Sunday, May 17, 2009

Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore

This is the well written and light hearted debut novel from Christopher Moore. It is the first of his series of books that are known to be comic fantasies, satirical, and laugh out loud funny.

Pine Cove, a small California town, is visited by a demon and his master. The demon from hell, Catch, has a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. His master, Travis, is a 100 year old ex-seminarian. Travis has been trying to get rid of Catch, but has lost the necessary incantations. He thinks he has traced them to Pine Cove, but the local residents and a djinn (or genie) who is pursuing Catch create considerable hilarious complications.

Several characters from this novel continue their lives in later books, and the setting itself is revisited in The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and The Stupidest Angel. Moore is good at combining humor and horror and has made a good living doing it. If you're a Moore fan, this book will not disappoint. As for me, I'm going to finish reading the series. I like the laughs.

1 comment:

J.T. Oldfield said...

I love Christopher Moore. I first read Lamb in a religion class in college and I've read his whole collection since! Here's my review for Lamb:’s-childhood-pal-by-christopher-moore/

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