“If there was no order in the universe, then why should it be out of order to be sitting on the beach talking to an Arab dwarf who claimed to be king of the Djinn, whatever the hell that was? Strangely enough, Brine took comfort in the fact that this experience was invalidating every assumption he had ever made about the nature of the world. He had tapped into the Zen of ignorance, the enlightenment of absurdity.”
When I purchased Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore, I envisioned a rather humorous novel not unlike the animated movie, How to Train Your dragon. It’s nothing like that! While there is a good bit of humor, it is of the darker side which the darker side of myself absolutely loves. It must be somewhat freeing as a writer of absurdity to just create out of whole cloth a character or characters to add body to your work.
In the novel we meet one-hundred-year-old Travis O’Hearn who somehow became the keeper of Catch, a demon. Sounds cute, except that Catch needs to eat and he has a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. In order save his conscience as much as possible and feed Catch, Travis generally focuses Catch’s feeding on folks who may deserve to be eaten. Not a strong system. When they enter Pine Cove there all goes to crap when everyone tries to get over everyone else.
“Some shops opened early, some late, and some not at all, especially if it was a nice day for a walk on the beach. It was as if the villagers, having found their little bit of peace, were waiting for something to happen. And it did.”