Secondhand Souls

Secondhand Souls

Book - 2015
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In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing--and you know that can't be good--in this delightfully weird and funny sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Dirty Job

Secondhand Souls

It seems like only yesterday that Charlie Asher took on a very dirty job--collecting souls and keeping the Forces of Darkness at bay. The new gig came with the Big Book of the Dead and a host of other oddities: creatures under the streets, an evil trinity of ravenlike Celtic death goddesses, and one very bad Underworld dude attempting to conquer humanity. Along with a cohort of other oddballs, Charlie faced off against these denizens of darkness--and met his own end. But thanks to Audrey, his Buddhist-nun boo, his soul is still alive . . . inside a fourteen-inch-high body made from lunchmeat and spare animal parts. Waiting for Audrey to find him a suitable new body to play host, Charlie has squirreled himself away from everyone, including his adorable seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, who enjoys dressing up like a princess, playing with her glitter ponies, and--being the Luminatus--spouting off about her power over the Underworld and her dominion over Death.

Just when Charlie and company thought the world was safe, some really freaky stuff hits San Francisco. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone--or something--is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Then there's the Taser-wielding banshee keening about doom who's suddenly appeared while Sophie's guardian hellhounds, Alvin and Mohammed, have mysteriously vanished.

Charlie is just as flummoxed as everyone else. To get to the bottom of this abomination, he and a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall, two-hundred-and-seventy-five-pounds-of-lean-heartache Death Merchant Minty Fresh; the retired policeman-turned-bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the lunatic Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; Mike Sullivan, a bridge painter in love with a ghost; a gentle French-speaking janitor named Jean-Pierre Baptiste; and former Goth girl Lily Darquewillow Elventhing Severo , now a part-time suicide hotline counselor.

With little Sophie babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind, time is definitely not on their side. . . .

Irresistibly zany, rich in humor, heart, and spirit, Secondhand Souls is vintage Christopher Moore.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780061779787
0061779784
Characteristics: 335 pages

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julieubrown
Jul 18, 2016

I absolutely loved Christopher Moore's book, 'A Dirty Job.' This sequel was still very funny and incorporated a few of my favorite characters, The Emperor, Charlie Asher, and his young daughter, Death. And yet, I found it slower to read and the story not as compelling as the first. Maybe a third book in the series will round it out for me.

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jeffi22
Jun 23, 2016

Not quite as good as dirty job but still same humor, supernatural, quick read

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bheat4141
Jan 20, 2016

As an avid reader of everything Moore puts out I was very excited for this book, especially since "A Dirty Job" was how I was introduced to him as an author.

While I certainly enjoyed this sequel and being able to revisit some of the great characters introduced in Dirty Job, I was not as impressed as I was by Dirty Job. Perhaps it is because I had such high expectations that it was unrealistic for them to be met, but the reality is that they were not.

Still strongly recommend this book for all Moore fans, but control expectations.

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dougslater
Jan 07, 2016

I liked this funny, crazy, witty, smartass, irreverent story. Set in San Francisco it is a story about a small group of friends who are supposed to be collecting souls from the recently dead to protect them from the forces of darkness. The book is full of strange and entertaining creatures and characters who make this a fun read. Another good entertaining read from Christopher Moore.

SPL_Robyn Sep 29, 2015

Glow-in-the-dark cover. Not kidding.

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terrykli
Sep 21, 2015

A great sequel to A Dirty Job. I would highly recommend reading A Dirty Job before Secondhand Souls to fully appreciate it.

jesking Sep 16, 2015

Don't feel like you need to re-read A Dirty Job! You'll catch up with the characters in this book just fine.

pj2thek Sep 09, 2015

another classic! so funny. i forgot alot of the other books, so now i needa go re-read them cuz now i remember how totally cool and funny they are! "soapy like bear!" if yr not a fan of chris moore it;s only cuz u havent read him yet. oh, but u will! and you'll thank me.
in other news i also got "lets pretend this never happened" by jenny lawson and im 18 pages in and holy smokes it is hi-larious! totally hooked. the bad thing is it's due soon and some turkey gots a hold on it and i cant renew! no biggie, i just saw i got til the 19th.

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