Thursday Quotables: Secondhand Souls


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Secondhand Souls

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
(published August 25, 2015 )

This is a little bit of a cheat for me, as I haven’t quite started this book! My shiny new copy arrived this week, right on release date, but I’m trying to be a responsible adult and finish the book I’m already reading before diving in. Couldn’t resist reading the first couple of pages, though — and I was immediately plunged back into the insane but delightful world first encountered in A Dirty Job.

Sigh. This looks awesome, and I desperately need some FUN in my reading!

It was a cool, quiet November day in San Francisco and Alphonse Rivera, a lean, dark man of fifty, sat behind the counter of his bookstore flipping through the Great Big Book of Death. The old-fashioned bell over the door rang and Rivera looked up as the Emperor of San Francisco, a great woolly storm cloud of a fellow, tumbled into the store followed by his faithful dogs, Bummer and Lazarus, who ruffed and frisked with urgent intensity, then darted around the store like canine Secret Service agents, clearing the site in case a sly assassin or meaty pizza lurked among the stacks.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

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10 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Secondhand Souls

  1. Well, if you looking for some fun in your reading, I think you’ve found it 🙂
    I like the imaginery evoked here. It’s like the author is describing things with imagines that don’t really partain to the subject. “a great woolly storm cloud of a fellow, tumbled into the store followed by his faithful dogs” doesn’t quite make sense… and still it is sooooo effective!

    Here’s my quote 🙂

    • Christopher Moore always uses the craziest imagery and puts all sorts of weird things together in ways that shouldn’t work… but they do. And always makes me laugh.

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