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A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore Yeah... I'm counting the Squirrel People as zombies. Adorable, perfectly dressed little animal-part zombies.

Anyway. I chose this book for my upcoming Real-Life Bookclub because, well... It's Christopher Moore. He makes me laugh, and since this bookclub happens to fall the day after my 31st birthday, I figured some laughing was in order. Because otherwise, there would be crying. Lots, and lots of crying.

(Side note. I have stumbled across a surefire way to tell when you're "old". Watch 15 minutes of Youtube videos featuring kids, pre-teens or teens, and keep track of how many words you hear on the videos that you need to look up on UrbanDictionary.com. If it's any - you're old. I had to look up 3, which means I'm OLD OLD OLD. Hence the crying.)

So, yes. Christopher Moore, laughing. That was to be expected, but what I did not expect from this book was the depth of emotion. And that right there is when I knew that I was probably going to love this book. I loved how with a subtle turn of phrase, Moore could have me laughing out loud or wiping away tears. This was something that I had not experienced before with any of his other books, and I really, really loved it.

I liked all the characters in this one as well. They had their quirks, as per the Moore Standard, but they weren't over the top. I sometimes feel that writers trying to go for quirky and funny generally step over the line into the Too Much zone. But I don't think that Moore has that problem, at least not in this book.

I did find certain key things to be quite predictable, and that's why I've dropped a star off the rating, but overall, I really loved the book and would wholeheartedly recommend it.

And now it's time for me to go to bed, because I'm fighting off a cold and it's like 2am. *sigh*