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  • Practical Demonkeeping, Christopher Moore's debut novel, reads like a collection of character biographies strung loosely together by a somewhat interesting plot
  • The problem with that is that on the cover of the book, Moore gets compared to writers such as Terry Pratchett, Kurt Vonnegut, and Dave Barry

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      When a fiction writer is starting out, one of the pieces of advice he or she is given on how to make characters come to life is for the author to write out a character’s entire life history. “You may not use a word of it in the finished story,” they say, “but it helps you to understand the character and the actions they take.”

      Practical Demonkeeping, Christopher Moore’s debut novel, reads like a collection of character biographies strung loosely together by a


      somewhat interesting plot. The story involves Travis, a ninety-year-old drifter who looks like he’s 20, trying to find a way to rid himself of the company of Catch, a centuries-old demon who has to eat people every so often to stay alive. Most of the book, however, involves being introduced to the crazy characters of Pine Cove, and learning the intricate details of their life histories. In most cases, these biographies serve no purpose in advancing the plot, and only mildly give ...

      • the reader any insight into why the characters do what they do in the resolution.

        Moore does have the ability to keep the reader’s attention within each story, however. His work flows well, and is filled with excellent dark humor. The problem with that is that on the cover of the book, Moore gets compared to writers such as Terry Pratchett, Kurt Vonnegut, and Dave Barry. This novel, however humorous it is, may not appeal to fans of those writers because of the

        dark humor, which can get very, very dark.

        I struggled through to the end, hoping that the resolution would be action-packed and make use of the biographies I had to read through to get to the end. The final showdown with the demon, however, is confusing. I really didn’t understand the plan that the characters came up with to defeat the demon.

        This book is decent light reading for anyone who wants to enjoy the writing and the humor, and can overlook a thin plot.




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