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This book is hilarious and I liked it even better than Dirty Job and better than the entire Blood Sucking Friend Trilogy and I loved all those books. I probably liked it better because of the huge supporting cast. The main character is Charley(THE BETA MALE), but he does not play as large a role in this one as the last. He is supported by Lilly (GOTH GIRL), THE EMPEROR OF SAN FRANCISCO, MINTY FRESH, THE MAGICAL NEGRO, THE BOOTY NUN, THE SQUIRREL PEOPLE, the 400 HUNDRED POUND HELLHOUNDS, others and of course Sophie (DEATH, but more importantly, SHE IS IN THE ADVANCED READING GROUP).
MILES DAVIS SOUNDS LIKE HE IS SMOTHERING SQUIRRELS
This whole thing is laugh out loud funny, but the Defibrillator Caper has to take the cake. You might want to pull over when that gets started.
The narrator does an excellent job. It is so important, especially with a funny book to get a narrator that understands the context and who has the correct timing. Funny writing is even funnier when read right.
Five big stars for this one.
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A Dirty Job is probably my favorite Christopher Moore novel, and it's a frequent re-listen in audiobook for me, partly due to Fischer Stevens' fantastic narration. I was so excited for this sequel.
While it was lovely to see some old friends (Minty Fresh! And I laughed out loud at Lemon), Lily (who has a much larger role in this one), Charlie, Jane, Sophie, the Emperor, Mrs Ling and Mrs Korchev, etc. - many of the characters seemed to have lost their heart or become a more slapstick version of themselves in Secondhand Souls: Sophie's urban slang/potty mouth was more jarring than funny to me; Jane was a one note joke; Minty was strung out and dropped the n-bomb way too much for me; the Emperor gets tasked with a list that basically meant nothing. Really? Moore couldn't have found a better use for such an awesome character?
The new characters seemed more to be plot devices than actual full-fledged characters. Mike Sullivan was sort of a Charlie-esque beta-male voice of reason from the first book, but in the end he was only an information delivery device and a convenient vessel. Lemon Fresh was awesome at first as we tried to guess his purpose, but I never really know how to feel about him either, and I wasn't thrilled about how Minty's character competed with him and got more abrasive/violent. Wiggly Charlie was the Jar Jar Binks of the book. Ugh. I hated the squirrel people and Bob/Thebe the Wise.
If you loved A Dirty Job, you will want to read this to see how the story ends. This is fast-paced, energetic (maybe even frantic), full of offbeat and ridiculous humor and snarky, irreverent verbal wordplay. Some of the jokes land well and others splat on their faces. There is more of everything - swearing, violence, action, romance, slapstick, and exposition... but I'm not sure that the final explanation really makes any sense. The great bits are really great, the rest mostly gets lost in the tornado of sound and furious madcap action. It felt like this sequel had a little less heart than A Dirty Job.
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