark like Secondhand Souls? I'll be reading that one this month. 3y
Zoes_Human @sharread My paperback copy does, but I'm not sure about the audiobook box. The one we had was worn and tired, so any glow it might have had was worn off ages ago. 3y
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Blueberry
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1. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
2. Won free tics and attended Hamilton!
3. Mexican
4. 13?
5. @NataliePatalie

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Susanita WTG on free Hamilton tickets! 4y
BooknerdsLife OOOOMG WHAT??!!!! 😱😱 WOW Congratulations on your Hamilton ticket!!!! 🎉🎉👏🏼👏🏼💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 4y
Tanisha_A Ooh, Hamilton! 🥳 4y
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StephMC82
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There are some books that you power through to finish because it takes pure will to continue. I am happy to say this book was not one of them. Loved the flow of the story, and the bits of real mythology (that I admittedly had to google).

#sundayreading #metime

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StephMC82
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I am loving the ease of which this story reads. And this #blurb resonated with me. ❤ Christopher Moore.

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Bookwm85forever
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Nothing better than laughing on the way to work because your audiobook is that good. #audiobook #booknerd #bookaddiction #bookaddict.

BiblioLitten That cover🤣🤣 4y
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Blueberry
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Currently reading. I love books set in San Francisco 💚

GypsyKat I loved this one and it‘s sequel! So entertaining! 4y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I started this a few years ago and it wasn't what I wanted to read at the time. I should find it in my book stacks and get back to it. I liked it, but wanted something spooky. 4y
Blueberry @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I understand about reading to the mood. I was looking for humor this time. 😀 Christopher Moore is such a kick. 4y
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bookwrm526
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Mehso-so

I read this for the category “a humor book” the @bookriot #ReadHarder challenge, and because I really loved his book Lamb. This one was a bit of a disappointment - I loved the concept, but I didn‘t really find it funny. I didn‘t laugh AT ALL, though I did snort a few times.

cathysaid So were you in Boone, Blowing Rock or Banner Elk? 4y
bookwrm526 @cathysaid LOL we were staying in Boone and hanging out in Blowing Rock, we never made it to Banner Elk! But we have every intention of going back once it warms up a bit :) 4y
cathysaid Ah...I love both areas! But I bet it is really cold right now 🥶 4y
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CaliforniaCay
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This was my first Christopher Moore book and I'm so hooked I now wanna read everything by him! I dont think I've read a book that made me laugh out loud this much since Augusten Burroughs. Moore has a weird, dark sense of humor. Combine that with an original plot, lots of San Francisco references and an odd cast of characters and you get this perfectly entertaining book.

Blueberry Do you live around San Francisco? I've seen him on book tours several times at Books Inc by the Civic Center and at Copperfields in Petaluma. He is hilarious in person also. 4y
Beatlefan129 I really enjoyed 4y
DoonTheGoon @Beatlefan129 I second that opinion!!! That's my favorite of his. 4y
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juliegumdrop I have not read this one, but Lamb is fantastic. You will literally LOL IRL. 4y
CaliforniaCay WOW ok so that's 3 recommendations for Lamb, I have to know what all the fuss is about so thanks @juliegumdrop @DoonTheGoon and @Beatlefan129 for helping me choose my next book! Can't wait 🤗 4y
CaliforniaCay @Blueberry I do live near SF, I'm in Sacramento which is about an hour and a half away. Omg I would love to see him on a book tour 😍 I will have to look into this for sure. 4y
Suet624 Love this author. 4y
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JSW
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Day 5 of Turkey and Pie Day Break. Last day off till the winter break. Guess I‘ve got my work cut out for me.

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Blueberry
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The Grim Reaper is loose in San Francisco. 🧟‍♂️👹

#settingyouvebeento #Riotgrams

mcipher Love this book and its sequel! 4y
Blueberry @mcipher Christopher Moore is so funny. 4y
Patchshank I loved this book 4y
Patchshank I found the sequel disappointing, but I still hope he writes a third. 4y
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freyaheart
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Omg @bullbunny it's perfect!! I actually screamed. I was having a bad day and this fixed it right up!! I didn't have a Frodo pop! #hocuspocusswap @rather_be_reading

bullbunny Woah that was fast!! Yeah I put that book on my tbr. It sounded good. So glad you like everything! I hope that bookmark/bracelet works out for you! 4y
Bloomingjen I loved this book. His books are so fun and I love how characters from past books pop up.it connects and expands all of the stories. 4y
freyaheart @Bloomingjen @bullbunny I love Christopher Moore 4y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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1. Tagged book is hilarious. All his books are.
2. August
3. No kids, just a fur child.
4. Snack size beef jerky or red vines.
5. To anyone who‘s birthday is in September, happy birthday!

#friyayintro

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julesG
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#WeAreTheReaders @LibrarianRyan

Charlie Asher's daughter might be a baby but she makes sure that #AnotherOneBitesTheDust, and another one, and...

LibrarianRyan Another one gone... 🤓😁😈 5y
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bambeiisaurus
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Almost done! Less than 20 pages to go ... Still haven't decided if I'll start book two immediately or if I'll finish another book I'm currently reading. Truly a fun story with memorable characters!

bels_books This sounds like a different book. I can‘t wait to read it. 5y
bambeiisaurus @bels_books, definitely different! I went to the library and picked out the second book. Brought it home to read and one of my boyfriend's friends was like, "Holy shit! Is that the second book?" To which I responded with a shrug amd handed it to him. Turns out it was. So I traded him my library rental and he went home and got his copy of the first book for me to read. ??? It's been a hilarious read so far!! 5y
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Cubanmommy95
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New to Litsy and started this little book today. Not sure what to expect, but it seems funny and dark - right up my alley. #newbie

Chelsea.Poole Welcome! 🤗 5y
Cubanmommy95 @Chelsea.Poole thank you! 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
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GypsyKat
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This was my first time reading a Christopher Moore novel, and it will not be my last. I laughed out loud so many times! This was an excellent mix of dark humor, poignant parts about death and grief, the paranormal, and an engaging story with some kooky characters. The writing was so fun and funny! I‘ll definitely read more of his books! ☠️☠️☠️☠️

Mollyanna I love Christopher Moore. I highly recommend 5y
That-Bookish-Hiker Yay!!! So happy you liked it. 5y
GypsyKat @Mollyanna Thanks! I may have to check that one out. 👍 5y
GypsyKat @That-Bookish-Hiker It was so funny! 5y
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GypsyKat
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I‘m listening to this audiobook while painting my nails. Dark blue, but later I‘ll add some dark red then I‘ll be nice and festive for Memorial Day. 🇺🇸

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GypsyKat
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“A death that results from your actions is basically killing someone, unless you‘re a politician, right?”

I‘ve got reading ADD lately, so I started this today and it‘s got me laughing out loud! 😂

Abby-J I love Christopher Moore! 5y
GypsyKat @Abby-J It‘s so funny! I‘m loving the writing! 5y
That-Bookish-Hiker Christopher Moore is one of my favorites! After I read this one I made my husband read it and he loved it too. He loved it so much he also read Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck which are set in the same world. 5y
GypsyKat @That-Bookish-Hiker I‘ll definitely read more of his books after this one! 5y
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Tessielane
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Loved it!

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Nan2
A Dirty Job: A Novel | Christopher Moore

Started this morning, and a strong start! Didn‘t have to wait to get hooked in.

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5y
Nan2 Thank you!! 5y
Soubhiville Welcome! This was a great book, wasn‘t it? I love Christopher Moore! 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 5y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 5y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 5y
BooknerdsLife Welcome to Litsy 🙌💕💖 4y
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melyndarae
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1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King, and Year One by Nora Roberts
2. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
3. Sorry if you've already done it... @vkois88 @Tiffy_Reads @IamIamIam

Congrats @IheartYA for hitting 15k! Thanks for hosting #15kgiveaway

IheartYA Thank you for entering! A Dirty Job was weird...in a good way. Lol 5y
melyndarae @IheartYA I agree. I have the sequel in my Amazon cart already. I can't wait. 5y
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Maria514626
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This was unlike other Moore books. It was weird, sure. But it also dealt with grief.

Don‘t listen to this one. You‘ll miss to much of the wonderful writing. I made the mistake of starting it as an audiobook & almost abandoned it. Kind of like half paying attention to The Office & then wondering why the episode wasn‘t any good.

3.5 ⭐️ (I rarely give 5s. @Schlinkles — Hedgehog got 5.) .5 off for the harpies. Shudder. #freakyfriday

Nan2 @Maria514626 This is my first Moore book and I‘m really enjoying it! Since you say it‘s so different from his others, I‘m worried I won‘t like them as much. Are the others good too?? (edited) 5y
Maria514626 @nan2 sSo glad you‘re enjoying it! His writing is just a treat to read. I‘ve read The Lust Lizard and The Stupidest Angel. Both were great. The Stupidest Angel had zombies. I didn‘t like that. The rest of it I really liked. 5y
Nan2 Yeah, not a zombie fan either. I‘m trying to decide whether to read the next in this series! 5y
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Maria514626
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This #freakyfriday book wasn‘t grabbing me on audio. Unusual for Christopher Moore. I was mystified and disappointed.
In print I‘m guffawing and loving his way with words. Magnificently weird.

Schlinkles He is such a delicious weirdo. Noir which comes out on Tuesday is absolutely hilarious too! 5y
Maria514626 Ooooh! Off to the library website I go! 5y
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GypsyKat
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I couldn‘t resist the Audible Daily Deal today, it just looks too fun! 😉☠️♥️ #Audible #BookSale

That-Bookish-Hiker Love this book! Christopher Moore hilarious. 5y
GypsyKat @That-Bookish-Hiker Awesome! I‘ve never read anything by him before I don‘t think, so I‘m glad to know he‘s good! 😁 5y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I have to get back to this book. I wanted something spooky a couple years ago and this wasn't creepy, but funny so I paused. It ended up under a stack of books and here we are two years later and I still never got back to it. Ugh. 5y
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Maria514626
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Really enjoying this #freakyfriday selection from @Schlinkles
Christopher Moore is so intriguing and strange.

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Maria514626
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Starting this treat from my #freakyfriday list. @Schlinkles has great taste—as this title from Christopher Moore shows. So far, so weird. 🤨😄

Readergrrl I ❤️ Chris Moore. 5y
Maria514626 @Readergrrl He‘s so twisted and brilliant! 👍👍👍 5y
Schlinkles I hope you enjoy it! It‘s so weird but so funny. 5y
Schlinkles And I especially love the audiobook of it! 5y
Maria514626 @Schlinkles He has the right amount of panic in his tone. 😆😆 (edited) 5y
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WeeWeegieBookworm
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I love Christopher Moore's writing. No matter the subject, it's always fun and light hearted. He has the right mix - keeping it fun and silly while still keeping your attention to the plot. This one was no exception. I hadn't expected it to be an extended universe either which was a bonus, with characters from other books popping up! Looking forward to starting the sequel 😁

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