Today’s book is a real gem. I actually picked this book randomly just because the cover looked kind of cute. All I wanted was to test the ebook library thing my new tablet has. However, I managed to pick one of the funniest and smartest books in a long time!
Charlie Asher is shattered. Just a few hours after his daughter was born his wife dies. Already struggling with his new life, Charlie starts seeing weird things – like stuff in his store that suddenly glowing read. Well, the thing is nobody else seems to notice!
When his little daughter suddenly gets two hell-hounds as her new pets things start to become clearer: Charlie Asher is death. Not the capital D death but one death. His new job is to collect souls – and battle the forces of the underworld…
This book is simply brilliant. Christopher Moore’s dark humor is right down my alley. It’s dark, it’s weird, it’s sarcastic – just the book for me.
What I especially like is that you can tell how much effort Moore must have put into research. His incorporates several theories concerning death and souls from all over the world.
Let me give you an example: Have you ever heard of the Morrigan? That’s just one thing Charlie Asher has to put up: three spooky Irish battle chicks that are death! By now I’m completely into Irish mythology and it’s super fascinating!
What I enjoyed most about A Dirty Job is the humor. I haven’t read a novel this funny in a long time. Believe when I say it had to put my reader down several times because I just couldn’t stop laughing!
Summing up I have to say that A Dirty Job simply is a must-read!
By the way, I’m certain that it would make for an awesome movie – I hope there will be an adaptation in the future.
Did you read the book? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!