Practical Demonkeeping

Practical Demonkeeping

A Comedy of Horrors

Book - 2004
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A young man named Travis O'Hearn, granted immortality by Catch, a lovable demon, struggles to rid himself of this man-eating gremlin who promises to make eternity hellish for him, in a supernatural comic romp through a California tourist town

Christopher Moore's demonically seductive storylines and zany, addictive brand of humor have earned him comparisons to Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Buckley, Douglas Adams, and other comic virtuosos. He's given us lovelorn vampires, marooned love goddesses, and addled sea beasts. Now discover his ingenious debut novel, in which 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 "road" 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 facade 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...

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Granted immortality by Catch, a lovable demon, a young man named Travis O'Hearn struggles to rid himself of this man-eating gremlin, who promises to make eternity hellish for him, in a supernatural comic romp through a California tourist town. A first novel. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2004, c1992.
ISBN: 9780380816552
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Practical demon keeping


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Dec 30, 2015

Pretty decent and funny for his freshman novel. I love that Chris calls himself the oldest known child prodigy getting this published in his 30's. I have to find an accurate bibliography because I keep reading his books and find out after that it's number 2 or 3 in the series. While this is the first in the Pine Cove series I started with number 3 and thankfully they have absolutely nothing in common but the town of Pine Cove as far as I can tell. I need a break from Chris though. I feel I've gone overboard once again. He's like books on Scientology. I just wish I knew how to quit you Christopher Moore.

Apr 03, 2013

Fictional story; good characters, well developed. Everything is pretty balanced till the end which is a tad botched. The last cavern scene is forced, but the story has to end somehow. The epilogue is cute as "all wells that end s well". Quick read that gets a few laughs.

Feb 27, 2012

Recommended by Chuck Wendig

Apr 05, 2011

Christopher Moore is one of the very best writers of humorous fiction. A zany plot, outlandish characters and a satirical look at some of the wackier aspects of contemporary lifestyles all add up to a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Nov 07, 2009

This story gets better after a slow start with a with a growing tale and a strong finish. 8 of 10 stars


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