Book Review -- Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore.
The trouble with my book reviews, Fluke, Lamb, Running with Scissors, is that I review the book when I have read only the first third. But, since this is Dribble, not the Saturday Review, I guess I will continue the practice.
What if the characters, Gods, Demons, and semi-mortals, in Greek Myths were real and lived in California? That is what Christopher Moore likes to explore. Pine Cove, California, a sleepy coastal community made up by Moore, becomes the site of a panoply of supernatural creatures. Real hippies, pool sharks, tired saloon keepers meet a Djinn, a Biblical character, an immortal human, and a demon. It is a delightful mix-up.
All of Moore's books so far have dealt with supernatural beings in real life surroundings, and because he makes his human characters so real, so down to earth you suspend your disbelief in the supernatural and enjoy the frenetic action.
But to be honest, I didn't realize there was a plot to the story until I got to chapter 11. That's where I am now, and the plot has just appeared. It is human Alonzo Brine VS the creature from Hell. I am entranced. How can Brine, a shop keeping, wine drinking philosopher, defeat a demon who can make himself invisible, change shapes, and eats people.
It's going to be a fascinating read.