I enjoyed this introduction to the sometime wacky citizens of Pine Cove and their encounters with Catch the demon. Moore's description of the attempts to attract tourists (and the resentment of the same) was especially funny to me. I also liked the interactions of the characters such as between Travis and Catch and between Augustus Brine and the djinn Gian Hen Giann.
I was hoping to like this a lot more than I did, which is not to say it isn't a fun read. Honestly, I was expecting more, given all the hype and rave reviews. It was funny, it was well plotted, but I wasn't nearly as enthusiastic as I had expected.
After reading *A Dirty Job* by Chris Moore, I was looking forward to reading more of his writing. Going back to his early books and "starting at the beginning" is NOT the way to go on this one.
It's not that the book was BAD, it was just a huge yawn. I finally stopped reading at a little past the halfway point, when I realized that I could put it down after a couple of pages and not be all that anxious to get back to the book to see what happens next. I just plain didn't care.
Don't discount Chris Moore's writing based on this book. Start with one of his later efforts (A Dirty Job, Lamb) and enjoy your reading.
A fun, frivolous read. I expected to laugh more because I read another book by Moore, Biff, Jesus's Boyhood Friend,and laughed my tail off. This one was just ok so I give it 3 stars.
Thought this was a great read! Funny, quirky, and a fast read. I will definitely read more Christopher Moore books.