Secondhand Souls - Christopher Moore

4.5 Stars!

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.

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.

Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, Fool, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and The Serpent of Venice.

Find out more about Christopher at his Website,
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Holy crap! This was one hell of a roller coaster ride! I didn't know if I should scream to get off or scream for more! This book was fun, fun, fun! He is one of the zaniest writers I know.

The is my third Christopher Moore Book. I have read "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" and "A Dirty Job" which is the first book to "Secondhand Souls". So far I have loved them all. I really need to do some catching up and read more.

In my opinion, this is not a stand alone book, you really need to read the first one or you will be totally lost.

This story is just freakin hilarious and had me laughing to tears!

I just loved the characters. The character development is excellent. And I was so glad to see most of the old characters back again, if maybe in slightly different form LOL (sorry can't ruin it!).

There is a lot of action in this book. Seriously there is not a dull moment. The whole thing is crazy suspenseful.

After reading 3 of his book now, I can't even imagine what it would be like to live with this guy! What Stephen King is to horror, Christopher Moore is to Humor. I am such a forever fan girl!

Here are a few quotes just to hold you over till you get the book -
About Cassie, Jane's wife - "She stood barefoot by the breakfast bar in yoga pants and an oversized olive-green cotton sweater, red hair in loose, shoulder length curls - a calm snuggle of a woman, a chamomile chaser to Jane's vodka and sarcasm shooter." ~ This is my favorite description in the whole book!

"A woman appeared in his shop out of nowhere, a banshee, shrieking, warning him that shit was going down - 'an elegant death,' she said. Then she Tased him and disappeared."
"A banshee?" How do you get that job? She would be awesome at that. They give you a Taser?
~ I know I probably shouldn't, but I loved the banshee!!!

"Of course. Thanks for meeting me. You know, on the phone, that first day, you said you knew things, and well, I wanted to pick your brain."
"In Fuji, they have a special pick just for eating human brains. They call it a brain fork."
"Not like that."
"I know" ~ Ew!

"She's a vegetarian? She didn't even like vegetables last year."
"It's OK. She's only a vegetarian because it was a thing with the other girls. Jane convinced her you could still be a vegetarian if you only ate animals that eat vegetables too." ~ LOL I am a vegetarian (the real kind) and I am pretty sure it doesn't work that way!
Thank you TLC Book Tours for sending me this awesome book for my honest review! Loved every minute of it.

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  1. I've considered trying this author a few times but it's the old 'too many books, too little time' thing. Glad to hear his books are good though!

    1. Oh my gosh Jen, you of all people would love his books!

  2. I still can't believe I haven't bought this book yet!!! I absolutely love Christopher Moore's books! He is hilarious, weird, but hilarious! I loved The Dirty Job. It is time for me to read this one.

    Btw, I recommend you read Lamb. That's my favorite of his.

    1. OH my gosh! You mean you have already read Dirty Job and haven't read this one yet???
      Yes, you need to catch up.
      Yeah, he is demented... but so fun!

  3. "I can't even imagine what it would be like to live with this guy!" Oh my gosh yes, that would have to be completely crazy! LOL

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  4. "scream to get off or scream for more"

    OMG SO FUNNY!! I have friends who love this author, and I can't wait to get in to his books!

    1. :-)

      Yes, If you haven't tried him, you should! You will be laughing to tears!


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