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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, ...

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Overview

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.

Though he appears to be 20 years old, Travis O'Hearn is really 90--and he has been trying to get rid of Catch, his demon companion, for the last 70 years. He would enjoy the eternal youth granted him by the demon, except Catch has a nasty habit of eating humans for dinner. Martin's.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A people-eating demon threatens a sleepy California resort town in Moore's offbeat, witty debut. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
Good-natured, often funny, but excessively complicated tale that matches a people-eating demon against his reluctant master and the citizens of a small California town. First-novelist Moore throws in more plot twists than the Pacific Coast highway has curves. He obviously knows and is amused by the flawed but feisty denizens with which he inhabits Pine Grove, south of the Big Sur wilderness area. To this tourist town comes Travis O'Hearn, a 20-year-old who, 70 years before, got saddled with a demon, Catch, who gave him eternal youth plus problems. Catch is sometimes under Travis's control but often not, particularly when he's hungry. Travis wants out, namely by finding an incantation that will return the demon to Hell. On Travis's side are the King of the Djinns and August Brine, Pine Grove's purveyor of bait, tackle, and fine wines. Others who swell the cast past overflowing include waitress Jenny and her estranged, alcoholic husband Robert; tough old Mavis, who owns the Head of the Slug bar (it had been Head of the Wolf until animal-rights activists leaned on her); retired woodcarving codger Effrom and his wife Amanda; hotel night auditor Billy Winston, who flirts with other males by computer modem while wearing red silk panties; once-battered Rachael, who runs a coven to empower women through worship of the Goddess; and Detective Sergeant Alfonse Rivera, who fears he will end up bagging microwave burritos at a 7-Eleven unless he nails down a case. The author's youthful high spirits, insight into small-town people, and comic brashness help to overcome the fact that too many characters jump through too many hoops with too much unnecessary hocus-pocus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060735425
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Series: Pine Cove Series , #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 228,139
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Moore

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

Biography

A 100-year-old ex-seminarian and a demon set off together on a psychotic road trip...

Christ's wisecracking childhood pal is brought back from the dead to chronicle the Messiah's "missing years"...

A mild-mannered thrift shop owner takes a job harvesting souls for the Grim Reaper...

Whence come these wonderfully weird scenarios? From the fertile imagination of Christopher Moore, a cheerfully demented writer whose absurdist fiction has earned him comparisons to master satirists like Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams.

Ever since his ingenious debut, 1992's Practical Demonkeeping, Moore has attracted an avid cult following. But, over the years, as his stories have become more multi-dimensional and his characters more morally complex, his fan base has expanded to include legions of enthusiastic general readers and appreciative critics.

Asked where his colorful characters come from, Moore points to his checkered job resume. Before becoming a writer, he worked at various times as a grocery clerk, an insurance broker, a waiter, a roofer, a photographer, and a DJ -- experiences he has mined for a veritable rogue's gallery of unforgettable fictional creations. Moreover, to the delight of hardcore fans, characters from one novel often resurface in another. For example, the lovesick teen vampires introduced in 1995's Bloodsucking Fiends are revived (literally) for the 2007 sequel You Suck -- which also incorporates plot points from 2006's A Dirty Job.

For a writer of satirical fantasy, Moore is a surprisingly scrupulous researcher. In pursuit of realistic details to ground his fiction, he has been known to immerse himself in marine biology, death rituals, Biblical scholarship, and Goth culture. He has been dubbed "the thinking man's Dave Barry" by none other than The Onion, a publication with a particular appreciation of smart humor.

As for story ideas, Moore elaborates on his website: "Usually [they come] from something I read. It could be a single sentence in a magazine article that kicks off a whole book. Ideas are cheap and easy. Telling a good story once you get an idea is hard." Perhaps. But, to judge from his continued presence on the bestseller lists, Chris Moore appears to have mastered the art.

Good To Know

In researching his wild tales, Moore has done everything from taking excursions to the South Pacific to diving with whales. So what is left for the author to tackle? He says he'd like to try riding an elephant.

One of the most memorably weird moments in Moore's body of work is no fictional invention. The scene in Bloodsucking Fiendswhere the late-night crew of a grocery store bowls with frozen turkeys is based on Moore's own experiences bowling with frozen turkeys while working the late shift at a grocery store.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hawaii and San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Toledo, Ohio

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Practical Demonkeeping

Chapter One

The Breeze

The Breeze blew into San Junipero in the shotgun seat of Billy Winston's Pinto wagon. The Pinto lurched dangerously from shoulder to centerline, the result of Billy trying to roll a joint one-handed while balancing a Coors tallboy and bopping to the Bob Marley song that crackled through the stereo.

"We be jammin' now, mon!" Billy said, toasting The Breeze with a slosh of the Coors.

The Breeze shook his head balefully. "Keep the can down, watch the road, let me roll the doobie," he said.

"Sorry, Breeze," Billy said. "I'm just stoked that we're on the road. "

Billy's admiration for The Breeze was boundless. The Breeze was truly cool, a party renaissance man. He spent his days at the beach and his nights in a cloud of sinsemilla. The Breeze could smoke all night, polish off a bottle of tequila, maintain well enough to drive the forty miles back to Pine Cove without arousing the suspicion of a single cop, and be on the beach by nine the next morning acting as if the term hangover were too abstract to be considered. On Billy Winston's private fist of personal heroes The Breeze ranked second only to David Bowie.

The Breeze twisted the joint, fit it, and handed it to Billy for the first hit.

"What are we celebrating?" Billy croaked, trying to hold in the smoke.

The Breeze held up a finger to mark the question, while he dug the Dionysian Book of Days: An Occasion for Every Party from the pocket of his Hawaiian shirt. He flipped through the pages until he found the correct date. "Nambian Independence Day, " he announced.

"Bitchin'," Billy said. "Party down forNambian Independence."

"It says," The Breeze continued, "that the Nambians celebrate their independence by roasting and eating a whole giraffe and drinking a mixture of fermented guava juice and the extract of certain tree frogs that are thought to have magical powers. At the height of the celebration, all the boys who have come of age are circumcised with a sharp stone."

"Maybe we can circumcise a few Techies tonight if it gets boring," Billy said.

Techies was the term The Breeze used to refer to the male students of San Junipero Technical College. For the most part, they were ultraconservative, crew-cut youths who were perfectly satisfied with their role as bulk stock to be turned into tools for industrial America by the rigid curricular lathe of San Junipero Tech.

To The Breeze, the Techies' way of thinking was so foreign that he couldn't even muster a healthy loathing for them. They were simply nonentities. On the other hand, the coeds of S.J. Tech occupied a special place in The Breeze's heart. In fact, finding a few moments of blissful escape between the legs of a nubile coed was the only reason he was subjecting himself to a forty-mile sojourn in the company of Billy Winston.

Billy Winston was tall, painfully thin, ugly, smelled bad, and had a particular talent for saying the wrong thing in almost any situation. On top of it all, The Breeze suspected that Billy was gay.

The idea had been reinforced one night when he dropped in on Billy at his job as night desk clerk at the Rooms-R-Us motel and found him leafing through a Playgirl magazine. In Breeze's business one got used to running across the skeletons in people's closets. If Billy's skeleton wore women's underwear, it didn't really matter. Homosexuality on Billy Winston was like acne on a leper.

The up side of Billy Winston was that he had a car that ran and would take The Breeze anywhere he wanted to go. The Breeze's van was currently being held by some Big Sur growers as collateral against the forty pounds of sinsemilla buds he had stashed in a suitcase at his trailer.

"The way I see it," said Billy, "we hit the Mad Bull first. Do a pitcher of margaritas at Jose's, dance a little at the Nuked Whale, and if we don't find any nookie, we head back home for a nightcap at the Slug. "

"Let's hit the Whale first and see what's shakin'," The Breeze said.

The Nuked Whale was San Junipero's premier college dance club. If The Breeze was going to find a coed to cuddle, it would be at the Whale. He had no intention of making the drive with Billy back to Pine Cove for a nightcap at the Head of the Slug. Closing up the Slug was tantamount to having a losing night, and The Breeze was through with being a loser. Tomorrow when he sold the forty pounds of grass he would pocket twenty grand. After twenty years blowing up and down the coast, living on nickle-dime deals to make rent, The Breeze was, at last, stepping into the winners' circle, and there was no room for a loser like Billy Winston.

Billy parked the Pinto in a yellow zone a block away from the Nuked Whale. From the sidewalk they could hear the throbbing rhythms of the latest techno-pop dance music.

The unlikely pair covered the block in a few seconds, Billy striding ahead while The Breeze brought up the rear with a laid-back shuffle. As Billy slipped under the neon whale tail and into the club, the doorman-a fresh-faced slab of muscle and crew cut-caught him by the arm.

"Let's see some I.D."

Billy flashed an expired driver's license as Breeze caught up to him and began digging into the pocket of his Day-Glo green surf shorts for his wallet.

The doorman raised a hand in dismissal. "That's okay, buddy, with that hairline you don't need any."

The Breeze ran his hand over his forehead self-consciously. Last month he had turned forty, a dubious achievement for a man who had once vowed never to trust anyone over thirty.

Billy reached around him and slapped two dollar bills into the doorman's hand. "Here," he said, "buy yourself a night with an Inflate-A-Date. "

"What!" The doorman vaulted off his stool and puffed himself up for combat, but Billy had already scampered away into the crowded club. The Breeze stepped in front of the doorman and raised his hands in surrender.

"Cut him some slack, man. He's got problems."

"He's going to have some problems," the doorman bristled.

"No, really, " The Breeze continued, wishing that Billy had spared him the loyal gesture and therefore the responsibility of pacifying this collegiate cave man. "He's on medication. Psychological problems. "

The doorman was unsure. "If this guy is dangerous, get him out of here."

"Not dangerous, just a little squirrelly--he's bipolar Oedipal, The Breeze said with uncharacteristic pomposity.

"Oh, " the doorman said, as if it had all become clear. "Well, keep him in line or you're both out."

"No problem." The Breeze turned and joined Billy at the bar amid a crunch of beer-drinking students. Billy handed him a Heineken.

Billy said, "What did you say to that asshole to calm him down?"

"I told him you wanted to fuck your mom and kill your dad."

"Cool. Thanks, Breeze. "

"No charge." The Breeze tipped his beer in salute.

Things were not going well for him. Somehow he had been snared into this male-bonding bullshit with Billy Winston, when all he wanted to do was ditch him and get laid.

Practical Demonkeeping. Copyright © by Christopher Moore. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Reading Group Guide

Introduction

Discover Chris Moore's ingenious debut novel, in which we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old 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 faux 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 ...

Topics for Discussion

  1. Travis O'Hearn is given immortality at a very high price. Would you make the trade-off? Would you be able to resist the power that Catch affords to his master? What would the best thing be about immortality? The worst?

  2. Each person in the book sees Catch as what he or she believes him to be (e.g., Howard sees him as one of the Old Ones, Rachel sees him as an earth spirit). Are people's preconceived notions of how the world works an asset or a liability in the face of adversity?

  3. Practical Demonkeeping refers to Pope Leo 11th as having been involved in sorcery. There were eleven Popes in history who were tried for sorcery. Does this reflect the superstitions of the time, or were these witch trials used to shift power in the Church? Do you believe that religious leaders can abuse their power?

  4. Muslim legend tells of a race of beings that was created to walk the Earth before man (the Djinn), yet they believe thatthe Old and New Testaments are valid holy books as well. Is there a chance that there are parts of the creation story that were left out of the Bible?

  5. Augustus Brine has resolved to live out the rest of his life pursuing simple pleasures, without strife or anxiety, yet his philosophy is dashed to pieces when he is called to fight the demon; is the "Epicurean" way of life, "simple pleasures tempered by justice and prudence" possible? What would it take to live the Epicurean lifestyle in our society?

About the author

Christopher Moore is the author of Fluke, Lamb, Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Fun, very off the wall

    If you like Christopher Moore, which I do, you will enjoy this book. If you don't know Christopher Moore and you like quirky, off beat and dark humor you should really read this book.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Moore's first but not best!

    I have loved every piece of Christopher Moore's work I have read, until this. Here, in Practical Demonkeeping, you can really see how much Moore has evolved into the comedic story telling master that he is now. In this novel he needed more room to let these characters take more shape. The comedy was there but it was much more subtle as opposed to his next novel taking place in Pine Cove (Lust Lizard Of Melancholy Cove). Overall it was a good book but the author has spoiled me with his later and funnier works. This is a good place to start but not where I started!

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    First Moore book Ive read

    I wanted to start with this book after finding out it was Moore's first - I look forward to reading more of his work and being able to see him progress as a writer - I loved this book! - It was def laugh out loud =) - Editing could be a little better but it wasnt a big deal at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2009

    "Practical Demonkeeping = A Lot of Fun" Andrew B.

    The story of Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore, opens with one hundred-year-old ex-seminarian, Travis O' Hearn, and an evil, flesh-eating demon named Catch, driving into the small town of Pine Cove. The most mismatched and oddest couple of all time met in 1916 during World War I, when Travis was about to enter seminary to become a priest. During his training to become a priest, the Vatican sent a set of priceless silver candlesticks in for repairs. Travis, who was assigned to polish the candlesticks, discovered they were hollow. Shocked by his discovery, he unscrewed one of the candlesticks and found a piece of parchment inside with an invocation on it. After Travis finished reading the invocation, the events that would follow changed his life forever. Suddenly, the demon Catch arose from the fiery pits of Hell, making Travis the master of an evil demon. This creation would link Travis and Catch in the worst way possible. Travis' life would never be his own. His survival depended on Catch. Therefore, Travis was forced to leave the seminary. His conscience would not permit him to pursue a path of righteousness when he was linked to such an evil beast. Catch revealed a terrible secret to Travis; if he did not feed, they both would die. After several years with Catch, Travis could no longer allow Catch to kill just any person to meet his dietary needs. So, in order to protect the innocent, Travis vowed to find the scum of the Earth for Catch to feed on once or twice a week. Unfortunately, Catch desired human flesh twenty-four seven and hated his master for restricting his needs. Catch's turmoil led him to make sure Travis' life would be a terrifying entanglement of pain and misery. Travis on the other hand, was tired of trying to control Catch, so he decided to come to Pine Cove to find the one person who could rid him of Catch once and for all.
    The book Practical Demonkeeping is a highly enjoyable and brilliantly written piece of comedy fiction. The book is full of humor, mystery, and suspense. The book mostly takes place in modern day California, but parts of it flashback to the early 1900's during World War I. The rural woodsy setting of Pine Cove adds to the suspense of the story when Catch goes on his "hunting" trips. The problem with Catch and Travis is resolved in a way that will leave readers satisfied. Practical Demonkeeping is a rare comedy gem that no one should miss out on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Fantastic

    A great, if weird, piece of fiction. The plot manages to be fresh and humorous without trying too hard. Moore's characters are well-developed and each lends something to the story. Christopher Moore's books do not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Shadenights story

    Shadenight woke up . This is true story . Shadekit wokd up to Nightkit tugging her . Moms leaving . She said . Youre going with her . I lept to my paws . Nightkit im so sorry . I meowed . I have to stay here in boring cloudclan . She screamed . Russetpoppy is taking you to Roseclan . When i arived in Roseclan i quickly made friends with lightningkit . We promised we would be mates . Lilykit was jelous and rainkit had thunderkit . We were made apprentices then warriors . Then we moved to Mistclan . Rosestar was already running the huge clan and her smallerclan joined . Lightningbolt and I were active . Then the clan shut down and i had kits in a twoleg barn as an loner . Goldenkit Rainkit Darkkit Foggykit Starkit and Emraldkit . Wr found Horseclan . Then Darkkit died and i was overwhelmed with grief . They were made apprentices and then it came . The battle against goa . Rainpaw died that day . Then we were attacked by goa again and i sacrfieced myself for Thunderstar . Then goldenfur and Foggytail died . Emraldheart is hving kits and her new name is lepordstream . She has sucseeded in countung our legacy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Kits

    "Come on slowpoke!!!" Lionkit said to thornkit "your so slow!!" "Not my falt im slow your just too fast!!" "Well stop fussing till we get there" Hollykit teased them "im hungry!!" Whined Askkit "i wanna big fat juicy mouse!" "Well wat if you want t get there!!" Said dapplekit they padded to the stream to drink they herd a twig snap "what was that?" They all hid ina bush it was a few warriors from shadowclan!! Since Askkit made so much noise they herd them and looked inside they saw the kits then the kits all jumped on the enemy warrior sqealing biting and scratching the warrior only stumbled and flicked off the sqealing ball f fur off then they attacked them and for a awhile Shadowclanwas winning in the end all the kits dd and their moms die too and teah the end :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    TO PANTER

    MY STORY IS AT WRITE IT RES ONE AND TWO

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Honeystars Story Part 2 of 3 The Escape

    Part 1 at Gem res 2... Honeypaw watched the cats and then and apprentice the same age as her came over with a rabbit and gave it to her she ate hungerly. Then the leader came over "you better get settled in you will be here a long while" she meowed and Honeypaw did as she was told the leader went over to Hawkclan and told them what to do. And at the next gathering Honeypaw went with her new clan Mythclan and heard the announcement luckily the leaders gave time for chatting afterword and Honeypaw rushed over to her sister now honeypaw in Hawkclan "Hi sis" she meowed and honeypaw gave her a big hug "We all thought you were dead" she whispered then the leaders said it was time to go and the sibling seperated and went to their own camps. Honeypaw went to sleep and slept well into the morning when Smokypaw the only other apprentice woke her up "come on its time to get your mentor" Honeypaw got up and padded out of the den and sat under High Tree her mentor is a cat named FallenGold. FallenGold didnt like how his apprentice was brought here so he started to plan with her and they finally decided that she would "fall" into the nearby river and be "washed away" when really she would be running for her life far away from here to a clan in the mountains she thought she wouldnt see either of her sisters again but she was wrong. Honeypaw made a new friend in Waterclan her name was Dawnpaw thr apprentice was the same age as her 7 moons. Honeypaws mentor was Enderheart whom had met her at the entrance and had been her first friend here. She learned how to fight and hunt and how to gaurd the mountains. Then one day on her mountain patrol for her final test she was with Dawnpaw and Dawnpaw suddenly yelled "Intruders!" And they ran down the mountain path to intercept them. Honeypaw now 10 moons thought she reconised the cats but shook her head she knew no cats but the ones in her clan. "Who are you?" Asked Honeypaw "I am Honeyleaf" meowed a honey she cat "Im Smokyheart" meowed the grey one "and im Jaywing" meowed the blind one "Wait.." meowed Honeypaw "Honeyleaf Jaywing who are your parents?" "Goldenleaf and MusicNote why" replied Honeyleaf "because im your lost sister Honeypaw!" "HONEYPAW NO WAY!" "Yes way my mentor in Mythclan didnt like how i was treated and helped me escape and i came here" "Well good for you Honeypaw" meowed the 3 of them "Come with use we will take you to Jetstar" meowed Honeypaw and she and Dawnpaw lead them to their camp~End of Part 2. Part 3 coming soon ~Honeystar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Silent But Deadly. ( story)

    The moon was covered by clouds as a cat black as the darkest night stalked stealthily through the rows of sleeping cats until comeing to stand over one in paticular cat. A small gray shecat. Her chest rose and fell steadily in deep sleep. The cat raised a paw claws unsheathed ready to kill. Right before bring his claws down ans giveing her a deadly blow something squirmed near her belly. 'Kits?' He thought to himself. 'Im a father!' He thought turning to pad away. " Mask?" The shecat had woken and said quietly. Mask turned to face her once more before running out. Far away from his old clan, his old life. A tear welled in his eyes as he ran through the woods. Soon he found a cave curling up he slept instently.-- six moons earlier-- Maskclaw lept on the cat who was shredding Bluefires ear. Tearing him off his mate he slashed at the cqts face blood welling from its muzzle as Maskckaw raked his claws down the cats belly. The cat was screaming for mercy. As quickly as it had started the fight ended Nightclan had won! Maskclaw nudged his mate, Bluefire checking her for wounds. Looking around at his clanmates they looked very beat up.-- once they entered the camp Ashfoot rushed toward them searching despratly around for her kit Badgerpaw. Maskclaw had just rwalized his apprentice wasnt with them... Ashfoots worry turned into anger as she turned to glare at Maskclaw. She gave a hiss of hatred and leaped on Maskclaw sliceing his belly. Anger surged through Maskclaw. He pushed her off then pinned her ripping into her neck holding on told she went limp. Maskclaw stood suddenly shocked by his behavior. Backing up he darted out running and running till he was far from his former clanmates hearing Bluefires distressed voice behind him. " wait come back i need you!!!" ( this story is written by Hollyclaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Panther

    WILL BE JUDGED TONIGHT @8:00PM CENTRAL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Awesome

    Hehe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Good read!

    A little slow to start, but once the dots start to connect... Well, you'll see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2011

    Great fun.

    Inventive and funny though not Moore's best. Still, it's worth the read. Definitely not for the prudish.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Best. Book. Ever.

    Freaking fun.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    First of many Moore

    I read this book before any of the rest of his work because this is the first book Moore wrote. I love it - however, it was lacking something, and Im excited to continue to read his work and see him envolve as a writer; filling in that something lacking. I really do recommend this book as a quick fun read. I can see how it would be a let down for someone who has started with more of his evolved books, however, its still laugh out loud fun.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    Always a Winner

    I have never read a bad book by Christopher Moore. He's always unique and funny. The characters are original and believable despite their unbelievable nature. This is a great little escape.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    Great Moore book to start with!

    I very much enjoyed this. It was funny and had me interested from start to finish. I love Pine Cove and all the crazy characters in it. This is a great book to start with that has anything to do with Pine Cove. I followed this with The Stupidest Angel and loved that one even more!

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

    GREAT BOOK, GREAT AUTHOR!

    Loved it! Very entertaining, kept me laughing!

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Worth Reading

    Strange and fun. Great for a chuckle or two.

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