Practical Demonkeeping

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Harper Collins, May 25, 2004 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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 fašade 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.


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User Review  - ChazziFrazz - LibraryThing

Scholar Travis O’Hearn has spent many years traversing the highways and byways of the U.S. with his rider, Catch. Travis is an ex-seminarian. Catch is a demon whose favourite pastime is eating people ... Read full review

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User Review  - ChrisWeir - LibraryThing

A young man thinks he may have finally found his way of getting rid of the demon he's been saddled with for years. The demon dates back to the time of King Solomn. Along the way we meet a djin who is ... Read full review


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Page 1 - Like one that on that lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turned round walks on, And no more turns his head; Because he knows a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread.
Page 89 - Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices, to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive...
Page 53 - Oh, purty fair. (He begins to look at her as if he were seeing her for the first time, noting every detail with a numb, stunned astonishment). EMMA. You're looking as well as ever. CALEB, (dully) Oh, I ain't got nothin' to complain of. EMMA. You're the same as me, I reckon. (Happily) Why I seem to get feelin' younger and more chipper every day, I declare I do.
Page 103 - Travis reached into the inside pocket of his sport coat and pulled out a comic book.
Page 147 - I mean, when you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Page 18 - ... and effective purpose. It had been proposed on the motion of Virginia. Eight days after the declaration of independence, articles of confederation were reported. It was an obvious necessity of the war. The average population of the colonies was less than two hundred and thirty thousand inhabitants ; and it would have been absurd for any one of them to attempt to measure arms singly with the British power, and for each to conduct the war on its own responsibility. It was fortunate indeed that...
Page 192 - She was supposed to be the one in charge here, yet the old woman and the demon seemed to know more about what was going on than she did. "They can't go, " Catch said. "Why? We have the invocation; we just need to get it translated. Let them go. " "No,
Page 31 - His hair was slicked back and tied in a ponytail with a black silk ribbon.
Page 104 - For the next few minutes all she could think of was getting to a restroom where she could remove the spotted wads.

About the author (2004)

Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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