Catch As Catch Can

Practical Demonkeeping, by Christopher Moore – Some time ago, I had read and enjoyed Moore’s Lamb, so I decided to try one of his other books. And where better to start than at the beginning? Okay, that’s not always true; I don’t recommend anyone start the Discworld series with The Colour of Magic, for instance. In this case, though, I found Practical Demonkeeping enjoyable. It tells the story of a young man who summons a man-eating demon named Catch, and then is unable to get rid of it. He comes to a town in California called Pine Cove, where he thinks the invocation to send Catch back to Hell can be found, and which has a cafe based on Lovecraft’s Old Ones. The cowardly, salt-loving King of the Djinn arrives there as well and tries to get shopkeeper Augustus Brine to banish Catch. Also involved in the story are a separated couple, a World War I veteran and his wife, a hotel desk clerk who pretends to be a woman online, and a local drug dealer who mysteriously disappears. It’s a good mix of styles, combining mythology and a bit of horror with comedy. Based on what I’ve read so far, Moore’s work is sort of like a more organized and reined-in version of Robert Rankin’s. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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