A Dirty Job
Author: Christopher Moore
A man loses his wife just after she gives birth to their daughter and he discovers he is a death merchant that needs to collect soul objects after people die.
I loved this book. I loved the way Christopher Moore described completely normal, everyday situations in highly amusing and often comical ways. I also loved the way he constructs sentences. For example, instead of just saying that someone told someone else to “hold on one second”, he writes, “Charlie was going to try to come up with some kind of answer when his cell phone rang and he held up his finger to pause time.”
The main character is very identifiable since he is just an average guy who gets sucked into being a grim reaper, but doesn’t know all the rules and not sure if he is doing anything correctly. While he stumbles around trying to figure that out, he has his young daughter to contend with who is a little bit odd. He still thinks she is an angel, even when she brings hellhounds home as pets. It only gets better from there.
Even with all the humor, the plot was not light on action, suspense or major tension. It is a full-fledged story with humor to break through all the dark stuff. It really made me want to read other books by the author.