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In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. Behind the fake Tudor façade of Pine Cove, California, Catch seeIn Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. Behind the fake Tudor façade of Pine Cove, California, Catch sees a four-star buffet. Travis, on the other hand, thinks he sees a way of ridding himself of his toothy traveling companion. The winos, neo-pagans, and deadbeat Lotharios of Pine Cove, meanwhile, have other ideas. And none of them is quite prepared when all hell breaks loose....

Title : Practical Demonkeeping
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ISBN : 9781616818548
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Practical Demonkeeping Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-02-04 22:33

    holy crap,this book. was. effing bad there must be a logical explanation for it. the logical explanation is: christopher moore, you used to be a very stinky writer. i'm not sure what happened between "practical demonkeeping" and "a dirty job", but i'm guessing it was nothing short of an earth quaking, baby shaking, holy sweet mother of pearl miracle. all the raw elements are there. the slightly deranged yet interesting menagerie of characters, the twisting, intercoursed plot lines, a couple of very, very sparse wiz-bang laugh out loud moments. fantastical happenings, interesting details... they're there, if you look hard enough, twitching and screaming under the surface of a couple horribly concoted plot line and a sense of suspense so bad it could be mistaken for the author's contstipation. the build up of this story could be likened to that ring of lime you get around the bathtub... flaky, course, and practically crawling with a thousand miniscule little problems that, once under your skin, are sure to cause itchiness, bloating, and a generally rashlike redness caused by wondering: "why the hell am i still reading this book"? and more importantly "christopher moore, if you can get this published, my journal from 6th grade MUST have a shot...".I can't fault the guy that much. He was just starting out, and in a way it was really enouraging to read something that lacked the finesse and wit of his later novels. You could actually see the talent there, and it gave one a certain sense of satisfaction knowing that later he got his shit together and ironed out all the problems. and i can never be too mad at him for taking up my time with "practical demonkeeping", because this is the man who later gave me toaster eating demon dogs from hell. but still. i have to wonder what wonderful things could come from this book if he rewrote it now. specifically, a climax, or perhaps a build up to the climax, or even well developed characters. ok, ok, i'm done. (you could have just written "and they dreamed it all!" at the end, and it might have gotten about the same level reviews of say, j-lo's gigli movie.)ok, now i'm done.

  • Lyn
    2019-01-18 20:48

    Cool, fun book. Absurd, irreverent, inventive, erudite, and entertaining. Some conveniently wound up loose ends, inconsistent in parts, but a descendant of Vonnegut at his best.

  • Bark
    2019-02-19 00:23

    I'm rereading this on audio because I desperately needed a laugh but even this book isn't doing it. Might it be because I've already heard all of the punchlines and I need more snark? I don't know. It's mildly entertaining but has some dull moments and too many long moments of explanation and I find myself drifting away all too often.My impressions when I initially read it:This is a quirky book about a young priest-in-training who unwittingly commands a demon into existence that gives him immortality but follows him around eating folks for, well, forever unless he can find a way to send the demon back to hell. It is super snarky and I enjoyed every page. Moore has a very twisted sense of humor.

  • Josh
    2019-02-17 00:34

    This is the first Moore book that I have read, and I have to say, I am a fan. I've read a lot of Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life With Woodpecker) and his style is very similar, but more straightforward I think. And just as funny. I haven't laughed so hard at a book in a long time. The premise is fairly simple... A young man, Travis, conjurs a demon on accident while cleaning the accolyte candles at a Catholic church. He is stuck with the demon, who does not have to tell him how he can be sent back to Hell. He tries various methods of returning his demon friend to the underworld such as reading cantations from spell books and running him over with his car. The young man wanders the United States in search of a way to be rid of his scaled friend, while the demon Catch proceeds to eat various victims in every place they stop. They finally come to the unsuspecting town of Pine Cove California. The story takes off from there, jumping back and forth from different perspectives as the town tries to deal with this demon menace. Moore has an easy to read, yet very witty and sarcastic writing style. I would recommend this book and the author to anyone who's looking for a good laugh, and I plan to read more Moore in the future. Heck, I could even see this being made into a movie... It's a fun, easy read. There's nothing profound about itm but I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a genuine laugh. If you read this, be sure to read Lamb, which is one of the best books I've ever read.

  • Wiebke (1book1review)
    2019-02-06 21:49

    This was exactly what I came to expect from a book by Christopher Moore: fun, somewhat strange and mysterious, not too real but realistic.In typical Moore style this book takes you on a journey that is filled with unbelievable alternative realities and laughs.I don't really know what else to say, but just give his writing a go if you like funny and magic books. (Mind you magic books, not books about magic!)

  • DJ Harris
    2019-02-04 16:44

    Kick back and curl up with this well written and light hearted book that will definitely give your funny bone a work out! This book is a very fast read, Christopher Moore's tale is not only captivating but will leave you laughing! You just have to love Christopher Moore's morbid humor.Having read Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore, I figured this book would be just as hilarious, and it is comparable, but not the same. This is a great story, has an interesting plot, and has very memorable characters. Just don't go in thinking it is a Christopher Moore classic!

  • Madeleine
    2019-01-23 16:23

    If this were written by anyone else, I'd probably give "Practical Demonkeeping" four stars. If this had been the first time I read anything of Moore's, I'd probably give it four stars. But seeing as this is the first novel he's written and the fourth of his I've read, I know how much better he becomes as he gets a few more books under his belt.All the telltale marks of Moore are fabulously apparent: Well-turned phrases, otherworldly understatement (Moore is one of the few times I appreciate understatement as a humorous device, which probably has a lot to do with his tone), cleverly executed paranormal expeditions and a knack for gleefully approaching what others would consider grand-scale tragedies are all here in their fledgling glory. Cap it all off with an unexpectedly heartwarming ending (how the man can unleash death and demonic forces on an unsuspecting town and then credibly wrap it all up like nothing happened tickles me every time) and it's a quick-reading treat of an introduction to the maniacal weirdness of Christopher Moore.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-02-03 21:37

    I should stop paying attention to how a book is labelled on Goodreads or elsewhere. Is it entertaining? Yes, it is. There are parts that will make you laugh out loud. If you laughed when Monty Python white bunny appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail then there is something for you here. Unfortunately, scenes like that are pretty rare. Other things got more attention. It is worth reading the book if only for those moments.What I didn't like the most is the resolution. Not everyone got what they deserved. If I wrote anything else about that that particular issue, it would be a spoiler. Let's just say that family reunions for some of the characters will be pretty awkward. It is still a fun story and I am not sorry for reading it.

  •  Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
    2019-01-22 18:22

    My first Moore book, his first also. I loved it! Later, Lamb took over as favorite, but this one is still fondly remembered. The jacket caught my imagination: "Okay, Stephen King, Douglas Adams, and H.P. Lovecraft go to a Frank Capra movie (It's a wonderful life). Thus inspired they write a book..." Well, I'm in, let's go! And a great trip to Pine Cove it is. Catch a demon of the 27th order, meaning in the hierarchy of hell he is far below archdemons like the master of avarice, but far above the blue-collar demon who was responsible for leeching the styrofoam taste into take-out coffee. ya, 5 stars still.

  • Bandit
    2019-02-08 20:22

    This was an absolute delight of a fairy tale for adults. Demons, djinns, adventures, magic and moral included. With a side of mayhem and homicide by devouring. I've read Moore before and liked him, it was nice to see that he was this good out of the gate as this debut proves. Maybe not as much laugh out loud funny as Dirty Job or Fool, but just as fun, imaginative, clever, humorous and entertaining as only Christopher Moore can do. Highly recommended.

  • Wart Hill
    2019-02-15 00:29

    Fuck.Yes.I love you, Christopher Moore, and your cracktastic brain and the weird shit that comes out of it, winds up on the page, and then gets published so I can read the shit out of it because Fuck. Yes.This book his hilarious and fun and wonderful and ridiculous.So. Yes.

  • Venkat Satya
    2019-01-20 23:22

    Wickedly funny. That's the term I'm searching for. This book with its winos, pagans, wrinkled-prune Djinn, and hungry demon is wickedly funny.

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2019-02-10 20:29

    3.5 stars. Check out the audio book if you can. The demon sounds just like Cookie Monster and that alone kept me laughing through this one. It isn't the masterpiece that is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal but it's still pretty damn funny.

  • Sara O
    2019-01-29 20:23

    This is the first time that I've actually read a whole book in one day. It was just so flippin' funny I couldn't put it down!

  • Kristen
    2019-01-29 16:43

    This novel was a surprisingly quick read, it is short and although not action packed, it manages to keep your attention from beginning to end. The writing style is very casual and humorous, slightly vulgar but not so much as to gain an "R" rating or to turn off the casual reader. There are drugs, but they are not glorified, there is sex, but it is not explicit and there is profanity, but it is not overwhelming. The story itself is simple enough, one man (Travis) is cursed with being the "Master" of a Demon by the name of Catch, who is not entirely under his control and tends to eat people when he so chooses. Augustus Brine, the small town owner of a bait, tackle, and fine wine shop is suddenly visited by the king of the Djinn who charges him with finding the Demonkeeper and sending Catch back to where ever it is that the Demon naturally inhabits. The story follows not only Travis and Augustus, but also most of the small town of Pine Cove. Although this is a short book, you will find yourself introduced to more characters than seems possible, and wonder how on Earth this litany of characters will intertwine and affect the story by the end of it all. In this Moore does a fantastic job of never spending too much time on the characters that go nowhere, and managing to include everyone in the ending. As I stated before, this is a quick and easy read, my only complaint is that in order to get to the resolution, Moore does break down into a long and over involved exposition by one of the characters (Travis) that I felt could have been either broken up better through the story, or told a bit more naturally. In the end the resolution makes the story work and certainly doesn't let the reader down. The journey is a fun one and you have the opportunity to meet several very real characters along the way. No one is perfect, and no one is truly evil. In all it is a very human experience told through a very supernatural tale.

  • Steve Lowe
    2019-02-16 16:51

    Well, more like 3.5 stars... a solid read, nothing too exciting or groundbreaking, but considering this was Moore's first novel, not bad. Enjoyable and funny.Of Moore's work, I read A DIRTY JOB first and really dug it, then subsequently picked up FOOL and LAMB and didn't make past the halfway point with either one. They weren't bad, they just didn't hold my interest, nor have I had a desire to return to them. DEMONKEEPING is closer to DIRTY JOB in terms of style and tone, a similar, lighthearted feel to it, and even a common character in the police detective Rivera. The problem I had with DEMONKEEPING is the number of characters. For a 240-page book, we've got an awful lot of characters, which we jump back and forth between from chapter to chapter. I liked all of them, but we never really got to know any of them too well, espeicially Travis, the main character. We find out almost nothing about him until near the end, and that comes spilling out in a somewhat tedious confessional (read: info dump). And they all seem to be mixed and matched and introduced simply to give them a role in how the ending will play out.Finally, I am again amazed at the number of typos in a book from a big publisher. Nothing major, mostly a dropped word here and there, but the hard cover copy of A DIRTY JOB had similar issues as well. This copy of DEMONKEEPING was a paperback reprint by HarperCollins, and it seems they didn't bother to read the copy before shooting it out there under their name.

  • Tung
    2019-01-29 20:33

    This is the third book by Moore that I have read (after Lamb and the Stupidest Angel), but chronologically it is Moore’s first published work. The story takes place in Moore’s oft-used fictional town of Pine Cove, CA. A stranger rolls into town bringing with him an invisible demon named Catch. Over the course of the story we find out that the stranger (a man named Travis) is trying to rid himself of Catch, while at the same time Catch is trying to rid himself of his master Travis. This plotline gets intertwined with a broken marriage and a drug deal gone bad, and all three situations only get hairier as the story progresses. Overall, it was clear that this was Moore’s first outing. It was far less quirky and humorous and silly as the two later Moore books I read, as if Moore hadn’t found his voice yet. The plot also required one chapter of long exposition to fill in backstory. Moore’s books are known for their ever-twisty plots, but the exposition usually comes out more naturally than it does in this one. There was enough of Moore’s trademark wit to keep me reading through his other works (including possibly my favorite metaphor ever when he likens a mixed blessing to “herpes on the pope’s ring”), but if you’ve read Moore’s later works first, you might be a tad disappointed as I was. Recommended.

  • vicki_girl
    2019-01-28 22:42

    This was my first Chistopher Moore book. I had heard mixed reviews about his works, and wasn't sure if I would like them. However, when I saw the title Lamb The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, I just had to see what this guy was about. I prefer to start at the beginning and work my way through an author chronologically. So I picked up a copy of Practical Demonkeeping.Practical Demonkeeping definitely reads like a first novel. The story line rambled a bit, and sometimes felt a little choppy. However, there is enough there that I definitely wanted to keep reading. While it wasn't always laugh-out-loud funny, I did get a few chuckles. There were a few good zingers too.Since I read in other reviews that Christopher Moore gets better with his later books, I picked up his second book Coyote Blue. Coyote Blue is much better than Practical Demonkeeping. I am looking forward to even more Moore.

  • Cid Tyer
    2019-01-31 19:26

    I think I have an issue getting through the first chapter in any Moore book, save Lamb. I read the first chapter and almost gave the book up as a lost cause, but a stressful day had me reaching into my bag for it and I'm glad I finished it. I like how Moore weaves together multiple characters and events, including sometimes silly, pointless side lines of things that happen as a result of the plot. His characters are always diverse, interesting things, and often times display attributes true to people I've known. I think what I like most about Moores' books is the plot; it's always quirky, well thought out and diverse. The climax is simple and not all that complex but it is engaging and you know exactly what each character could loose or gain by the resolve. Now, with that said it's also good to note that Moore often writes from the perspective of a pervy, lewd man sinking into her geriatrics unwillingly, so this isn't for someone who is easily offended by the thoughts I know all honest people probably have. I laughed, I awe'd and I enjoyed, Practical Demonkeeping - but it's not a book for everyone.

  • TC
    2019-01-24 20:50

    Although this is not one of Christopher Moore's funniest books in my opinion, it definitely has its moments. Practical Demonkeeping is another fun and twisted romp with the perverse author of Dirty Job and Fool who crafts great quirky characters to carry his stories. Mavis, the bar owner from Stupidest Angel is here, as is Detective Rivera from Dirty Job and Moore's vampire novels. (I particularly enjoyed the way Mavis answers the phone in the bar: "Garden of Eden, Snake speaking.")P.D. is one of Moore's earlier novels and doesn't seem to have as much focus as his later books, but it's still decent brain candy when you want a cheap laugh and you don't want something to really have to think about much to enjoy. It would be safe to think of most of Moore's books as R rated cartoons in text form, sometimes slipping into the NC-17 catagory (or higher!)depending on the book, but always with a heavy dose of tongue-in-cheek satire and jaded wit to smooth out the edges.

  • Heather
    2019-02-09 22:40

    I marked this read because I read most of it. I just got to a point where I put it down and never got the oomph to pick it back up. It just wasn't holding my interest. Granted, this is Moore's first book, but really, I think it's a good example of how I feel about his work in general sometimes. That is to say, a great idea with some genuinely funny bits thrown in, but overall, not so great in execution. There are lots of things I'm clearly supposed to think are hilariously dark and witty, but often I just perceive them as half-baked or lame.

  • Marvin
    2019-01-18 16:22

    Practical Demonkeeping was Christopher Moore's first novel and even being his debut, it has all of the fun that I expect from the best author of humorous fiction alive. In this early work, you can easily see the influence of Tom Robbins, Carl Haissen and even perhaps some Douglas Adams. Yet Christopher Moore's strange brain is like no other and even here he reveals an unique sense of wit. His opuses Lamb and A Dirty Job are still years away but Practical Demonkeeping is as weird and funny as any Moore novel.

  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
    2019-02-15 19:30

    HYSTERICALLY FUNNY!!! I lost count of how many times I had to pause reading because I was laughing so hard! Christopher Moore’s writing reminds me movies like “Blazing Saddles” and “Airplane”…he actually manages to tell a story in between all the insanity! Recommend to anyone looking for a good laugh!

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-05 19:44

    More fun on the rampage from Christopher Moore.

  • Eric
    2019-01-24 21:28

    After reading Christopher Moore's Lamb, I knew I wanted to read more of his work, and figured the best place to start was with his first novel, so I picked up a copy of Practical Demonkeeping. It was a quick, easy read, and only took me three sittings to finish. For as much as I enjoyed it, I doubt it will stay with me long, as Lamb has. I don't mean that as an insult, I just see Practical Demonkeeping as more of a great beach read -- if supernatural stories about demons and their keepers are your thing.

  • Cathy
    2019-02-16 21:25

    I can't believe that was his first book! It was great, a perfect mix between absurd humor and urban fantasy, but in a laid-back California style. The wordplay is delicious, as is the imagery. I didn't really get the thing with the owl at the end, but the rest was pretty great. I also really enjoyed it as an audio book. And I finished it faster than any other audiobook I've listened to, I kept putting it on in the house instread of just in the car!

  • Lou Harper
    2019-01-19 16:45

    Good writing, interesting story, but with the narrative skipping from one member to the other of the large ensemble cast it's impossible to really care about the fate of any of them. It makes for a detached sort of reading.Halfway through I put the book down and never picked it up again. I just don't care what happens to any of the characters.

  • Dale Dixon
    2019-02-03 21:36

    Well Mr Moore certainly tells an interesting yarn, so interesting that I couldn't put the book down. While not my usual genre of novel, I nonetheless liked this quirky tale. It has interesting twists and turns and a lot of characters to keep track of, but it all comes together for a great ending. I'll read more from this author.

  • Joseph Gowen
    2019-01-21 20:50

    Another funny, well-written book by Christopher Moore. In his debut novel, he introduces characters and places that keep popping up throughout his following novels, but never in conspicuous ways. I just love seeing how his different characters' lives touch and interconnect.

  • Danny Foncke
    2019-02-09 22:31

    A bit thin and shallow. A chuckle now and then but certainly not tear-rolling funny. No elaborate plot(s), twists or turns. An easy read for those in-between moments.