bookshelves: summer-2014, tbr-busting-2014, published-2006, amusing, fraudio, fantasy, mythology, doo-lally
Read from July 08 to 09, 2014
Read by Fisher Stevens
Description: Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He's what's known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant -- you know, the one who's always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.
But Charlie's been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.
Yes, Charlie's doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie -- exhausted from the birth -- turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at Rachel's hospital bedside, a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird. . . .
People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It's a dirty job. But hey, somebody's gotta do it.
Christopher Moore, the man whose Lamb served up Jesus' "missing years" (with the funny parts left in), and whose Fluke found the deep humor in whale researchers' lives, now shines his comic light on the undiscovered country we all eventually explore -- death and dying -- and the results are hilarious, heartwarming, and a hell of a lot of fun.
Gotta love that bit where Charlie reads Slaughterhouse V to sophie. Great fun yet a touch too frenetic for me to rate higher than three yellow mustard stripes. Another TBR bites the dust; I am on a roll.
3* Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
3* A Dirty Job
2* Practical Demonkeeping
4* The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
2* Island of the Sequined Love Nun
My guidelines for TBR busting excercises:
stage one - off tbr into wtb shelf if it is really bad or complete lack of interest
stage two - abandoned shelf if I get a little further than stage one but can't take it anymore
stage three - skim through shelf
stage four - get to the end but want to rip it to shreds = room 101 shelf
Saying that, some TBRs end up as good star ratings