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Christopher Moore – Practical Demonkeeping

December 7, 2007

119. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore (1992)

Length: 243 pages

Genre: Fiction; Humor

Started: 5 December 2007
Finished: 7 December 2007

Summary: Travis O’Hearn is an accidental and unwilling demonkeeper, and has been for the past 70 years. He’s doing his best to get rid of Catch, his obnoxious familiar, while Catch would rather stay on Earth and keep eating people than be sent back to Hell. They arrive in Pine Cove, a small northern Califonia town, in search of a tool Travis needs for the banishing ritual, but Catch – and the residents of the town – have other plans for the demon and his erstwhile keeper.

Review: This is Moore’s first book, so it’s a little more uneven and not as consistently funny as his later work, but the essence of his style is there. It’s a little frenetic, and one or two of the minor characters and sub-threads could have easily been dropped to smooth the story flow. However, this is not meant to be a serious novel with profound character development and deep philosophical insights, it’s meant to be a fast-paced and funny diversion, and it fills that role admirably well. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Not as laugh-out-loud funny as some of Moore’s other works, but definitely worthwhile as an enjoyable break from more serious literature.

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