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Christopher Moore: "A dirty Job"

paul wheaton
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This has to be the funniest book I've ever read. By far. And the weird thing is, that it simultaneously has a really rich spiritual side to it.

Although I am so flooded with obligations, I find that I just don't really have time to sit and read - so I end up consuming good literature via books on CD

Anybody else read any of this guy's stuff?


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George Harris
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I have read all of his books and he is one of my favorite authors. If you are just getting started reading him, I would suggest you go back as start at the beginning as most of his books have reccuring characters.
paul wheaton
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George Harris wrote:I have read all of his books and he is one of my favorite authors. If you are just getting started reading him, I would suggest you go back as start at the beginning as most of his books have reccuring characters.


I have now read three of his books. "Minty Fresh" has popped up in two.

What is the order of the books?

paul wheaton
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I'm about to drive for fifteen hours and went to the library to get a book on CD. And there was "a dirty job". It was so good I'm going to read it again.

I think I have now read most of moore's offerings. I thought "lamb" was exceptionally funny and educational.

paul wheaton
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"A dirty job" opens with the concept of: if we have such a concept as "alpha males", then there must be "beta males". And since the alpha males tend to go off to war and get killed, then that means our breeding stock must be beta males.

The hero of the story is painted out to be the quintessential beta male. So, "hero" probably isn't a fit.

Then, on page two, he visits with his wife who has just given birth to their daughter. She's tired and asks him to pop out to the car to get her favorite CD. He returns to find her dead and there is a seven foot tall black man in a lime green suit standing over her. "What happened?" "You can see me?" "I asked you what happened?" "And I asked you if you can see me!"

The book is loaded to the gills with rude and obnoxious humor while respectfully exploring death and how it is addressed by many cultures.

At one point in the book we learn the term "fuck puppet", which is just way too funny for me to not relay.

This book is now one of my all time favorite books.

 
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