Practical Demonkeeping:

Paperback | May 25, 2004

byChristopher Moore

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In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, 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 "roads" 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 façade 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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In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, 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 "roads" 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 faça...

Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, includingLamb,The Stupidest Angel,Fool,Sacré Bleu,A Dirty Job, andThe Serpent of Venice. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:May 25, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060735422

ISBN - 13:9780060735425

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from How to get rid of a demon This is a story about a people eating demon named Catch and his keeper named Travis. Catch is bound to Travis and they have been together for 70 years. Catch wants free of Travis and Travis wants to get rid of Catch. Travis wants to send him back to hell because if Catch becomes loose he will eat a lot of people. Catch and Travis are on the way to Pine Cove. It's a sleepy little tourist town with many interesting characters. Some people are out to get rid of Catch and the characters all come together to try to attain that goal. This book was recommended to me by a friend who tells me that I have a sick sense of humour and would love Christopher Moore's books. She was right I loved this book! It was a funny quick and fast read. I loved how the author describes the characters and the town. Great book for a debut novel.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad for his first As far as I know this is Moore's first novel, and taking that into consideration, I would say it was pretty good. It is not as funny as his other work, and he didn't take as many risks as he does in his others which is understandable. Overall, I would say still an entertaining read!
Date published: 2009-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Novel The first book I read by Christopher Moore was actually Fool, his parody of Shakespearean fools. While the book was hilarious, the plot was plucked from the pages of King Lear, so you didn't really get a feel for what kind of plot and characters Moore could actually create because the story was dependent upon the characters of King Lear. His first novel, Practical Demonkeeping proves that Moore is able to weave a variety of characters into a seamless plot. It's almost reminiscent of movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in that characters who seem involved in two separate plotlines (such as Travis and Rivera) will end up coming together in the end. Not as funny as Fool, in my humble opinion, but worth picking up and a wonderful first novel. This is the kind of story you want to read on a rainy day for a good laugh--providing you share Moore's quirky sense of dark humour.
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an imagination! What do you do when you're traveling across USA with a demon who needs regular feeding? You end up in a town populated with hilarious characters and read on for more laughs.
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Moore's First But Not His Best Travis has been a demonkeeper for seventy years and when he and his demon, Catch, arrive in Pine Cove the Djinn who has been hunting Catch is waiting for them. This is Moore's first book and definitely an enjoyable read but not as good as his later work. The characters are a lot of fun though not as well developed as in his other books. A recommended read but if you are new to Christopher Moore start with something else so you can read him at his best.
Date published: 2007-11-25