I'm slowly getting back into the flow of things at work. Being bored, browsing the Internet, and hanging out on Facespace. Also reading again. It's been around two weeks since I picked up the book I started before my work trip to Chicago, "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. The premise of the book from the back cover:
"Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay - until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death. It's a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody's gotta do it."
Moore certainly writes on a variety of subject from what I gather, though this is only the second novel by him that I've read. I went from reading about the lost apostle and best friend to Jesus Christ in "Lamb" to death merchants and the underworld in "A Dirty Job." Quite a swing. No matter the subject, Moore has a knack at storytelling in a quirky and funny way. His characters are colorful, quirky, and funny as well.
The only complaints I would have about the novel is the length and the predictability of the story. The book comes up just short of 400 pages which isn't bad but I felt it could be trimmed down a little for such light reading. I also saw how the conclusion of the book was going to play out fairly early on. Minor nit picks to be sure, recommended for a nice and easy read that will have you chuckling throughout.