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In San Francisco the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing and you know that can't be good in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny seuel to A Dirty JobSomething 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 th A bridge full of unclaimed souls and a powerful Lemon threatening the world Absurdity at it s finest A few years after Charlie s noble sacrifice and the death of many other death merchants uncollected souls keep pilling up unable to re enter the cycle of life These lost souls unbalance an already precarious death and life order and new dark powers emerge to restore balance by any means necessary The Morrigan threatening to strike again and an almighty Lemon leading the wayA worthy seuel Some very good moments and a few laughs here and there Humorous yet not so much as to be hilarious Although Charlie Asher still holds the spotlight for me the Lily and Wiggly Charlie bits were the best of the book And Sophie s fierce directness was something beyond adorable An entertaining funny read and a nice ending to this weird duology At least for nowUntil next time Un puente lleno de almas no reclamadas y un poderoso Lim n amenazando el mundoAbsurdidad a su m xima Algunos a os despu s del nobre sacrificio de Charlie y de la muerte de muchos comerciantes de la muerte almas sin recolectar siguen junt ndose no pudiendo reingresar al ciclo de la vida Estas almas perdidas desbalancean un ya precario orden de la vida y la muerte y nuevos oscuros poderes emergen para restaurar el euilibrio por cualuier medio necesario Las Morrigan amenazando con volver a atacar y un todopoderoso Lim n liderando el caminoUna valiosa secuela Algunos momentos muy buenos y algunas risas au y all Humorosa pero no tanto como para ser hilarante Aunue Charlie sigue manteniendo el estrellato para m las partes de Lily y Wiggly Charlie fueron lo mejor del libro Y la feroz franueza de Sophie fue algo m s all de adorableUna lectura entretenida y graciosa con un lindo final para esta duolog a tan extra a Al menos por ahoraHasta la pr xima

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Secondhand Souls

Em 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 waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend Audrey to find him a suitable new body to play hostTo get to the bottom of this abomin Want BansheesWant rodent people possessed by the souls of the dead Want a list of heroes including a goth chick a Buddhist monk a police detective a two foot tall alligator mutant with a foot long well you know and a guy straight out of 70s blaxsploitation films named Minty FreshMoore is always so wonderfully wired and wacky This book and the dualogy that it is part of are so nonsensical but so perfect at the same time Sometimes when I read authors that are out there I uickly loose interest but Moore just usually does it right Be sure to read A Dirty Job before this one or you will be totally lost

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Ation 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 I got into Christopher Moore years ago after picking up a copy of Lamb at my old job and I loved it I uickly devoured the rest of his books that we regularly got in and while there were some gross missteps in those spurts of binge reading Fluke The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove I generally thought that his books were funny irreverent and with a lot of heart I actually would tell people to go read both Lamb and Good Omens because despite their different senses of humor I thought that they compliment each other well And then I picked up The Griff and it didn t sit well with me and then I read Sacre Bleu and The Serpent of Venice which I liked the latter with major issues but not so much the former But while I was reading Secondhand Souls the follow up to A Dirty Job which I loved on my initial reading that it finally struck me why I was having so many issues with Moore s work in the last few yearsMoore classifies his heroes as beta males but let s call them for what they really are Nice Guys They re unassuming not particularly handsome weak willed men who are attracted to gorgeous strong women and build that relationship on how much they regularly like to boink It s an archetype that I wasn t particularly aware of how negative it really is when I first started reading Moore s books but now even a few years later it s left a bad taste for meAs I mentioned I had loved A Dirty Job when I first read it and I still think that there are some good elements to the idea of that story specifically the idea of dealing with and gradually accepting death by encountering it on a daily basis I am a sucker for Death is not evil stories there s a reason why the Death books are tied with the Lancre Witches as my favorite Discworld books But as I got away from that first book there was a lot of it specifically the characters and how they re treated in the text that didn t sit well with me I haven t read A Dirty Job in a few years and I am debating on going back and reading itThe thing is that Moore teeters on the line of having fairly intelligent humor alongside the sophomoric but he regularly goes to the sophomoric to the point where it feels like he s beating you over the head with Tee hee they said a uasi dirty word As I said when I read Sacre Bleu boink as euphemism for fuck stops being funny after the twentieth time you use it A seven year old former Death who regularly curses is funny the first few times When she starts dropping curse words in nearly every scene with her speaking it s not as funny as you think it is it s just drawn out and doesn t add that much to an already pretty thin character More troubling is the incredibly casual racial humor that gets thrown around on the regular for a book with a supporting cast of mainly POCs there s at least one race joke relating to them and only increases on how little they impact the plot For example Inspector Rivera gets at least one He s coming to rob me joke but he s a main player so it s laughed off Mrs Ling in comparison gets horribly racist dialogue and jokes at her expense because she s Chinese She s superstitious and can t pronounce L s So funny Or how about we have the aforementioned seven year old refer to the black villain as dookie face but it s okay because he calls himself a magical Negro I m not joking Lemon Fresh calls himself that at least twice The problem is that there s an undercurrent of using Oh but it s satirical excuse without completely grasping that no these are terrible stereotypes that really add nothing to the story outside of Oh look a POC let s establish them as a POC by using ignorance as the humor No it doesn t work that way and it s really not needed At all Especially with Sophie referring to Lemon Fresh as she does and the entire existence of Mrs Ling I should mention that I was switching between this and Go Set a Watchman for a little bit Not the best idea in hindsightNot to mention that I just didn t like the book s plot overall For a book that s fairly stuffed with a lot of plot it felt like nothing really happened in it We have Mike Sullivan and the Ghosts of the Golden Gate Bridge and the mysterious Ghost Thief the sudden disappearance of Sophie s powers and her hellhounds why Lemon Fresh is in town and the appearance of a banshee and the subseuent return of the Morrigan Okay banshee who steals a Taser from Inspector Rivera and keeps it because she likes to use the Wee box o lightning for dramatic effect THAT S funny But the main focus seems to keep coming back to Charlie and Audrey having relationship issues because Charlie s soul has been stuck inside of a stuffed crocodile with a comically large penis for three years and he and Audrey haven t had sex since his last night in a human body Did I mention that Charlie has a massive dong now Because it should be stressed that Charlie has a ten inch weiner for an incredibly tiny body It s very important to emphasize the size of Charlie s dick because it s important to his relationship developmentThe thing is that there is a really interesting idea that Moore develops for most of the book before shoving it aside for a literal deus ex machine between the natural cycle of a person s soul the duty of Death Merchants and what Audrey had been doing with the Suirrel People The less we talk about Audrey being a Buddhist nun the better because going back to my above headwalling there s so many problems with that concept and it s not because she s been stuffing people s souls into taxidermied animals without their consent I actually found the idea of secondhand souls to borrow the title as illustrated through Mike and Concepion to be really interesting and I actually found their story to be touching and sweet especially considering how Mike really had nothing special in his life and that he was so willing to let Charlie have a second chance at his life so that Mike could be happy with Concepion There s to do with actual suicide and depression particularly given that Lily works at a crisis hotline that is again badly mishandled that the discussion of suicide is given the same Satire treatment Also it would help if Charlie and Audrey were concerned with asking a man to kill himself before the last moment or if someone like say Charlie s sister actually managed to call them out on it in detail I liked the whole mystery of the Ghost Thief and how it could tie into the disappearance of Sophie s powers and Lemon Fresh s plansview spoilerInstead we abruptly find out that cousins Minty and Lemon Fresh are actually the chosen avatars for Anubis and Set respectively and that they need to do battle every couple of decades because reasons Oh and Mike was actually the Ghost Thief the entire time because when the ghosts spoke to him they were finally able to move on in the cycle I would be fine with the latter revelation if there had been time devoted to it and there is a hint for it early on But I don t get the whole sudden introduction of Battle between Death Avatars to gain control over the new order Okay I know it s been a few years since I read A Dirty Job but this really doesn t play into the whole idea of there being One Grand Death and sudden Oh well there is a Grand Death but other avatars need to control how the death works And plus the fact that we keeping getting told that there s going to be a big climatic battle between Minty and Lemon and we get Lily yelling at the climax until it backs downAgain there s no reason for this specific climatic final battle to be in here when there s already an interesting plotline about reincarnation and Audrey disrupting the soul cycle which could tie in why Sophie doesn t have her powers any and the Morrigan coming back Hell even bring in Anubis to yell at Audrey for fucking up the cycle in the first place because she s doing what she thinks is best for the souls of the recently or nearly deceased It just feels like this universe has been cobbled together because it sounds cool without really looking at the situation at hand hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Secondhand Souls

  1. says:

    A bridge full of unclaimed souls and a powerful Lemon threatening the world Absurdity at it's finest A few years

  2. says:

    I guess I am a Christopher Moore junky I am compelled to read his books I mustI’ve read them all so when his latest came out I was like a kid counting out spare change on the counter of the beer store for a six pack of

  3. says:

    I'm not feeling a long review for this audiobook but I do feel that I should say something so here it goes1 Fisher Stevens is an excellent narrator and this audio performance is no exception He did all the voices

  4. says:

    Since I became a widow five years ago death has been no laughing matterunless I'm reading Christopher Moore's take on it and then I snicker giggle laugh out loud and snort once or twice If you have a sense of humor or even if you don't Secondh

  5. says:

    35 stars This comic novel is the seuel to A Dirty Job As the story opens Charlie Asher enemy of the forces of darkness who was killed in the last book now inhabits a makeshift foot high body made of mismatched animal parts and luncheon meatsCharlie and the other 'Death Merchants' of San Francisco whose job is to collect

  6. says:

    Want BansheesWant rodent people possessed by the souls of the dead Want a list of heroes including a goth chick a Buddhist monk a police detective a two foot tall alligator mutant with a foot long well you know and a guy straight out of 70s blaxsploitation films named Minty FreshMoore is always so wonderfully wired and wacky This

  7. says:

    I got into Christopher Moore years ago after picking up a copy of Lamb at my old job and I loved it I uickly devoured the rest of his books that we regularly got in and while there were some gross missteps in those spurts of binge reading Fluke The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove I generally thought that his books were funny irreverent and with a lot of heart I actually would tell people to go read both Lamb and Good Ome

  8. says:

    A Dirty Job was one of my first Moore books and also my favorite so I was excited to find out there was a seuel in the works and when I saw my

  9. says:

    Temper expectations and Secondhand Souls then becomes a great second half to the Grim Reaper saga This novel feels as if A Dirty job was Vol 1 of a two part story Secondhand Souls serves as that concluding Vol 2 It pays off on all the unanswered uestions from the first book The transition between books is seamless It is also consistent in n

  10. says:

    Eh I liked it I didn't love it Maybe I had way too high of expectations since I loved A Dirty Job so much and Lamb and You Suck etc Secondhand Souls had some clever moments and some funny moments and it was nice getting to hang out with Charlie and Minty Fresh againbut I thought some of it fell flat Like Christopher Moore was phoning it in Granted his phoning it in is still amusing But you get what I'm saying