A few weeks ago I introduced a very cool novel I stumbled upon: A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. The first installment of the Grim Reaper series was so funny and clever, I immediately headed out to grab the second part Secondhand Souls. But is it any good?
Charlie Asher is dead. Well, technically his body is dead, Charlie himself not so much. His buddhist girlfriend transferred his soul to … I don’t want to scare you here so I’ll just say to another vessel. How ever when ghosts begin talking to a guy on the Golden Gate Bridge and a new Death is in town Charlie has to hurry to find another body before it’s too late…
As you know, I was delighted by A Dirty Job. I found the book completely by surprise and didn’t expect it to be that hilarious and clever at the same time.
So when I began reading Secondhand Souls, it had to live up to some pretty high standards. Christopher Moore didn’t let me down. I loved the fact that Sophie returned. This child is super bad-ass. Furthermore, he also introduced some new aspect that left me scrolling through Wikipedia for hours. The story is thrilling, funny and exciting.
However, the ending was a bit abrupt. The whole plot took it’s time to build up and leave you longing for more but then the ending was just a bit too fast. The climax was handled in a rather short chapter and I was a bit disappointed. No really big fight or anything. For it just wasn’t satisfying. I simply had expected far more.
Nevertheless it is a really funny and enjoyable book. I am prepared to simply ignore that little flaw for the novel is otherwise great!
Did you read and book by Christopher Moore? Let me know in the comments!