Secondhand Souls (Grim Reaper Series #2)
Author: Christopher Moore
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 3.5 Stars
Book Summary: 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 14-inch-tall "meat" 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 7-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...
Personal Review: I enjoy Moore's books as he never fails to give his unique stamp on each of them, and this was a nice entry to the Grim Reaper series, but he's also an author you either love or hate, there really is no in-between with him.
This entry was one wild and wacky ride that gave a lot of great twists and brought back the gang from the first book, A Dirty Job. If you're going into one of Moore's novels, you're not reading him for a good mystery or something deep and profound, you're reading him for an escape with stories that will make you laugh, and then borderline on just being plain "dumb" but in a good way.
This book is just quirky, entertaining, funny, vulgar, and crazy all at the same time with your characters back, but in different bodies and in different places in their lives. If you're a fan of Moore, the story sometimes can take a backseat to the characters.
Although you won't be lost if you didn't read the first book, it certainly helps when flushing out the characters better. Plus, like Moore's novels usually do, they're fast-paced and entertaining from start to finish.
That being said, I did have to knock its rating just a little because although the plot was decent enough, they weren't as developed as I would have liked, as it took a backseat to the author's humorous inclinations. But overall I was able to look past that due to the author's sarcastic, snarky, rude, and irreverent form of writing. That's what I wanted when I was looking to check the book out, and that's exactly what I got.
I must state again, this book will not be a winner for everyone, and some might consider it to be just trash, but remember what I said from the start...you either love Moore's books or you don't...there really is no in-between. So be a little adventurous and try it out for yourself, but first start with A Dirty Job if you haven't read it, and then go back to this book if you found it interesting. But if you don't like his twisted form of writing, don't blame me, I still like it, and I'll look out for more in the future.