Book of the Week #9 – A Dirty Job


Before we get in to this week’s blog post, I have a confession to make: I’ve been reading other books on the side. I swear that during the week, I’m 100% focused on personal development in the traditional and/or technical sense (and I AM still working my way through the Hadoop book) but at the weekends I feel like I deserve a break. There are so many good books out there that I can’t possibly read just one at a time!

This Week’s Book Title [Week 38] : A Dirty Job

by Christopher Moore



Paperback 434 pages.

First impressions

No unusual font sizes/margins this week. The thickness of the book seems to indicate that there’s a good bit of story to be told (I like longer books, so that you’re not just getting in to the story and all of a sudden it’s over).


This book was recommended on my newly-favourite podcast “What to read next” and it was available from the Library so presto-chango it was in my hands, just in time to read over the weekend while trying to get over a cold.

I don’t know if it should be classified more as Fantasy than Fiction. It’s about a normal guy who becomes “Death” right after his wife dies after giving birth to their first child. He doesn’t go around killing people, but he has to collect “soul objects” before “the dark forces” get them and all hell, literally, breaks loose.

Far from being as dull as that sounds, the author tells the story brilliantly and actually had me LOL’ing in a place or two and crying at one part too.


I highly recommend this book.

Next week’s book

In case you want to read along with me, here’s what I’m planning to read during the upcoming week: Hadoop: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition (Data Science) and maybe Life after Life (Fiction) if time permits.

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