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Secondhand Souls

af Christopher Moore

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Serier: Grim Reaper [Moore] (2), Death Merchant Chronicles (2)

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In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing--and you know that can't be good--in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job. Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. 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. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat puppet" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind . . .… (mere)
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Secondhand Souls is not my favorite Christopher Moore book. It’s really slow going and the most interesting part of the plot only takes up 5-10% of the overall story. Basically, there’s a lot of running around and irrelevant storytelling that delays progress rather than pushing the story forward.

In all fairness, A Dirty Job was somewhat like this as well, and Lamb got a bit draggy at the end. My enjoyment of Moore’s books seems to rely on having some other element to offset the pace. In Lamb that was the humor and in A Dirty Job, it was the story. Unfortunately a lot of the elements I found interesting in A Dirty Job didn’t seem to flow over to the sequel. We’re running around with too many characters and POVs. Nobody is getting much of anything done. Moore sacrificed the plot in order to go on random asides, some with the squirrel people and some with ghosts telling extended histories of their life stories. A lot of these asides would have made interesting novellas related to the duology and would have been better left behind.

Some of the narrative flow bothered me as well. I understand from a perspective of linguistic variety it’s nice not to always say the character’s name when referring to them, but tags like “the nun” and “the mint one” simply got exhausting after a while. Sometimes Moore casually drops a joke in with his text, particularly in dialogue tags, and those are amusing. The way Secondhand Souls drones on and on is less amusing.

For most of this book, the characters don’t quite know what’s going on. They spend a lot of time trying to guess and getting stuck in corners. After a while I got frustrated because I felt like it was going around in circles then finally an interesting plot point came up involving our antagonist and Minty Fresh it was good and I was there for it. Except… nothing really came of it. The story wound up too quickly and the ending was too easy, like Moore just got lazy and the end and decided to tie a ribbon on it and be done.

There is also the caricatures to note. I believe Moore is doing this on purpose – he likes to toe that line. At one point, another character yells at Minty and Lemon for being caricatures. Besides them, there’s the side story about the Friends of Dorothy that includes a homophobic character, Mrs. Ling, and Mrs. Korchev. All of these bits are cringy, and I think Moore overstepped the line between funny and racist in particular with the neighbors.

In general? Meh, I wouldn’t recommend this one. I like Moore’s book overall still but Secondhand Souls really underdelivers. At best, it’s boring. ( )
  Morteana | Jul 7, 2021 |
As much as I enjoyed reading this book, it's pretty obvious that it doesn't quite stand up to the first book in this series (A Dirty Job). The plot is a bit more wander-y (swapping viewpoints randomly, going back to rehash events, etc), and the joke's are clearly not his best material (the best ones happenned the first time around, so these sound a little more contrived), but thankfully the characters are just as entertaining to keep us engaged. I hope that Moore does another stand-alone novel for his next effort though, as that seems to be where he is at his best. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
There is something going on with souls in San Francisco but nobody really knows what it is or how to stop it so they just spend a long time trying to get a dead guy trapped in a "meat puppet" a new body. This book tries so hard to be hip, absurd, and funny that it ends up being uncomfortable rather than any of the things it's trying to be (like when a stand up comic is bombing but just keeps on going on with his act). There are, lots of penis and boob references, kids swearing for no reason, mythological creatures, and hipster references but not much character development or plot. The ending was entertaining and a couple of the characters were fun, but I felt like most of the book was just trying to make a transition from where the previous book in the series left off to where the new story would start and secondary stories that the author was trying to tie into this book's plot. I'd rate this book 2.5 stars if Goodreads allowed half stars. I receives a free ARC of this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaways.
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  SteveKey | Jan 8, 2021 |
"Bitches love cushions"
words of wisdom from the gods
I need a Hellhound. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Charlie Asher lives as a resurrected soul in a miniscule meat puppet that his Buddhist nun girlfriend made for him. He used to be a Death Merchant before getting killed by one of the Morrigan, and now that his seven-year-old sailor-mouthed daughter, who happens to be "the Big D" (i.e. Death), is in danger from a new sinister, lemon-color clothed Big Bad, he needs to figure out how to get a life-sized body again so he can save her. There are also a crap-ton of ghosts stuck on/in/around the Golden Gate Bridge, with only a bridge painter and a frustrated former goth girl to help them. So, yeah.

I love Moore so much. His plots are absolute insanity, his characters perfectly weirdly human (and therefore delightfully lovable), and his dialogue is so clever and funny it makes me giddy. ( )
  scaifea | Apr 24, 2020 |
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In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing--and you know that can't be good--in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job. Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. 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. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat puppet" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind . . .

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