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Christopher Moore
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1 Jun 2004
The story of Catch, an endearingly horrible demon from hell, and Travis, his reluctant keeper. Catch offers Travis eternal youth but Travis feels that Catch is nothing but trouble. On their travels they encounter many characters who attempt to help Travis send Catch back from whence he came.
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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (1 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060735422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060735425
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,006,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Moore was born in Ohio and lived there until he was nineteen, when he moved to California. Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping, in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, and insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco.

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Wickedly funny (Waterstone's Books Quarterly )

Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word (Carl Hiaasen, )

Humour that seamlessly blends lunacy with larceny ... habit forming zaniness (USA Today )

Moore is endlessly inventive ... This cetacean picaresque is no fluke - it is a sure winner (Publishers Weekly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word' Carl Hiaasen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource for any demonkeeper 19 Jan 2007
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
Christopher Moore has found a very good niche in the fantasy fiction world. He creates a set of oddball characters, mixes in a few seemingly normal people to keep your disbelief in check, then sprinkles the plot with a set of crazy ideas. In Practical Demonkeeping this is the recipe: A normal guy becomes involved with the supernatural in error. His new companion likes to eat people. Many inhabitants of a cosy town become embroilled in the resulting chaos as demon and demonkeeper try to part ways. Once Moore has cooked this plot, the result is tale that is clever, funny and although it never takes itself too seriously, it's well written enough to keep you interested until the end. It's a short and snappy book which I heartily recommend if you're looking for some quality light entertainment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. One of my favourite books. 9 Jan 2007
I'm writing this despite having owned this book for the best part of a decade - in the hope of convincing you to go ahead and buy it. You won't regret it.

Nope, I'm not related to him, nor am I on some kind of percentage. It's simply a DAMN good book and you shouldn't hesitate to give it a chance. And in my mind it deserves a little better than the somewhat reserved previous review. It certainly made me laugh out loud, and I suspect you will, too.

Catch, the eponymous 27th level demon, is relentlessly evil (as, I suppose, you'd expect). Travis, the demon-keeper, isn't a bad man trying to make good. Instead he's a good man forced to be bad. By love.

The rest of the characters are all splendidly memorable too. And, as with most Christopher Moore books, it's best to abandon any attempt at trying to keep ahead of the plot. Just give up and go with the flow......
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny but not terrible. 19 Aug 2009
This book starts off funny but, as happens with most attempts at comic fantasy, the humor quickly fades in favour of plot.
We are left with a light-fantasy novel with a few jokes.

The book is very funny at the start and there are a few scenes that are really good letting you see why the author thought this would be a rich vein for humour but this only lasts for a few chapters.

The plot is straight-forward with a man fighting to rid himself of his demon through a slightly convoluted method, there is also a love story tied up with this.
The main problem is that none of the characters are interesting.
Catch is funny, none of the others are.
The rest of the cast are there for the plot and they are extremely bland and forgettable, there isn't a single character with any depth in the book. You can get away without depth in a comedy but not in a fantasy.

The core plot is unoriginal and the romantic angle isn't believable.

There are a lot of negatives and few positives, it's not a book that you'll hate but certainly not one you'll love.

The only book by the author I had previously read was Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings and it is much better than this lack-lustre offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars practically perfect! 8 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
felt compelled to write a review despite having read this book many years ago and having had several copies over the years (peope borrow it , it's a great read, it never comes back!) I love this author. Some books are better than others (comparable to saying that some champagne is better than others) and this is one of my favourites, they are just incredibly inventive, well-written and hilarious. to those saying he is no Pratchett , no he certainly isn't, he's the wonderfully talented Christopher Moore and he's damn fine!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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and here's how to do it. Hard really to describe, not real fantasy, not laugh out loud funny. However it is very zany, the humour is black and the characters are great. Not really Pratchett like (tho if you like him this should appeal) probably more Neil Gaiman, particularly in American Gods.

It was a refreshing change and not very like anything else I've come across - his other novels are great too (well the ones I've read!) - given you are looking at this page - you will find it entertaining too. Make sure you look after your demon cos otherwise...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Typical Christopher Moore 20 Mar 2014
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Fans of Christopher Moore will be familiar with his mix of normal, down to earth people and fantastic monsters, vampires, zombies etc so it will be no surprise to hear that this book is in his usual genre. In this case the fantastical creature is a demon by the name of Catch whose master is a 90 year old man by the name of Travis who looks more like 24. There’s also a Djinn who acts as recruiter for the normal folks who have to trap the demon and send him back to hell.

This is Moore’s first visit to Pine Cove, where some of his later books will be set, so we’re treated to some of the town’s history and in particular the origins of the name of the town saloon, the Head Of The Slug. Wisdom comes in the form of bait shop owner Augustus Brine whose somewhat Zen way of life makes him ideal for battling demons, apparently.

The book moves at a steady pace. There are no real surprises but some laugh out loud moments from time to time. The characters are well drawn and will be familiar to most of us in some form or other. I enjoyed it but then again I am a Moore fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So funny.
Published 25 days ago by S. Loewenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm an avid Pratchett fan
This chap is nothing like pratchett but the sense of ridiculous hits the spot and the books are well written - buy one woul dbe my advice and read it for yourself - I intend to... Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny... in parts. Excrutiating in others
Unlikely many other reviewers I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I was led to believe.

The style borrows much from Terry Pratchett's discworld series, and is... Read more
Published on 31 July 2011 by M Sockel
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but not the best
A great concept and, as is usual for Christopher Moore, hilarious in places, but I felt that this wasn't quite up to scratch when compared with some of the others, Lamb, Isle of... Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Start
I'm a huge fan of humorous 'far-fetched fiction' and have read everything there is to read from masters of the art such as Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2010 by Satori Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Fantastic balance of dry humour and suspense. It is quite a wacky plot, but the title gives that away. The style of writing makes it impossible not to visualise what is happening. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by jvhemert
4.0 out of 5 stars Go on - you've always wanted to look after a demon
and here's how to do it. Hard really to describe, not real fantasy, not laugh out loud funny. However it is very zany, the humour is black and the characters are great. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2005 by Totnes Nigel
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