A blog about everything including a book by Christopher Moore about death.
I usually do not read the books that my Twilight loving 14 year old daughter recommends. I did read the entire Twilight series trying to understand the love, but couldn't. So when my daughter V. recommended "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore I was understandably wary. However, after walking for hours all over the Barnes and Noble bookstore (a thing me and my kids love to do all pumped up on Starbucks) I could not find a thing to read.
Now I've spent most of my money lately on the new house, the new car and MY Xbox. I bought myself an HDML TV and an Xbox 360 Elite for my bedroom. Naturally a lot of money has gone into video games. I also adopted a 14 year old foster kid J. Now I have a son, so there are 4 Xboxes in the house. All my money goes into video games and I am kind of ashamed that I have not been reading more. I had to get a book the other day, I already got Tony Hawk's Ride and Dance Dance Revolution for my birthday*...I had better read. As much fun as Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2, Dante's Inferno and AVP have been, I need to read to keep my brain intact.
Therefore I was pretty desperate to read and took my daughter's suggestion. I must say that I stared at the book for the better part of 2 days. I balked at reading anything that my kids suggest to read.
I am so retarded! I should have rushed up to read anything by Christopher Moore. I didn't put 2 and 2 together. I read "Practical Demonkeeping" when it first came out, ages ago. I loved it so much that I bought copies for everyone I knew that Christmas back in the early 90s.
A Dirty Job is about a man named Charlie Asher and his daughter Sophie. His wife died of some freak thing when Sophie had just been born. Charlie and Sophie were on their own. However, Charlie's problems as a single father and owner of a thrift shop were not as bad as when he became a "Death Merchant."
After his wife's death, Charlie started seeing things and people and pets started dying all around him and that is not the half of it. Suddenly voices and darkness are coming out of the sewer. It's the Underworld and its forces are gathering mass for the greatest showdown in history. The Luminatus (death) will rise again and the Morrigan a demon and several 14" squirrel people will have a battle and Charlie Asher is in the middle of it.
I could not stop laughing. The last time I seriously laughed out loud while reading a book was when I read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams and anything by John Irving. At one point I laughed so hard I thought my spleen was going to burst.
Moore attacks a subject like death with his usual sacrilegious nonchalance and side-swiping humor. If you read this book you will find yourself viciously amused by death and the underworld demons/sewer harpies. Not to mention that the plot is a page turner. I could not put it down.
I was so amused by this book that my poor little Xbox and little terriers felt neglected. I'd send the boy (foster kid) to school and pick up the book again until 1500. I got through it in about 4 days. I had to know what happened next and it felt like a bowl of weed in every page, it was so funny!
Hell this book is what reminded me I had a sense of humor. I mean it has been a really difficult couple of years with watching my mom die of breast cancer and that other thing. I think I had forgotten I could even smile least of all laugh. If a book could pull me out of this depression, as mom's death was really hard on me, then it's a funny ass book.
I hadn't smiled or laughed since 2008 when mom was diagnosed terminal and that other thing. I mean I had to deal with my mom dying and that other thing simultaneously and I was pretty depressed. The book made me laugh like nothing else has been able to make me smile in so long. The kids are seeing a different person now. Maybe a book is not a life-changing event, but the fact that I could smile again was a catalyst for other good things.
In short, I highly recommend the book "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. I realize that it was released in 2005, but I was busy fighting a war and I am slow on the uptake. Apparently there is a new book out called "You Suck" so that is next on my list as far as Moore goes.
The book I am currently reading is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Grahame Smith. It's another recommendation from the 14 year old daughter. If she called out Christopher Moore, I am willing to give it a chance. So far I am mildly amused, maybe I will write a review about the aforementioned next week.
(*I actually have both of my legs and I am trying to get back in shape, so I asked for Xbox games and yoga stuff for my birthday that require !moving!)