Practical Demonkeeping, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


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 facade 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 travelling 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841494470



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Possibly the only book I’ve ever bought on the recommendation of Carl Hiassen. It’s the tale of a guy traveling with a man-eating demon under his command and what happens when they arrive at a small California town. Nasty at times, but a pretty good, quirky read. I do believe I’ll be looking for more of ... er, Moore.

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Travis has a problem and it's a demon. He summoned Catch and Catch has been making his life a misery for almost a century. Travis wants to get rid of catch but he's not sure how to do this. They wind up in Pine Cove, California. Here they both have plans for the future, but with Catch's appetite for people will they succeed and how many people will be left in the village?A fun read, this is undemanding and amusing, not quite horror, almost in the vein of some of the vampire chick lit going around these days only a little darker. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the story.

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Christopher Moore has found a very good niche in the fantasy fiction world. He creates a set of oddball characters, mixes in a few seemingly normal people to keep your disbelief in check, then sprinkles the plot with a set of crazy ideas. In Practical Demonkeeping this is the recipe: A normal guy becomes involved with the supernatural in error. His new companion likes to eat people. Many inhabitants of a cosy town become embroilled in the resulting chaos as demon and demonkeeper try to part ways. Once Moore has cooked this plot, the result is tale that is clever, funny and although it never takes itself too seriously, it's well written enough to keep you interested until the end. It's a short and snappy book which I heartily recommend if you're looking for some quality light entertainment.

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a nice start to the series - interesting to see where reoccurring characters started out in the Christopher Moore universe!

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