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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Book Review: A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore



One of my favorite cancelled TV shows has to be the Grim Reaper dramedy, Dead Like Me (if you haven't seen it, get thee to netflix), in which a girl is killed by a falling toilet seat from the Mir station, and joins the ranks of a sarcastic team of reapers. It was awesome. I miss it. But wait, isn't there a grim reaper book? Isn't Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job a reaper comedy, you ask? Oh but yes, and imagine my glee.

Charlie Asher has a new baby and a new job: Death Merchant. Which sounds pretty cool to his goth employee Lily, but to Charlie it's just plain creepy. Unfortunately, like many jobs, Death, is sink or swim, and their are no formal trainings, but there is a book, and it warns of bad things coming. Very bad things.

Moore fills this one up with unusual characters, some familiar, others completely foreign, but always hilarious. Job one the Quill award a couple of years back (which is a reader voted award). I can see why. It's immensely readable, fun as hell, and dying for a sequel.

Next book: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

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