Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review: Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from William Morrow, via Edelweiss,
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


And now back to our Halloween is coming thought for the week. It's now officially 30 days to FALL!

So how about a 'horror' tale?



Synopsis:

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing—and you know that can’t be good.
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall “meat puppet” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.
To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind .

Review:

Once again, Christopher sucked me in with one quote:

"Forty miles east of Reno, the hellhounds had killed a Subaru and were rolling in its remains as two horrified kayakers looked on"

Once I got done laughing, I was struck by how immediate the visual picture had come to me of that scene. 2 dogs the size of horses, but with Mastiff/Great Dane looks tearing apart a car, while its yuppie owners stand looking on in their yellow shirts over wetsuits. 

And that is Christopher's great talent. He can take something so preposterous, but let you feel like you are actually SEEING it. It makes sense to you, a natural reality if you will. This book is actually the followup to A Dirty Jobbut you are told enough of the previous book, that is you hadn't read it, you can keep up. But I highly recommend reading them in order, as it makes this book more meaningful.

 This is a delightful story that will have you laughing, snorting, snickering and wanting to call a friend to read them a quote, more than once! part of the allure of Christopher's books is letting go of standard reason and thought, and just putting yourself in place for the pure joy and entertainment his writing gives the reader. He's the sarcastic, creative, insane friend we all love and can't imagine life without. You just may not bring him out when the preacher is around! LOL I'd swear he was from NOLA, as he has the sense of drama, religion, excess and rebelness, that you'd expect from a Louisiana writer. So in honor of our Katrina week,, consider this book NOLA-esque!

Don;t miss this one!


Book Excerpt:

You can read Chapter One of this book over on Christopher's blog!


About the Author:

Christopher Moore is the author of eleven previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and Fool. He lives in San Francisco. Check out his website for more fun stuff and links to his current book tour!

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book for Halloween.

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  2. This sounds like a keep you on the edge of your seat type book.

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