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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

It's Stong Like Bear

Cover caught my eye and I just couldn't help myself. This is the first book I read of Moores and afterwards his name was forever etched in my brain, placed in the must keep and eye out for his books category. Moore has the most interesting imagination out there, when I ...
Cover caught my eye and I just couldn't help myself. This is the first book I read of Moores and afterwards his name was forever etched in my brain, placed in the must keep and eye out for his books category. Moore has the most interesting imagination out there, when I wasn't laughing myself into tears I was wondering how the heck he came up with this stuff. If you have an offbeat sense of humor and think you can handle a six-foot tall black man named Minty Fresh, Sewer Harpies, and garbage disposal Hell Dogs then I highly recommend this book. At the end of it you will find yourself yelling down manholes, try to find your own pair of Hell dogs, and calling everything strong like bear.

posted by InfantApple on December 26, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great idea, poor execution

When I read the description of this book and the other reviews on this site, I was so excited to read this book--I was looking for something different and exciting, and this sounded great. By the time I was twenty pages in, though, I was already disappointed. Besides ...
When I read the description of this book and the other reviews on this site, I was so excited to read this book--I was looking for something different and exciting, and this sounded great. By the time I was twenty pages in, though, I was already disappointed. Besides the fact that the 'punchline' is given away numerous times throughout the book and ignored by the main character until the end, it is also given away IN THE COVER ART, so that I knew what was coming before I even started reading. I'm also not a big fan of books whose resolutions come in neat and tidy packages in the last five pages, as happens here. The main character, Charlie, was so inconsistent that I found myself wondering if he had multiple personalities. It's one thing for a character to evolve and change throughout a book, but quite another for him to say completely uncharacteristic things on every other page. The same was true with the voice of the narration--it was maddeningly inconsistent. While some of this was obviously meant to be add humor and satire to the story, it often seemed, well, wrong, and distracted from the story itself. As I said I loved the concept of the book and the plot idea, but as I read the book it felt as though it was written as quickly as possible and with little care. All of the Beta Male detail seemed useless in the end, as if the author had a plan for it in the beginning and then just, well, forgot about it later on. Maybe Moore's other books are better, this was the first of his that I have read, but I was so disappointed by A Dirty Job that I will never find out.

posted by Anonymous on April 1, 2007

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