If you are not familiar with Christopher Moore’s writing, he’s the author you turn to when you want something cheeky, witty, sarcastic, silly, a bit crude, but still intelligent. My first encounter with Moore was when I came across the book The Island of the Sequined Love Nun for book club, and yes, it was as ridiculous as it sounds.
A Dirty Job takes us on a journey with Charlie, a beta male, who has recently become a widower, a new father, and one of San Francisco’s newest grim reapers/death merchants. There is a schwack of crazy characters in this book, including an army of 14 inch reanimated, frankenstein animal creatures, hellhounds, sewer harpies, and a man named Minty Fresh. Overall this is an adventure about Charlie finding himself and his stride in the world. I think when I was about a third of the way in, the line, “This guy wasn’t really living, until he became Death” popped into my head and then sure enough, Moore spouts off a similar line later in the book.
What this read really made me want to do was re-watch old episodes of the television series Dead Like Me, which has a similar premise AND Mandy Patinkin. There were only two seasons of Dead Like Me, but it’s worth looking into, if you are into dark comedies about grim reapers.
Books read: 9