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Kurt's Book Corner [Mar. 17th, 2010|10:21 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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So, as I mentioned earlier, I've been checking many more books out of the library here than I have in recent years. In doing so, I've now read every book by Christopher Moore that our city's library currently has available. Last time I saw her, I mentioned to Myra that so far, while all of the books have been enjoyable, so far none of them have been nearly as good as Lamb. I might have to take that back, for I just finished reading A Dirty Job. I can't say that "Dirty Job" is better than "Lamb", but it's definitely a very close second.

The only major problem I've had with most of Moore's other works is similar to a common complaint about Stephen King's novels...the ending. However, where King kind of peters out, Moore has the opposite problem. His endings are too action-packed. The pacing in the beginning and middle of his books are great. You're really interested in what happens next, but at the same time, there's enough breathing room for great character moments. But then, suddenly it's like he says "Shit! I only have 50 more pages! Okay...All of the problems that have been hinted at all hit the main character at once, then he has to get all of the supporting cast together, and then a big fight happens, and...there! It's all fixed." His Vampire books are the worst offenders in this, I think (and he has a third one in that series coming out next week). And while Dirty Job has some of that going on, it didn't feel nearly as rushed as his other works did.

You know, now that I'm thinking about this more, even Lamb has some of that rushed ending to it (although with that story, Moore was kind of stuck with the ending given to him by the original author...). The thing that helps remove some of that feeling is that both of these books have epilogues that allow you to decompress after the climax.

Anyways, if you enjoy well-written comedic genre novels, I highly recommend "A Dirty Job." You can read the basic description and a brief excerpt at Chris Moore's website, and if that doesn't get you interested, then nothing else I can say will.
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[User Picture]From: silverlily81
2010-03-20 03:49 am (UTC)
Noted! That's on the must-read list.

Oh, and "original author"... LOL!
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2010-03-20 04:02 am (UTC)
Thanks, I was trying to phrase that humorously...
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[User Picture]From: silverlily81
2010-03-20 04:29 am (UTC)
Success!
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[User Picture]From: sailorzelda
2010-03-23 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm actually afraid to read Moore's other work because I'm worried I'll be disappointed after Lamb. Probably shouldn't have read that one first...
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2010-03-23 05:11 am (UTC)
Just try not to draw comparisons. I know it's hard (obviously I have done so myself), but if you take them as separate pieces (other than the ones that are obviously sequels to one another), they're all very good works.

And, what's great is that all of his books (except for Fool) take place in the same world. The demon Catch shows up in Practical Demonkeeping, Raziel is The Stupidest Angel in the book of the same name, just to name two examples that you're familiar with...
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