Okey dokey, when we left Charlie Asher and friends things were not looking so good. Secondhand Souls opens with Charlie dead/undead, Sophie orphaned, and Charlie's shop closed down by the now defunct as their relationship pizza and jazz restaurant started by Lily and Minty Fresh. Up to speed?
In the year since Charlie Asher and friends battled the Morrigan, things have not improved. Retired cop Rivera has been bumped up to death merchant but hasn't been collecting souls. And with Charlie still technically alive, apparently he's also neglected his continued duty to do the same. But it appears that even without having been collected by the official death merchants, the souls are vanishing none the less.
No one knows yet what the ramifications of all this will be, but all hope is not lost considering Sophie's position. Except it appears the seven year old may just have lost her powers as well. And now the hellhounds have taken a hike, leaving the girl unprotected. If only Charlie had a real body, then he could go back to being a dad, protect his little girl (and maybe the world), and put things right!
Oh, Christopher Moore you wicked genius you! I have been waiting for the return of Charlie, Sophie, Lily, etc for so long - and you didn't let me down :) There's even a few "like bear" statements too!
A Dirty Job holds a very special place in my heart as my FAVORITE Chrisopher Moore title (hubs's is Lamb). So yes, as soon as I heard Moore was working on a sequel I started getting all antsy pantsy about getting my hands on a copy. It released last year, brand new on shelves while we were in New Orleans, and I bought a hardcover signed edition over at Faulkner House (the tiniest bookstore ever!). But I held off reading it until now... Maybe, considering I recommended A Dirty Job during some massive nasty news in 2008 (I don't recall what), it was simply that my reading brain knew I'd need similar relief now!
Moore, if you haven't read him (and I do recommend you rectify that if that's the case!) is one of the most hilarious authors I've ever had the pleasure of reading. He's raunchy and crass, but surprisingly (especially in the case of the two Grim Reaper books) charming and heartwarming at the same time. I mean ultimately you have a story here about a father and daughter and their support system of friends... trying to save the world. And sure, some of those friends might be little meat puppets wearing tiny theater garb but that just makes it all the more insanely amusing! And yes, you need insanely amusing in your life.
I won't give away any more but I will stress (STRESS) that you should definitely read A Dirty Job before diving into Secondhand Souls. It'll all make a little more sense to you if you do. Plus, you know, two great books is always better than one!
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