Secondhand Souls

Secondhand Souls

by Christopher Moore


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In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing—and you know that can’t be good—in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore’s delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall “meat puppet” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.

To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061779794
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 214,822
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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


Hawaii and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1958

Place of Birth:

Toledo, Ohio

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Secondhand Souls 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
I think this is the first Christopher Moore novel to which I am giving a mediocre review. I've read nearly all of his books to date, and I usually find the characters fresh and detailed, the plot convoluted but ultimately cohesive, and the writing both creative and humorous. While this effort doesn't fail in any of those areas, it's very much an effort that pales in comparison to A Dirty Job, to which it is a sequel. Same characters, whom we get to know little better than in the original, including the same antagonists, with only a couple of relatively minor new players. Same setting and a very similar, if not identical, story arc. If you enjoyed A Dirty Job, this is a similar, but lesser, work.
j_violette More than 1 year ago
Moore's most recent San Francisco novel is a direct sequel to "A Dirty Job," and like that book, stars Charlie Asher, his friends, family, and colleagues. I think you should probably have read at least that book to get the most out of "Secondhand Souls," but this isn't a criticism of "Souls." It's just that the premise of "junk dealers as agents of death and the soul" is more fully explained in the previous book, and some of the situations in this one might be a little baffling to newcomers (Charlie's situation at the beginning of the book springs to mind.) That said, this is a wonderful continuation of Moore's California novels (many, but perhaps not all, share a setting: the vampires of the Bloodsucking Fiends trilogy live in the same San Francisco as Charlie & Co., and all of them occasionally have to deal with police Inspector Alfonse Rivera, who made his way into Pine Cove in earlier books like "Practical Demonkeeping" and to Santa Barbara in "Coyote Blue...") Familiar faces abound in this novel if you've read others of Moore's books. At first, I felt like there might even be too many familiar faces (along with several newcomers!)- but of course, by the end, each of them has been changed and challenged in a way that is uniquely Moore. A new favorite book by a favorite author. Highly recommended to Moore's fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love him
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Another great Christopher Moore book. Irreverent, clever and outrageous, this book kept me laughing from start to finish. The only thing that kept it from being 5 stars was a bit of a lull in the middle as I wasn’t sure where the plot was going (and I’m not so sure the author was either). The first book had a clear villain in the sewer harpies, and the fight against them but the main storyline here didn’t really become clear what was going on until about two-thirds of the book making it feel a bit disjointed at times. Always well written with a couple of twist and turns along the way and ridiculous characters, ‘Secondhand souls’ wraps up the story of Charlie Asher and death merchants nicely.
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This book is a great sequel to "A Dirty Job", weaving together other books in the Christopher Moore series and making a splash in this writer's unique fashion. It's funny and weird and gross and awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth the read and the crazy ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading a CM novel is like taking a long hot shower. The longer you stay in, the better you feel. You know you eventually should get out and get on with your day before you get all pruney. But it just feels so good. And in the end, you come out feeling all clean and refreshed. I've yet to read a book by Moore that has failed to take me on a delightfully clever, whimsically mirthful adventure. I am frequently astounded by his ability to weave disparate plots, characters, and ideas together into a cohesive and hilarious whole. His command of language, historical whimsy, irreverent wit, and the bizzare, hit my sweet spot. True, some of his books shine brighter than others, but ignore the critics; one star or five, you write it Chris - I'll read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Moore's books. This one does not disappoint. There is sarcasm, vulgarity, ridiculousness, and Charlie. It was a very fun read.
RCCnLA More than 1 year ago
Christopher Moore continues the saga of strange creatures working in the nether world of San Francisco. If you liked the other books built around his creations you will find parts of this laugh out loud funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the page turner I hoped for but still a lot of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent work by Moore. Although the character development of the villain could've been better, the storyline was great and had me engaged from the beginning. Maybe it's my love of the characters from previous works, but I absolutely enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed like he tried to fit too much in too little time and space. The original was great really developed the characters and story. This just seemed rushed. Morgan were relegated to a few pages. The bad guy was totally forgettable. Sorry mr. Moore this is one of your very few misses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please, Mr. MOORE! Don't make me wait too long for another wonderful, hilarious, irreverent book. You are "Strong like bear". I know you can relieve my longing for your stories. Christopher Moore is an original.